1956 SHOWCASE #4 COMIC BOOKInvest Now
$77,000Initial Offering Marketing Cap
$7Initial Offering Share Price
03/2022Initial Offering Date
In the early 1950s, superhero comics had become controversial and were dealing with struggling sales. When the DC comic book entitled Showcase took a chance on an old superhero, The Flash, they did so in a way nobody was expecting – the character had been completely updated and revised, ushering in a whole new era of comic book superheroes with modern costumes, contemporary secret identities, as well as real-world concerns and weaknesses. #SHOWCASE4 is a 1956 Showcase #4 Comic Book published by D.C. Comics graded CGC 7.5 and a copy of what many consider to be the first Silver-Age comic ever printed.
“The book widely considered to have kicked off this new age—the Silver Age of Comics—was Showcase #4, the first appearance of the second Flash, Barry Allen.”— Comics Alliance | October 2014
The Golden Age Flash makes his first appearance in Flash Comics #1. This Flash gains superhuman speed after knocking over a science experiment. His design is inspired by Greek God Mercury, and he is a member of DC’s original Justice Society of America.
The final Golden Age comic to feature The Flash is published. All Star Comics #57 features The Justice Society, while the title itself isn’t cancelled, it continues as All Star Western.
The Silver Age of Comic Books begins and superheroes are back in fashion after several years of controversy. Showcase #4 brings back classic DC hero, The Flash, this time as police scientist Barry Allen, who gains super-speed after being struck by a lightning bolt and getting exposed to chemicals.
Silver-Age Flash and Golden-Age Flash meet in what is considered one of the earliest instances of “meta” storytelling. “The Flash of Two Worlds,” introduces the concept of the “multiverse” to DC Comics.
The first appearance of Silver-Age Flash on television, as part of the animated series Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure. Filmation produces three 7-minute stories featuring The Flash.
The Flash appears as a main character on Hanna-Barbera’s 1973 animated version of the Justice League of America known as The Super Friends.
During D.C.’s series-wide event, “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” Silver-Age Flash, Barry Allen, dies in comic continuity and doesn’t return officially until 2008.
The first live-action Flash series starring John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen/The Flash airs on CBS.
The Flash Game Boy game is released in North America. Based around events from the CBS television series, it is a side-scrolling platform in which The Flash must do battle with his nemesis, The Trickster.
Justice League Heroes: The Flash is released for Game Boy Advanced. It is a spin-off of Justice League Heroes, which was released for X-Box, PS2, PSP, and Nintendo DS.
The Flash television series featuring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash begins its ongoing run on The CW.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice features the first theatrical appearance of Barry Allen/The Flash, but only for a brief cameo.
A Justice League film featuring The Flash/Barry Allen as a main character is released. The film has a worldwide gross of more than $650M, with Ezra Miller playing Barry Allen/The Flash.
Rally enters into an agreement to acquire #SHOWCASE4 and offer it on the Rally platform.
A Flash film is scheduled in which Ezra Miller will reprise his role as The Flash and Michael Keaton will play a version of Batman, a role he has not played since 1992’s Batman Returns.
The Flash may not be as powerful as Superman, as thoughtful as Batman, or as strong as Wonder Woman, but his place in comic book history is every bit as important. At the end of the golden age of the comic book superhero, many believed the genre was too controversial to continue. But in 1956, Showcase #4 brought back The Flash, this time with a new alter ego and origin story, but with the same power. Soon other characters would re-emerge and a new era of comic books would take the world by storm.Invest Now
|Initial Offering Share Price||$7|
|Number of Shares||11,000|
|Initial Offering Market Cap.||$77,000|
|Store Date||September 10, 1956|
|Key Issue||First Appearance Silver-Age Flash|
|Writer(s)||Robert Kanigher and John Broome|
|Cover Artist(s)||Joe Kubert and Carmine Infantino|
|Rarity||1 of 7 (CGC 7.5)|
|Authentication||Certified Guaranty Company (CGC)|