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Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Definitive Fantastic Four Key Comics List

In the past, I did a Top Fantastic Four Key Issues list that detailed only the best comics to invest in concerning the Fantastic Four title. This Fantastic Four key comics list is going to be a more in-depth and detailed version that covers volume one to the Fantastic Four titled comics. I do apologize that you may see some issues already in the Top Fantastic Four list, especially the first early six issues in this Part, but I promise there will be some new ones as well.

There's a lot of key issue comics to invest in when it comes to the first FF series, and quite a lot of Silver Age comic investments to mine. Besides, it's always good to get back into some Silver Age keys, so here we go! Let's get this key issue mayhem on!

First appearance of Fantastic Four
First comic published under Marvel name
First appearance of Mole Man
Origin of Fantastic Four

Talk about key issue heaven? This is the holy grail of Fantastic Four comic and it's one of the holy grails of Marvel comics. This is the very first comic to be published under the Marvel name and brand that would become so famous.

This is the first appearance of the Fantastic Four, as well as it's team members Sue Storm as the Invisible Woman, Reed Richards as Mr. Fantastic, Sue's brother Johnny Storm as the Human Torch, and Ben Grimm as The Thing. Not only does this comic hold the first appearance of the Fantastic Four, it also tells of the group's origin.

Fantastic Four #1 volume 1 also has the first appearance of Mole Man, the FF's very first villain who will be Josh Trank's rebooted Fantastic Four movie. As I've told the story in earlier key issues lists, the Fantastic Four was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby after Lee's boss told him to create a superhero team because of the success of DC's Justice League of America comic. This landmark issue and one of the most important Marvel, Silver Age, and Fantastic Four key issues was published November, 1961.

eBay - I wouldn't trust unslabbed copies concerning this super key. There are quite a few, but there's also a high probability that they could be reprints or restored copies without the seller even knowing it. As for CGC, there are a few. Mostly lower grade copies which isn't surprising. Highest grade so far is a CGC 7.5, and no it's not a restored copy.

mycomicshop - Two CGC copies here. One is a very nice 7.0 mid-grade copy for some buku bucks. The case does have a scratch. The other is a CGC 5.0 low grade, and is more expensive than the 7.0 FN/VF.

ComicConnect - Some CGC options here as well as the Golden Record's Reprint. As for 1st printings, the highest is an 8.5 VF+ and second highest is a 6.0 FN. There's also lower grade CGC copies in the GD+ to VG range.

ComicLink - A few CGC options here, but most are in the low grade range. One unslabbed copy totes the highest grade at a 7.5, but there's no picture on display.

Last 10 cent issue
2nd issue to titled series
First appearance of the Skrulls
A bunch of key issue goodness is involved with issue #2 to the first volume of the Fantastic Four titled series. Not only is this the last 10 cent issue, if you care about that stuff, but it's also the first appearance of the Skrulls.

The Skrulls and their shape-shifting alien ways have become widely known and hugely popular adversaries of the Fantastic Four, as well as many other Marvel superheroes throughout the years.

A solid investment and quite valuable throughout the decades, this key Fantastic Four comic is definitely one to add to your vault whether or not you're a fan. It was already featured in the Top Fantastic Four key issues list on here for good reason and published January, 1962.

eBay - Unslabbed copies are present, but once again, if you wanna risk getting a restored copy, then there some raw options for this issue on the mighty eBay. As for CGC, there are some options here for now as well. Highest spotted is a 7.5 low VF. There's actually two of them at the grade and two 7.0 FN/VFs that were located at the time of this writing.

ComicConnect - Only two unslabbed copies here. Highest is a VG. Other raw copy is a low VG.

ComicLink - Two copies and both CGC available. One is a FN+ and the other a FN.

1st Fantastic Four costumes
First appearance of Fantasti-Car
First appearance of Fantasti-Copter
First appearance Baxter Building

The costumes for the Fantastic Four are one of the most iconic costumes in comic books ever. In fact, since the original design, the Fantastic Four initial look has not changed drastically throughout their long career in comic books.

This issue sees the first time Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm don the famous FF costumes, but that's not the only thing that makes this comic hugely significant. There are some first appearances involved here, and this comic sees the first appearance of the famous Fantasti-Car and Fantasti-Copter, vehicles that have been iconic to the team for quite some time.

Not to mention that we also see the first appearance of the Baxter Building, which is the famous headquarters for the Fantastic Four as well. 3rd issue to the legendary first FF comic series, this is and always will be one of the best comics to invest in during the Silver Age. This Fantastic Four key issue was published March, 1962.

eBay - Two CGC 8.5 VF+ copies spotted for FF #3 at the time of this writing on the mighty eBay. Also saw a CGC 8.0 VF copy as well. Some mid-grade CGCs as well as low grades. Of course, there are unslabbed copies also.

ComicConnect - Five copies for sale as of this writing. Highest is a gorgeous CGC 8.5 VF+ and is the only CGC copy there at the moment. Highest unslabber is a 6.0 FN. Lowest is a GD+.

ComicLink - Little more than a handful of CGC copies at ComicLink. Highest is also a VF+. There are lower grade options as well.

