white pages 1st Namor solo series; origin of Namor retold; John Buscema cover & art; story continues from Iron Man & Sub-Mariner #1 Highest GradedPrince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, was one of Timely’s big three heroes in the Golden Age, along with Human Torch and Captain America, the trio of heroes would battle the Axis forces in solo adventures and sometimes as a team. Namor was created by Bill Everett and first appeared in the title Motion Picture Funnies Weekly, his aquatic adventures were a big hit with the wartime comic crowd, as his somewhat ambiguous personality caused him to clash with good guys as well as Nazis because his primary allegiance is to the undersea world he protects. During the Silver Age the practice of reviving GA characters was a simple way to draw old fans back into the fold while also appealing to new readers with characters that were already trademarked and had a rich history to draw from. Namor received the reboot treatment in the pages of Fantastic Four, where much was made of his obsession with Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman, and it turned out audiences were excited for a full-blown Sub-Mariner comeback, so Marvel gave the Atlantean prince his own book, and this premiere issue features a look back at the origin and subsequent experiences of the anti-hero. Written by Roy Thomas and illustrated by John Buscema and Frank Giacoia, Subby’s Silver Age series ran for seventy-two issues, placing the character back into the limelight he so obviously deserved. Namor’s recent on-screen debut will surely have this book's value soaring.
This copy of Sub-Mariner #1 is one of the top graded listed on the census, it is in impeccable condition, looking as if it were printed yesterday, there are no visible signs of the 55 years of existence this comic has survived in pristine preservation. The recent appearance of Namor in the MCU has driven up the value of this Silver Age reboot of one of Marvel’s Golden Age superstars, anointing it as an important key collectible. If you are on the hunt for a top copy of this book, you could do worse than this 9.8 example with white pages and tremendous investment upside potential.