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STRANGE TALES (1951-76) #89
CGC VF: 8.0
(Stock Image)
SOLD ON:  Friday, 12/08/2023 8:03 PM
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COMMENTS: ow/white pages; Stan Lee Signature Series
Kirby/Ditko cvr/art; 1st app. of Fin Fang Foom (10/61) COMIC BOOK IMPACT rating of 7 (CBI)
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ow/white pages; Stan Lee Signature Series
Kirby/Ditko cvr/art; 1st app. of Fin Fang Foom (10/61) COMIC BOOK IMPACT rating of 7 (CBI)
Based on the name of an obscure British musical named Chu Chin Chow, Stan Lee adapted the mysterious sounding words to create the monstrous Fin Fang Foom. One of the few creations by Lee/Kirby from their absurdly named creature period that pre-dated the Marvel Age, at the very beginning of the Silver Age, and would last well into the modern era. Generally regarded as throwaway sensationalist sci-fi/horror one-offs, these early collaborations by Lee and Kirby would build the foundation that would support the Mighty Marvel empire which would quickly engulf popular culture starting with the launch of the Fantastic Four. But there was something enticing about this oddball Fin Fang Foom character, perhaps the memorable name and the fearsome dragonian appearance clicked and gave the creation staying power. But whatever the reason, Fin Fang Foom remains a cult favorite and holds a special place in the hearts of Marvelites everywhere. Picking up a copy of his first appearance may be a smart move, as you never know who will pop up in a future MCU or Disney+ property. Our bet is that FFF is a character that is ripe for the picking.
Presenting a perfect counterpart to the page of Jack Kirby Fin Fang Foom art from this very issue that we have featured in Event Auction #56, this copy of Strange Tales #89 is a very attractive and sturdy 8.0 which has been signed by Fin Fang Foom’s co-creator Stan Lee. The book presents wonderful colors, as lush greens and deep browns contrast perfectly with the bold yellow and red title graphics. There are only a handful of copies above this book on the CGC census, as early Silver Age Marvels survive in low numbers, particularly those in such admirable condition. This is a classic comic from the time period that immediately predated the explosion of the Marvel Age and is a cult classic issue for fans of Marvel’s kooky creature period. A Strange Tales #89 8.0 Stan Lee signature series copy sold for $12,000 in July 2021.

Overstreet Guide 2023 VF (8.0) value = $2,831.

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