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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Definitive Fantastic Four Key Comics List Part 6


This is Part 6 to the Fantastic Four key comics list, and we have some pretty awesome keys in this one. A few you have already seen on Total Comic Mayhem before, and a few you haven't just yet. There are two Inhumans related keys on here for those wondering about what Inhumans key issues to possibly gun for.

Like always, if you missed the previous post, click this Part 5 link to go back. If you're ready for Part 6, enjoy!




FANTASTIC FOUR #46
First full appearance of Black Bolt
2nd appearance of Inhumans
First appearance of Seeker
Partial origin of Inhumans

As mentioned in Part 5 to this Fantastic Four key issues list, Black Bolt did appear in Fantastic Four #45, but this is considered by the industry the first full appearance of Black Bolt. The reason for that I don't really know, but I don't question it.

So, this one I also recommended a few months back, but there's more to this issue than what I first recommended it for. We have the first full appearance of Black Bolt, but it's also the 2nd appearance of the Inhumans and also has a partial origin of the group.

Also, what I did not note about it earlier, is that this is the first appearance of the Seeker, whom was sent to retrieve the exiled Inhumans royal famiily under the orders of Maximus the Mad, ruler of Attilan. You'll learn more about Maximus in the next issue on this list, and this comic was published January, 1966.

eBay - This comic is definitely becoming more scarce online to find. Three CGC copies on eBay at the moment though, but the highest is a 7.0 FN/VF.

ComicLink - One CGC 8.0 VF located here for the moment.




FANTASTIC FOUR #47
3rd appearance of Inhumans
First appearance of Aireo
First appearance of Alpha Primatives
First appearance of Maximus

Lots of key issue goodness concerning the Inhumans also in this issue. Here, we have the 3rd appearance of the Inhumans, as well as the first appearance of Aireo, not named in this issue, an Inhuman and ally of Maximus.

Speaking of Maximus again, he also an Inhuman and the younger brother of Black Bolt. Maximus was leader of the rebel forces in the Inhumans civil war in which he was able to gain control of Attilan and drove the Inhuman royal family out of the city.

This issue sees Maximus send the Alpha Primatives, which are basically sub-human servants to the Inhumans, to combat the exiled Inhumans. Upon defeating the Alpha Primatives, Maximus relinquishes the crown back to Black Bolt.

First appearance of Maximus may be an important concerning the Inhumans movie. He may just be a villain, and the Alpha Primatives and Aireo may just also appear as well. This comic was published February, 1966.

eBay - Only two CGC copies located, but both are CGC 9.4 NMs. Quite a few raw copies as well on the mighty eBay.

mycomicshop - Two raw copies so far. Highest and only one worth mentioning is a low VF.

ComicConnect - A few copies here for now. A whopping CGC 9.4 NM and a PGX 7.0 FN/VF are the only two slabbed comics. Other four copies are all raw, and the highest unslabbed comic of this issue is a VF.




FANTASTIC FOUR #48
First appearance of Silver Surfer
First appearance of Galactus
Part 6 has some mighty key issues, and this one is no doubt one of them. The first appearance of the Silver Surfer and Galactus is a well-known and sought out key within the FF first comic series, and it's been recommended on here before for good reason.

Silver Surfer has become a very popular cosmic character, and Galactus is pretty much known by most every comic fan on the planet. Both have already made their onscreen debuts in the 2nd Fantastic Four movie, but I do believe that the rights to these two characters reverted back to Marvel Studios.

Definitely one of the for-sure Fantstic Four key comics worth investing in. March, 1966 is the publication date for the first appearance of Galactus and Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four #48.

eBay - CGC 9.6 NM+ is the top grade so far for this issue. Saw quite a few 9.4s as well. Plenty of options for this comic for both slabbed and unslabbed copies.

mycomicshop - All are slabbed copies, with one being a PGX 5.5 low FN. Other two are CGC with the highest a 7.0 FN/VF and the lowest a 4.5 VG+. Both CGC copies are Signature Series signed by Stan Lee.

