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9y0004 SUPERMAN #183 comic book January 1966 80 page giant, including first Mr. Mxyzptlk, rare!

Date Sold 10/26/2021
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An Original Vintage Comic Book (measures 7" x 10 1/4" [18 x 26 cm]) (Learn More)

Superman is the D.C. Comics comic book superhero created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster who first appeared in Action comics #1 in 1938. The Superman franchise has spread to almost all forms of media including books, television shows and several films. Considering his popularity, it took a surprisingly long time for a live-action film to be made about Superman. In 1940, Republic Pictures approached DC Comics about doing a serial based on Superman but the negotiations broke down and, after they lost the rights due to legal issues, Republic ended up making a serial based on Captain Marvel in 1941. In 1948, Columbia Pictures finally made the first live-action Superman serial, called "Superman", and two years later, they made a sequel called "Atom Man vs. Superman". Although Superman was not the first superhero character, he popularized the superhero archetype and defined its conventions. Superheroes are often judged by how closely they resemble the standard established by Superman.
Important Added Info: Note that way back in 1966, someone at DC Comics had the great idea of packaging "prize stories from the Superman library", which were old reprints together in an "80-page giant" and selling it for 25 cents, and of course, they didn't have to get any new stories for it. There is one really humorous aspect about this, which is that the cover has Superman holding up two comics and telling readers that they could read stories "published before you were born" and he comments on one saying that "less than 100 copies of this issue are in existence", and on the other he says "this story is so rare, collectors will pay $30.00 and up for a perfect copy", which seemed like the height of insanity in 1966. Imagine somebody paying $30 for one comic book!

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This is one of a remarkable collection of 268 mostly 1970s Marvel comics, including 136 issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, with most of the issues between #15 and #156, plus #2 and #12! These were consigned directly from the collector who gathered them in the 1970s, and none have had any restoration or have been "slabbed"! And EVERY one of these 268 comics start at $1 with truly no reserve. This is the kind of buying opportunity every comic book collector dreams of, and when these auctions close on October 26, every one of these comics will have a new owner!

Condition: fine. The comic is in really excellent condition, with extremely minor wear (see our many images)!
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