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    Fantastic Four #1 Northland pedigree (Marvel, 1961). A truly historic book, Fantastic Four #1 ushered in the Marvel Age of Comics, and in the process, redefined what comic books were all about. Stan Lee's decision to give his characters real problems allowed readers to empathize with them, putting comics on a whole new emotional level with their fans. And to might never have happened! After nearly 20 years in the business, Stan was considering hanging it all up when Martin Goodman, then publisher of Marvel, had a golf game with DC's editor, Jack Liebowitz. Liebowitz revealed to him that their new creation, the Justice League of America, was doing very well. Always the entrepreneur, Goodman convinced Stan to give superheroes one more shot. After brainstorming with Jack Kirby, the two decided to create a team of superheroes similar to the Challengers of the Unknown -- but with a twist. From that fateful golf game, Marvel would eventually rise up to become the industry leader, pointing the way for others to follow. This copy hails from the Northland collection, considered by many to be the pre-eminent Silver Age pedigree find of the 1990s. A beautiful book that is elusive in the higher grades. CGC VF 8.0 Off-white pages. Overstreet 2001 VF 8.0 value = $8,800.

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    March, 2002
    15th-16th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
    Mark A.,
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