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Value of Fantastic Four Comic Books

Fantastic Four comic books price guide
Last updated October 31, 2016

Fantastic Four comics can be valuable.

The series launched the Marvel age in 1961. The story involves radiation and mutation brought about by a daring outer space adventure.

We have compiled record sales and minimum values. Click any image for current values.

Fantastic Four #1: Origin and First Appearance (1961)

Origin and First Appearance of Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Susan Storm (the Invisible Girl), Johnny Storm (the Human Torch) and Ben Grimm (the Thing)

Record sale:
$300,000 (CGC 9.4)

Minimum value (in poor but complete condition):
$800

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Market Report for Fantastic Four 1

Considering it is the earliest of the Marvel Silver Age key issues, FF #1 has under-performed terribly in the otherwise buoyant market conditions.

While investors and collectors have enjoyed bumper returns on books like Amazing Fantasy #15, Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Brave and the Bold #28, you'd feel pretty sick after dropping big money on the FF's first appearance.

Fantastic Four #1 CGC sales data. This book has under-performed when compared to other Silver Age mega-key issues like Avengers #1, Amazing Fantasy #15 and Journey into Mystery #83Fantastic Four #1 CGC sales data. This book has under-performed when compared to other Silver Age mega-key issues like Avengers #1, Amazing Fantasy #15 and Journey into Mystery #83

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Fantastic Four #1 Golden Record Reprint

In 1966, Marvel licensed some classic comic book stories to a company called Golden Record.

How to Identify a Golden Record Reprint

It can be easy to get excited when you see a Golden Record reprint of the mega Marvel keys from the early 1960s. Even I have been fooled a couple of times!

The main way to identify the GRRs:

  • They have NO PRICE on the front cover!
  • They are thinner, because they don't have ad pages inside
  • The back cover is different

The big giveaway is the lack of a price box. It's an easy one to overlook when you see a high-grade key issue and your pulse begins to race... See images below.

Front Covers of Original Marvel Issues Have Prices Printed on ThemFront Covers of Original Marvel Issues Have Prices Printed on Them
Front Covers of Golden Record Reprint Issues Have No Prices Printed on ThemFront Covers of Golden Record Reprint Issues Have No Prices Printed on Them. FF1 has a purple box instead of black. Others are more or less identical
Back Covers of Originals Feature Ads From Commercial Clients of MarvelBack Covers of Originals Feature Ads From Clients of Marvel
Back Covers of GRRs Feature GR AdsBack Covers of Reprint Editions Feature Golden Records House Ads

The four titles reprinted by GRR were FF #1, Avengers #4, Journey into Mystery #83, and Amazing Spider-Man #1.

The reprinted comics had slightly different covers, along with an LP record of the story.

While the Golden Record reprints are worth a fraction of the originals, they are still collectible -- especially since for many collectors, the original issues are well beyond their budget.

Mint condition Golden Record comics are now highly sought-after. They are often found in great shape, because the record protected the comic book from damage over the years.

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Fantastic Four #1 Golden Record Reprint  Record Sale: $1,000  Minimum Value: $20

Fantastic Four #1 Golden Record
Reprint

Record Sale: $1,000

Minimum Value: $20

Avengers #4 Golden Record Reprint  Record Sale: $1,500  Minimum Value: $20

Avengers #4
Golden Record
Reprint

Record Sale: $1,500

Minimum Value: $30

Amazing Spider-Man #1 Golden Record Reprint  Record Sale: $2,500  Minimum Value: $50

Amazing Spider-Man #1 Golden Record Reprint

Record Sale: $2,500

Minimum Value: $50

Journey into Mystery #83 Golden Record Reprint  Record Sale: $1,850  Minimum Value: $40

Journey into Mystery #83 Golden Record Reprint

Record Sale: $1,850

Minimum Value: $40

Fantastic Four #2: FF vs The Skrulls

Fantastic Four #2 vs The Skrulls. Click for market value

Fantastic Four #2
FF vs The Skrulls

Record sale:
$82,000
(CGC 9.6)

Minimum value:
$150

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Fantastic Four #2 introduces the Skrulls. The Skrulls are an alien race with the power to shapeshift.

