Journey into Mystery #83, which features the very 1st appearance of Thor, is one of the scarcest early Silver Age Marvel keys in the Near Mint range. The offered example is a Near Mint CGC 9.2 with perfect White Page preservation, sharp edges, and a clean bright cover image. Considering that this stunning example is 1 of only 4 in grade with just 4 examples of this sought-after Marvel key have ever been certified higher than 9.2 by CGC, this is likely one of the very best examples of this issue most collectors will ever have the opportunity to acquire.
Debuting in the summer of 1962, Thor was one of the earliest superheroes introduced in Marvel’s Silver Age. As an incarnation of the Norse God of Thunder, he also stands out as one of the publisher’s most powerful characters. Thor was a founding member of the Avengers and he continues to be a perennial fixture in the “World’s Greatest Heroes”. His Silver and Bronze Age runs have long had devoted collector followings and interest in the denizens of Asgard is rising sharply with a Thor movie due for a May release. Coordinated with the release of the Iron Man, Captain America, and Hulk movies, this film is an important piece of the epic lead-in to an Avengers feature film in 2012. Thor will feature Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek) in the title role with Hollywood heavy-weights Natalie Portman (as Jane Foster) and Anthony Hopkins (as Odin) filling out the cast. If past movie releases are any indication, Thor’s popularity among the general public is bound to sky-rocket, making the future seem very bright for quality examples of his vintage appearances.