Hake’s Presents a Quality Selection of CGC Certified Comics In March

Posted: 3/14/2006

The upcoming March Hake’s Americana & Collectibles auction will offer a fine variety of CGC certified comics.

Some of the highlights of the CGC certified comics include:

An 8.0 CGC certified example of Funnies on Parade, the highest unrestored graded copy on the CGC census. Funnies on Parade wasn’t initially intended for newsstand sale; instead, it was offered as a premium through Proctor & Gamble and had a print run of just 10,000 copies.

A CGC certified 9.2 copy of Showcase #4, the issue that introduced readers to the new Flash, Barry Allen. After the decline of superhero comic book in the late 1940s through the early 1950s, DC Comics decided to go out on a limb and try to renew interest in their classic characters by updating them and reintroducing them to a new generation. Showcase introduced the first of these reinvigorated characters with the Flash, and opened the door for such characters as Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), the Atom (Ray Palmer), Hawkman (Katar Hol), and countless new heroes. One of the first characters introduced by Marvel Comics (then Timely), the Sub-Mariner battled alongside Captain America and the Human Torch during World War II. Appearing in many titles, the Sub-Mariner eventually received his own title, Sub-Mariner Comics. Hake’s is proud to offer a CGC certified 6.5 example of Sub-Mariner Comics #1.

Satire has been around for ages, but it became much more focused and fun with the inception of MAD. The brainchild of William Gaines, MAD continues to this day, in the format everyone knows, MAD Magazine. But it didn’t start out that way. Initially, MAD was a published in a more conventional comic book format. Due to the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency and possible links to juvenile delinquency and comic books in the early 1950s, Gaines changed the format of MAD to avoid having to change the publications content. Hake’s has acquired the highest graded copy of Mad # 1, a CGC certified 9.8 Gaines File copy.

Superman is also represented in the newest Hake’s auction, with many great examples of early Action Comics and Superman, including a beautiful example of Superman #9. In addition to Superman in comic book form, Hake’s is offering the classic Ideal Superman composition and wood-jointed doll; the first Superman doll ever produced.

Or if Batman is your favorite superhero, be sure to check out the regular Batman section elsewhere in the auction. A pair of prints signed by Batman creator Bob Kane, signed photos of cast members of the 1960s TV show and actors from the films of the 1990s; along with lobby cards from the 1940s serial and many items released during the first Batmania in the 1960s!

Don’t worry; Hake’s didn’t forget the more modern comic book fans! Giant-Size X-Men, the comic which introduced the characters Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Thunderbird. Along with the copy of Star Wars #1 Hake’s is offering, it is one of the most sought after and well-known comics of the 1970s. Modern themes didn’t just penetrate the comic book medium alone. How superheroes were portrayed in the mass media was affected as well. Such influences can be found in the psychedelic back light posters and cards being offered in the superhero section of the auction. Featuring heroes the likes of the Incredible Hulk, Dr. Strange and Iron Man, these products not only reflect the times, but also a psychedelic light show.

The auction will include over 200 CGC certified comics from all eras and will close March 28-30. You can check out these books on the Hake’s website by visiting www.hakes.com. Images of the comics and other auction items go online March 8 with catalogs being mailed at that time. If you do not already receive the Hake’s Americana & Collectibles catalog call 1-866-404-9800, ext. 443 to receive the catalog.

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