By and large, the Skrulls are more advanced than humans, though fortunately superhero teams such as the Fantastic Four have high-tech vehicles and weapons that can protect humanity at large.

The Skrulls aren't necessarily evil. In fact, they're a lot like the various human nations, seeking enrichment and freedom for themselves while trying to subjugate others to their will.

Of course, this makes them a sort of natural enemy to Earth's inhabitants.

Fantastic Four #3: First Costumes and HQ

Fantastic Four comic #3: First costumes, first HQ, first Fantasticar. Click for market value

Fantastic Four #3
FF establish an HQ, put on costumes and invent the Fantasticar

Record sale:
$38,000
(CGC 9.6)

Minimum value (in poor but complete condition):
$100

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In #3 of the Fantastic Four comic books, the team puts on their costumes for the first time, set up an HQ, and invents the Fantasticar. All in a day's work.

Fantastic Four #4: First Silver Age Appearance of the Sub-Mariner

Fantastic Four #4 features the first Silver Age appearance of the Sub-Mariner. Click for value

Fantastic Four #4
First appearance of Sub-Mariner in the Silver Age

Record sale:
$44,000
(CGC 9.6)

Minimum value (in poor but complete condition):
$100

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While a minor key compared to #1 or #5, this Fantastic Four comic book is notable because of the re-appearance of a classic Golden Age conflicted character.

Sub-Mariner makes his comeback and soon will join forces with Dr. Doom in FF #6.

This book has been tipped as under-rated for years by industry experts, but sales tell a different story. Like other Fantastic Four comic books, most grades have seen static prices, with some falling.

Key Issue: Fantastic Four #5
Origin and First Appearance Dr. Doom

Fantastic Four #5
Origin and first appearance of Dr. Doom

Record sale:
$65,000
(CGC 9.4)

Minimum value (in poor but complete condition):
$300

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Within the early issues, FF #5 stands out for introducing the villain, Doctor Doom.

It also sets up the first ever Marvel super-villain team-up, because you guessed it, Sub-Mariner helps Dr. Doom in the following issue of Fantastic Four comic book, FF #6.

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Key Issue: Fantastic Four #12, Thing vs The Hulk
Ties For First Marvel Crossover

Key Issue: Fantastic Four #12, Thing vs The Hulk Ties For First Marvel Crossover. Click for value

Fantastic Four #12
FF vs the Hulk; ties with Amazing Spider-Man #1 for first Marvel crossover

Record sale:
$65,000
 (CGC 9.6)

Minimum value:
$200

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Fantastic Four #12 pits the Thing against the Incredible Hulk. Who doesn't want to see these two relatively similar, super-strong combatants go head to head?

This Fantastic Four comic book is also of importance because it's the first time that Marvel blended two storylines together.

The FF also appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1 at the same time.

Marvel has done this cross-marketing storyline thing ever since.

Incredible Hulk comics are hot right now, and this one has seen a nice bump in values in grades above 7.0.

Later Fantastic Four Comic Books

The relative unpopularity of the Fantastic Four (with values dragged down by a string of very average movies) has taken its toll on the values of issues #13 to #47.

Fantastic Four #28 is a minor exception, as it's a crossover with the X-Men comic, and collectors of that series want to own a copy to complete their story arc.

Fantastic Four #36: First Medusa and the Frightful Four

Fantastic Four #36: First Medusa and the Frightful Four. Click for values

If the FF were a more popular super-team these days, you'd be tipping the Frightful Four for a movie appearance.

However, this book's relatively hot recent status was driven by the Inhumans movie hype (see below). Medusa is a member of the Inhumans royal family.

Now that project has been shelved, her moment in the sun is over, and prices are falling back to previous "Who gives a damn?" levels.

Fantastic Four #45 and #46: Among Us Hide... the Inhumans!

The entire comic book world was caught cold by the announcement of an Inhumans movie later in the decade. The value of their first appearances in FF 45 and 46 rocketed.

