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Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Definitive Fantastic Four Key Comics List Part 3

Rollin' right along into Part 3 of this Fantastic Four key comics list. We're still in the early issues of the first FF comic series, so we have plenty of Silver Age key issues to cover still. It's definitely starting to look a lot different from the Top Fantastic Four key issues list on here for sure.

If you stumbled onto this without reading Part 2, you may want to click the link to read up on that before digging into Part 3. If not or if you have already, enjoy these next keys below.

First appearance of Mad Thinker

Not really a fan-favorite Fantastic Four villain by any stretch of the imagination, the Mad Thinker has done quite a bit in creating mischief for the superhero team. He's the mad genius behind pitting the X-Men with the FF against each other and created Quasimodo the Living Computer. He even revived the original Human Torch and used him to battle the present-day Human Torch, Johnny Storm.

There are quite a lot of memorable exploits for this character, who has also teamed up with the Puppet Master on several occasions in his career as a super villain. The first appearance of the Mad Thinker is, after all, an early Fantastic Four key issue, and that alone is reason enough to consider this as an investment comic. June, 1963 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Two CGC 9.0 copies and an 8.0 VF are the top slabbed grades so far on the mighty eBay. CGC 7.0 is there as well as some lower grade options. Only a few unslabbed copies spotted as of yet.

ComicConnect - Only unslabbers here so far. Highest is a 6.5 FN+. Lowest is a 3.5 low VG.

ComicLink - Two copies only at the moment and both are low grade ones. CGC copy is a 4.0 VG and the unslabbed copy is a VG+.

1st Ant-Man cross-over
First appearance of Pearla

The first time that Ant-Man (Henry Pym) crosses over into another title from Tales to Astonish. Yep, even before Ant-Man became an Avenger, he crossed paths with the Fantastic Four and Dr. Doom.

Fantastic Four #16 also sees the first appearance of Pearla, whom is the queen of Mirwood within the Sub-Atomica Microverse. In this issue, however, she is Princess Pearla and Doctor Doom uses his ingenuity to travel to Sub-Atomica and bamboozle both the King and Pearla so he can take over the throne.

This key issue has definitely not been on Total Comic Mayhem before and was published July, 1963.

eBay - A CGC 8.5 VF+ is the highest graded copy so far for slabbed comics. There's a 7.0 FN/VF and a few other graded copies so far but not many. Unslabbed copies are present.

ComicConnect - Only two copies here at the moment, and one of them is a CGC. The other copy is a raw at a low GD or 1.8. CGC copy is a high grade 8.5 VF+.

First appearance of Super Skrull

Kl'rt is an artificially augmented Skrull who was given the same combined powers of the Fantastic Four but the levels far exceeded those that members of the FF had. Hell bent on revenge against the Fantastic Four for botching up the Skrull Empire's attempt at invading Earth, the Skrull emperor Dorrek VII sent the Super Skrull to defeat the Fantastic Four so the Skrulls could try and invade Earth again.

So here we have the first appearance of the Super Skrull in Fantastic Four #18 and his first battle with the team. This comic was published September, 1963.

eBay - Wow, a monster CGC 9.4 NM graces eBay for the time being. 2nd highest is a 7.0 followed by a 6.0 FN slabbed comic. Mid-grade slabs and low grade slabs present as well. Quite a few raw copies located at the moment.

mycomicshop - Only one raw very low grade copy here at the moment.

ComicConnect - We've got four unslabbed copies here and one CGC copy. Two VG+s are the top grade for the unslabbers, and the CGC is low grade 2.5 or GD+.

ComicLink - Only CGC copies here for this issue and the highest is a 7.5 low VF. Second highest is a 6.5 FN+. Last two copies are of course lower graded options.

First appearance of Rama-Tut

Rama-Tut has been mentioned here a few times. He is Nathaniel Richards from the 30th Century and discovers Doom's time travel technology. He travels back to Egypt c. 2950 B.C. and basically takes over, eventually calling himself Rama-Tut.

