One of the key elements to the X-Men comic book series is anti-hero Magneto's struggle to see Mutants, which he terms "Homo Superior," emerge as Earth's dominant species. As seen in a string of blockbuster movies, Magneto's ability to generate and control magnetic fields make him a truly formidable being. A couple of years before the Mutant Magneto was introduced in the 9/63 first issue of "The X-Men," the brilliant team of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created a character with similar powers in Strange Tales #84. This prototype issue was published under the Atlas Comics banner in 5/61 with a storyline about a human strong man named "Hunk Larkin," who gained his super-powers after being exposed to a cosmic mist of radioactive anti-matter while on a space flight mission.
Presented is a prime copy of Strange Tales #84, that is graded (8.5) by CGC. This superior grade is good for a CGC Census rank of "1/4" with just 3 higher, out of a Universal Grade population total of 63. Label notations include "Off-White Pages," Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers cover and art, Steve Ditko and Paul Reinman art, Magneto prototype issue."
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.