Wednesday, May 13, 2015


I haven't added a significant book to my Fantastic Four collection in a while. Today I nabbed a copy of issue #13. This was a book I'd been searching for in the right grade at the right price for some time. I finally got lucky and got one from a back issue dealer here in North Carolina.

This book is a nice pickup for several reasons. It features the first appearance of one of Jack Kirby's major creations, The Watcher. And fortunately for me, and for some reason which I cannot fathom, the Watcher's first appearance has not unduly affected the book's price (as yet). If they ever put him in a film, the "value"of the book will insanely go through the roof. But for now I was safe and got it for a very reasonable price.

Another thing I quite like about this issue of the comic is that it was inked by Steve Ditko. Ditko did not ink very many of Kirby's stories, so it's always a treat to see the results when it did happen. I especially like his interpretation of Ben Grimm as the Thing, which is so different from that of most other artists who inked Kirby's pencils.

All in all, I was extremely happy with this addition to my collection!

My copy of FANTASTIC FOUR #13.


dogboy443 said...

Nice buy. I don't think I've ever seen this cover before. Curious to see the Ditko inks.

James Robert Smith said...

When I was a kid, this was one of my favorite early issues of FF.

Rick said...

Very nice copy. A little Marvel chipping but not at all bad for a book that age. Much nicer than my copy.

James Robert Smith said...

I'm happy with it. I like to read my old comics so I rarely buy high grade copies.