ow/w pgs; Stan Lee Signature Series Jack Kirby cvr/art; origin and 1st app. X-Men; 1st app. Magneto; Comic Book Impact rating of 10 (CBI)Stan Lee once explained that his original title for this series was "The Mutants" but publisher Martin Goodman didn't like the sound of it. Lee, in a stroke of genius, named the newly formed group after its founder, Professor X, and thus the X-Men were born. They were a motley band of outcasts, hated and feared by the human world. The title was almost canceled due to lagging sales but was reborn with a new cast of characters in the 70s which went on to make them a perennial favorite ever since. Everybody can relate to what it is like being an outsider, and that is what draws us to the X-Men. With a staggering number of comic spin-offs, blockbuster movies, and a variety of TV shows and cartoons, the popularity of this first issue has proven to be a strong investment in the marketplace.
This copy of the all-time classic X-Men #1 earned an impressive 9.0 from CGC, with off-white to white pages. This Signature Series book was signed by Stan Lee on July 23rd, 2011, nearly 50 years after he penned the issue. Along with the yellow Signature Series CGC label, this is a special X-Men edition, with the classic X-logo behind the grade, and an image from the iconic Giant-Size X-Men cover on the top right of the holder. This is a beautiful copy, with a sharp red logo on an equally crisp white background. The image of the original five mutants uniting as they rush toward Magneto is stunning and uninterrupted by any flaws. Stan Lee's signature rides along Cyclops' red eye beam, adding a great X-factor to this high-grade classic. A 9.0 X-Men #1 recently sold for $185,000. This is a major key issue, and constantly climbing in value. This will be the envy of collectors and investors everywhere.
Overstreet Guide 2021 VF/NM (9.0) value = $43,800.
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