ComicConnect - Holy moly, a beautiful and whopping CGC 9.8 located here of the first appearance of Silver Surfer! 2nd highest is a 9.0 VF/NM. Five options total with one being a raw comic.

ComicLink - If you're looking for CGC comics of this issue, there are seven of them at ComicLink. Highest are two 9.2 NM copies.





FANTASTIC FOUR #49
2nd appearance of Silver Surfer
2nd appearance of Galactus
1st Silver Surfer & Galactus on cover
First appearance of Punisher

Already mentioned this one in the Silver Surfer key issues list, and it's still a great investment comic, especially if you're a Silver Surfer or Fantastic Four fan. Fantastic Four sees the 2nd appearance of Silver Surfer and Galactus and also has the 1st time the two grace a comic book cover.

Also, that's not the Punisher, Frank Castle, we are talking about, but the Galactus robot, Punisher. Just so you don't get confused if you didn't read this in the Silver Surfer keys issues list.

eBay - Quite a few CGC comics for this issue. Highest slabbed so far is a 9.2 low NM. 2nd highest slabbed is an 8.5 VF+. Raw copies also located.

mycomicshop - Six copies here, all unslabbed, and all lower grade copies. Highest is a VG.

ComicLink - Two CGC comics here at the moment with the highest being a 9.4 NM. Lowest copy is a mid-grade 6.0 FN.




FANTASTIC FOUR #50
3rd appearance of Silver Surfer
3rd appearance of Galactus
2nd Surfer on cover
For those of you who remember, this Fantastic Four key issue was also mentioned in the Silver Surfers key issues list, and it's the 3rd appearance of both Silver Surfer and Galactus. To make a long story short, Fantastic Four #50 is also the 2nd time Silver Surfer graces a comic cover, a good investment comic to consider, and it was published in May of 1966.

eBay - Two CGC 9.4 NMs are the top slabs so far. There is a 9.6 NM+ but it's restored. There looks to be plenty of slabbed and unslabbed options to choose from for now.

mycomicshop - One CGC 6.5 FN+ Signature Series available for sale. Other copy is a raw low VG and goes up for auction September 13th of this year, 2014.

ComicConnect - Four copies here with only one CGC comic at a very nice 9.4 NM. Rest are raw copies.

ComicLink - High grade CGC 9.2 low NM is the top graded copy here so far. Other CGC comics available as well as two raw copies.




FANTASTIC FOUR #51
Classic This Man...This Monster story
First appearance Negative Zone
Concerning the Thing, Fantastic Four #51 holds the classic and fan-favorite story, This Man...This Monster, in which an imposter Thing steals Ben's powers and look in order to eliminate Reed Richards, thinking Reed is a man who makes his discoveries only for glory.

In the issue, while Reed discovers the Negative Zone and travels through this anti-matter universe as the imposter Thing holds the tether, it suddenly breaks and the imposter Thing sees just how selfless Reed really is and changes his opinion of him. Therefore the imposter Thing sacrifices himself in order to save Reed and return him back from the Negative Zone.

This is the first appearance of the Negative Zone, and it will often appear in many Marvel Comic stories. Actually, Annihilus is from this zone. This comic was published June of 1966.

eBay - Not easy to find online for CGC copies of this issue, but the mighty eBay pulls through. High grade 9.2 low NM is the top slabber so far with an 8.0 VF in 2nd. Seven CGC comics total for this issue at the time of this writing. There are unslabbed raw copies to choose from also.

mycomicshop - Only three unslabbers here, and all are in the low grade realm. Highest is GD+.




Quite a few important keys here, and there are quite a few more Fantastic Four key issues to go. Expect this series to be a long one. We are still in the Silver Age, after all. In case you're wondering about the Annuals, those will be listed in the very last part to this Fantastic Four key comics list.

If you missed Part 5, just click the PREVIOUS link below to read that. Part 7 is ready, so click the link below if you want to continue.






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