ULTRA-HIGH GRADE MARVEL MEGA-KEY!
This super-bright clean comic-book was professionally graded by CGC and boasts phenomenal eye appeal. The colors are deep, and there is none of the usual jaundice towards the center of reverse, and this is a notoriously tough issue to get with spot-on centering and alignment like this.
BID AGGRESSIVELY, AS THIS HISTORIC MARVEL COMIC HAS BEEN 'HOT' SINCE THE DAY IT WAS RELEASED, AND IT STARS TOP ICONS OF THE MODERN MARVEL FILM ERA, IRON MAN AND WHIPLASH. THIS IMPORTANT BOOK IS THE LEAD-IN TO SUB-MARINER #1 AND IRON MAN #1, BRIDGING THE GAP FROM WHEN THE TITLES 'TALES OF SUSPENSE' AND 'TALES TO ASTONISH' ENDED. THUS, ANY FAN OF IRON MAN OR THE AVENGERS OR SUBBIE OR WHIPLASH OR DESTINY MUST POSSESS THIS HISTORIC ONE-SHOT!
THIS ONE HAS A FRESH-OFF-THE-PRESS LOOK ABOUT IT, AND THE COLORS AND GLOSS ARE A SPECTACLE TO BEHOLD! PLUS, THIS IS A WHITE-COVER BOOK, MAKING FINDING COPIES THAT ARE NICER THAN NEAR MINT EXTRA DIFFICULT, AND VERY FEW COPIES OF ANY GRADE CAN COMPETE WITH THE SUPER BRIGHT LOGO AND HEAVY GLOSS THAT THIS COPY EXHIBITS. (So if you miss this chance, you may be waiting quite some time for a 9.6, much less a 9.8, and even then, another NM/MINT 9.8 would likely fall short of this lustrous white-paged gem.)
THIS ISSUE BOASTS A GREAT COVER BY GENE COLAN THAT IS RECOGNIZED AS A CLASSIC. THIS ICONIC IMAGE, SHOWING PRINCE NAMOR AND TONY STARK CO-HELMING THEIR OWN TITLE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, IS BY THE SAME TALENTED ARTIST THAT DREW THE REWOWNED TALES WITHIN!
THIS COMIC HAS ALL THE HALLMARKS OF KEEPER, WITH THE PHENOMENAL GLOSS AND BLINDING-BRIGHT COLORS; PLUS NOTE THE PRECISE ALIGNMENT AND OF COURSE THE FACT THAT THE COVER IS NOT DINGY IN THE CENTER OF THE REVERSE LIKE SOME OTHER HIGH-GRADE EXAMPLES. IN ADDITION, THIS GEM IS NOT MIS-CENTERED, OR PRINTED OFF-KILTER, WHICH SOME HIGH-GRADED EXAMPLES HAVE BEEN KNOWN FOR. EXPECT TO BE THRILLED WITH THIS GEM, MUCH LIKE THE OTHER EXCEPTIONAL EARLY MARVEL SUPERHERO COMICS WE ARE NOW OFFERING!
I've always wanted my high-grade Marvel comics to have great cut and alignment, things that the certification companies scarcely consider when grading. So if you too are extra picky, and want copies that are not only well preserved and of exceptional structural quality, but also look like they were printed JUST RIGHT with attractive framing and deep color strike with accurate registration and sharp corners, and somehow they didn't pick up any ink overspray during the distribution process either, and they were stored 'just right' to avoid dust shadows and edge toning, then you crave books of this caliber and you already know how seldom these opportunities arise.
STUNNING BLUE AND RED LOGO AGAINST A PALE BACKGROUND, WITH AN AWESOME COVER THAT HAD TO HAVE BEEN IRRESISTABLE ON THE NEWSSTANDS IN THE SIXTIES, --AND THE STORY INCLUDES THE POPULAR SUPERVILLAIN WHIPLASH.
IF YOU ARE A LONG-TERM COLLECTOR OF HIGH GRADE VINTAGE COMICS, THEN YOU KNOW THAT THIS FIRST IRON MAN #1 COMIC HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF THE MORE INFLUENTIAL BOOKS OF THE PAST HALF CENTURY, AND A TRUE BLUE CHIP IN HIGH GRADE SHAPE. IN VIRTUALLY EVERY YEAR, ZERO COPIES CHANGE HANDS IN SUCH SHAPE; AND ON THAT EXTREMELY RARE OCCASION WHEN A SIMILAR COPY (9.8) DOES SURFACE, IT COMMANDED $14,000.00 LAST TIME. AND BESIDES THAT, ONLY ONE OTHER DOCUMENTED SALE IN THIS SUPERLATIVE STATE EXISTS, AND THAT'S IN THE WHOLE DOZEN YEARS THAT GPA HAS BEEN MONITORING SALES OF CGC-CERTIFIED COMICS IN THE MARKETPLACE; AND MOST SILVER-AGE COMICS DON'T POSSESS THE UNBEATABLE FLAT-OUT WHITE PAGES. SO THIS WELL-CENTERED 9.8 COPY WITH UNIMPROVABLE PAPER QUALITY IS THE FINEST COPY THAT EVEN ODIN CAN HOPE TO ATTAIN.
