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JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83
CGC VF/NM: 9.0
END TIME:  Thursday, 08/27/2020 12:00 AM
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Kirby cover/art; Ditko art; origin and 1st app. Thor (8/62)
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ow/white pgs
Kirby cover/art; Ditko art; origin and 1st app. Thor (8/62)
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.


This is a truly impressive copy of an important Marvel key, the imposing figure of the God of Thunder swinging Mjolnir about in a perfect arc is one of the most iconic covers of the era. The grey wash that dominates the background employs a design tactic frequently used by Marvel on many of their biggest hits of the early Silver Age, a flat, almost drab, color scheme intentionally meant to push the figures to the front and attract the eyes of shoppers at a crowded newsstand or drug store. The glowing pigments of Thor’s cloak and boots stand out against the otherworldly green of the aliens he battles on this iconic cover. Always a popular item at auction this is a particularly attractive copy with massive investment upside.


Overstreet Guide 2019 VF/NM (9.0) value = $49,750.


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