FANTASTIC FOUR (1ST SERIES)

Publishers: MARVEL COMICS GROUP
Dates: 1 Nov 1961-416 Sep 1996; 500 Aug 2003-588 April 2011; 600 Jan 2012-611 Dec 2012
Issues: CLICK HERE to view issues, super-size cover images and values in 9 grades

All issues of the Fantastic Four were distributed in the UK from 1961, right up until the first one-off Non Distributed issue #80 (Nov 1968) and then a short run of ND starting at #144. Early UK variant copies have a printed 9d (ninepence) in place of the American 10 or 12 cents. Otherwise it is fundamentally the same comic, printed at the same time on the same paper apart from price and cover date and some distribution information in the indicia.

UK Variants: Issues #1-31 have a printed 9d (nine pence) cover price, #32-41 have an ink 10d cover stamp which is quite large and can sometimes be quite heavy unfortunately. #42-68 have a printed 10d cover price. #69-84 have a 1/- cover stamp. #85 is the start of a printed 1/- cover price until #115. #116 had an 8p cover sticker. #117 the printed 6p cover price begins and lasts up to #143.

In the mid/late 1990's, Marvel re-launched their main titles from issue #1 again which causes all sorts of listing problems for historians like me! From Jan 1998 volume two of Fantastic Four appeared and lasted until #70 Aug 2003 when they realized many months before that issue #71 would in fact be 'old numbering' #500 (Aug 2003). So the title returned to its original numbering and all subsequent issues are listed under the first series entry here. And the same thing happened with the prospect of issue #600 which carrried on the old numbering as of Jan 2012.

Values listed are for UK pence copies (unless ND cents copies). The gap between pence and cents copies is currently roughly about half (ie. UK £20 = US $40). In higher grades (Very Fine Plus and beyond) the gap widens. In extremely high grades (9.4 Near Mint and beyond), cents copies can be stratospheric, at multiples of Guide. Bear in mind this is a very general overview at this present time, a rough guide. Actual sales of high grade pence copies will give a more accurate picture.

The series reached the impressive number of #611 and then it was cancelled to re-launch as yet another #1 in Jan 2013. And another in 2014. This title needs a long run and some stability. I have been disappointed in reading it in the last couple of years.

See also:

FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL (1ST SERIES), THE / GIANT SIZE FANTASTIC FOUR / FANTASTIC FOUR SPECIAL EDITION / FANTASTIC FOUR UNLIMITED / FANTASTIC FOUR UNPLUGGED / FANTASTIC FOUR VS THE X-MEN / FANTASTIC FOUR (2ND SERIES) / FANTASTIC FOUR (3RD SERIES) / SPIDER-MAN AND THE FANTASTIC FOUR / ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR / ULTIMATE X-MEN/ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL / FANTASTIC FOUR (4TH SERIES) / FANTASTIC FOUR (5TH SERIES) / FANTASTIC FOUR ROAST / FANTASTIC FOUR AND POWER PACK / FANTASTIC FOUR 2099 / FANTASTIC FOUR BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS / FANTASTIC FOUR COSMIC SIZE SPECIAL / MYTHOS: FANTASTIC FOUR / FANTASTIC FOUR (5TH SERIES): THE FALL OF THE FANTASTIC FOUR / FANTASTIC FOUR (5TH SERIES) ANNUAL / FANTASTIC FOUR (5TH SERIES): ORIGINAL SIN / CIVIL WAR: FANTASTIC FOUR HARDCOVER / MARVEL ACTION HOUR FEATURING THE FANTASTIC FOUR / MARVEL ADVENTURES: SPIDER-MAN AND THE FANTASTIC FOUR FCBD 2005 EDITION / FANTASTIC FOUR BOOK AND RECORD SET / FANTASTIC FOUR GOLDEN RECORD SET / MARVEL MANGAVERSE: FANTASTIC FOUR / MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE FANTASTIC FOUR / MARVEL MILESTONE EDITION: FANTASTIC FOUR #1 / MARVEL MILESTONE EDITION: FANTASTIC FOUR #5 / WHAT IF FEATURING FANTASTIC FOUR / WHAT IF NEWER FANTASTIC FOUR / DARK REIGN: FANTASTIC FOUR / DARK REIGN: FANTASTIC FOUR TRADE PAPERBACK / SECRET INVASION: FANTASTIC FOUR / SECRET INVASION: FANTASTIC FOUR TRADE PAPERBACK / TRUE BELIEVERS: LUKE CAGE AND THE FANTASTIC FOUR / TRUE BELIEVERS: WHAT IF THE FANTASTIC FOUR HAD DIFFERENT SUPER POWERS? / TRUE BELIEVERS: WHAT IF THE FANTASTIC FOUR HAD NOT GAINED THEIR SUPER POWERS? / FANTASTIC FOUR AND POWER PACK: FAVORITE SON / FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION: THE WORLD'S GREATEST COMIC MAGAZINE / FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION: THE MASTER PLAN OF DOCTOR DOOM / FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION: ALL IN THE FAMILY / FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION: INTO THE TIME STREAM / FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION: STRANGE DAYS / MARVEL SPOTLIGHT: FANTASTIC FOUR AND SILVER SURFER / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - BLASTAAR / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR BY JOHN BYRNE / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR BY WALTER SIMONSON / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - DRAGON MAN / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - GALACTUS HUNGERS / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - HULK VS. THING / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - KLAW / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - MOLECULE MAN / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - PUPPET MASTER / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - RONAN / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - SKRULLS / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - SUPER SKRULL / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - THE BIRTH OF VALERIA / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - THE COMING OF GALACTUS / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - THE COMING OF H.E.R.B.I.E. / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - THE FRIGHTFUL FOUR / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - THE MAD THINKER / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - THE WEDDING OF SUE AND REED / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR - THE NEW FANTASTIC FOUR / TRUE BELIEVERS: FANTASTIC FOUR VS. DOCTOR DOOM

Total value for all issues of this title listed:

Condition

PR
1.0
FR
1.5
GD
2.0
VG
4.0
FN
6.0
VF
8.0
VF/NM
9.0
NM-
9.2
NM
9.4
MINT
10.0
Issues 423 583 583 583 583 583 583 583 583
Total £ 1,590 3,200 4,800 9,580 17,870 44,030 100,970 145,710 174,880 Total title value in pounds in UK markets
Total $ 3,910 7,840 11,770 23,450 43,670 108,220 249,180 360,090 432,160 Total title value in dollars in US markets

Note: some PR issues may have no value. Selected issues in FN, VF or VF/NM may not exist in some titles.