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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Definitive Fantastic Four Key Comics List Part 8

We are finally moving out of the Silver Age and into the Bronze Age of Fantastic Four key issues. Welcome to Part 8, and we've got some pretty good Fantastic Four key comics in this post. One that's especially heating up for sure and been on the comic investment radar for a bit.

If you missed the previous post, just hit this Part 7 link to be transported back. You can always navigate back here. Otherwise, let's get this cosmic goodness rolling with Part 8. Enjoy!

  • First brief appearance of HIM

Another issue concerning Adam Warlock that I've suggested snagging some time ago, Fantastic Four continues and ends the origin of HIM, and we do get to see the first brief appearance of HIM, who ends up becoming Adam Warlock during the Bronze Age of comics. Demand for this comic is starting to heat up and get some play. High grade copies are getting snagged up quickly and have become harder to find online.

October, 1967 is when this issue was published.

eBay - A pretty good selection for unslabbed copies if you're on the hunt for those. However, if you prefer slabbed copies, there are some CGC available but not much. Only three that are first prints and the highest is a 7.0 FN/VF.

mycomicshop - Only unslabbed copies here at the time of this writing. Highest are two VGs. May change by the time you read this and have some CGC copies there.

Crystal joins Fantastic Four

Sue Storm is pregnant and can't continue being an active member of the Fantastic Four. So, Crystal of the Inhumans joins the FF team to temporarily take Sue's place.

Although Reed is uncertain and uneasy about Crystal joining due to her age, she proves to be a great and functional member when the Fantastic Four battle against the Wizard. The Invisible Woman doesn't appear at all in this issue.

Pretty minor key issue and a late Silver Age comic. It was published December, 1968.

eBay - No problem finding unslabbed copies here at the moment, but high grade unslabbers is a different story. On the CGC front, there are only five copies with the highest being three 9.4 NMs and the lowest slab a 4.0 VG.

mycomicshop - Unslabbed copies only here. Six copies to be exact with the top two both being 5.0 VG/FN comics. All the others are in the lower grade range also.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.4 NM copy located here for now. Also a 7.0 FN/VF, and those are the only two slabbed copies. There are unslabbers though. Highest is toted as being a 9.2 low NM.

ComicLink - Only one copy and it's a CGC 9.4 NM at the time of this writing. May or may not change by the time you read this.

First appearance of Agatha Harkness
First appearance of Ebony

Agatha Harkness became a pretty popular supporting character within the Fantastic Four comics as the governess or tutor of Franklin Richards, Sue and Reed's son. She also happens to be a powerful witch and was one of the original witches from the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts.

She also became a mentor to the Scarlet Witch as well, teaching her real magic. Ebony is her cat, which seems like an ordinary cat, but can transform itself into a demonic cat-like creature that can whoop ass. 

Fantastic Four #94 sees the first appearance of Agatha Harkness and the first appearance of Ebony. This comic was published January, 1970.

eBay - Pretty limited selection for CGC copies but there some. More like three but two are high grade. Highest is a CGC 9.6 NM+ and the 2nd highest is a 9.4 NM. Decent selection of raw copies for sale on the mighty eBay.

mycomicshop - High grade CGC 9.6 NM+ located here for the meantime. Other copy is a raw comic and it's only a VG+ but is in stock.

ComicLink - Two copies here with one a CGC and the other a raw copy. CGC is a 9.4 NM and the raw copy is an 8.0 VF.

Error printing

Although nothing really key issue worthy happens in this issue, this is an error printing in which the colors got screwed up or a certain ink ran out during the process. The costumes turned out pink instead of the iconic blue and the skin tones, including the Thing, turned out green.

Estimated quantity in existence isn't really all that known, and there seems to be quite a few out there in the market. Even some have been CGC graded, and there are high grades of this error printing. If you're into this sort of niche, this issue may be one to consider.

There is also the corrected version, but it won't be listed here since it's not technically a key issue. This error comic variant technically isn't either. It was published May, 1971.

eBay - Corrected printing are present and no trouble to find. However there are the error printings or variants, and CGC copies of them as well. A whopping CGC 9.6 NM+ has been located as well as a 9.4 NM. Two other slabbed variant options as well.

mycomicshop - The corrected version is here, but not the error printing. If you want the corrected version, there are four raw copies in stock. Highest two are 6.5 FN+ copies.

ComicConnect - Two CGC 9.4 NM copies and one of them is the error printing. The other is the corrected copy. Five unslabbed copies with the highest being a 9.2 low NM.

Hulk vs. Thing

Another fan favorite bout between the Hulk and the Thing as they once again try to establish who is the strongest. The Hulk gets the upper hand on the Thing in this issue with a blow so powerful that Johnny Storm believes Ben Grimm to be dead at the end of this issue.

If you're a fan of the Hulk vs. Thing battles, you should be gunning for this one as early Hulk vs Thing battles are highly sought after. This Bronze Age key issue was published July, 1971.

eBay - Seems to be a decent selection of unslabbed copies. As for CGC copies there seems to be less than two handfuls, but there is a CGC 9.6 NM+ and a 9.4 NM. Two CGC 9.2s also spotted as of now.

mycomicshop - There are four copies here, but only one CGC. The CGC copy is a whopping 9.6 NM+ though. Rest are unslabbers and the highest is a 7.5 VF+.

ComicConnect - Only two copies here. One is a CGC 8.5 VF+ and the other is an unslabbed low VF.

ComicLink - Top grade here is a CGC 9.4 NM. Three other CGC slabs that are all 8.5 VF+s. No raw copies as of yet.

First appearance of Thundra
First appearance of Avius, Flaidermaus, Pinyon & Dominor

A Femizon and warrior woman who comes from a future where men are subjugated by females, Thundra is a character that is often aligned with the Fantastic Four, so it's no surprise that her first appearance in this titled series.

In this issue, she is sent back to challenge the Thing, believing he is the strongest male in existence and to prove that women were superior. She also joins the Frightful Four to accomplish this. Thundra would often be a foe and an ally to the FF in her comic career. 

Avius, Flaidermaus, Pinyon & Dominor are Inhumans and are very minor characters. It's Thundra's first appearance in this issue that makes it worth even noting. Every man's ultimate nightmare, the first appearance of Thundra was published December, 1972.

eBay - Good selection of raw copies, but only one CGC copy. It is a CGC 9.8 though!

mycomicshop - Only two unslabbed copies here so far. One is a FN and the other a VG, but both are in stock.

ComicLink - Only one copy but it is a whopping CGC 9.8!

Definitely have moved right into the Bronze Age and we'll be seeing quite a few more in the next part to this Fantastic Four key comics list, which is ready! More Fantastic Four comics to invest in if you just click the PART 9 link below.

If you happened to miss Part 7, shit happens but no worries. You can just click the PREVIOUS link below to go back and read that as well.

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