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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Definitive Fantastic Four Key Comics List Part 12

Finally, here we are with the last part to this Fantastic Four key comics list. This is Part 12, and as promised, here's some of the important key issue FF annuals that are solid comic investments. Quite a few important ones and first appearances as well, and they all reside in the Silver Age of comics.

If you missed Part 11, you know what to do and that's to just click the link in order to transport back. If you're ready, enjoy more Fantastic Four key issue goodness in this final part to this series. Enjoy!

1st Fantastic Four annual
First appearance of Warlord Krang
First Silver Age appearance of Lady Dorma

Lady Dorma first appeared when Marvel was Timely Comics in the Golden Age, and she wass the cousin of Namor the Submariner. However, during the Silver Age, she would be revamped to be Namor's lover and eventual wife before her death. This is her first Silver Age appearance in this issue.

Fantastic Four Annual #1 also sees the first appearance of Warlord Krang, whom is also an Atlantean. He is, though, a high ranking member of the Atlantean military. He is a foe of Namor, and harbors a hatred for him for stealing away Lady Dorma, who was to be his bride before Namor returned to Atlantis. September, 1963 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Three CGC 9.4 NM copies up on the mighty eBay. Several CGC copies with two 9.2 low NMs, one is a Restored copy though. Unslabbed copies available for this annual as well.

mycomicshop - Four copies total and two are slabbed comics. First and highest is a PGX 5.0 VG/FN and the other is a CGC 4.0 VG. Two other copies present and both are low grade raw copies.

ComicConnect - Quite a few copies here and there are some CGC slabs. Highest located at the moment is a gorgeous CGC 9.4 NM followed by a 9.2 low NM. There's also an 8.5 VF+ and a 4.0 VG to complete the slabbed selection. Six unslabbed copies and the highest raw copy is a FN+.

ComicLink - Quite a bit of CGC copies here at ComicLink at the moment. CGC 9.4 is the highest, and the 2nd highest is a 9.0 VF/NM. Four raw copies in the lower grade also available.

2nd Fantastic Four annual
First appearance of Werner von Doom
First appearance of Boris
Detailed origin of Doctor Doom

More insights to the origin of Doctor Doom or Victor von Doom is detailed in this issue, and because of it, we get the first appearance of Werner von Doom, his father. In this issue, Werner von Doom is also a doctor who fails to heal the wife of the monarch of Latveria. the monarch sentences Doom's father to death, but before they can enact this punishment, Werner takes his son and flees.

However, both were nearly frozen to death during their escape and were later found by Werner's friend, Boris, who brings both back to the gypsy camp. Werner dies and Victor von Doom swears revenge. This issue also tells of Victor's rivalry with Reed Richards in college. September, 1964 was when this comic was published, and is a solid investment comic to add to your vault.

eBay - Highest CGC graded comic here is a 9.6 NM+. Slab has the old label though. Two CGC 8.0 VFs and a very few other slabbed options. There seems to be a few unslabbed copies also.

mycomicshop - Quite a few copies, but all of them are unslabbed and in the lower grade range. a VG+ is the highest grade at the moment. Some copies of this issue here are in stock and not on consignment.

ComicConnect - Only one CGC copy here and it's a lower grade 4.0 VG. There are four raw copies and the highest is a 5.5 FN.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 8.0 VF copy here concerning slabs. Rest are raw copies and quite a few of them.

3rd Fantastic Four annual
First Silver Age appearance of Hedy Wolfe
First Silver Age appearance of Patricia Walker

In the 3rd Fantastic Four annual, we see the revival of two Golden Age characters. Hedy Wolfe is the best friend of Patricia Walker, and both of their first appearances were in the Golden Age magazine called Miss America Magazine in issue 2. That issue was published November, 1944.

Being retconned into the Marvel Universe, it was established that their adventures in Miss America Magazine were actually comic books of the Earth-616 characters in Marvel reality. Patricia Walker becomes the superheroine Hellcat, a character who was once a member of both the Avengers and the Defenders. Fantastic Four Annual #3 was published October, 1965.

eBay - Pretty limited selection of unslabbed copies for this issue on eBay at the moment. Same for CGC copies and there are only three so far. Highest is a 7.5 low VF.

ComicLink - One CGC 7.5 low VF and a raw 7.0 FN/VF are the only copies here at the time of this writing.

