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Friday, March 13, 2015

Galactus Key Comic Books

Okay, fulfilling another earlier and prior request from quite a while ago. Once again, my apologies for getting this one done so late.

There is the Fantastic Four key issues list, Silver Surfer key issues list and Thor key issues list that features Galactus' important key issues, but no problem. I'll just jack the listings from there and paste them on here onto one consolidated key comics thing-a-ma-bobber. 

There will be some minor embellishments as well.

First appearance of Silver Surfer
First appearance of Galactus
Galactus Saga begins

If we're talking about the holy grails of Silver Surfer & Galactus key issues, Fantastic Four #48 is it and is basically one of the best Fantastic Four comics to invest in as well. This issue marks the first appearance of Silver Surfer and Galactus Eater of Worlds, whom have both become popular characters within the Fantastic Four mythos and the Marvel Universe as well. 

Created by the Marvel mastermind duo of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Silver Surfer wasn't actually discussed in the story ideas when Lee and Kirby were plotting out this issue. When Kirby finally submitted the artwork, Stan was shocked to see some guy flying around on a surfboard. 

When questioned, Kirby told Stan that he the god-like Eater of Worlds, Galactus, whom was discussed when the two were plotting the story, should have a herald. As for the surfboard, Jack simply said that he was tired of drawing spaceships. 

Not entirely convinced, Stan Lee relented and worked on the characterization of the Silver Surfer, who became a key part of the famed Galactus Saga story plot and eventually a popular supporting character for the Fantastic Four. Gotta love it!

Super key and will definitely take a good chunk of your paycheck at high grades. One of the best investment comics in the Fantastic Four series, and there's a lot of them. As for Silver Age key issues, probably the best investment wise.

eBay - No surprise that there's no problem finding CGC or unlsabbed copies for this key comic to invest in. Plenty of CGC copies of all sorts of grade at the moment. Highest on there right now is a whopping 9.8.

mycomicshop - Highest is a PGX 5.5 low FN. Another CGC copy at a 4.5 VG+ is a Signature Series signed by Stan Lee.

ComicConnect - The folks at ComicConnect bring the goodness for the first appearance of Galactus and Silver Surfer. Four copies here, and three are CGC. A whopping beautiful 9.8 Universal located. Nice chunk of bills it'll cost ya. There's also a 9.0 and 7.0. As for unslabbed copies, there's only one VG+.

ComicLink - Quite a few CGC copies here. A whopping 9.8 copy is the highest followed by a 9.2 low NM. Other grades available also.

  2nd appearance Silver Surfer & Galactus
1st full appearance of Galactus?
First Silver Surfer and Galactus on cover

In this famous issue, the Galactus/Silver Surfer saga is continued, and we see the 2nd appearance of Silver Surfer and Galactus who have come to devour Earth in the famed Galactus Saga storyline. In terms of covers, this is the first time we see Galactus and Silver Surfer on a comic cover for those collectors who are into that.

However, we are seeing some industry changes concerning the legitimacy of this particular key issue in question. While Fantastic Four #48 is still seen as the 1st appearance of Silver Surfer & Galactus, but that issue is currently being marked by CGC and PGX as 1st appearance of Galactus in cameo.

Now, both grading services are noting FF #49 as the 1st full appearance of Galactus. Overstreet is the last to bend over to this new ruling. They are still noting this as the 2nd appearance of Galactus, but I fear even they will crumble quite soon and change the key status to this comic's listing very soon.

eBay - Quite a bit of copies for this issue as well on the mighty eBay. CGC copies are more selective however. So far an 8.5 VF+ CGC copy is the highest on there at the moment.

mycomicshop - Only two unslabbed copies here at the time of this writing. One is a low VG and the other is a FR/GD.

ComicConnect - Only three copies here, but one is a CGC copy and high grade. It's a 9.0 VF/NM. The other two are unslabbed copies with the highest being a 7.5 low VF followed by a 4.0 VG.

ComicLink - Only three copies here, but one is a CGC 9.4 NM. The other two are a 6.5 F+ and a 6.0 FN.

3rd appearance of Silver Surfer
3rd appearance of Galactus
2nd Silver Surfer cover
2nd appearance of Galactus?

Fantastic Four #50 ends the famous Galactus Saga, and in this issue the Silver Surfer, convinced by Alicia Masters, turns on his master and helps the Fantastic Four defeat him. Beaten, Galactus agrees to leave Earth, but punishes the Silver Surfer for his betrayal by creating a force that makes it impossible for the once herald to ever leave.
This is the 3rd appearance of both Galactus and Silver Surfer, and it's the 2nd time the Surfer would be featured on a cover. However, like in the listing prior, this may be changed to the 2nd appearance of Galactus. Right now CGC doesn't note it a 3rd or 2nd appearance.

eBay - Quite a few unslabbed copies on here if you have no love for CGC copies. If you prefer sure bets, there are a few CGC copies to snag. Highest Universal copy is a 9.4 NM followed by a low NM 9.2.

ComicConnect - Five copies here and two of them are CGC copies. Highest CGC copy at the moment here is a 9.4 NM. Second CGC is an 8.0 VF. Other three copies are all unslabbed and the highest is 5.0 VG/FN with the lowest being a 2.0 GD.

ComicLink - Three CGC copies and two unslabbed copies here. All CGC are  9.2 low NMs so far. Highest raw copy is a VG+. 

1st Galactus crossover
1st appearance of High Evolutionary

Galactus shows up in a glorious splash page at the beginning of Thor #134 on page 3, and despite some information out there, homeboy does speak.

Although, Galactus is not an integral part to the story of this comic issue, this is the first time Galactus crosses over into another title outside of the Fantastic Four title.

