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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tales to Astonish Key Issues Part 2

Welcome to Part 2. In Part 1, we saw the Tales to Astonish key issues when the titled series was more of the Henry Pym and Ant-Man show. Now, were getting into the key comics when the Hulk starts taking over the series.

If you haven't read part 1, you can click the navigation links at below this paragraph or at the very bottom to read it and navigate back here. If you already have read part 1, enjoy Part 2.

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Tales to Astonish #59 comic coverTales to Astonish #59
  • First appearance of Hulk in titled series

This is the beginning issue in which the Hulk starts taking over the Tales to Astonish series as the title's featured character. Yep, it is a pretty big issue and an important key comic for the
Hulk character, as this titled series does become the green rage monster's home away from home so to speak.

mycomicshop - Only unslabbed lower graded copies here at the time of this writing. If this is your cup of tea, you may want to visit the blue link to at least check it out.

ebay - Pretty skimpy on the CGC selection for this issue. Quite a few unslabbed books. Only CGC copy I found on ebay is a 9.4 Signature Series. 

ComicLink - If you love the high grade CGC and have the dough, there's a beautiful CGC 9.6 NM+ copy at ComicLink!

Tales to Astonish #62 cover
Tales to Astonish #62
  • First appearance of the Leader
  • Origin of Leader
When I was growing up as a kid, the Leader was a well recognized villain in the Hulk comics. After all, the dude was on my Hulk lunch box. This was way before I started collecting comics and the only reason the Hulk was my favorite was because of the T.V. series starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno that I watched religiously.

Anywho, this issue holds the very first appearance of the Leader, as well as the origin to this popular Hulk villain. Still highly affordable in mid to low grades.

NewKadia - For those who prefer unslabbed books and don't mind a lower mid-grade copy at a FN- or a 5.5, there's one copy left here. Click the link to check it out, and if you're a first time buyer, use the code new4 during checkout to get the discount for new buyers only. - If you're looking for this Hulk key issue and prefer graded copies, mycomicshop has a PGX graded 6.0 available and ready to join someone's prized comic investment collection. Will it be yours?

ebay - Not that many options. Only saw two graded a CGC and the other a mid grade PGX solid FN. Of course, that depends on when you read this. Who knows, by the time you visit the blue ebay link above and see the search results for this comic, it could be flooded with a wide selection of both slabbed and unslabbed copies.  

ComicConnect - Few options here. Mostly unslabbed. Highest unslabbed copy is a 6.5 FN+. One CGC copy a FN- 5.5. Pretty affordable, however.

Tales to Astonish #63 comic image
Tales to Astonish #63
  • Origin of the Leader continues
Starting with issue #62, the origin of the Leader stretches into TTA #63 as well. Not much else to say about this one except for that. - Only low grade but extremely affordable copies for those who are more on a budget. Click the link if you're looking to snag up this key issue.

ebay - A lot of unslabbed, One CGC copy found in search results as of this writing.  

ComicConnect - A handful of unslabbed copies available. One solid NM CGC 9.4 that will be up for auction on 11/18/2013. 

Tales to Astonish #90 cover pic
Tales to Astonish #90
  • First appearance of Abomination
  • Origin of Abomination

Yes, the villainous character Abomination already did have a silver screen debut in the 2008 The Incredible Hulk movie that starred Edward Norton as Bruce Banner. Abomination was played by one of my favorite actors Tim Roth. Can we say Reservoir Dogs?

The character was created by Stan Lee and Gil Kane to be a foe that could give the Hulk a run for his money. The Abomination matches the speed, strength, agility and regenerative abilities the Hulk has, but the Abomination has kept the intellect of Emil Blonsky and cannot return to human form. The first appearance of Abomination in Tales to Astonish #90 is still an important key comic to get in the Hulk mythos.

This comic is still a sleeper. - One high grade CGC 8.5 and one unslabbed 6.0 FN. Unslabbed copy is super cheap.

NewKadia - Super cheap FN- copy for only $18.43! Only copy left also at the time of this writing.

ebay - Quite a few unslabbed copies and an awesome CGC 8.5 Signature Series for sale. Copy is signed by Stan Lee and price is pretty decent. 

Tales to Astonish #101 comic
Tales to Astonish #101
  • Last issue of titled series

This is the last issue of Tales to Astonish before the Hulk once again returns to his own title series that left off with issue six. Yes, this is still a sleeper comic, and you can still get this comic issue at pretty reasonable prices.

NewKadia -  A decent VF- copy awaits to be added to someone's comic collection. Hugely affordable at a price lower than $50 bucks. Only one copy left. - If you prefer unslabbed copies over CGC graded copies, then there are a few here. One is a VF- or low VF, another a FN/VF, and the last and lowest grade is a VG/FN copy.

ebay - A wide selection of unslabbed copies that are pretty affordable. Saw a few high grade CGC copies with one being a 9.4 NM. Not too bad. Definitely worth checking out and comparing prices with the other places I suggest in these lists like NewKadia and mycomicshop, as well as ComicLink. 

ComicLink - Speaking of ComicLink and if you're a high grade comic investor who prefers graded copies, a gorgeous 9.6 is available, as quite a few unslabbed copies that are in the VF+ to 7.0 FN/VF range.  

Alright that's it for this list, but if you haven't read Part 1, be sure to click the link above or at the bottom of this page to do so. 

Also, this list is also connected to the Incredible Hulk title series. Tales to Astonish #101 continues in Incredible Hulk #102, so if you haven't done so already and already read Part 1 of this list, be sure to click the link to check out more Incredible Hulk key comic issues.

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