Every year around this time, we get the urge to look at some holiday-themed vintage comic covers and are always amazed to rediscover how much DC Comics liked to commemorate the holidays in the 1930s and 40s. The whimsy sometimes evident in DC’s Golden Age titles, even among the super-heroes, made holiday covers a good fit. Modern collectors tend to gravitate towards the action and WW II covers of the era, but there are several gems to be found among the light-hearted covers as well.
For example, More Fun Comics #16 is one of the very earliest DC Christmas covers, but is extremely important to collectors for a different reason — it’s the last installment of a three-part storyline from More Fun #14-16 which contains what is considered to be a Superman prototype by Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, released a year and a half before Action Comics #1. These are nearly impossible to find and very undervalued in the current market. The Lost Valley pedigree copy of More Fun #14 CGC 5.5 went for $4300 earlier this year, and a More Fun #16 CGC 3.5 sold for $1128 – both of which seem like bargains when you consider what the earliest Superman-related comics go for in the current market.
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