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STRANGE TALES (1951-76) #89
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COMMENTS: crm/ow pgs; spine of cover completely split & re-attached with tape
Kirby/Ditko cvr/art; 1st app. of Fin Fang Foom (10/61)
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crm/ow pgs; spine of cover completely split & re-attached with tape
Kirby/Ditko cvr/art; 1st app. of Fin Fang Foom (10/61)
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 that 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 cultish fan 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.

Artists Information

Jack Kirby is called 'The King of Comics' for a reason, during his career that spanned six decades he gave us many of most iconic characters the medium would ever see. From his introduction of Captain America at the height of World War II it was clear he wasn't your ordinary comics artist. But it was his creative explosion at Marvel Comics in the 1960's that cemented his legacy, over a short period of time Kirby would give us The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Hulk, The X-Men, Thor, Ant-Man and Nick Fury just to name a few. Kirby would then go to DC and create his Fourth World, introducing Darkseid, Mister Miracle, The New Gods and a host of cosmic supporting players. Long live The King.

Richard "Dick" Ayers was an American comic book artist and cartoonist best known for his work as one of the main inkers during the late-1950's and 1960's Silver Age of Comics, including some of the earliest issues of Marvel Comics' including Jack Kirby's The Fantastic Four. He is the signature penciler of Marvel's World War II comic Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, drawing it for a 10-year run, and he co-created Magazine Enterprises' 1950s Western-horror character the Ghost Rider, a version of which he would draw for Marvel in the 1960s. His career would span 7 decades until his death in 2014.