First Silver Age appearance of original Human Torch

Jim Hammond is revived from the Golden Age and into the Silver Age, and Fantastic Four Annual #6 holds the first Silver Age appearance of the original Human Torch.

The Mad Thinker recovers the body of the original Human Torch and with the help of his computer Quasimodo, they repair him to do battle with the FF. November, 1966 was when this comic was published.

eBay - No problem on the unslabbed front here and seems to have a pretty decent selection so far. Only two CGC copies though and the highest is a 9.0 VF/NM. Other copy is 4.5 VG+ Signature Series signed by Stan Lee.

mycomicshop - Only two raw copies here and they are a low FN and VG.

ComicConnect - A total of six copies here. Most of them are raw copies except for a CGC 6.0 FN. Highest raw copy is an 8.0 VF.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies here and both are high grade. First is a 9.4 NM and the second is a 9.2 low NM. One raw 7.0 FN/VF copy available as well.

First appearance of Livewire
First appearance of Shellshock
First appearance of Psycho-Man
First Silver Surfer solo story

Leader of a group that calls itself the Technocracy which governs the worlds within the Microverse, Psycho-Man decides that the realm of big people should be a good place to conquer since overpopulation is a problem in his realm. Microscopic in size, Psycho-Man has a human-sized armor that he controls and has a device that controls people's emotions.

Shellshock and Livewire are pretty much flunkies of Psycho-Man, and despite the fact that this is a Silver Age Fantastic Four comic, the character's are pretty minor. 

However, there is the first Silver Surfer solo story in a back feature to this comic. This was published November, 1967.

eBay - Quite a few slabbed copies with two CGC 9.6 NM+s being the highest so far. Three 9.4 NMs with one of them being a Signature Series. Three 9.2 low NMs located as well. No problem finding raw copies for this key issue also.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.2 low NM on consignment here. Only slabbed copies and there are three raw and lower grade copies as well. Highest is a low VG.

ComicConnect - High grade CGC copies here, and there are two so far. First is a whopping 9.6 NM+ and the 2nd option is still a high grade 9.4 NM. All the other copies are raw unslabbers.

ComicLink - Five CGC copies and the highest is a whopping 9.8 for a nice chunk of change. There is also three 9.4 NMs and 4.5 VG+. Raw copies also here at the moment.

First appearance of Annihilus
First appearance of Franklin Richards

Two pretty important first appearances are in this Fantastic Four annual. First, the first appearance of Annihilus, who has become quite a popular Fantastic Four foe. He is ranked in the top 100 comic book supervillains of all time, and hails from a planet called Arthoros in the Negative Zone. Annihilus is hell-bent on dominating all the worlds in the Negative Zone.

The second is the birth and first appearance of Franklin Richards, whom is a mutant above Omega level. He can warp reality and make any thought or desire happen at will. Franklin Richards can rearrange the molecular structure of matter and also has vast psionic powers such as telepathy, telekinesis, energy blasts of concussive force, precognition, and astral projection. In other words, he is perhaps one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe and is the most powerful mutant on Earth.

In this issue, Franklin Richards appearance is unnamed. He isn't named until Fantastic Four #94. Annihilus's second appearance is in Fantastic Four #107. This Fantastic Four Annual #6 was published November, 1968, and is a key issue worth getting. 

eBay - Surprised that there are no CGC copies for this one on eBay and even the selection for raw copies is pretty limited. Well, at least, at the time of this writing they are. More copies may pop up in the future, and they most likely will.

mycomicshop - Quite a bit of copies here. All are unslabbed though. Highest is a 7.0 FN/VF. Most are in lower grades and only one other mid-grade raw copy here at the time of this writing.

There we have it, and this the end to the definitive Fantastic Four key comics list. You can see there's quite a few annuals worth considering in this final part to the series. Overall this series listed quite a lot of Fantastic Four key issues worth investing in as well as a few minor ones as well.

If you have more FF key issues in mind that I didn't list, just throw them out in the comments box. I'm sure others wouldn't mind finding out about them.

Alright, a little break from some key issues lists and then back to the grind. If you missed Part 11, just click the PREVIOUS link below. You also check out the Captain Marvel key issues if you missed that list as well. Thanks for reading.

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