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- First written work in the comic book industry by Stan Lee
- Two-page text story with a couple of illustrations by Kirby
- 3rd appearance of Captain America
- 3rd appearance of Bucky Barnes
- 2nd appearance of the Red Skull, George Maxon
- 1st appearance of the Defender and his sidekick Rusty, crime-fighters created during World War II
- 1st appearance and origin of Major Liberty, originally Mister Liberty
- 1st appearance of the Whizzer, a man who gained incredible speed after receiving a blood transfusion from a Mongoose
- 1st appearance of the Microworld, the subatomic world renamed the Quantum Realm in later Marvel movies
- *Hasbro who owns the Micronauts toy brand and with it, the Microworld name
- Drug use issue, Captain America drinks liquid opium
- Advice, insights and anecdotes written by Stan, intended to advise aspiring writers and artists
- Multiple reprints exist, check copyright date for the publication year, 1947
- Included is a detailed explanation of how Captain America was created
- 1st artwork in the superhero genre by Russ Heath
- Editorial by Marvel defending comic book content against psychiatrist Dr Fredric Wertham, author of "Seduction of the Innocent"
- 1st appearance of Black Knight (Sir Percy), ancestor of Dane Whitman
- Debut of the Ebony Blade, an enchanted sword used by Knights Templar
- 1st appearance of Modred, Morgan Le Fey and Hawkes (Golden Age)
- Debut of Excalibur, the sword of King Arthur
- 1st appearance of Fin Fang Foom, translated his name means 'he whose limbs shatter mountains and whose back scrapes the sun'
- [August 2019 - rumored to be in the Shang-Chi movie]
- 1st team appearance and origin of the Fantastic Four: Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, The Thing
- 1st appearance of Mole Man
- 1st appearance of Tricephalous
- Landmark issue that launched the Marvel Age of comics
- [August 2020 - Disney recently registered a production company named 'Solve Everything' which is a reference to Reed Richards. Although nothing is confirmed, it is possible Marvel Studios is actively developing a Fantastic Four film]
- One of three issues issues printed before a price change from $0.10 to $0.12
- Indica (bottom of first page information) still reflects the $0.10 price
- * see also: Journey Into Mystery #76 and Gunsmoke Western #68
- Scarce cover, one of three issues issues printed before a price change from $0.10 to $0.12
- Indica (bottom of first page information) still reflects the $0.10 price
- * see also: Journey Into Mystery #76 and Love Romances #97
- One of three issues issues printed before a price change from $0.10 to $0.12
- Indica reflects a $0.10 price
- * see also: Gunsmoke Western #68 and Love Romances #97
- 1st team appearance of the Fantastic Four in costume
- 1st appearance of the Miracle Man
- 1st appearance of the Baxter Building, Fantastic-car and Fantastic-copter
- 1st appearance and origin of the Hulk
- 1st appearance of Betty Ross
- 1st appearance of Rick Jones
- 1st appearance of General "Thunderbolt" Ross
- [February 2020 - Rick Jones rumored to join the MCU]
- Number 1 on the list this week
- 1st appearance of the Sub-Mariner in the Silver Age
- First time the Human Torch activates his power while shouting, 'Flame On'
- The Silver Age roars onto this week's Hot 10, set loose upon this list by explosive sales from Heritage Auctions
- Last week's announcement that Tenoch Huerta (Narcos) will play an unknown villain in the Black Panther 2 has bolstered collector confidence that Namor will enter the MCU (unconfirmed)
- This week's RECORD BREAKING SALES:
- CGC 8.5 sold for $14k (previous: $11k in April 2020)
- CGC 7.5 sold for $9k (previous: $7k in Aug 2020)
- CGC 6.0 sold for $5k (previous: $3k in March 2020)
- CGC 9.4 sold for $40k (previous: $30k in 2015)
- 2015 held the record for FIVE years and was demolished this week by a difference of $10,000
- Let's take a brief look at the same sales above compared to 5 years ago to get a feel for the current health of the hobby:
- CGC 9.2 [ 2020: $24,000 vs 2015: $12,000 ]
