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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tales to Astonish Key Comics List Part 1

Alrighty all, here we got another key issue list of important comics to invest in. This time we are exploring the Tales to Astonish comic series. There's some good investment comics in this 2 part series, so be sure to have your want lists out to make room and enjoy!

Tales to Astonish #1 coverTales to Astonish #1  
  • 1st issue of titled series

Basically this silver age key issue comic is just a first issue for the Tales to Astonish comic series, and it's an important key issue because of this reason. It doesn't really have a first appearance of any of Marvel's popular superheroes, but that doesn't mean it's not an expensive little bugger. 

It most definitely will put a nice dent in your bank account (if you can find a copy), but not so much as the next issue on this list. 

Tales to Astonish #13 coverTales to Astonish #13 
  • First appearance of Groot

Yes, even Marvel got into the walking and talking trees from Lord of the Rings. Now, it seems this comic is well sought after because the character will be in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Groot's first appearance will not be a cheap comic investment choice. 

mycomicshop - For example, an unslabbed GD+ of this book is going for $749 at mycomicshop.

ComicLink - One CGC 3.5 VG- (low Very Good) is available for $1,475.

Tales to Astonish #27 cover image
Tales to Astonish #27
  • First appearance of Henry Pym
  • First appearance of Ant-Man

A major silver age key issue, the first appearance of Henry Pym in Tales to Astonish #27 actually introduced Henry Pym and the origin of his size-altering formula, but doesn't show Henry Pym in costume as Ant-Man. Regardless, this issue is a highly valuable investment comic. With the Ant-Man movie poised now for a July 31st release in 2015, this comic has been in high demand ever since.

This key comic won't be a cheap find for sure. Expect to shell out quite a bit for copies even in lower grade, but it's one of the best comics to invest in. Why? Because Ant-Man will be part of Marvel's cinematic Phase 3, and I have no doubt that the character will have a trilogy and assemble in an Avengers movie...possibly Avengers 3.

mycomicshop - Only one copy located here for this not so easy to find Marvel first appearance. It also happens to be CGC graded at a 5.5 FN-. 

ebay - As expected, only a few CGC copies available, and not many unslabbed copies as well. Mostly low grades, which are pretty expensive already. This comic is still hot.

Tales to Astonish #35 comic cover
Tales to Astonish #35
  • 2nd appearance of Ant-Man
  • 1st time in costume

Although this is considered the 2nd appearance of Ant-Man, Tales to Astonish #35 is the issue where we actually see Henry Pym in the famed Ant-Man costume for the first time. This is another major key issue, especially concerning related Avengers keys. Ant-Man and Henry Pym is, after all, an original member of the Avengers team. 

ebay - Some nice copies for sale for this super silver age key issue on ebay. CGC copies available as well. The highest I saw is a CGC 8.5 VF+. This will be an expensive investment comic but a good one. Ant-Man will be hot for quite a while.

Tales to Astonish #44 cover picture
Tales to Astonish #44
  • First appearance of Wasp
  • Origin of Wasp

The first appearance of another original Avengers member. Despite that The Wasp hasn't been confirmed to make her debut on the silver screen just yet, many are speculating because Ant-Man is on his way to the theaters that Janet Van Dyne, The Wasp, soon will too. 

This key issue is currently being sought out by many comic investing collectors before confirmation of The Wasp debuting in a movie hits and creates an even greater frenzy for this first appearance of Wasp comic.

Tales to Astonish #44 also won't be a cheap buy. It was already pretty valuable before, and it will keep getting more expensive and more quickly as well.

ebay - As of this writing the selection of copies available on ebay are pretty scarce. So far only lower grade unslabbed copies. Still doesn't hurt to click the link and check it out if you're on the hunt for this key issue that's primed to soon hit the hot burner! Will be an expensive comic to get, but one of the top comics to invest in for years to come.

Tales to Astonish #49
  • Ant-Man becomes Giant Man
  • First appearance of Giant Man

Just as the cover says, this is the key issue where Ant-Man uses his formula to grow bigger instead of smaller and becomes the 12 foot tall Giant Man for a while before changing it once again. Will definitely cost you some dough in high grades. Not cheap in mid to lower grades either.

mycomicshop - Quite a few copies available, but all are unslabbed and most are lower grade copies that are all above the hundred dollar mark.

ebay - Mostly unslabbed copies are waiting to get snagged on the mighty ebay. I only saw one mid-grade CGC 5.5 copy as of now.

Tales to Astonish #52 comic cover image
Tales to Astonish #52
  • First appearance of Black Knight
  • Origin of Black Knight

This is not the first appearance of Dane Whitman as the Black Knight that joins the Avengers. Actually, this Black Knight is Dane's uncle, Professor Nathan Garret, who is a super villain. Nathan Garret also happens to be a descendant of the original Black Knight, Sir Percy of Scandia, who was introduced when Marvel was Atlas Comics, the precursor to Marvel Comics. 

mycomicshop - 4 copies and all unslabbed. Highest is a solid FN. This comic is a sleeper and not really in demand, so many of the prices will be reasonable in high grades between 9.6 and 9.2. 

ebay - A few copies for sale here. Lacking on the CGC side. No high grade CGC I could find in the ebay search results, but that could change once you click the link and see the results for this over-looked key issue.

Ready for Part 2 of this key issue list of Tales to Astonish comics books? Be sure to click on the link below to discover some more key comic goodness.

Part 1 | Part 2 >>


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