As far as this club goes, it might not be the most popular, but it was the first of the great Marvel Age!
I'll always consider it the hands-down most significant comic of the Silver Age. One of the top ten from any era, as far as historical impact. FF1 will be the last key I part with, if I ever sell. My current plan is to die while still owning a full Kirby run.
Now complete on Strange Journey to Astonish Into Suspense Tales of Mystery! Still working on Adult Adventure Worlds of Amazing Strange Fantasy! KirbyJack's FeedBacks!
Can I join? Or perhaps with this copy, am I entitled to only a provisional membership?
It was FF that got me started collecting back in 1974, so I'll always have a soft spot for this one.
This book comes with a fun story. I lucked into it.
It was about 1990 or '91. I sold comics at cons regularly, and the Keaton/Nicholson had turned all things Bat into solid gold. I met somebody who had a collection to sell, and went to his house to look at what he had. It was about 5 banana boxes of unsorted SA and BA books. Most of it was second- and third-tier stuff. As I recall, there were no keys but there were a number of Joker appearances (which were a big deal at the time) and there were a bunch of Bats and 'Tecs from 1961-1964.
After some discussion, we came up with an agreeable price and I drove home with the collection. At home I began the task of removing the books from the banana boxes and sorting them. There were a handful of coverless books at the bottom of a box. They had pretty much been used to line the bottom of the box, so I hadn't even looked at what it was before buying the collection. And lo and behold... there it was. The book I had always wanted, but was to cheap (and poor) to actually buy. It's been in my collection ever since.
*****************Always looking for items related to SOTI and to the comic book censorship movement of the 1940's and 50's.****************************