A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION crm/ow pages 1st issue; origin & 1st app of Toro, Sub-Mariner story by EverettThe Human Torch was created by writer-artist Carl Burgos. He first appeared in Marvel Comics #1 (October 1939), published by Marvel's predecessor, Timely Comics. The "Human" Torch was actually an android created by a scientist. He possessed the ability to surround himself with fire and control flames. In his earliest appearances, he was portrayed as a science fiction monstrosity, but quickly became a hero. Along with Captain America and the Sub-Mariner, the Torch's off-and-on foe, he was one of Timely Comics' three signature characters. Like many superheroes, he fell into obscurity by the 1950s and Marvel recycled his name and powers into a new, unrelated Human Torch, a member of the Fantastic Four, in 1961 (who, among other things, was actually human). Unlike Captain America and the Sub-Mariner, the original Human Torch has had only a small presence in the post-1950s Marvel comic books and is closely associated with the Golden Age.
After the 1st issue of Red Raven, Timely Publications decided to change the name of the title to Human Torch (hence the slightly confusing #2 as #1 Torch numbering system). The Torch's sidekick Toro, along with The Falcon, The Fiery Mask, Mantor the Magician and Microman all make their 1st appearances in this issue. Great art by Human Torch creator Carl Burgos and Sub-Mariner creator Bill Everett in this premiere issue. As an added bonus, the origins of the Torch and Sub-Mariner are retold in text.
With the imminent reboot of the Fantastic Four growing ever closer in the MCU, the Human Torch is destined to be a hot property once again. While savvy collectors know that the Golden Age Torch is not, in fact, the Torch of the First Family of Marvel, this first issue of the character’s self-titled run is still an important milestone and valuable collectible for Marvel investors. This particular mid-grade copy is quite attractive, presenting higher eye appeal than its given grade, the colors are strong, and the construction is stable, the addition of Namor to this cover, by the highly collectible Alex Schomburg, only adds extra interest to this valuable GA keepsake.