Unfortunately, values plummeted again when inexplicably Marvel cancelled the plans for the Inhumans movie.

If you were caught holding higher-grade copies in the hope of cashing in on movie mania, your Fantastic Four comic books turned out to be a bad gamble.

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Fantastic Four #45 First Appearance of The Inhumans  Record Sale: $35,000  Minimum Value: $20. Click for values
Fantastic Four #46 First Inhumans / Black Bolt Cover  Record Sale: $15,000  Minimum Value: $15. Click to check values

Fantastic Four #45
First Appearance of The Inhumans

Record Sale: $35,000

Minimum Value: $20

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Fantastic Four #46
First Inhumans / Black Bolt Cover

Record Sale: $15,000

Minimum Value: $15

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Fantastic Four #48, #49 and #50:
The Coming of Galactus and the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four #48
Origin and First Appearance of Galactus and Silver Surfer

Record Sale: $20,500

Minimum Value: $50

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Fantastic Four #48 is one of the best Fantastic Four comic books to find. It's the first appearance of Galactus and the Silver Surfer. Click for values

Galactus Fantastic Four comic books tend to be more valuable than the issues surrounding them. The eater of planets is a huge character in the Marvel universe.

While Silver Surfer has been in several of the lousy FF movies, there have been strong rumors of him appearing in his own project for years.

Fantastic Four #49 is the second in the trilogy of Galactus and Silver Surfer storyline issues. It is much scarcer than #48, though prices don't really reflect this! Click for values

Fantastic Four #49
Second Appearance of Galactus and Silver Surfer

Record Sale: $44,000

Minimum Value: $30

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Fantastic Four #49 is the second in the trilogy of Galactus and Silver Surfer storyline issues.

It is much scarcer than #48, especially in high grade due to its black cover...

...though prices don't really reflect this, apart from the record sale of more than twice the top price of #48! Click for values

Fantastic Four #50 is famous for being the first ever Silver Surfer cover in comic books. It's a rare exception to the rule that later FF comics have been flat in value. Check the current market price

Fantastic Four #50
Third Appearance of Galactus and Silver Surfer

Record Sale: $44,000

Minimum Value: $40

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Fantastic Four #50 is famous for being the first ever Silver Surfer cover in comic books.

The chocolate-brown cover is tough to find in high grade.

It's a rare exception to the rule that later FF comics have been flat in value. Check the current market price.

More About These Landmark Issues

In Fantastic Four #48, we have a spectacular issue, with Galactus and the first appearance of the Silver Surfer!

Most know that Galactus is an extremely gigantic, deity-like humanoid extraterrestrial who devours planets to sustain his energy.

The Silver Surfer, meanwhile, is first encountered as a sort of servant to Galactus, functioning officially as his herald. "Herald" is an odd choice of word, though: the Silver Surfer is more of a scout, roaming out ahead of Galactus in order to find suitable meals.

As you can imagine, the reason for the Silver Surfer's visit to Earth relates to his scouting function, and Galactus is not far behind.

From #48 through 50 (all very great finds, by the way!), the Fantastic Four battle Galactus and his herald, with the help of the powerful being, the Watcher.

Fantastic Four #52: 1st Appearance of Black Panther
Fantastic Four Comic Book #53: Origin of Black Panther

Fantastic Four #52
First Appearance of Black Panther

Record Sale: $83,000

Minimum Value: $100

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Fantastic Four #52 has become another key Fantastic Four comic book, as interest in new characters in the Marvel universe picks up.

Black Panther starred in the third Captain America movie. More appearances are sure to follow his successful introduction to the MCU.

This issue introduces the Black Panther (T'Challa), a shadowy caped and hooded hero. The price of this book has doubled or more in lower grades, while high grades have steadily increased. Check values here.

Another black cover with few high-grade copies to go around.

Probably along with FF #48 the hottest of the Fantastic Four comic books.

