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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Definitive Fantastic Four Key Comics List Part 9

Deeper into the Bronze Age we go, and to be honest, there's really not that many exciting Fantastic Four key issues during this period in time. There are a few, but most are not all that sought out.

So, many of these aren't really what I call solid investment comics, meaning they haven't had a good track record of being in demand. However, they are still key issues and there will be a few important keys here on out, but no where like the Silver Age era.

If you missed Part 8, just click the link to go back. If not, enjoy Part 9.

Medusa joins Fantastic Four

In issue #130 of the Fantastic Four, it seems that Reed and Sue have a spat, and the Invisible Woman quits the team until Reed straightens out his act. So, Medusa from the Inhumans joins the Fantastic Four team...temporarily, of course.

Not exactly a major key or even in that demand, but it still is a key. March, 1973 is when this was published.

eBay - No problem finding unslabbed copies, but only two CGC copies. Highest CGC is a 9.8, and the other is a VF 8.0.

mycomicshop - All unslabbed copies and four of them in stock at the moment. Highest is only a FN and 2nd highest is a low FN.

ComicConnect - A beautiful CGC 9.8 copy located here. Two raw copies also for sale.

Wedding of Crystal and Quicksilver

Whenever, there's a wedding in the MCU, you know that it's going to be crashed by a baddie. In the case of Crystal and Quicksilver's wedding on Attilan, it's Ultron and Maximus who turn the party up.

Of course, Quicksilver and Crystal do end up tying the knot and would have a rocky marriage, as everyone knows that Quicksilver is also quick tempered. Also, Crystal still had feelings for Johnny Storm, but Quicksilver and Crystal do have a daughter named Luna. This comic was published September, 1974.

eBay - Plenty of unslabbed copies of this issue on eBay at the moment, and about eight CGC slabs. Four of them are CGC 9.8s and two are 9.6 NM+s.

mycomicshop - Only CGC copy is a 9.6 NM+. Others are unslabbed and the highest raw is a 7.0 FN/VF.

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies at the time of this writing. Both are high grade with the highest being a 9.8 and the other a 9.6 NM+. Only one raw copy at an 8.5 VF+.

Origin of Thundra

In a conversation with Medusa, Thundra reveals her origins behind the Femizons and her future world. She explains that in the future, females rule and men are reduced to slavery. Thundra is the strongest, although genetically enhanced, and bravest of the Femizons, and that there are thousands of alternate futures and timelines created each time a decision is made.

In an alternate timeline, the planet of Machus, a future world in which men rule and women are slaves. For some reason, the world of the Machus and the Femizons have been drawing together and the once docile men ruled by the Femizons have been rebeling. Thus, Thundra traveled back to challenge and defeat the most powerful male ever - The Thing - to quiet the rebellion and the victory would someone eliminate the Machus.

Err...okay. The comic was published October, 1974.

eBay - Pretty limited selection for CGCs as there's only three copies. There is one CGC 9.8, and also a 9.4 NM. Last option is a 9.0 VF/NM. No problem finding unslabbed copies so far.

mycomicshop - Three low grade unslabbed copies. Top grade is a low FN, lowest is a VG.

ComicConnect - A high grade CGC 9.8 for sale here for now, and another high grade CGC 9.4 NM also. Three raw copies also present.

ComicLink - CGC 9.6 NM+ located here. Only copy for now at the time of this writing.

1st appearance of Madrox the Multiple Man

A character more known in the world of the X-Men and Marvel's muties, The Multiple Man, also known as Jamie Madrox, makes his debut in this issue. This issue also reveals the first origin of Jamie Madrox.

Professor X guest-stars in this story and is revealed to have been a colleague of Jamie's father, so we get some extra tid-bits on Professor X's history in this story.

This character was a prominent member of X-Factor in later comics, but really wasn't utilized that much shortly after his debut in this comic. The character would have very sporadic appearances in the X-Men comics and X spin-off comics like New Mutants and Fallen Angels.

The 90s saw this third-tier X-Men character become slightly more prominent in the pages of X-Factor. The character was portrayed by actor Eric Dane in X-Men: The Last Stand.

