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Event AuctionJOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83
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Grade: CGC FN+: 6.5
Publisher: Marvel
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Thursday 6/14/2018
Comments: ow/white pgs
Kirby cvr/art; Ditko art; origin and 1st app. Thor (8/62)
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JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83
Publisher:
Marvel
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CGC FN+: 6.5
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.

This FN+ copy looks neat and sharp, highlighting Kirby's characteristic style. The drama of the cover successfully conveys the motion of Thor's hammer swinging through a rain of Rock Trolls. This book would make a fantastic introduction to Marvel key collecting.

From the estate of a private collector.

Overstreet Guide 2017 FN+ (6.5) value = $8,200.