Fantastic Four #53 Origin of Black Panther  Record Sale: $13,000  Minimum Value: $40. Click to see current value

Fantastic Four #53
Origin of Black Panther

Record Sale: $13,000

Minimum Value: $40

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If you're wondering about the origin of T'Challa, then you'll have to have a copy of Fantastic Four #53. This is not as valuable as #52, but still a nice find.

Fantastic Four #66 and #67: The Coming of HIM!
First Full Appearance of Warlock

Fantastic Four #66 and #67 introduce a character called The Warlock.

His first full appearance comes in Mighty Thor comics #165 and #166.

Values of the 'brief appearance' in FF#66 and FF#67 have jumped over superhero movie news speculation.

They need to be high grade to be worth anything significant though.

Fantastic Four #55-60 involve the return of the Silver Surfer, who was liberated during Galactus' attempt to devour Earth.

Dr. Doom steals his powers for a while. Pretty cool storyline.

Clearly, Marvel was working toward releasing a Silver Surfer comic standalone. He came back from 72 to 77, as well.

All Silver Surfer covers are collectible, and Fantastic Four #72 is considered to be a minor classic.

All Silver Surfer covers are collectible, and Fantastic Four #72 is considered to be a minor classic. Click for value

Fantastic Four #72
Classic Silver Surfer Cover

Record Sale: $5,000

Minimum Value: $10

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Fantastic Four #100: Anniversary Issue

In common with many Marvel comics, Fantastic Four #100 is a milestone. It's celebrated with a smattering of all past villains and friends. Click for value

Fantastic Four #100
Anniversary Issue, Revisits Past Heroes and Villains

Record Sale: $1,300

Minimum Value: $10

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In common with many Marvel comics, Fantastic Four #100 is a milestone.

It's celebrated with a smattering of all past villains and friends. It's not hugely valuable, but in high grade is worth several hundred dollars.

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Fantastic Four Comic Book Error of Color #110

#110 exists in an error variant, with a front cover misprint turning Ben Grimm into a green Thing. (Would that make him the Hulk?)

The error variant is worth 10 to 15 times as much as the regular edition.

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Fantastic Four Comic Book #112:
Return of The Incredible Hulk vs Thing Battle

Fantastic Four #112, featuring a much-anticipated rematch between the Thing and the Hulk (last seen in FF #12). Click for value

Fantastic Four #112
Classic Hulk vs Thing Battle

Record Sale: $5,000

Minimum Value: $40

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Speaking of the Hulk, one excellent issue is Fantastic Four #112, featuring a much-anticipated rematch between the Thing and the Hulk (first seen 100 issues earlier in FF #12).

The twist here is that the Hulk is intervening to save the city from his counterpart.

An attempt to turn the Thing back in to ordinary Ben Grimm backfired, warping the Thing's mind, and causing him to run amuck in New York. Click for current value


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Fantastic Four Comic Book Price Variants

in the 1970s Marvel raised the price of certain Fantastic Four comic book issues in limited test markets. These are known as price variants, and are strongly collectible

In common with other Marvel titles, in the 1970s Marvel raised the price of certain Fantastic Four comic book issues in limited test markets.

These are known as price variants, and are strongly collectible.

Issues #169-173 were priced at 30c vs the regular price of 25c. Issues #183-187 were priced at 35c vs the regular price of 30c.

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Who Are the Fantastic Four?

The four scientists affected by the radiation gain superpowers and become Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards), the Invisible Woman (Sue Storm), the Human Torch (Johnny Storm, Sue's brother), and the Thing (Ben Grimm).

Their chief foe is the excellent villain, Dr. Doom, the autocrat of a fictional country, Latveria, as well as a devotee of science's dark side.

The Fantastic Four headquarters, the Baxter Building, is in Manhattan. This HQ is part-laboratory, part-fortress.

With their impressive powers, for example Mr. Fantastic's elasticity and the Thing's super-strength and invulnerable hide, combined with super intelligence and amazing technology, these heroes are equipped for taking on more than just ordinary terrestrial villains.

Fantastic Four Lineup Changes and On

The departure of the married couple, Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, in Fantastic Four #304

Beginning with the 300s, we start to see some lineup changes.

