Marvel's famous "Amazing Fantasy" title which gave rise to favorite son "Spider-Man", had its beginning under the "Atlas" banner with the title "Amazing Adventures" in 1961. This was a pivotal time for the now dominant Marvel Comics Group. As the re-branding from Atlas to Marvel was taking place, so to was a shift from an emphasis of the sci-fi/horror genre to the super-hero genre. While DC started the revival of costumed "Supes" at the dawn of the '60s, it was Marvel that took the ball and ran to supreme heights with a proliferation of iconic characters during this decade of great change.
An argument can be made that the offered Amazing Adventures #1 inaugural issue, was the comic that started the ball rolling for Marvel, as even Overstreet cites this seminal issue as featuring the "First Marvel-Age Superhero", synonymous with the "Silver Age" and Marvel's rebranding. Though the character "Groot" was introduced in the 11/60 "Tales to Astonish" issue #13, the tree-like being was portrayed as an alien bent on capturing humans for experimentation and only became a hero with his 21st Century revival as a member of the "Guardians of the Galaxy".
This important 6/61 Amazing Adventures #1 key issue has been bestowed with a totally respectable grade of (4.5) by CGC. Label notations include "Cream to Off-White Pages, Origin and 1st appearance of Dr. Droom (Anthony Ludgate Druid, later became Dr. Druid)". The label also notes the story and art contributions of Marvel top guns Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Dick Ayers.
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.