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Marvel Premiere

Marvel // April 1972 - August 1981
Issue count: 61

Yet again, Marvel offered another great vehicle for introducing new characters (and reviving some older ones) in Marvel Premier! #1 formally gave us WARLOCK!#15 is the 1st appearance of IRON FIST! This title may only increase in value over time!

Marvel Premiere

As suggested by it's title, Marvel Premier would be one of the companies prime vehicles for both introducing new characters, and re-booting already established ones.

Coming out of the gates in a strong manner, the first two issues would bring us Roy Thomas' and Gil Kane's Adam Warlock (or, simply, Warlock), a re-imagining of the established character "Him." Warlock would go on to be a strong recurring presence in the Marvel Universe.

Next would come a 12 issue run featuring Dr. Strange - a hero without a home as a solo feature at the time (he was, however, a member of the Defenders). Issues #3 -#14 were impressive if only because of the top-notch artists of the time that were engaged to draw the stories; Barry Windsor-Smith, Craig Russell, Jim Starlin, Frank Brunner, Neal Adams...

Next up, issues #15 - #25, starred a hero which was arguably the triumph of the series; Iron Fist! Co-created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Iron Fist made his debut in Marvel Premier #15, in 1974. IF made 11 appearances in that book, with Chris Claremont taking over the writing with issue #23, and #25 featuring the artist John Byrne (this would be a legendary teaming later in the decade, on X-Men, in particular).

After this the series sort of peters-out for a while with a series of one shots:

Hercules and the Satana get single outings each; The Legion Of Monsters (Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Morbius, Werewolf By Night) with an attempt at an all-monster team; The Liberty Legion - a WWII era Invaders offshoot comprised of mostly B-List Timely Golden-Age heroes, Woodgod, Monark Moonstalker, Conan offshoot The Mark of Kane, and lastly Roy Thomas' attempt at a Cold War era superhero, 3-D Man (couldn't get the rights to Kirby's 1950's Harvey character Captain 3-D). Elf fantasy title Weird world gets a go, Marv Wofman's Torpedo looks promising for a couple of issues (#39 & #40), The sci-fi Seeker 3000 rides the Star Wars craze for an issue, to no avail.

Continuing the one-shots is character Tigra, The Feline Fury, memorable recurring Daredevil soldier-of-fortune-type Palladin (issue #43), and promising superhero Jack Of Hearts (#44).

George Perez gives Man-Wolf a test-drive for a couple of issues. Then comes a real treat : A re-boot of Ant-Man (#45 & #46), and one that sticks this time with Scott Lang taking over Henry Pym's original role - a great couple of issues with a character introduced in the contemporary Iron Man comics of the time - David Michelinie, John Byrne and Bob Layton do an impressive job here. 

Onward! The Falcon gets a single solo outing next, followed by rock star Alice Cooper in a single issue head-scratcher, with 3 issues of the ever-popular Black Panther after that (#51 -#53), Caleb Hammer (a new-jack western type), continuing with a solo Wonder Man issue, and another Howard Chaykin one-shot (no pun intended) Dominic Fortune.

Of more than a passing interest, english artist Dave Gibbons offers up the next 4 issues dedicated to cult phenomenon Doctor Who (the Tom Baker version). These are getting collectible!

Closing out the series is a single Doug Moench/Tom Sutton Star-Lord issue (#61).

And that was all-she-wrote, so to speak, for Marvel Premier.

The Warlock, Dr. Strange and Iron Fist books are the most valuable and collectible...

But look out for the Ant-Man and the Doctor Who...


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Issue #1

What's Marvel Premiere #1 worth in 2024?

The mint condition value of Marvel Premiere #1 is $5,500. This value is based on the highest-rated copy to sell publicly, which is an unretouched 9.8 NM/M. That June 2018 value is an increase from its August 2013 price of $1,733. An unretouched 9.6 NM+ sold for the price of $1,351 in March 2020, which is a decrease from its peak March 2019 value of $2,300.

Why is this comic book valuable?

Him makes his first appearance as Adam Warlock in Marvel Premiere #1, published by Marvel Comics in April 1972. Soul Gem makes his first appearance, and Hulk, Thor, and the Fantastic Four appear in a flashback story. This single-story comic features Warlock in “And Men Shall Call Him… Warlock!”

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
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Issue #15

What's Marvel Premiere #15 worth in 2024?

The mint condition value of Marvel Premiere #15 is $3,300. This value is based on the highest CGC rated copy to sell at auction, which is a 9.8 NM/M that was signed by Stan Lee and sold in August 2014. An unretouched 9.8 NM/M has a March 2020 value of $3,850, which is an increase from its January 2020 price of $2,859, but a decrease from its peak May 2016 value of $5,497.

Why is this comic book valuable?

The origin of Iron First is told in Marvel Premiere #15, published in May 1974 by Marvel Comics. Harold Meachum makes his first appearance. Danny Rand passes the final test of K’un-Lun, and is offered the privilege of immortality. Iron Fist battles the robot Shu-Hu, and during the fight flashes back to how his mother gave her life to save his.

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GD 2.0 VG 4.0 FN 6.0 VF 8.0 NM 9.4 RECORD SALE!
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