- CGC 8.5 [ 2020: $13,800 vs 2015: $5,000 ]
- CGC 7.5 [ 2020: $9,000 vs 2015: $2,500 ]
- This type of dynamic growth over the past 3-5 years is not specific to just this one issue but consistently experienced by nearly all of Marvel's early, blue-chip keys and persists even in uncertain times
- Worth mentioning is this week's Fantastic Four #1 CGC 7.0 sale of $75,000 (previous record: $45,000 in Sept 2020)
- Also Fantastic Four #5, 1st Doctor Doom CGC 8.0 sold for $26,400 (previous record: $23,000 in 2019)
- And Fantastic Four #49, 1st full Galactus, 1st cover Silver Surfer, CGC 9.4 sold for $9,000 (previous record: $8,750 in July 2020)
- 1st appearance and origin of Dr. Doom
- *rumors are circulating that Dr. Doom will be introduced in some capacity on a Disney+ show, possibly WandaVision
- 1st appearance and origin of Tad Carter, an early Marvel mutant (often misrepresented as the first mutant)
- *character next appears over 30 years later in X-Men: The Hidden Years (2001)
- 1st appearance of Loki, the Norse god of mischief
- 1st appearance of Balder, half-brother of Thor
- 1st appearance of Heimdall, guardian of Bifrost
- 1st appearance of Tyr, the Norse god of War
- 1st cameo appearance of Odin, the All-Father (seen from behind)
- 3rd appearance of Thor
- 1st team appearance of the Teen Brigade
- 1st appearance of Metal Master
- Final issue, Hulk stories continue in Tales To Astonish #60 and pick back up five years later with Incredible Hulk #102
- 1st appearance of Sgt. Nick Fury
- 1st team appearance of the Howling Commandos: Happy Sam Sawyer, Dino Manelli, Dum Dum Dugan, Junior Juniper, Rebel Ralston and Gabe Jones
- 3rd appearance of Spider-Man
- 1st appearance of Vulture
- 1st appearance of the Terrible Tinkerer
- 1st cameo appearance of Mysterio, disguised as the assistant of the Terrible Tinkerer
- 1st appearance and origin of Dr. Octopus
- Debut of the 'Spider's Web' fan letters section
- An editing error has Doctor Octopus mistakenly refer to Spider-Man as Super-Man
- Rumors this week suggest a reprisal of Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock in Spider-Man 3
- Major key issues from the Silver Age in high grade do not go up for sale often which is why we see massive leaps in value from one to the next (like last week's Poison Ivy)
- Although not as extreme, this week's sales on ASM #3 caught our attention:
- CGC 9.0 sold for $11,400 (previous record: $9,000)
- CGC 7.5 sold for $5,800 (previous record: $5,500)
- CGC 4.0 sold for $2,645 (previous record: $2,000)
- Worth mentioning is this week's Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 6.0 that sold for $66,000 (previous record: $63,500 in 2018)
- 1st appearance of Doctor Strange
- 1st appearance of the Ancient One, former Sorcerer Supreme
- 1st appearance of Wong, Doctor Strange's assistant
- 1st appearance of Nightmare, in shadows
- [December 2019 - Doctor Strange is rumored to make an appearance in the WandaVision TV series]
- 1st team appearance of the X-Men
- 1st appearance of Cyclops, Jean Grey aka Marvel Girl (later becomes Phoenix), Iceman, Angel, Beast, Professor X and Magneto
- Homo Superior concept, coined by Magneto to describe humans born with special abilities, is introduced in this issue
- In 2019 Marvel Studios announced a Fantastic Four project was in the works
- Disney’s acquisition of Fox cost $71 billion dollars and included Fantastic Four, X-Men, Deadpool, Predator, Alien, Avatar, and others
- Marvel Studios already hired writers for Deadpool 3 to script the movie
- These factors are leading collectors to pull the trigger on Blue Chip key issues
- This week’s RECORD BREAKERS:
- CGC 6.5 sold for $20k (previous: $14k in Aug 2020)
- CGC 5.0 sold for $13k (previous: $9k in 2019)
- CGC 4.5 sold for $10k (the second time in history that this grade broke 5-figures, the first time happened October 2020)
- CGC 3.5 sold for $7,300 (previous: $6,900 in Oct 2020)
- CGC 0.5 sold for $2,650 (previous: $2,100 in 2019)
- Expect continued momentum of X-Men and Fantastic Four key issues specific to character introductions and crossovers (1st Hulk vs Thing will see a significant boost if the Hulk stays in the MCU until The Thing's introduction)
