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    Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white to white pages. If you don't think this is one of the very toughest Marvel keys to find in high grade, think again. Only 15 copies have been graded higher than 8.5 as of this writing, which ties with the famously tough Hulk #1 (15 copies)! In fact, the only major Marvel Silver Age keys with a more sparsely populated census report are the first two Marvel superhero comics, Fantastic Four #1 (13 copies) and Tales to Astonish #27 (12 copies), both a year-and-a-half older. Compared to other 1963 #1's like Amazing Spider-Man #1 (41 copies), X-Men #1 (56 copies), and Avengers #1 (43 copies), this one is much harder to find in top grades. The issue is the first appearance of the Nick Fury character, pre-dating the publication of his "Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." adventures by more than two years. Also making their first appearances were his Howling Commandos, ("Dum Dum" Dugan, Gabriel Jones, "Rebel" Ralston, Izzy Cohen, Dino Minelli, "Happy Sam" Sawyer, and Junior Juniper). The cover art is by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers. Overstreet 2014 VF 8.0 value = $2,831; VF/NM 9.0 value = $6,416. CGC census 5/15: 19 in 8.5, 15 higher. From the Loveland Collection.

    View the certification for CGC Certification ID 1290140003 and purchase grader's notes if available.

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