This is just an amazing find for any fan of Game of Thrones, comics, or pop-culture history. Apparently back in 1963, a young George R. R. Martin (credited as George R. Martin) sent a fan letter to Marvel that got published in the pages of Fantastic Four back in 1963. In the letter, Martin claims that issue #17 of the series was “greater than great” and “one of the greatest of ALL comics.”

Little could anyone at Marvel know that the teenage Martin would wind up becoming the J.R.R. Tolkien of Bayonne, New Jersey, and one of the great fantasy authors of a generation. It’s a testament to what Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were doing back then, and it makes you realize what a debt of gratitude audiences and current creators owe to comics like these. Check out the letter for yourself below:

[Marvel via IGN]