CGC VF: 8.0
As Stan Lee explained on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, his original title for this comic was "The Mutants" but the editor in chief at the time didn't like the sound of it. Stan, in a stroke of genius, decided to name the team after its founder Professor X, and thus was born the X-Men. A band of outcasts hated and feared by the human world this team book was almost canceled. It was reborn with a cast of new characters in the 70s which made them a household name and a perennial favorite ever since. Everybody can relate to what it is like being on the outside looking in at one point or another in their lives and that is what draws us to the X-Men. With a myriad number of comic-related titles, over five movies made and many more to come the popularity of this title will only increase over time.
As with many of the other Marvel keys in this auction, collectors are accustomed to seeing these books in lower-to-mid-grade, making this 8.0 copy a collector's dream. Even in the early heady days of Marvel comics, the budget was limited and the time available at the printing presses was squeezed to a minimum by the output of National's massive DC line, as well as the men's magazines that were keeping the Marvel parent company afloat. The result was books printed quickly on tissue-thin paper and cut with dull blades, resulting in books that were disintegrating almost as soon as they hit the stands. As a result, finding pristine, or at least solid copies of these early issues in extremely tough. Revel, then, in the glossy majesty of this beautiful copy, which is guaranteed to get Silver Age investor's hearts a-racing!
Overstreet Guide 2012 VF (8.0) value = $8,500
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