This comic book does not get the respect it deserves. March 1965 is very early for Marvel Comics, The Silver Surfer and Galactus were still a year away while the Amazing Spider-Man title was only 2 years old.
This origin issue comes exactly 1 year after Cap’s re-introduction in Avengers #4 (3/64). Stan Lee and Jack Kirby bring Cap up to date for the new Marvel Comics revolution. It is amazing how quickly Captain America hit his stride and became a staple in the Marvel U.
Important Captain America comics have always been sought after by collectors but as Cap’s general public exposure increases over the next couple of years (Cap movie, Avengers movie, comeos, sequels etc.) so will the demand for important Captain America issues.
The Overstreet Price Guide shows $192/$359/$525 as the splits at the 8.0/9.0/9.2 grades.
Strengths that make this comic book a good long term investment are:
– Stan Lee and Jack Kirby write, Jack Kirby pencils
– Features the first Silver Age origin of Captain America
– Highly collected Marvel era and a highly collected Marvel title
– Tough to find in very high grades, no CGC 9.8s exist while there are only 28 copies graded CGC 9.2 or better
Walter Durajlija is an Overstreet Advisor and Shuster Award winner. He owns Big B Comics in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada