"Captain America Lives Again!" Clearly this is one of the best covers and most important issues within the entire run of Avengers, and this year, this declaration will ring true on screen! With both a Captain America movie and an Avengers movie on the horizon, newbies to the hobby as well as serious long-time Silver Age comic book collectors have been clamoring for the very best example of Avengers #4. Unfortunately, since exceptional examples in CGC 9.6 reside in the most exclusive of private collections, the issue has been elusive in such condition. We have to go back to 2007 for the last time we have even offered a 9.6 example of this issue for sale. This CGC 9.6 from the presents a rare opportunity for a serious collector to lay claim to the highest graded example of this key issue, 1 of just 7 in the world at the top CGC tier.
Underscoring just how unusual it is for an Avengers #4 in CGC 9.6 NM+ to come to auction, it has been nearly 4 years since we have offered one for sale and this is the very first time we have done so in auction format. There are only 2 other public sales records of this comic in 9.6, one from 2004 ($17,500) and a single sale in 2010 ($64,000). The trajectory is quite clear.
With so few coming available and demand so strong, this is clearly one of the top highlights in this auction. This book has been tucked away in a private collection since it was last sold on ComicLink in 2005. It seems safe to assume that once this book sells, it might as well be "frozen in ice" for the foreseeable future since it is unlikely to surface again for a long time.
This key issue introduced Captain America to Silver Age Marvel comic book readers. Captain America, who first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 in 1941, was one of the most popular heroes of the Golden Age but drifted into obscurity by the middle 1950s. He is reintroduced here to the baby boomer generation by one of his creators, Jack Kirby, and joins the recently formed Avengers as a key member of the team. Captain America would become a major player in Marvel's Silver Age and would eventually be awarded his own long-awaited series in 1968. Still a central character to this day, Captain America was recently part of the Death of Captain America storyline that was central to the Marvel Universe (and presumably Marvelís 2007 thru 2010 sales figures). The anticipation of the upcoming Avengers movie is on the rise, and with the general public soon to be introduced to one of the most beloved super-teams in comicdom, the popularity of the Avengers, and the beloved heroes on the team, will soon be greater than ever.
Along with the Fantastic Four and the X-men, the Avengers is one of the preeminent Marvel super hero teams. The anticipation of the upcoming Avengers movie is on the rise, and with the general public soon to be introduced to one of the most beloved super-teams in comicdom, the popularity of the Avengers, and the beloved heroes on the team, will soon be greater than ever.