At the dawn of the "Super-Hero" genre way back in 1939, the "Human Torch" was created under the Timely Comics banner as an android character. After going through branding changes, the Marvel Comics Group emerged in the early 1960s and rocked the comic book world with the introduction of the dynamic hero team "The Fantastic Four" in 11/61. This friends and family quartet of heroes was comprised of characters "Mr. Fantastic", "The Invisible Girl", "The Thing" and a revised "Human Torch", which this time around was human "Johnny Storm".
Another early appearance of the literally "on-fire" character came about in the pages of the 10/62 "Strange Tales" issue #101. Offered here is a CGC graded (7.0) example of this key Silver Age issue. The Strange Tales run began in the pre-code days, when Marvel was known as "Atlas" and this important issue hails from a pivotal era in the development of both Marvel and the super-hero genre, positioning this book as one of the great keys of Marvel's game changing period of super-hero character introduction.
The assigned grade is good for a CGC Census rank of "1/41" at the 7.0 tier, with 82 higher out of a Universal Grade population of 491 examples, making this a respectable copy at an easily affordable level. Label notations include "Off-White to White Pages, Human Torch stories begin, 1st solo Human Torch story since 1954, Recap origin of Fantastic Four".
This new to the market comic comes from the spectacular Maryland collection, which has been lovingly stored by the original owner for more than half of a century. H&S began the sale of this high grade collection in our November, 2018 auction and we are proud to conclude this sale in our current February, 2019 auction, Please see our "Americana/Comics" category to review the other lots from this incredible collection, including both single graded issues and several box lots.