UPDATE: James Franco has recently been confirmed to be in talks with FOX about portraying the character in a stand-alone spin-off. As a result, this 1st appearance comic has seen heat due to speculation movie-hype. Like most X-Men comics, that may fizzle shortly after movie leaves theaters.

Madrox was created by Len Wein (R.I.P), and Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4 has the cover date of February, 1975.

eBay - No problem finding a copy of this issue on eBay in mid to lower grades. Looks like people are trying to dump this book and cash in on the hype.
Lots of over-bloated prices for CGC super high grade.

mycomicshop - At the time of this writing, there is one CBCS 9.4 copy for sale here. 3% buyer's premium also.

First appearance of Frankie Raye
First appearance of the Crusader

This key issue was already featured in the Silver Surfer key issues list done a month or two back, but it only noted the first appearance of Frankie Raye. Frankie Raye has become a popular supporting character for both the Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer, as well as the cosmic realm of the Marvel Universe.

She would later become the herald of Galactus known as Nova in a later issue, but Fantastic Four #164 is the first appearance of her character before her transformation.

This issue also holds the first appearance of the Crusader, whom is also seemingly destroyed in this issue as well. The Crusader is Thelius of the Uranian branch of the Eternals and the back up of Marvel Boy in case he was lost or killed. The headband worn by Marvel Boy ended up transmitting memories into Thelius's mind until he went mad.

Although destroyed in this issue, his essence would later be revived in the form of Blue Marvel, who would become a foe of Quasar and continually try to reclaim the Quantum Bands from him. November, 1975 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Raw copies galore, but only three slabbed copies. One CGC 9.8 is here at the moment but is the only high grade slab. Other highest grade is a FN+ 6.5 and the lowest is a 5.5 low FN.

mycomicshop - A whopping CGC 9.8 copy located here with four raw copies in stock. Highest raw is a 6.5 FN+.

Powerman joins team

Although this list hasn't noted all the times members quit the team because they seemingly do quite often, sometimes they do get replaced by some odd choices. This is especially true in Fantastic Four #168 where the Thing reverts back to Ben Grimm after prolonged exposure to gamma radiation while fighting the Hulk and Luke Cage Powerman takes his place.

Of course, this is just shake things up a bit when the series gets stale, and Powerman replacing the Thing would only last for two issues. Reed ends up constructing a Thing exo-suit for Grimm in which he can wear and continue his clobberin' time. The Thing would rejoin the team and Powerman would leave in Fantastic Four #170. This would not be last time he is temporarily replaced though.

Quite a minor, minor key and it was published March, 1976.

eBay - Only two CGC copies so far. Both aren't all that impressive at an 8.0 VF and a 6.0 FN. Unslabbed copies also available to consider.

mycomicshop - Four raw copies here, mostly in the mid grade range. Highest is a 7.0 FN/VF.

First appearance of The New Champions

The New Champions were a team of superheroes or superhumanoids who banded together to protect the planet Xandar. No, it's not the Nova Corps, but Nova, a.k.a Richard Rider and not to be confused with Frankie Raye, is a member of the New Champions.

The New Champions first appearance consisted of the members Comet, Powerhouse, Crime Buster, Diamond Head, and Nova. In this issue, the Fantastic Four and The New Champions join forces to battle against the Spinx.

This minor first appearance is definitely a sleeper and not that well-known or sought after. It was published July, 1979.

eBay - Quite a bit of unslabbed copies and a few are in comic lots. As expected, not that many CGC for this issue. Actually, only one at the time of this writing and it is a super high grade 9.8.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.8 copy here! Five raw copies also with the highest a FN.

Only a few more parts to go for this Fantastic Four key comics list. We are in the Bronze Age, and the keys worth investing in are getting slimmer and slimmer. Pretty soon, CGC copies for the key issues coming up in the next parts will get fewer and fewer as well. 

If you missed Part 8 just click the PREVIOUS link to go back. If you want to continue Part 10 of this key comics list is ready, so just click the blue PART 10 link to carry on.


  1. Hey TCM!! Are you gonna go check out the Reno Comic Con in November?

    1. Unfortunately wont be making it up there this year.