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CGC VG+: 4.5
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SOLD ON:  Wednesday, 06/23/2021 9:12 PM
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COMMENTS: ow/w pages
Kirby cover/art; Ditko art; origin and 1st app. Thor (8/62)
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ow/w pages
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.

Rounding out the quintet of JIM #83s in this Event Auction is this well-preserved VG+ example, the book had survived the past sixty years to arrive in our offices in well-traveled, but attractive condition. The iconic Kirby cover design displays all of the points collectors look for when shopping for Thor’s first appearance, the background is clean and even, the reds are palpable, and the presentation is higher than its designated grade. As the marketplace continues to expand and reap great rewards on investment books, there is no time like the present to make a play for this important key.

Overstreet Guide 2020 VG+ (4.5) value = $4,345