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    Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961) CGC VF 8.0 Off-white pages. Here's the third most-valuable comic of the Silver Age, and the comic that started the Silver Age as far as Marvel was concerned. Jack Kirby's cover is one of the most recognizable of all. It's the origin and first appearance of the Fantastic Four (Mr. Fantastic, the Thing, the Invisible Girl, and the new incarnation of the Human Torch), with a story by Stan Lee and art by Kirby. The book also has the first appearance and origin of the FF's first opponent, the Mole Man. The earliest version of the characters is fascinating: Reed Richards was a pipe-smoking scientist straight out of a monster mag, the Thing hadn't yet taken on the Yancy Street patois he was later known for, and the FF was strictly a plainclothes group with no costumes in sight. The backstory of the issue's creation is intriguing in itself. Legend has it that Stan Lee was considering abandoning comic books as a career if the experiment didn't pan out. It was a success, all right, and this book is a comic milestone that would be the centerpiece of almost any Marvel collection. Overstreet 2004 VF 8.0 value = $8,925.

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