Alright! Another edition of drop kickin' some key issue comics and Marvel first appearances on Total Comic Mayhem. This time we're gonna cover some important Tales of Suspense comics, and you better believe there are some Marvel key comics to be aware of. Here's part 1 of 3 of this series!
Tales of Suspense #1
- First Tales of Suspense Comic
Although the first Tales of Suspense issue doesn't really introduce any characters that became pivotal in the Marvel Comics universe, it still is a first issue from the silver age and will cost you some ducats.
Not an easy find nor catch, but significantly more affordable than the next issue featured on this key issue list.
Tales of Suspense #39
- First appearance of Iron Man
This is no easy find nor cheap. This comic will cost you some mad dollars in the high grade NM ranges, but it would be well worth it if you can afford it. Or, even find a high grade copy.
A lower grade VG or mid grade FN copy would appease me just fine for this beast, and you'll most likely find copies in this grade range. There aren't a lot of them, and it will still be a hunt.
ebay - ebay is one of the most likely places you'll find copies of the first appearance of Iron Man for sale. At the blue ebay link, which directs you to the search results for TOS #39, you'll find both CGC graded copies and unslabbed copies. However, most are in the lower to mid-grade region.
Actually, I didn't see a copy above a FN on there. But, trust me, even a FN will be pretty expensive. VG copies are still investment worthy for this in-demand key issue. You'll find some at the blue ebay link above or this blue ebay link. You can also see some of the ones I picked out at the little widget below:
Comic Connect - Comic Connect ain't messing around when it comes to high grade CGC copies of the first appearance of Iron Man. They've got quite a few 9.2 low near mints. If high grade CGC is more your taste, then you need to check out the options available at ComicConnect.
Tales of Suspense #40
- New Iron Man Armor
- 2nd appearance of Iron Man
Okay, we're getting closer to the Iron Man look that we're all use to, but as you can see from this issue, the upgraded Iron Man armor still needs a long way to go. Didn't take very long for ole Tony Stark to give the Iron Man suit a bit of a make over. Guess that's a good thing.
I mean, a good thing because a make over and new armor means that those at Marvel weren't dumping the character and thought he was still worth tinkering with. Tales of Suspense #40 also boasts the 2nd appearance of Tony Stark as Iron Man, and thank the stars for that.
mycomicshop - High grade 9.2 low near mint can be found here that's CGC graded. Lower grade copies of the 2nd appearance of Iron Man also available such as a CGC 5.0 and an unslabbed GD/VG 3.0.
ebay - Not a whole lot of options here, but a lot more than at mycomicshop. A few CGC 6.0 FINEs. However, it seems like mostly lower grade unslabbed and CGC graded copies.
Tales of Suspense #45
- 1st appearance of Happy Hogan
- 1st appearance of Pepper Potts
That's right! This silver age key issue introduces Happy Hogan and Pepper Potts to the panels of Iron Man.
mycomicshop - Only one unslabbed VG copy of issue #45 at mycomicshop for sale.
ebay - Mostly unslabbed lower grade copies available even on ebay. Not very many CGC graded copies, and the ones available are mostly lower grade. It will be a hunt for higher graded copies.
Tales of Suspense #46
- 1st appearance of Crimson Dynamo
The Crimson Dynamo is my favorite Iron Man villain, and I was really disappointed that they have yet to use him in the Iron Man movies. However, seeing how they completely messed up the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, I'm especially worried if they decide to make Crimson Dynamo the next Iron Man villain.
Of course, Tales of Suspense #46 holds the first appearance of Crimson Dynamo, and the character is actually one of Iron Man's oldest recurring villains. He even comes before Iron Man's most popular and iconic arch nemesis the Mandarin.
However, there have been many to don the Crimson Dynamo armor. The first and original, whom is introduced in this key Marvel comic, is Anton Vanko. Yes, his character was used in the Iron Man 2 movie, but only mentioned.
mycomicshop - No problem finding CGC graded copies of the first appearance of Crimson Dynamo for sale here. 3 mid-grade copies available and all fairly affordable. CGC 6.0 and two CGC 5.5s for the taking. Go snag 'em before someone else does.
ebay - A few options here. Mostly mid-range CGC copies and low to mid-grade unslabbed copies available at this time of writing. Never hurts to check it out since that can change at any given moment on ole ebay.
Tales of Suspense #48
- New Armor designed by Steve Ditko
Now, that's what we're talking about it. Actually, Steve Ditko pencilled the issue with the new Iron Man armor that we are all familiar with. It's uncertain whether he designed the new look or if co-creator Jack Kirby did.
Although not new armor anymore, this issue did a complete remake on the Iron Man suit and gave it a more sleek design. It is this Iron Man armor that all other designs of the suit to come after are based on.
In a collecting and comic investment standpoint, this comic is a highly under-valued and over-looked key issue from the silver age.
mycomicshop - If you don't mind unslabbed comics, a raw3.0 GD/VG is for sale over at mycomicshop if you're on the hunt for this key issue.
ebay - Not a whole lot in general. Only saw two CGC graded copies and a handful of raw, unslabbed copies on the mighty ebay for this Marvel key comic.
- First appearance of the Mandarin
This villain needs no introduction in the Iron Man mythos and is the most popular of Iron Man's villains. Yes, that's right...it's the Mandarin, and it was an absolute crime how they portrayed the character in the latest Iron Man 3. I won't ever get over that. It was just shameless.
Nevertheless, movie or not, the first appearance of the Mandarin is a great investment comic to snag. Despite the character being one of the worst examples of racial stereotypes in comic books, he is still a badass that causes plenty of trouble for Tony Stark and Iron Man.
mycomicshop - 3 copies of this super important Iron Man key issue located. One is a CGC 5.0, and the other two are raw copies - a solid VG and GD/VG. If they meet your price range and grade range, you know you don't want to miss out on this first appearance as a comic investment.
ebay - Quite a few CGC graded copies. Most seem to be in the VF range, which is a good investment grade for this key Marvel first appearance. Quite a few unslabbed copies as well if that's more of your taste.
Want more key issue Tales of Suspense comics? Just click the link below to read Part 2!
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