Here's a quick bit of Marvel Comics history for perspective. Under the Timely and Atlas names, the comic industry giant went heavy into the super-hero genre in the 1940s. Tales of "supes" took a back seat in the 1950s, but with a re-branding in the 1960s, Marvel soared to new heights on the wings of iconic heroes that are more popular than ever at present. The '50s saw a focus on surprise twist stories of the bizarre, eerie and monstrous, but with the introduction of the Fantastic Four in 1961 and Spider-Man in 1962, the super-hero genre became the driving force in the comics' realm.
Witness the transition from thrillers to heroes, with this 1961-1965 Journey Into Mystery comic lot of (3). This revered series began in the early '50s with tales of things that go bump in the night, day or whenever the hell they felt like it. With issue #83 in 1962, a major shift came about with this first issue to feature The Mighty Thor. Graded by CGC, the (3) offered issues include (2) of the thriller types and (1) with Thor, a key issue annual that introduced Hercules and Zeus to Marvel fans. Featured are: (2) regular issues with: #75 last 10-cent issue, with art by Kirby and Ditko CGC (VG 4.0); #80 also with art by Kirby/Ditko CGC (VG- 3.5); and (1) annual with: #1 1st appearance of Hercules and Zeus, with art by Kirby/Colletta CGC (VG-FN 5.0).
This new to the market comic offering comes from the estate of a lifetime collector who purchased his collection at time of publication in the 1960s. One of sixty-six such comic book lots in the current H&S May 2020 auction, these Silver Age classics were held by the original owner until his passing last year, at which point his collection was bequeathed to a longtime friend, who though reluctant to let go of his friend's nostalgic possessions, has decided they should be enjoyed by dedicated collectors. Those comics, which are graded, were submitted to CGC c.2001-2003 and along with those that are not graded, were lovingly stored for more than fifty years regardless of condition. Enjoy this vintage selection from the fabulous "Ford Collection".