Marvel’s first family has had more than a few shots at the silver screen over the years, but with their impending debut in the MCU proper, it’s very likely many of their key issues featured here will explode even more. Here is our list of the Top 10 Most Valuable Key Fantastic Four Issues Of All Time.
10. The Fantastic Four (1961) No. 8 ($2,500)
First Appearance: Puppet Master, Alicia Masters
Ben Grimm’s longtime girlfriend, as well as one of the FF’s more enduring villains in Puppet Master, show up early in their original title.
9. Fantastic Four (1961) No. 13 ($2,600)
First Appearance: The Watcher, Red Ghost
A mainstay of the Marvel Universe for decades, The Watcher (aka Uatu) began his watch in the thirteenth issue of The Fantastic Four, way back in 1963.
8. Fantastic Four (1961) No. 52 ($4,400)
First Appearance: Black Panther (T’challa), Wakanda, Vibranium
A shockingly affordable first appearance considering how insanely popular T’challa has become in recent years. The Black Panther’s rule started in this issue of Fantastic Four back in 1966 thanks to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
7. Fantastic Four (1961) No. 49 ($5,000)
First Appearance: Galactus (Galan) (full)
He hungers! Galactus isn’t just a kick-ass design from comic book master and legend Jack Kirby, he’s also one of Marvel’s very best (and biggest) off-world threats. His first appearance is a much-desired issue for collectors.
6. Fantastic Four (1961) No. 3 ($8,400)
First Appearance: Fantastic Four costumes, Fantasti-Car
They didn’t wear costumes until the third issue!? Their official uniform would change dozens of times over the years, but this classic design from the 60’s is still our favorite.
5. Fantastic Four (1961) No. 2 ($9,300)
First Appearance: The Skrulls, Daily Bugle
Makes sense the shape-shifting Skrulls would show up early in the FF mythos, but the Daily Bugle debuted here and NOT in The Amazing Spider-Man!? We learn something new everyday.
4. Fantastic Four (1961) No. 48 ($11,000)
First Appearance: Galactus (Galan) (cameo), Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd)
Like peanut butter and jelly, Galactus and the Silver Surfer have been associated since the beginning. Galactus is just a cameo here, but another major Jack Kirby design takes the main honors here with Norrin Radd’s first appearance.
3. Fantastic Four (1961) No. 4 ($13,100)
First Appearance: Sub-Mariner (Silver Age)
Namor would make his official first appearance(s) in an uncirculated Motion Picture Funnies Weekly (1939) No. 1 and Marvel Comics (1939) No. 1, but who can afford those? His Silver Age debut here is pricy enough!
2. Fantastic Four (1961) No. 5 ($23,000)
First Appearance: Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom)
THE villain of villains, Victor von Doom has long schemed for world domination (among other things), and has been a contact thorn in the side of Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four for decades. One of Marvel’s top level villains, and another incredible design from Jack Kirby.
1. Fantastic Four (1961) No. 1 ($175,000)
First Appearance: Fantastic Four (team), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), Invisible Girl (Susan Storm), Human Torch, (Johnny Storm), The Thing (Ben Grimm), Mole Man (Harvey Elder)
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s first family of Marvel—Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl, Human Torch, and The Thing started it all right here. Bonus first: Mole Man!