COMMENTS:A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION white pages; Stan Lee Signature Series Kirby cover/art; 1st app of the Silver Surfer and Galactus; the greatest comic story ever told; COMIC BOOK IMPACT rating of 10 (CBI) Highest Graded
A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION white pages; Stan Lee Signature Series Kirby cover/art; 1st app of the Silver Surfer and Galactus; the greatest comic story ever told; COMIC BOOK IMPACT rating of 10 (CBI) Highest GradedEmploying the Marvel Method, in which artists worked from thumbnail plots provided by the author, Kirby and Lee collaborated on their acknowledged masterpiece, the Fantastic Four, for nearly a decade, often leading to some happy accidents and surprises -- such as this issue, when Kirby, sick of drawing spaceships, snuck a sleek, silver, surfing alien into Galactus' first appearance, stunning Lee into writing some of the most deliriously florid, melodramatic prose of his career to date (which is saying something), and launching one of the greatest arcs in comics' history. Introducing the world-eating, imperious purple god Galactus and his tormented herald the Silver Surfer into the international consciousness. There's a reason why we call this "The Greatest Story Ever Told!"
This drop-dead gorgeous, unrestored copy of Fantastic Four #48 is a stunner with bone-white pages and the added bonus of a highly legible Stan Lee signature strategically placed on the cover. Featuring the first appearance of the Silver Surfer and Galactus, this is one of the most important comics of the late Silver Age and never fails to set records when offered in high grade. This copy, one of the highest-graded known, is a no-brainer investment book; a wondrous example of Silver Age artistry, and a cornerstone of any serious Marvel key collection. A 9.8 signed copy of Fantastic Four #48 sold for $144,000 in 2021.
Overstreet Guide 2022 NM- (9.2) value = $12,000.
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