- The X-Men franchise will undoubtedly spin-off from movies onto Disney+ and include a number of classic and fan-favorite characters
- Lower left image: Image Duplicator (1964) by Roy Lichtenstein
- Lower right image: interior panel of Magento illustrated by Jack Kirby that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without giving attribution to the original creator
- 1st appearance and origin of Sandman
- 1st appearance of Betty Brant, a secretary at the Daily Bugle
- Spider-Man refers to himself as 'The friendly neighborhood Spider-Man' for the first time
- 1st cameo appearance of Jessica Jones, a spectator of the Sandman versus Spider-Man fight, this is a retconned appearance as revealed in The Amazing Spider-Man #601
- 1st appearance of Virginia "Pepper" Potts, later becomes Rescue
- 1st appearance of Happy Hogan, later becomes Freak
- 1st appearance of Jack Frost, later becomes Blizzard
- 1st appearance of Pharaoh Rama-Tut, later revealed to be the time-traveler Kang the Conqueror
- Stan Lee first uses the phrase "Nuff Said" in the Special Announcements section
- Origin of Odin
- 1st appearance of Buri, grandfather of Odin
- 1st appearance of Bor, Father of Odin
- 1st cameo appearance of Surtur
- 1st cameo appearance of Ymir
- 1st appearance of Vili and Ve, Odin's brothers
- 1st appearance of the Vanisher, a teleporter
- 2nd team appearance of the X-Men
- 2nd appearance of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Professor X, Angel, Beast and Magneto
- 1st appearance and origin of The Lizard
- First reference to Spider-Man's ability to sense danger with the thought 'My Spider Sense is starting to tingle'
- Origin of Doctor Strange, specifically the car accident that damaged his hands
- Origin of Baron Mordo
- 2nd appearance of the Sandman
- 1st mention of Dormammu
- 1st mention of the Vishanti: Agamotto, Hoggoth, Oshtur
- 1st team appearance of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants led by Magneto
- 1st appearance of Scarlet Witch
- 1st appearance of Quicksilver
- 1st appearance of Mastermind, later assumes the identity of Jason Wyngarde
- 1st appearance of Toad
- 2nd appearance of Magneto
- Although the Scarlet Witch's costume is colored green on the cover, it is red in the story
- First let us celebrate the Vision's 1st appearance in Avengers #57 for breaking an all time high in 9.8 this week with a $26,400 sale (previous record $21,251 in October - one month ago)
- You might be wondering why X-Men #4 is on the list instead of Avengers #57
- Although Avengers #57 has excelled past its highest grade two times over the past month, it struggles to step outside of the shadow cast by the Age of Ultron despite Vision being a persistent presence in the MCU including the upcoming Wanda/Vision Disney+ series
- Avengers #57 in mid to lower grades have a poor perception of growth due to being stuck in a range of values far below their 2015/2016 sales
- The Scarlet Witch's first appearance here on the other hand has demurely broken records with modest and consistent gains:
- CGC 9.2 sold for $9,900 (previous record: $9,500 in Sept 2020)
- CCG 4.5 sold for $1,400 (previous record: $1350)
- CGC 3.0 sold for $1,297 (previous record: $1,088 last week)
- Mid-to lower grade X-Men #4 between 2.0 and 6.0 graded books have increased significantly since the beginning of the year, doubling in value in some cases which looks to be a more reasonable range for this issue considering the impact the character has had on the MCU
- Captain America joins the Avengers
- 1st cover appearance of Captain America on an official Marvel Comics cover (previously Timely, then Atlas)
- 1st appearance of Captain America in the Silver Age
- Death of Bucky, in a flashback
- 1st cameo appearance of Baron Heinrich Zemo
- 1st appearance and origin of Daredevil
- 1st appearance of Foggy Nelson and Karen Page
- According to Agent X:
- Could this be the most undervalued book in comics? There's certainly a case to be made for it.
