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Undervalued Spotlight #52

For me Batman #1 delivers a lot. The comic outperforms two other notable title launches in several ways. A quick look at the credentials of Batman #1 vs. those of Superman #1 and Amazing Spider-Man #1 highlights just how important the first issue of Bats is. Pick up a copy of the Overstreet Price Guide and read up on the above issues, I’m sure you’ll agree that Batman #1 brings the most to the table. The Joker’s first appearance will trump J.J. Jameson any day. The first female villain...
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Undervalued Spotlight #51

What a cover! What an issue! "A Time of Titans" tells the tale of Thor fighting along side Adolf Hitler and the Nazis (all part of a Hitler scheme to get all the Gods of Asgard to help him to conquer the world). Thor is in Russia trying to kill Josef Stalin. Sub-Mariner and his Invaders somehow manage to save Stalin. Thor eventually gets wind of Hitler’s scheme (thanks to an in disguise...
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Undervalued Spotlight #48

American Comics Group (ACG) editor Richard E. Hughes contributed much to comic books. Hughes was already a veteran of the industry in 1958 (he was ACG editor at this time). The early 1940s characters Fighting Yank and Black Terror were among Hughes’ more popular creations. A prolific writer, Hughes used many pseudonyms. The most famous of these ‘pen names’ would be Shane O’Shea (though my favorite is Ace Aquila). It was Shane O’Shea that received the writing credits for the...
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Undervalued Spotlight #47

The Phantom was the brainchild of Mandrake the Magician creator Lee Falk. Mr. Falk’ brilliant twist to the character was that he made his Phantom the 21st in a line stretching back over 400 years. The Phantom always fought evil wearing the same costume, part of a ruse to get the bad guys to believe that the character was immortal.
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Undervalued Spotlight #46

Four Color Comics was a Dell Comic anthology series that ran from 1939 top 1962. Often Dell introduced characters (original and licensed) in the Four Color run. If the character sold well Dell would launch a separate series devoted to the character. When we look at titles like Turok (original) and Bugs Bunny (licensed) we see that Dell published several issues within the Four Color run (actually more than...
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Undervalued Spotlight #41

In the late 60s and early 70s comic books were tackling some very important social issues. The Amazing Spider-Man and Green Lantern ran some very controversial drug use stories. Famously the Amazing Spider-Man issues #96-#98 did not receive approval from the Comics Code Authority and these issues are now known as “the drug issues”. Titles like Lois Lane and Wonder Woman were exploring women’s equality issues...
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Undervalued Spotlight #40

Daredevil #1 is counted right up there with Hulk #1, FF#1, Avengers #1 and the rest as an early Marvel Key. Technically you could say thast it’s “keyer” than Amazing Spider-Man #1 since the Spidey issue is a title launch and not a first appearance. Printed in April 1964 Daredevil #1 is considered the last big early Marvel key.
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Undervalued Spotlight #39

It should be noted that Jack and his writing/drawing partner Joe Simon first developed the concept of the romance story in a teen humor comic called My Date. My Date #1 (July 1947) featured teen humor but also featured a story that was very realistic in its approach to teen age romance. The non humor romance story was a huge success and this success enabled Simon and Kirby to negotiate a deal with the publisher to produce a romance title. Young Romance #1 was
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