1st Silver Age appearance of Namor

One of the first superheroes under Timely Comics, predecessor of Marvel Comics, Namor is revived from the Golden Age and into the Silver Age. As I've recounted the story quite a few times already, superhero comics became extremely unpopular during the late Golden Age. Many of the superhero comics from the late Golden Age ceased to be published and many of the oldest and iconic early Marvel superheroes like Captain America and Namor the Submariner were no exceptions.

Once the superhero genre was revived during the Silver Age, many of the Timely superheroes were brought back into the fold, including Namor the Submariner. This is the first appearance of the Silver Age Namor, and it's no surprise he would be brought back to have a major crush on the blonde hottie Sue Storm the Invisible Woman. Subby's first Silver Age appearance was published May of 1962.

eBay - Selection for unslabbed copies is pretty limited, and there seems to be more slabbed copies than raw. Highest located so far is a CGC FN/VF 7.0 copy.

ComicConnect - Three unslabbed copies here at the moment. Highest unslabber is an 8.0 VF copy though.

ComicLink - Six copies here with all of them being CGC graded. Highest CGC copy is an 8.5 VF+.

First appearance of Dr. Doom
Origin of Dr. Doom

One of the most iconic Marvel villains of all time, Fantastic Four #5 is the first appearance of Dr. Doom, also known as Victor von Doom. With the new Fantastic Four movie reboot by Josh Trank, the character of Dr. Doom will once again be reintroduced to the big screen. Demand for this issue has always been solid, but the movie has once again given it a nice bump in demand.

The first appearance of Dr. Doom is and always will be a solid comic investment, and that's with a giant-sized period. He is the definitive Fantastic Four villain, and no matter how many reboot movies they do of this Marvel superhero team, you can be assured that Victor von Doom will be in one of the films.

This key issue also tells the origin of Dr. Doom and the beginning of the rivalry between Victor von Doom and Reed Richards. No doubt one of the best comics to invest in concerning Fantastic Four key comics. July, 1962 is when this famous key was published.

eBay - A gorgeous CGC 8.0 Signature Series signed by none other than Stan Lee is the top grade for non-restored copies. There is also a restored CGC 8.0 as well and a regular Universal 7.5 low VF. Quite a few options for CGC here at the moment.

mycomicshop - Two CGC copies located at the moment. Both are 5.0 VG/FN copies. There is also a raw VG copy as well.

ComicConnect - Only one copy at the moment for the first appearance of Dr. Doom at ComicConnect. It is a graded copy but it is PGX. High grade though, and boasts a very nice 9.0 VF/NM grade for this Silver Age key issue.

ComicLink - Six CGC copies here with the highest being a whopping 9.6 NM+. It's also a White Mountain Pedigree and hella expensive with no offers. Not surprising at all.  Two of the copies are Restored.

2nd appearance of Dr. Doom
2nd appearance of Silver Age Namor
Dr. Doom & Namor team up
1st Marvel villain team up

No surprise that most of the early Fantastic Four comics are highly significant key issue comics. Issue #6 is definitely no exception and has quite a bit of key issue importance.

This is the 2nd appearance of Dr. Doom and the 2nd Silver Age appearance of Namor the Submariner. However, these two do team up against the Fantastic Four, making this issue the very first Marvel Comics villain team up ever. That's right, the first Marvel villain team up was Dr. Doom and Submariner.

September, 1962 was when the 6th issue in the first Fantastic Four comic series was published. It is absolutely still sought out.

eBay - Wow, the two top CGC grades present so far is a 9.0 VF/NM and an 8.5 VF+. A very nice 7.5 low VF also available and two mid-grade 6.0 FNs. Of course, there are lower grade slabbed copies also and unslabbed raw copies to choose from.

mycomicshop - Unslabbed FR 1.0 copy? Yeah, I don't even know why I bothered mentioning it either. For now that's all, but there will definitely be other copies at another time.

ComicConnect - Six copies here but no CGC yet. Highest raw copy is a FN+. Rest are in the low grade range.

ComicLink - Top grade here is a CGC 9.0 VF/NM copy. There's actually two of them. 2nd highest is a 7.5 low VF, and there is a raw copy with no picture at a VG.

The first 6 issues to the Fantastic Four volume series are major investment comics. Not cheap by any means in mid to high grades. Some are even expensive in lower GD grades, depending on your definition of expensive. However, they are all solid investments and have been for the past few decades.

Ok, so Part 1 is very much like the first comics detailed in the Top Fantastic Four Key Issues list I did earlier, but things will began to vary as this list further progresses. Part 2 will have some issues that were not listed in the Top FF keys list, and that bad boy is ready so just click the READ PART 2 link below to continue with the key issue goodness.


  1. This is going to be a very long list but well worth the time to read. Thanks, TCM.

    1. You're quite correct. It will be long list...a lot of keys in the first FF series...sigh, I'm going cross-eyed just thinking about it. As for worth reading, I'll do my best about that. Thanks for commenting and reading! Part 3 is up, only about a hundred more to go! Kidding!

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