DescriptionThe Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962) CGC NM- 9.2 Off-white pages. This is one of the very best Silver Age Marvels we have ever offered at Heritage!
This book has long had the reputation of being one of the most difficult Marvel issues to find in high grade, and that has been borne out by CGC's census data as noted below. The main reason for this is of course the midnight-blue cover background, which ruthlessly exposes the smallest imperfection in any given copy. And of course, one side effect of this was that when collectors did have such "dings" on their copies, the temptation to try to touch up the color breaks was too much for many of them to resist, hence there are many restored copies in circulation.
The Marvel line as we know it today had not been around very long when this, Marvel's second Silver Age superhero series, appeared cover-dated 5/62 -- Fantastic Four, the only series to precede it, was merely on its fourth issue. Spider-Man and Thor would follow before 1962 was out, as did Ant-Man (while Henry Pym's first appearance pre-dates Hulk #1, he didn't become Ant Man until 9/62). Marvel had hardly put itself on the map in the minds of superhero collectors by this point, and the whole Hulk series was no overnight success, being canceled after six issues.
In addition to the origin and first appearance of the Hulk (who was gray here before becoming green in issue #2), this landmark book has the key first appearances of Rick Jones, Betty Ross, and Thunderbolt Ross. Jack Kirby provided the cover art.
This copy, which has been in a personal collection for several decades, was originally acquired from Malcolm Willits' famous Collectors Bookstore.
A well-centered, beautiful copy, the best we have seen of this key comic.
Overstreet 2009 NM- 9.2 value = $32,000. CGC census 10/09: 4 in 9.2, 1 higher.
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