The first is the departure of the married couple, Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, in Fantastic Four #304.

This is followed by the addition of the demigod Crystal, the Human Torch's romantic entanglement. We then see the addition, in 306-307, of Ms. Marvel to the team.

In #310 the Thing, now the group's leader, becomes further irradiated, which intensifies his mutation and adds more bumps to his skin.

Ms. Marvel is also exposed to radiation, and transforms into a She-Thing.

In the Annual #21, Crystal departs, leaving just a Fantastic Three.

#326 sees the return of the Invisible Woman and Mr. Fantastic (creating a Fantastic Five!), and together the heroes battle the Frightful Four. 

In #348, a Skrull plot imprisons the Fantastic Four, then dupes the Grey Hulk, Wolverine, Ghost Rider, and Spider-Man into forming a "New Fantastic Four".

Of course, the secret intention is to have the new team unwittingly do the bidding of the Skrull.

Fantastic Four #611 was the final issue, paving the way for the Marvel NOW! reboot. Click for value

Later, the value of the comics becomes more focused on the variant covers. #554 has a cool Skrull variant cover, with Skrulls partially embodying the Fantastic Four heroes.

#587 features the death of the Human Torch, sacrificing himself in a battle with aliens. As you can imagine, though, he doesn't remain dead.

Fantastic Four #611 was the final issue, paving the way for the Marvel NOW! reboot.

Future Foundation (FF)

In 2011, FF (Future Foundation) was launched as a spinoff project.

The Fantastic Four, deprived for the time of Johnny Storm, creates a more expansive race of heroes to defend the human race.

The list includes Spider-Man and Dr. Doom. The cool Marko Djurdjevic #1 variant, featuring the Thing, is one of the most valuable issues.

This series was short-lived in its original iteration, due to the arrival of Marvel NOW!

Marvel Now! and Fantastic Four Comic Books

Both the Fantastic Four and FF titles have been revived for Marvel NOW! as of 2012.

FF is a much different title, featuring a team made up of She-Hulk, Miss Thing, Medusa, and Ant-Man. Meanwhile, the original title has been rebooted, but sticking to its original premise and format.

If any comics readers feel disdain toward Marvel NOW! they would most likely be the loyal readers of long-standing comics like The Fantastic Four.

Marvel NOW! Fantastic Four #1

For those who don't know, Marvel NOW! is massive reorganization of the Marvel Universe, with 2012 seeing the start of a release of new (and old) titles beginning at #1.

Continuity from Marvel's long past isn't completely discarded; for example, many of the titles take place in the wake of the massive Avengers vs. X-Men crossover.

Officially this hasn't been called a reboot, but a reboot it clearly is.

Of course, one obvious rationale for this change is to combat the entropy that afflicts a web of interlocking teams and heroes over the course of roughly half a century.

Another is to open doors for those who want to become Marvel fans, but don't want to start by picking up an issue numbering in the high hundreds.

But another obvious reason is to place the comics series more closely in lock step with the Disney franchises, a choice that Disney certainly has the power to make after purchasing Marvel in 2009.

One positive change that Fantastic Four fans might find in the revamped Marvel Universe is that it is reorganized more than ever around the two comic book movie franchises that have made Disney so much money: X-Men and Avengers.

As the Fantastic Four have always figured prominently in the world of the Avengers, the reorganization could be good news for the two titles featuring this superhero team.

Certainly the lukewarm Fantastic Four movies released so far could be massively improved upon, so that is good news for fans. And bigger movies means higher prices for the vintage books they're based on.

If you're a fan of FF already, you will feel conflicted. How could Marvel really improve on a series that has seen its heroes go through so many adventures?

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The Fantastic Four have had two movies thus far. According to boxofficemojo.com, the first film brought in a respectable $154 million, but the second, Rise of the Silver Surfer, declined to just under $132 million.

We live in the age of reboots, and it's rumored that a reboot is on the way for this franchise. Certainly the ball is in Marvel's court with their recent successes, and the possibility for an excellent silver screen version has never been better.

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