- It is after all part of the legendary set of Marvel books from the early 60's (like X-Men #1 and Amazing Fantasy #15) that introduced the key characters and foundational elements of the Marvel universe as we know it today.
- But it's fair market value is currently lagging behind every other book in that class and doing so in every grade.
- An opportunity even if the book was the least popular or the least important of the group but when that era is ranked by the media, Daredevil #1 is more often in the middle of the pack or higher.
- So as they say on Million Dollar Listing, "let's look at the comps" (what? No, I don't watch reality tv. I watch sports bro. I just heard my girlfriend talk about it. What's my gf's name? um....dare...lean devil-one).
- Amazing Fantasy #15 sits at approx. $177,000 (in 8.0 grade), $48,000 (6.0), $22,400 (4.0) & $15,000 (2.0).
- Fantastic Four #1 sits at approx. $80,000 (in 8.0), $29,000 (6.0), $14,500 (4.0) & $9,000 (2.0).
- Incredible Hulk #1 sits at approx. $91,000 (in 8.0), $26,000 (6.0), $13,000 (4.0) & $9,200 (2.0).
- Journey Into Mystery #83 sits at approx. $31,200 (in 8.0), $10,500 (6.0), $6,300 (4.0) & $3,400 (2.0).
- Tales of Suspense #39 sits at approx. $27,000 (in 8.0), $15,000 (6.0), $7,250 (4.0) & $3,000 (2.0).
- X-Men #1 sits at approx. $30,000 (in 8.0), $13,500 (6.0), $7,000 (4.0) & $4,000 (2.0).
- Now let's take a look at how Daredevil #1 fares.
- Daredevil #1 sits at approx. $6,600 (in 8.0), $3,500 (6.0), $1,900 (4.0) & $1,100 (2.0).
- Many multiples behind the other books in its class. In some cases as much as 15x cheaper!
- Forget the fact that the price of a 2.0 Fantastic Four #1 could buy both an 8.0 and a 6.0 DD1. That's maybe not a fair comparison (despite the fact that neither are in the MCU currently) because historically FF1 has been more sought after. But look at JIM 83 where a 4.0 is the same price as a DD1 8.0.
- Even Avengers #1 which features no major 1st appearances is trading at higher levels. $14,400 (in 8.0), $7,500 (6.0), $2,600 (4.0) & $1,500 (2.0).
- We've talked FMV, let's talk supply. Some argue that DD1 had a higher print run which has resulted in more supply today. This is a long held misconception and one that the CGC Census easily puts to rest.
- DD1 sits in the middle of the pack in terms of number of copies graded by CGC with lower graded quantities than both X-Men #1 and Avengers #1 for instance.
- Spider-Man, the X-Men and Fantastic Four all have many famous runs and a slew of must read stories.
- But beyond one or two defining stories (Michelinie & Layton on Iron Man, Simonson on Thor, Hulk trying to sleep with She-Hulk) can the same be said for any of the rest?
- Yes, for Daredevil. The depth of characterization and breath of storytelling rival and often surpass many of the greats with all time runs from Frank Miller, Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Waid, Ed Brubaker and Kevin Smith just to name a few.
- All of this is coming to a head for horn head as we're seeing collectors finally turn their gaze to DD1.
- A few weeks ago we saw a new high sale in grade for a 9.0 at $18,000 (up from a previous high of $13,200). At the time I issued an @x tip to keep an eye on this book as it was due a correction.
- This week we saw new all-time highs in several grades including 7.0 ($4988 up from $4,780), 5.5 twice this week ($3,000 and then $3,219 up from $2,663), 4.5 ($2,300 up from $2,150) & 3.0 ($1,750 up from $1,700).
