One of comicdom's most important first issues missing a "No. 1" on its front was the book that eventually turned pulp publisher Timely into the comics goliath called Marvel. This October 1939's debut of Marvel Comics is among the finest examples ever to come to auction. "From a fan's perspective, Marvel Comics No. 1 is essential not only for introducing these characters but also for its influence on the superhero genre," says Comics Consignment Director Rick Akers. "The comic set the tone for the Marvel universe with its mix of action, drama and humor and helped establish the idea of a shared universe in which characters could interact and cross over. The success of established Marvel Comics as one of the most important publishers in the comic book industry."
Also featured is Captain Marvel's first flight in Whiz Comics No. 1, alongside Doctor Fate's debut in the highest-graded copy of More Fun Comics No. 55, a gem bearing the Mile High Pedigree.
Away from the superheroes is one of the highest-graded copies of Archie Comics No. 1 (CGC Fine 6.5), and the first all-horror book Eerie No. 1 from 1947 (CGC Near Mint- 9.2), the highest graded copy in existence.