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MARVEL COMICS

Fantastic Four #1

CGC 6.0 • COM-FF160


Initial share price

$32

Initial offering amount

$32,000

Marvel's era-defining First Family

Year1961
GradeCGC 6.0
Rarity1 of 222 books graded 6.0+
SourceHeritage Auctions
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Initial offering amount

$32,000

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The Fantastic Four - Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm - are nicknamed “Marvel’s First Family”.

That name captures the prominence of the team in canon, as celebrity superhumans and scientific patrons who provide leadership to governments and other superheroes alike. But it’s also true of their importance to comics history.

Fantastic Four  was the first superhero comic to begin developing long-term stories for its heroes and villains across multiple issues. This continuity would grow to encompass the entire Marvel Universe, making the Four the literal  “first family” of Marvel!

Their debut, Fantastic Four #1, was the first issue to utilize the creative process between writer and artist which became the famed “Marvel Method”. It would soon catapult Stan Lee and Jack Kirby to icon status and become standard across the industry.

That name captures the prominence of the team in canon, as celebrity superhumans and scientific patrons who provide leadership to governments and other superheroes alike. But it’s also true of their importance to comics history.

But more than that, it was the first time a superhero comic was written with a more adult audience in mind. It was the shocking success of Fantastic Four #1  among college students that convinced the major publishers to revitalize superhero comics after 20 years in the doldrums and showed comics creators the way forward.

It is no exaggeration to say that without the publication of Fantastic Four #1, superheroes would not hold their current significant place in the cultural zeitgeist. It is Marvel’s First Family, and this era-defining first issue, which made the last 60 years of mythmaking, movies and merchandise possible.

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Asset details

We purchased the book in June 2020, from a private client of Heritage Auctions who acquired it at auction in February 2013.

The authenticity and quality of this asset were verified by Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), the comics industry standard for third-party grading. This asset’s grading is in the top 13.9% of all CGC-graded Fantastic Four #1 books.

Authenticator
CGC
Grade
6.0 (Universal)
Pages
Off-white to white
Restored
No
Serial number
Date graded
October 8, 2012
Story
Stan Lee
Cover & art
Jack Kirby

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