The Fantastic Four are the subject of a Vancouver Police investigation.
Police are asking for the public’s help to find a collection of rare comic books stolen in a break-in on Monday.
The comics were taken from a 100-pound safe inside an East Van home around noon on October 17.
One of the comics – Fantastic Four: Issue No 1 – is considered rare. Some have sold for more than half a million dollars.
“Someone knows the location of these valuable comics,” says VPD Constable Jason Doucette. “We just hope they do the right thing and share that information with our Property Crime Unit or Crime Stoppers.”
He says the collection is worth a significant amount, “we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars.”
Police are hoping the “uniqueness” of the theft will make it easy for people to spot.
The value of comic books
Patrick with Golden Age Comics in Vancouver says comic books that are well preserved are more valuable than many realize.
“As you get into the higher grades, that’s when you get into exceptionally rare comics. Comics that don’t have any creases on them, comics that don’t have any ink or anything like that on them. And they can get as high as – in the case of Fantastic Four – $500,000 to $600,000 dollars.”
He says the supply is there for Fantastic Four and so is the demand.
Patrick says it would be a good idea for comic fans to check with Vancouver police before purchasing a Fantastic Four: Issue 1 comic to ask for any identifiers or warning signs.
With files from Jeremy Lye