This book is well known to fans and dealers alike, as the landmark key featuring Tony Stark and his cool armor in his own series for the first time, and a blockbuster debut of the Atlantean hero in his own #1 issue for the first time as well, not to mention Whiplash, and this crucial issue sets the beginning for their own ongoing titles, and leads right in to Sub-Mariner #1 and to Iron Man #1, making it seem a relative bargain. The pale background of the cover provides great contrasts and is a treat to behold when the cover is unblemished by such pesky detractors as creases or spine-stresses. Iron Man and Whiplash are already household names around the globe, thanks in part to the smash-hit films and record-setting DVD sales and all the toys and videogames and statues and animation and action-figures and clothing and plethora of other licensed merchandise. Iron Man and Thor and the Avengers are currently in a record-setting film too... It doesn't get any more "Blue Chip" than this!
This incredible original first-print comic-book WILL find a new home, as the Buy It Now price is LOW and there is NO RESERVE!
ALWAYS SCARCE, NEAR MINT OR BETTER SPECIMENS OF THIS LANDMARK ISSUE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SOUGHT OUT, YET OUR BUY IT NOW PRICE IS SET WAY LOW!
This historic comic is a real find in unrestored NM+ or better shape, as many copies had minute production flaws such as printing creases or Marvel Chipping, while others were read and re-read, time and time again, and with the glossy pale cover even the tiniest flaws seem magnified. However, this copy is spectacular, as it's super-clean and there is no noteworthy wear or aging, and it has precise printing registration. And the gloss is excellent, too! This crushes most of the so-called "Mint" old comics I purchased over the decades back in the pre-CGC era. Good luck finding this level of eye appeal again in the future, as this beauty boasts deep rich uniform colors and a flat clean appearance, devoid of common problems such as print-creases and miscuts and pre-Marvel chips, and the unusually clean bright logo just adds to the allure.
We are now offering many superb CGC Marvel comics, plus rare comic art; And we'll be offering hundreds of other collectable comics in the next few months. Check out our ebay items regularly!
A lot has happened with Marvel comics in the past 44 years since this gem came out, adding more allure to the fabled vintage issues such as this; so I don't suggest waiting around until these crucial books have gone through the roof.... High-grade specimens of this hot first issue are always in demand, but are rarely available in the market, in such well-preserved condition with incredible luster eye appeal like this!
This is an investment that you can show and display proudly, without worrying about damage or degradation of the nice supple clean snow white paper, thanks to the benefit of professional Comic Guaranty Corporation encapsulation. With demand that far exceeds supply, premium prices often occur when a certified beauty such as this reaches the market. Most comparable gems are already locked up in serious collections, unlikely to surface for the foreseeable future, so this rare offering of a legit better-than-NM copy containing snowy-white paper is a rare opportunity indeed.
Great cover colors; And the gloss is phenomenal, which must be seen in person to be appreciated. If you are a discriminating Marvel key issue collector, serious CGC-graded comics investor, or just a devout Subbie or Iron Man comic collector, and prefer unrestored books without significant flaws, then NOW is your brief window of opportunity. It looks less appealing in the disappointing picture, ~but in person the book looks spectacular and the super bright colors really leap out at you!
The conservative Overall CGC Universal Grade is NEAR MINT / MINT; --it looks new from outside the clear plastic CGC case!
This extra bright clean copy sports the Blue Unrestored CGC Label; --And the CGC case has no scuffs or cracks or scratches in the crystal-clear case.
* PEDIGREE QUALITY GEM *
We are prompt shippers & secure packagers, expect to be pleased.
ASKING PRICE IS LOW AND THERE IS NO RESERVE!
This auction includes:
IRON MAN and SUB-MARINER #1 CGC 9.8 with White Pages.
IMPORTANT PREMIERE ISSUE, PRE-DATES IRON MAN #1 AND SUBMARINER #1!
Classic GENE COLAN Cover.
ARCHIE GOODWIN, ROY THOMAS, GENE COLAN, AND JOHNNY CRAIG KICK OFF A WHOLE NEW ERA, AND IT LEADS INTO TWO SERIES THAT LASTED HUNDREDS OF ISSUES!
ONE OF THE SILVER-AGE KEY ISSUES THAT'S VERY RARE IN 9.8 WITH WHITE PAGES.
Published by Marvel Comics as the 1968 first-printing.
This comic contains fresh supple clean snow white pages, with deep rich colors and great printing registration on both the front & back covers. Sorry about the glare-filled images, due to our scanner and the thick protective CGC case; The actual item looks fabulous and has uniform ultra-bright colors that you simply must see in person to appreciate.
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