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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Iron Man #55 Value

Once a sleeper first appearance issue that was often highly over-looked, Iron Man #55 is finally getting the love it truly deserves. No doubt that the explosion in demand for the first appearance of Thanos has a lot to do with the Avengers movie debuting the Mad Titan at the end credit scene. It's true that the Iron Man #55 value flared up quite nicely and quickly after that. To be more quite blunt, this key issue is extremely hot right now!
However, the flare up stayed constant when it was also announced that Guardians of the Galaxy would also be appearing on the big screen as well, and guess what other Jim Starlin created character would be making his big screen debut? That's right - None other than Drax the Destroyer himself, and guess what? This bronze age key issue also has the first appearance of Drax the Destroyer.

So how has the Iron Man #55 value done over the last couple of decades before this recent phenom? Well, let's take a look at some old Overstreet values and how the Iron Man #55 value has exploded in the last year.

Overstreet 1982-83 Guide 12th Edition:

Mint: $4.00
Fine: $2.50
Good: .85  

Overstreet 1990-91 Guide 20th Edition:

Near Mint: $8.00
Fine: $4.00
Good: $1.35

Overstreet 2002-03 Guide 33rd Edition:

Near Mint: $120
Very Fine: $68
Fine: $27
 Very Good: $18
Good: $9

Overstreet 2012-13 Guide 42nd Edition: 
Near Mint (low): $340
Very Fine: $102
Fine: $45
 Very Good: $30
Good: $15

ebay: $1,577 (CGC 9.4) Jan 2013 $999 (CGC 9.2) Jan 2013
ebay: $1,033 (CGC 9.2) Jun 2013
ebay: $421 (unslabbed 5.5 Low FINE) Jun 2013 

As you can see from the data above, a huge leap in value from the 90s to the 2000s, and then another humungous leap in demand and value from last year to now has occurred for this key issue bronze comic. You know that if it's selling way past guide on ebay the book is in boiling hot demand.

I mean selling for, not just listed. Yes, if it's selling on ebay more than guide value, the book is hot.

Considering that you're looking for the Iron Man $55 value, I could assume that you already have it. I mean, it's a logical assumption, right?

However, it's always better not to assume, and if you are on the hunt for this bronze age key comic, it's best to check out the link which you can find a nice copy of Iron Man #55 the first appearance of Thanos and Drax The Destroyer.


  1. No "Man of Steel" Review Yet???
    IMHO..."Best Super Hero Movie To Date."

    1. No Man of Steel movie review yet. I will most likely see it next week. That is a pretty lofty claim, but I am excited to see it.

  2. I am torn on this issue, its such a hot book right now with the movies coming out, and I'm not sure if it will cool off a lot after or if it will cont to rise. I tend to be a long term investor/collector.

    1. Most comic investments have a cooling off period. No comic is rising constantly all the time. This comic right now has cooled off and leveled off a bit, but you're thinking in a few years...not decades, which is why I show the past Overstreet Price Guide values for each decade to show that it has indeed risen in value steadily.

  3. I am OBSESSED with the Mad Titan. I own at least two of everything Thanos. I finally pulled the trigger on Iron Man 55. It is a CGC 7.0. I saw it as something to complete my collection as well as an investment. I know its not amazing fantasy 15 or anything, but do you think its a decent pickup? I spent about $535 on the book. Either way, I am so excited to have it in my collection and I feel like its finally complete!


    Ps. Love the page and all of your knowledge! Its unbelievable and great help in finding some sleeper and key issues! Keep up the great work