JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83
CGC NM: 9.4
Melding elements of Norse mythology with the by-now-standard superhero tropes of the funny pages, Stan Lee followed up his Jekyll & Hyde-styled Hulk with this cosmic, high-camp treasure. The book was initially scripted by Stan's brother Larry (to give the overworked and exhausted Lee some breathing room), and pencilled with surprising grace and elegance by Jack Kirby. Another instant favorite, the comic confirmed Lee's Midas touch in the early 1960s as the comic soon became the bedrock for Marvel's more theatrical and grandiose styling. Lee and Kirby stretched mythological legend and armchair philosophy into an epic of a series that slotted in nicely on college campuses already drenched in tweed, deep thoughts, and the occasional cloud of illicit smoke. In recent years, the character has enjoyed yet another renaissance thanks to Marvel's savvy cinematic exploitation, and this debut appearance, already extremely rare thanks to an unusually low print run, has become in even greater demand as a result.
Rarity is a key factor in the valuation of a comic book. This is the 1st copy to come to auction since 2005. The last 9.4 copy to sell, sold in a private sale for $222,200.00 in February of 2012. Out of all the major Marvel superhero first appearances this is the rarest in 9.4 with only three copies. The importance of this copy of Journey into Mystery 83 cannot be overstated. Out of the three 9.4 copies it is the only one with white pages. While it is the 2nd highest graded copy, it has even better pages than the 9.6, which only has off white/white pages. With the 9.6 locked in a highly coveted collection this is the highest graded copy with the best page quality available on the open market. The cover is immaculate, the inks are rich and the fire engine reds practically scream off the pale blue background. Glossy, tight, sharp, flat and a beautiful spine as well, this copy has it all!
Overstreet Guide 2012 NM- (9.2) value = $40,000
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