It was December 1965 when I first got my hot little hands on this copy of Fantastic Four #45 — you can probably tell from the condition it’s in. With these stress marks and creases it’s not super valuable any more, but the colors are bright, the paper is white, and it’s still worth a lot more than 12 cents.
This issue featured the first appearance of one of my favorite obscure Marvel characters: Lockjaw, the giant bulldog with antennae.
Marvel’s “Not Brand Echh” was a short-lived (13 issues) attempt at humor in the style of Mad Magazine, mostly poking fun at their own superhero characters, but occasionally taking shots at their DC rivals as well. The Lizard Collection’s copy of the first issue (published in August 1967) isn’t in tip-top condition, but then, neither was the comedy.
Tonight’s photo from the Lizard Collection is issue #103 of the resurrected Captain America series, featuring another classic Jack Kirby cover drawing of the fearsome Red Skull. This copy is in great condition, with amazingly unfaded inks, white pages, and shiny staples.
Marvel Studios is releasing their first Captain America film July 22, titled “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Here’s the official trailer:
Captain America #100, Big Premiere Issue
Captain America #101, ‘When Wakes the Sleeper!’ (May 1968)
Captain America #102, June 1968: The Sleeper Strikes!
Captain America #104, ‘Slave of … the Skull!’ (August 1968)
Captain America #107: If the Past Be Not Dead
Tonight’s cover image from the Lizard Collection is one of my favorite Jack Kirby illustrations, a great example of his “energy foam” style, with a full color Silver Surfer overlaid on a dramatic duochrome background: issue #72 of Fantastic Four, published in March 1968.
The LC copy is in excellent condition with a slight spine curl and a few marks around the edges, but with exceptionally bright colors, very white pages, and amazingly shiny 43-year old staples.