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    Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages. Many collectors don't realize that this is one of the very toughest Marvel keys to find in high grade. Only eight copies have been graded 9.0 or above as of this writing, even Hulk #1 cannot say that! In fact, the only major Marvel Silver Age keys with a more sparsely populated census report are Fantastic Four #1 and Tales to Astonish #27, the first and second Marvel superhero comics, both a year and a half older. Compared to other 1963 #1s like Amazing Spider-Man #1 (26 copies), X-Men #1 (35 copies), and Avengers #1 (22 copies), this one is much harder to find in top grades.

    This copy's light, bright background is quite striking compared to most copies we have seen -- the grey background of #1 easily becomes dark and dingy.

    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. We have a feeling Fury will become more of a household name soon judging by the hints that were dropped when he cameoed in the recent "Iron Man" movie. In these World War II tales, he was still Sgt. Fury, and 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 2009 VF/NM 9.0 value = $2,700; NM- 9.2 value = $4,000. CGC census 10/09: 1 in 9.0, 7 higher.


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    November, 2009
    19th-21st Thursday-Saturday
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