Hot Comics #29:
Fantastic Four #4, 1st Silver Age Appearance of Sub-Mariner
DOWN 6 PLACES FROM LAST YEAR

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Why Fantastic Four 4 is a Hot Comic

2019 MARKET UPDATE: THIS SCARCE EARLY FF ISSUE CONTINUES TO RISE

We are seldom offered early # FF back issues. 90+ percent of Silver Age comic book collections are missing them altogether, and when they do turn up they are ragged.

We have seen no sign of Namor being talked about as an alternative in the MCU to Aquaman, but stranger things have happened.

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 6.0 2018 $1,625
  • LAST SALE $3,900
  • PERCENT CHANGE +140%

I'm feeling pretty pleased with myself for tipping a book which has more than doubled within 12 months, I admit.

Here are recent sales. I see more upside ahead. Buy and hold.

  • CGC 8.0 $10,200
  • CGC 7.0 $5,700
  • CGC 6.0 $3,900
  • CGC 5.0 $1,920
  • CGC 4.0 $1,800
  • CGC 3.0 $1,450
  • CGC 2.0 $1,030
  • CGC 1.0 $925

2018 MARKET UPDATE: NAMOR IS MORE AND MORE POPULAR!

An anti-hero who has been around since the early Golden Age of comics, Namor has finally been noticed by speculators looking for value.

Now that Sony and Marvel have struck a deal to bring home the errant heroes, rumor about actually decent Fantastic Four movies won't go away.

Namor makes perfect sense as a bad guy. The interest in Aquaman has only added fuel to the fire. If DC can pull it off, surely Marvel can?

Here are recent sales.

  • CGC 9.4 $26,000
  • CGC 9.2 $19,000
  • CGC 8.0 $5,750
  • CGC 7.0 $3,000
  • CGC 6.0 $1,625
  • CGC 5.0 $1,400
  • CGC 4.0 $770
  • CGC 3.0 $800 (!!)
  • CGC 2.0 $475
  • CGC 1.0 $375

2017 MARKET UPDATE: NEW TO THE LIST!

I don't know what it will take to shake FF #1 out of its long-term price funk... but perhaps the issues ahead of it, like this one, moving up will help.

Sub-Mariner was one of THE stars of the Golden Age for Atlas/Marvel, and while he hasn't really caught on with the modern audience, this first Silver Age appearance is increasing in value at long last. Picking a clean, well-presenting CGC 6.0 will be a good bet.

  • CGC 9.0 $9,550
  • CGC 7.0 $2,130
  • CGC 6.0 $1,600
  • CGC 5.0 $955
  • CGC 4.0 $750
  • CGC 3.0 $670
  • CGC 2.0 $400

Other FF comics on the Hot 100 list:

Fantastic Four #1 | Fantastic Four #5 (1st Doctor Doom) | Fantastic Four #48 (1st Silver Surfer and Galactus) | Fantastic Four #52 (1st Black Panther)

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