In the Rise of Apocalypse limited series, it's revealed that one of the reasons why Nathaniel travels back in time is to seize the young En Sabah Nur and make him his heir. This character is also revealed to be Kang the Conquerer as well.
Fantastic Four #19 is his first appearance as Rama-Tut, and this issue was published October, 1963

eBay - Few unslabbed copies spotted so far. As for CGC, there are seven present with the highest being a 9.0 VF/NM. If you have a taste for Signature Series, there's an 8.5 VF+, a 5.5 low FN, and a 3.0 GD/VG.

mycomicshop - CGC 7.5 low VF copy here at the time of this writing. No unslabbed copies yet, but that will probably change in time.

ComicConnect - Highest grade is an unslabbed 8.5 VF+ followed by a CGC 7.5 low VF and an raw 7.5 also. There is a CGC 5.0 VG/FN copy available as well, and more unslabbed options to select from.

ComicLink - Five copies so far and only two are CGC graded. One is FN 6.0 and the other a 4.0 VG. Three unslabbed copies with the highest grade a VG+.

First appearance of Molecule Man

Owen Reece is his name, and the Molecule Man is his game. Caught in an accident involving a experimental particle generator that bombarded him with an unknown type of radiation that, of course, mutated him with special abilities.

This ability was the power to control all matter and energy, even down to the molecular level. With a power like that, it's a wonder the Fantastic Four are even still alive, but because of Reece's self-hatred and extremely low self esteem, he rendered unconscious limitations on his powers, believing that he could not affect organic molecules or living beings. Fantastic Four #20 was published November, 1963.

eBay - Quite a few high grade CGC copies. 9.2 low NM is the top choice so far. Also an 9.0 and a few 8.5 VF+s available to add to your vault. Other CGC and unslabbed options spotted as well for now.

mycomicshop - Two copies here, one CGC and the other raw. The CGC is a 7.0 FN/VF and the raw copy is a 1.5 FR/GD.

ComicConnect - High grade CGC 9.2 low NM and a low grade CGC 4.5 VG+ makes up the slabbed copies here at the moment. There are four unslabbed copies with the highest being a 7.5 low VF.

ComicLink - Six copies and three are CGC copies and three are raw copies. Raw copies are all in the VG range, and the highest CGC copy is a 7.0 FN/VF.

First appearance of Hate Monger
First Sgt. Fury cross-over
This is the first appearance of the original Hate Monger, an Adolf Hitler clone that toted a Hate Ray which made others hate each other enough to fight each other. Like he really needed a weapon to accomplish that. Goofy and silly, but blame Arnim Zola for discovering a way to transfer Adolf's mind into this clone.

Other than the first appearance of Hate Monger, this issue also holds the first Sgt. Fury cross-over as well. It was published December, 1963. 

eBay - Three 9.0 slabbed copies with one being a PGX and the other two CGCs. 2nd highest is an 8.0 VF. Eight slabbed choices in total for now. Spotted one raw copy of this issue toting itself to be high grade.

mycomicshop - CGC copy available here at the moment, but only one. It is a pretty high grade 9.0 VF/NM copy. There is a raw copy but extremely low grade.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.0 VF/NM is the highest grade copy here. The rest are unslabbed copies and the highest raw is an 8.0 VF.

ComicLink - Four CGC copies located at ComicLink at the moment. The highest is a CGC 9.2 low NM. Second highest is a 9.0 VF/NM copy. Two raw copies, both are VG+s.

Some pretty good first appearances in Part 3 to this Fantastic Four key comics list. Part 4 will have some great ones also, and it's ready for your eyes to ogle. 

If you missed Part 2, just click the blue PREVIOUS link below to go back. If you're ready for Part 4 just click the blue PART 4 link below to continue and enjoy.


  1. I snagged a low-grade copy of FF #19 (Rama Tut) at a flea market yesterday for $15.00 US. I took it out of the bag and looked through it because I was convinced something was missing but it looks to be a complete copy. SCORE!! Considering most of the time it is garage sales where they are selling beat-up 90s comics for $5 each, I was quite happy. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!! Wiebes

    1. Wow, very nice snag Wiebes! Garage sale snag and a decent copy? Congrats on that one!

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