The top selling comic book last month was Fantastic Four # 48


In May, at the Comic Buying Center, “Fantastic Four 48” was one of the top-selling comic books. This issue saw prices ranging from $400 to $50,000, showing its significance and varying conditions among available copies. But why exactly is it so expensive? Mostly because it is iconic and introduces some of the most well-known characters. Nothing as good as an old-school awesomeness. Let us tell you the exact reason.

Fantastic Four comic series

The original “Fantastic Four” comic series was a huge BOOM created by the most iconic duo – writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. It debuted in November 1961 with “Fantastic Four #1.” The series introduced readers to the first superhero family: Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic), Susan Storm (Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (The Thing), who gained superpowers after being exposed to cosmic rays during a space mission.

The comic was an unexpected success and quickly became popular, known for its realistic characters and dynamic storytelling. Lee and Kirby’s collaboration set the foundation for what became known as the “Marvel Method” of comic creation, involving detailed plot synopsis followed by artistic interpretation and then scriptwriting.

The original series ran until 1996, concluding with issue #416. During its run, it featured contributions from various writers and artists, including Roy Thomas, John Byrne, and George Pérez, who each brought their unique style and stories to the series.

The “Fantastic Four” was revolutionary for its time, breaking away from traditional idealistic superhero tropes and presenting its characters as a dysfunctional yet loving family. The series is known for introducing iconic villains like Doctor Doom and Galactus, and it remains influential in the world of comics today​.

Fantastic Four #48

Fantastic four number 48

“Fantastic Four #48,” published in March 1966, is a very important issue in comic book history, created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. Fantastic Four number 48 is known for the first appearance of Galactus and first appearance of Silver Surfer. The storyline, titled “The Coming of Galactus,” begins with the Fantastic Four detecting cosmic disturbances heralding the arrival of Galactus, the planet-eating entity. As Earth faces this immense threat, the Silver Surfer, Galactus’s herald, makes his first appearance.

Key Points:

  • Publication Date. March 1966
  • Creators. Stan Lee (writer) and Jack Kirby (artist)
  • First Appearances. Silver Surfer and Galactus
  • Plot. The Fantastic Four prepare to defend Earth from the world-devouring Galactus, with the Silver Surfer playing a crucial role.
  • Historical Importance. This issue is highly popular among comic book buyers and is considered a key issue in Marvel’s history.
  • Fantastic Four 48 for Sale. The actual Fantastic Four 48 value varies greatly, and can cost anywhere from $400 for a damaged copy and up to $50,000 for a near Mint copy. 

Fantastic Four #48 (March 1966) remains a valuable issue, reflecting its role in comic books’ history.

  • Pete Przysiezny

    Pete Przysiezny, owner of Comic Buying Center, has been buying and selling comics and collectibles for over 30 years. He lives in Northern Illinois and specializes in buying large comic book collections. He has a vast knowledge of all eras and types of comic books ranging from the 1930s to the 2000s. Pete spent his childhood going to comic book conventions with his father, so you could say he was raised in the industry.