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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Definitive Fantastic Four Key Comics List Part 7

Blasting our way into Part 7 of this Fantastic Four key comics list, there are some pretty mighty keys coming up in this post for sure. One of them is still on the hot burner, and the other already got a nice boost in demand from a certain recent movie that just came out.

If you missed the previous post, just click this Part 6 link to go back. There's some good Fantastic Four key issues to snag for sure in this one, so without further delay let's get to it.

First appearance of Black Panther

A key issue and first appearance I've been recommending for quite a while, the first appearance of Black Panther in Fantastic Four #52 is no stranger on here and for good reason. There's little doubt that this character will be introduced on the big screen. Kevin Feige has recently said that a Black Panther movie was absolutely in development and this should be no surprised to those who've been dropping in on this site for a while.

Since then, this key issue Fantastic Four comic is definitely on the hot burner and has spiked in demand and value considerably. July, 1966 was when this comic was published.

eBay - CGC 9.4 NM is the top graded slab on eBay at the time of this writing. Quite a few other graded options as well including an 8.5 VF+ Signature Series and two 8.5 VF+s. Raw copies also available as well.

ComicLink - Three CGC copies here. Highest is a gorgeous 9.6 NM+! Also a 7.5 VF+ and a 6.0 FN.

2nd appearance Black Panther
Origin of Black panther
First appearance of Klaw

Another pretty important issue concerning the character of Black Panther. Aside from the obvious 2nd appearance of T'Challa, this issue also tells of the origin of the Black Panther. With the origin, we also see yet another first appearance, and that's the first appearance of Klaw, a well-known adversary of both the Fantastic Four and Black Panther.

Klaw is the villain who actually killed T'Challa's father while attempting to steal Vibranium. Vibranium is the same metal used to make Captain America's mighty shield.  This comic was published August, 1966.

eBay - Plenty of raw copies to choose from for now. Very limited selection for CGCs. Highest grade so far is an 8.5 VF+ with only four slabs total.

mycomicshop - Six copies here, all unslabbed, and all lower grade. Highest is a VG copy.

ComicConnect - One CGC 4.5 VG+ and two raw copies. The raw copies are a FN/VF and a 3.5 low VG.

ComicLink - A whopping CGC 9.8 located here for this issue! Even more high grade slabbed goodness with a 9.4 NM and an 8.5 VF+.

Thing vs. Silver Surfer
4rth appearance of Silver Surfer
3rd Silver Surfer on cover
Although not really a fan battle between two characters like Wolverine and Sabretooth or the Hulk vs. the Thing, this issue does see the Silver Surfer and the Thing go toe-to-toe. As already noted in the Silver Surfer key issue list, this comic is also the 4rth appearance of Silver Surfer, and the 3rd time he has been featured on a comic cover. October, 1966 was when this key was published.

eBay - Three CGC 9.4 NM copies, two are Signature Series. Two CGC 9.2 low NM copies also. A few other slabbed options available and quite a few raw copies to choose from.

mycomicshop - One CGC 7.0 FN/VF Signature Series signed by Stan Lee, and one unslabbed 5.0 VG/FN. Only two copies at the moment.

ComicConnect - High grade goodness here. A whopping CGC 9.6 NM+ located at ComicConnect at the time of this writing. Also an 8.5 VF+ and 7.0 FN/VF. The 7.0 is a Signature Series. Four unslabbed copies also for sale at the moment.

ComicLink - About seven slabbed copies here. All are CGC except for one. Highest is a 9.4 NM so far.

Dr. Doom steals Silver Surfer's powers
4rth Silver Surfer on cover
Part of this story was greatly used in the Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer movie, and Dr. Doom does end up stealing Silver Surfer's power and board. If only villain could pull such a coup, it has to be Doctor Doom.

The Inhumans also make an appearance, and the story is continued in the next issue, Fantastic Four #58. This is the 4rth comic cover the Silver Surfer graces and was published December, 1966.

eBay - No problem finding unslabbed copies for this issue on the mighty eBay. Limited selection for CGCs. Highest restored copy is a 9.8, and highest Universal label is 9.4 NM, but it is an older label.

ComicConnect - Only one CGC copy here at the moment, and it's a 6.5 FN+. Highest grade is an unslabbed 7.0 FN/VF so far.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 7.5 low VF concerning slabbed copies. Other two copies are unslabbed and in the mid-grade range.

First appearance of Ronan the Accuser

Already mentioned here before, this comic makes it's 2nd appearance on Total Comic Mayhem and is the first appearance of Ronan the Accuser. This Kree baddie already made his on-screen debut in the Guardians of the Galaxy film that was just recently released, so we've already seen Fantastic Four #65 get a nice spike in demand and value.

Whether that value keeps going up or sustains is a different story and remains to be seen. August, 1967 is when this comic and the first appearance of Ronan the Accuser was published.

eBay - Still plenty of raw copies available. Only a handful of CGC copies. Highest is a 9.0 VF/NM that's up for auction at the time of this writing. 2nd highest is an 8.0 VF+.

mycomicshop - All copies here are unslabbed and low grade so far. The highest is a 4.5 VG+.

ComicLink - Highest available for sale so far is a 9.0 VF/NM copy. Other CGC graded options present with three being of the Signature Series label. Total at the moment are five slabbed copies at ComicLink.

Origin of HIM begins

A comic that sets up the introduction of a character that I've been long talking about and recommending getting, there's quite a bit of keys that surround the first appearances of Adam Warlock. This mostly has to do with the fact that the character started out as HIM.

This issue begins the origin of HIM, and although we don't see HIM in this comic, we do see his cocoon. It is the same cocoon that has been shown at the end of Thor The Dark World, and recently once again in Guardians of the Galaxy.

If you haven't been keeping up with the rumors, there are some that are speculating that Adam Warlock just may be Peter Quill's father in Marvel movie universe. This comic was published September, 1967, and demand has taken a slight bump. High grade CGC copies aren't easy to find online now, but VFs and lower are still pretty affordable, in terms of CGC copies.

eBay - No problem finding unslabbed copies here at the moment. Only four CGC copies however. Highest 1st printing so far is a 7.0 FN/VF. There are actually two at that grade available.

mycomicshop - Only unslabbed, raw copies here at the time of this writing. Highest copy is a low FN so far.

ComicConnect - Only one copy here, but it is a slabbed PGX copy and graded a 7.0 FN/VF.

ComicLink - Only one CGC copy and it's a 9.2 low NM Signature Series. The rest are unslabbed copies.

Most of these Fantastic Four key issues you've already seen before somewhere on Total Comic Mayhem, except for Fantastic Four #53, 2nd appearance and origin of Black Panther and Klaw. That one is pretty sought after already, but is a solid key.

There is a Part 8, and it's ready to enjoy so just click the PART 8 link below to venture further into this Fantastic Four key comics list. If you missed Part 6, just hit the PREVIOUS link below.

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