- But every collector knows, the MCU is what really blows books up. Just look at the X-Men which sits at approx. $16,000 (8.0), $6,300 (6.0), $3,100 (4.0), $1,900 (2.0) in 2017 (the year before Disney bought Fox).
- Those numbers have doubled on the news that the X-Men will appear in the MCU. They've doubled before the characters even actually appear.
- So what's happened to Daredevil since Marvel got the rights back from Netflix? Nothing right?.
- NOT TRUE.
- You see most collectors are unaware that Marvel does not yet actually have the rights back from Netflix and assume that because there is no news on the MCU side that Daredevil is not part of Kevin Feige's plan.
- The truth is Netflix included a clause in their agreement with Marvel in which there was a period where the rights were frozen if Marvel terminated the relationship.
- That period ends this December. That's right, Daredevil returns to Marvel and is available for the MCU in 2021 (in just over 60 days).
- Happy Hunting.
- 2nd appearance of Dr. Octopus
- 1st appearance of Bennett Brant, later becomes Crime Master
- Peter Parker uses a Spider Tracer for the first time to keep surveillance on Doctor Octopus
- 2nd appearance of Captain America in the Silver Age
- 1st solo battle of the Hulk versus the Thing, briefly fought in Fantastic Four #12 but mainly it was the Fantastic Four versus the Hulk
- 1st appearance of Enchantress
- [January 2020 - rumored to be a villain in the Loki Disney+ series]
- 1st appearance of Skurge the Executioner
- 1st appearance of the Bloodaxe
- 1st appearance of Asteroid M, Magneto's headquarters in outer space
- 3rd appearance of Magneto
- 2nd appearance of Scarlet Witch
- 2nd appearance of Quicksilver
- 2nd team appearance of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
- 3rd appearance of Dr. Octopus
- Reference to the creators of Spider-Man, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko are depicted on a sign advertising a fiction company called Leedit inc.
- 1st appearance of Kraven the Hunter
- 2nd appearance of the Chameleon
- 1st mention of Mary Jane Watson, after Aunt May arranged a date for her and Peter
- [July 2019 - a trusted source informs Key Collector Comics that a Kraven movie is confirmed]
- [May 2020 - a Deadline article reports Richard Wenk is attached to write the Kraven film
- August 2020 - Deadline reports director JC Chandor (Triple Frontier) is a strong contender to helm the Kraven film]
- 1st appearance of Nathaniel Richards as Kang the Conqueror, previously Rama-Tut and later Immortus
- Nathaniel is the father of Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four
- [September 2020 - Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country) is confirmed to play the villain in Ant-Man 3. It is rumored that he has been cast as Kang and signed a multi-picture deal]
- 1st appearance of Dormammu, ruler of the Dark Dimension
- 1st appearance of Clea, future wife of Doctor Strange
- [March 2020 - Clea rumored to be in Doctor Strange 2]
- Doctor Strange uses the phrase 'By The Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth'
- 1st team appearance of the Sinister Six: Dr. Octopus, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman, Vulture
- 3rd appearance of Kraven and Mysterio
- 3rd appearance of Sandman, Vulture, and Electro
- 4th appearance of Doctor Octopus
- [October 2019 - Sony producer Amy Pascal said...these villains we now have in our universe happen to be some of the characters in the Sinister Six...there may be something that happens with that]
- [October 2020 - The Hollywood Reporter confirms Jamie Fox will reprise his role as Electro. The final member of the original Sinister Six yet to appear in movies is Kraven and Sony has already made it clear that they will be using the character]
- 1st appearance and origin of Scorpion
- *Mac Gargan was already introduced in Spider-Man Homecoming and has been active on Twitter in talking about Scorpion - Mac Gargan has also bonded with the Venom symbiote in comics
- 1st appearance of Greg Gideon, a wealthy business man who used his fortune to vex the Fantastic Four
- 1st appearance of Thomas Gideon who later becomes Glorian