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Comic Description: Action Comics 398 Universal
Grade: 9.8
Page Quality: WHITE
Pedigree: Pacific Coast
Certification #: 0147839011
Owner: Brandon Shepherd


Custom Sets: Action X: My Top Ten
My Pedigrees
Neal Adams - Real Superman
Sets Competing: Man of Silver and Bronze  Score: 240
Man of Action  Score: 240
Research: See CGC's Census Report for this Comic

Owner's Description

“The Pier-Piper of Steel!
Cover Date: March, 1971

Leo Dorfman story
Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson art
Neal Adams and Dick Giordano cover

Supergirl appearance.
"Untold Tales of the Fortress" story - “Spawn of the Unknown”

Grade Date: 01/07/2008
Acquired: 03/06/2018 - 1 of 2 in 9.8 when purchased.

I first noticed this piece on the CGC website gallery in 2008. A terrific Neal Adams cover, from the coveted Pacific Coast pedigree, perfect cover registration, white pages and a 9.8 from 1971, the book was everything I desired! I waited and wondered for years if this book would come to the market, or if it would remain locked away in a private collection, or worse yet, end up lost or destroyed. I added “Action Comics #398 CGC 9.8 Pacific Coast” to several want lists; I even put out a WTB posting on the CGC boards. I didn't just want this book in 9.8 grade, I wanted the Pacific Coast copy. I also searched the high ranking Action Comics sets in the CGC Registry for this piece, no luck.

In December 2017, a ComicLink preview listed three Action Comics examples from the Pacific Coast pedigree to be auctioned in March, 2018. After a decade of dreaming I finally got my chance. In the end, the realized price was much less than I expected, actually a really good price compared to other 9.8 Action Comics examples from the era. Of course the condition of the book is phenomenal, a real treat to reward a decade of patience.

Pacific Coast Pedigree

The Pacific Coast Pedigree is widely regarded as the pre-eminent Silver Age collection of comic books in the world. The collection spans the years 1962-1967 and the comic books all share the same look of freshness and uniformity. Aside from the incredible brightness of the books, they are also known for near perfect registration. PC's are among the most coveted pedigrees in the hobby as exemplified by how few copies are on the market at any given time.

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