When it comes to this comic do I really need to explain it's importance? After all, it is the first superhero comic that was published under the Marvel Comics brand.
Before it was Atlas Comics, and even before that, it was Timely Comics when Captain America, Namor the Submariner and the original Human Torch were created in the golden age of comics. However, during the time of Atlas Comics, superhero comics were out and not selling well. Which is why you see mystery and science fiction stories in the very early issues Tales of Suspense, Tales to Astonish, and Journey Into Mystery.
During the 60s, DC Comics revamped many of their superheroes (Green Lantern/Flash) and made a major comeback in the superhero genre. They also put out Justice League of America #1, and Stan Lee was ordered to create a superhero team for Marvel Comics.
The result was Fantastic Four #1, which introduced the iconic team of Reed Richards as Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm as the Invisible Woman, her brother Johnny Storm as the 2nd Human Torch, and, of course, everybody's favorite, lovable Thing a.k.a Ben Grimm. FF #1 in 1961 was Marvel's comeback into superhero comics during the silver age.
There's no doubt that Fantastic Four #1 - the first appearance of the Fantastic Four, is one of the most coveted silver age key issues to own. But, hey, let's get to the point of why you're really here - the Fantastic Four #1 values.
Overstreet 1982-83 Guide 12th Edition:
Overstreet 1990-91 Guide 20th Edition:
Near Mint: $2,650
Overstreet 2002-03 Guide 33rd Edition:
Near Mint: $32,000
Very Fine: $9,350
Very Good: $1,684
Overstreet 2013-14 Guide 44rth Edition:
Near Mint(low): $105,000
Very Fine: $27,000
Very Good: $4,000
Talk about some pretty huge jumps in value from the last ten years for grades of VF and low NM. Low near mint went up $73,000 dollars in ten years and very fine did a nice $17,650. That's an increase of $1,750 each year for very fine, and an increase of $7,300 every year for a low near mint copy.
A pretty darn good investment if you ask me. With Josh Trank helming the Fantastic Four reboot, this issue is sure to get another kick in the ass in value as well. If you haven't already, be sure to visit my list of top Fantastic Four key issues to view and seriously think about adding some more value to your comic collection.
Thanks for reading and until next time!