I’m excited to have recently added the CGC slabbed copy of Fantastic Four 46, pictured below, to my collection. This issue of course is the first full appearance, and cover appearance of Black Bolt in a classic story by Stan Lee, with art by Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.
While it may not be a popular opinion based on story lines from recent years, I’ve always been a fan of the Inhumans and Black Bolt, so picking up his first appearance has held a place somewhere on my “want list.” As you can see in the pic, this copy is graded a 6.0 with Cream to Off White Pages, and tanning on the back cover, so it wasn’t the grade or condition of this particular copy which led me to pull the trigger.
What did prompt my decision to buy this copy is its provenance. If you take a closer look at the CGC label, you’ll see that this book came from the personal collection of Doug Moench. Moench of course is the creator of Moon Knight, Bane, Black Mask, co-creator of Deathlok, and more.
I certainly could have picked up a higher graded/cleaner copy for what I paid for this book . However, I was willing to pay a bit of a premium for the provenance of this copy, at a still reasonable price.
As someone whose collecting largely focuses on Bronze and Copper Aged comics, I’m intrigued that Moench owned and likely read this book, and that experience may have contributed to inspire his significant work at Marvel and DC, including the creation of the aforementioned characters.
Facilitator Rich Henn worked closely with CGC to establish the special provenance designation on the label, and is selling books from this collection via auctions and other sales. If you’re interested in learning more about this collection, follow Rich Henn on Instagram, and watch his auctions on eBay.