Fin Fang Foom key issues to speculate

Fin Fang Foom is a much beloved pre hero comic character from Marvel.

Even without too much movie influence, its first appearance in Strange Tales 89 is already one of the most sought issue in that era, after Tales to Astonish 13, the first appearance of Groot.

There are now rumors of Fin Fang Foom being in the Shang Chi movie (check out Shang Chi key issues here), as the final foe to beat in a round robin kung fu tournament. This is not impossible given that Fin Fang Foom has already been acknowledged in Thor 3, as one of the winners of the Contest of Champions.

If that is the case, Strange Tales 89 will of course experience some price hike but not everyone can afford this book.

Below are other cheaper Fin Fang Foom key issues you can consider, either as speculation or part of a Fin Fang Foom comic collection:

    • Astonishing Tales #23: 2nd appearance
    • Astonishing Tales #24:; 3rd appearance and 2nd cover
    • Iron Man #264: Origin


Astonishing Tales 23 and 24: 2nd appearance and cover appearance

astonishing tales 23Click here to see copies on Ebay

astonishing tales 24 v2Click here to see copies on Ebay

These 2 will form a nice set for anyone looking to sell or to keep.

Right now, they are off many folks’ radar so they are cheap to pick up.

If you want to know their potential price growth, lets look at Groot’s 2nd appearance to see the comparison. Keep in mind that the Hulk annual 5 prices have already cool down. At their peak, they would have been much higher.

Issue Prices (VF)
Prices (VFNM)
Prices (NM)
Hulk Annual #5 (1976) USD30 USD45 USD70
Astonishing Tale #23(1974) USD15 USD25 USD35
Astonishing Tale #24 (1974) USD10 USD20 USD30

Overall, the potential returns are not that fantastic in absolute terms. However, in terms of rate of return, a 50-100% is not out of the question.

This is taken into the account that Hulk prices are already cooled down. Hence, if you buy these books at current prices, you can still gain even if the heat is off.

One thing to note is that astonishing tales is shorter in supply relative to Hulk annual 5 so that might see these books getting a higher value.

Personally, I think Astonishing Tales #24 might break out more than #23, simply because of the better cover. Note that this issue has a Marvel value stamp so make sure it is in the book when you make any purchase.


Iron Man 274: Origin of Fin Fang Foom

iron man 274Click here to see copies on Ebay

This is a lottery book that has 2 things going for it: an awesome cover and an origin that the movie might use.

Unfortunately, it is a 90s book so supply will be plentiful. Try to get the newsstand high grade if you can as these are harder to come by.

However I don’t expect this to be anything beyond a $15 to $20 book, if it ever gets hot.


Fin Fang Foom Variants

If you like to collect variant covers, here are some that are cheap. I am not advocating them as investments but as part of your Fin Fang Foom collection.

This is also not a complete list but just covers that I personally like.


Monster Unleashed 6: Venomized cover

monster unleashed 6 variant v3Click here to see copies on Ebay

If you like Venomized covers, here is one from the Monster Unleashed series, drawn by Francesco Francavilla.

Nobody seems to like these so you can get them at cover prices or below.


Invincible Iron Man 2 – 1:10 variant

invincible iron man vol 3 2Click here to see copies on Ebay

This is a Simonson cover 1:10 variant for Invincible Iron Man Vol 3 #2. Sales number for that book is 66k.

If you like more traditionally drawn Fin Fang Foom, this is a good one to get.

Astonishing X-men #36 Variant

astonishing xmen 36 variantClick here to see copies on Ebay

Wolverine and Fin Fang Foom on the same cover? Sign me up!

This is a 1:15 ratio variant cover. The sales figure from this book is 44k.


If you are a fan of Fin Fang Foom, the good news is that there isn’t a lot of book you need to collect. Bad news is that its first appearance is already pretty much out of reach for most.

The exciting thing is that if MCU is willing to use Fin Fang Foom, what about the other Marvel monsters? Room for thought.

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