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FANTASTIC FOUR (1961-96; 2003-12) #5
CGC FN+: 6.5
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SOLD ON:  Wednesday, 12/15/2021 10:00 PM
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Jack Kirby cvr/art; origin & 1st app. of Dr. Doom, bondage cover, Dr. Doom Movie Rumors! Comic Book Impact rating of 8 (CBI)
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Jack Kirby cvr/art; origin & 1st app. of Dr. Doom, bondage cover, Dr. Doom Movie Rumors! Comic Book Impact rating of 8 (CBI)
Dr. Doom, according to Jack Kirby, was modeled after the Middle Age concept of Death, hence the skull-like mask and hood. Kirby claimed that Doom, a genius inventor, sorcerer, and leader of Latveria, is inherently evil, and as a result of his facial disfigurement and hatred for Reed Richards, he lashes out against the world in perpetual vengeance. He is one of comics' greatest and most complex villains ever created and he makes his debut here in Fantastic Four #5. Created by the team of Kirby and Stan Lee, this character has been copied and imitated many times over the last fifty years, most notably as one of Lucasfilm's inspirations in creating Darth Vader. This era of Kirby covers defined the industry aesthetic of the period and the dynamic composition informs the reader of what they can expect inside the book's hallowed pages.

"Meet... Doctor Doom!" proclaims the cover of issue #5 of "The World's Greatest Comic Magazine.” This classic Stan Lee and Jack Kirby issue introduced Marvel’s greatest supervillain of all time, Doctor Doom, as well as advertising the upcoming Incredible Hulk #1 and publishing a letter from future Marvel Editor-in-Chief, Roy Thomas. The FF had formidable foes before Doom, the Mole Man, the Skrulls, and Namor the Sub-Mariner, but Doctor Doom turned the team into a supernova. He was a sensational hit, and would immediately return in Fantastic Four #6, teaming up with Namor. Shortly after, he would cross over into Amazing Spider-Man #5, proving the strength of his villainy and staying power. He would go on to become the primary archvillain of the Marvel Universe for decades and was immediately iconic.

This copy earned an amazing 6.5 CGC Universal Grade, with white pages. The central image of Doctor Doom is crisp and clean, and Kirby’s illustrations of the Fantastic Four all shine here. By this point, the team has adorned their classic costumes and mastered their powers, and are all working together to save the world. With the Fantastic Four confirmed to be joining the MCU soon, all FF key issues have been rising dramatically in value. Within the next few years, audiences internationally will know the true might of Doctor Doom, as well as the excitement and fun of the Fantastic Four. A 6.0 CGC copy recently sold for over $24,000. This is an all-time historic key issue that will always be in high demand.

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Overstreet Guide 2021 FN+ (6.5) value = $8,500.