JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83
CGC VF: 8.0
Melding elements of Norse mythology with the by-now-standard superhero tropes of the funny pages, Stan Lee followed up his Jekyll & Hyde-style 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 penciled with surprising grace and elegance by Jack Kirby. Another instant favorite, the comic confirmed Lee's Midas touch in the early 1960s as the title soon became the bedrock for Marvel's more theatrical and grandiose styling. 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.
Like many of the classic Silver Age Marvel key first appearances, the featured hero (or heroes) stand out in blazing colors from an intentionally drab background, from AF #15 to FF #1, Hulk #1 to Daredevil #1, all these valuable and instantly recognizable books share the common thread of an iconic illustration by Jack Kirby and a background that puts the main focus on the star of the title. Journey into Mystery #83 is no exception, this tried and true method of showcasing a newly minted superhero is on full display on the cover of this impressive VF copy. Thor stands out in all his glory, swinging Mjolnir in an arc of fiery red that mirrors the hues of his cloak, surrounded by subtle grays and greens, the God of Thunder steps into comic history on a sturdy, solid example of this classic collectible, sharp corners and excellent binding complete the package of this popular investment book.
Overstreet Guide 2018 VF (8.0) value = $17,000
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