This is also toted as the 4rth appearance of Galactus, and I'm sure it will be noted with "in cameo" at the end of it the way industry is labeling things. Who knows? They may just have Fantastic Four #49 both the 2nd and 1st full appearance of Galactus so it doesn't alter the other appearances for The Eater of Worlds.

Not related to Galactus but equally important to note is that Thor #134 is the first appearance of the High Evolutionary. This comic was published November, 1966.

eBay - Plenty of copies here. Mostly raw of course. Only three CGCs though and the highest is a 9.8 and pretty pricey already. Also a 9.4 NM CGC and a 6.0 FN. All are Universal labels though.

mycomicshop - Wow, 10 copies here, but only one CGC slabber. The only slabbed copy is a 9.4 NM Universal. Other copies are all raw with the highest being two FN copies. All are on consignment.

Thor #169 comic picTHE MIGHTY THOR #169
Origin of Galactus
First appearance of Galan

The beginning of this Thor story actually starts with issue #168, but the part where Galactus actually reveals his origin is in this issue. Surprising that his origin isn't revealed in a Fantastic Four comic where he first appeared. However, it's in Thor #169 where we learn Galactus' was spawned from a human alien named Galan from the planet Taa. 
The Sentience of the Universe would merge itself with Galan to conceive Galactus.

eBay - Not many CGC graded copies, but quite a bit of unslabbed copies, as expected. Some really affordable options, and not too many are advertising this comic as the origin of Galactus. That means not too many know that this Thor issue actually is. Perfect time to make a steal.

mycomicshop - A high grade unslabbed copy goes up for auction in March. There are two unslabbed copies available for sale. One is a solid FN. No CGC graded copies at the time of this writing, though.


Alright, these issues listed here are the 5 most important ones pertaining to the character of Galactus. Well, maybe just 4. Dunno about Thor #134 as important in terms of Galactus.

Because the industry right now is revolutionizing 1st appearances or should I say trying their best to make up for past mistakes noting these comics, all other appearances post first appearances are in a dark void of WTF?

It is nice to have all the keys compacted into one list for sure. Especially for those who don't know the character very well and have no idea where to look. For key issues pertaining to Galactus' heralds, you'll just have to check the Fantastic Four and Thor key issues lists. 


  1. Greatings Mayhem,

    just got two minor questions concerning grading. I don' t know why people have to
    put stamps on their comics, never going to understand that, well, however, since there are a lot out there - what does this do to the grade? Does it automatically bring it down to a 7,0 for example? Another new experience was having the staples on the cover. Same question here.
    Thanks, appreciate your help


    1. Back in the older days when comics were mainly sold at newsstands, some of them would stamp an arrival date on the covers. This practice would even happen to a smaller degree during the 70s with some of the earlier comic shops.

      Yep, those collecting don't much for them, but the one good thing they are used for now is finding out the in store date...not cover most comics hit newsstands before their actual cover date or publishing date.

      It depends on the location of the stamp or inked or penciled arrival date and how it affects the art. I don't like arrival anythings on my covers and that can majorly put me off from buying one copy over another, but that's just my preference.

      I don't think grading companies mark an arrival date stamp down too much. There is leniency when it comes to that.

  2. Date stamps are funny. Overstreet says that they do not affect grade, but they will not give a book a 10.0 with a date stamp and will give 9.9 and 9.8s only if it is small and it kinda does affect grade. It really seems to be a personal choice. I will not buy a book with a date stamp. About staples on cover, I think you mean a book that is folded wrong and that definitely affects grade but only a half grade or full grade if its bad (vf to vf- for example) but grading is an accumulation of flaws, so by itself it is not that bad.

  3. Thanks Donnie! I don' t buy stamped comics either, but this one just didn' t get my attention - gonna be a more careful ebay buyer the next time ;-) Still happy to own Dr. Strange 169 anyway.


  4. Hi Mayhem,

    just spent 65 $ for a perfect Omega Men 3 (1. Lobo). Rad! I know it' s too much, but I' ve been searching for that issue for quite some time. Call me crazy, but somehow I just believe in that comic. Lobo was once so hot. For me his time will come again. He is the Wolverine/ Deadpool guy from DC after all! In my opinion they are just not using him right, not fullfilling his potential. Hope I' m right on this one. It' s just a feeling I can' t shake. Lobo, he' s a one of a kind character for me. And, I mean, didn' t he vomit on Supermans shoes... ;-) Or was that Hitman?

    Speculation Jones

    1. Hey pardner,

      hope you bought your issue in VF/NM. Overstreet says: 121. NM only fetches 15, according to them. Like Mayhem said, they are human after all... :-)

      Max Rebo

    2. Hahaha! Wow, that gave me a good laugh. Max Rebo is right NM- is only $15 bucks according to Overstreet. Don't worry though, I think it was mistake and they meant $150.

      As for Lobo, I wish they'd do a movie on him. He's a cool character. I think his 1st is a good choice and I did mention it on the over-looked and under-valued keys list done awhile back.

  5. TCM

    Great little list! I collect Silver Surfer and Galactus appearances...they are my favorite Marvel characters so you are speaking my language with this stuff!


    1. Heya Jeff, I knew you'd like it. It was a request and since most of them were covered in the Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four, and Thor key issues, it was a simple copy and paste...well except for one. Good to hear from ya, buddy!

  6. Hey Mayhem,

    FF#48 my next big purchase this year...time to save save save!


    1. Good luck on your hunt Abriel and good choice also

  7. Just wondering: on what page exactly in Thor #169 is Galan's name actually mentioned? Perhaps I'm simply staring at it too hard, but....