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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ant-Man Key Issue Comics

I know I skipped some requests, but I'm gonna go out of order and throw this requested Ant-Man key issue list out there. More than half the work has already been done in previous key issues lists, so I can get it out quicker as opposed to some others.

This will not be a long one for sure, and it only has two parts to it. So, requested by LK, here's Part 1 to this Ant-Man key issue comics list.

Prototype Ant-Man

Brought up LK in an earlier comment, but good stuff no doubt. So Overstreet notes this story as being similar to the story in Tales to Astonish #27, and even though nobody has come forth and admitted that this story is a prototype to the story in ToA #27, I'm gonna go ahead an note it as such.

The story in Mystic #57 is called "Trapped in the Ant Hill", and the story that first featured Henry Pym in Tales to Astonish #27 is called "The Man in the Ant Hill".

Dr. Perry Moore spills his shrinking formula on himself and, of course, finds himself in an ant hill. There, he discovers that ant scientists are working on a plot to grow as large as humans and take over.

Though Henry Pym did not encounter scientist ants plotting to take over the world above, he does wind up in an ant hill and does encounter some hostile ants that do chase him.

Anyways, I'll let you guys decide for yourself. Mystic #57 was published March, 1957.

eBay - Only saw one raw copy on the mighty eBay at the time of this writing.

Tales to Astonish #27 cover image
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.

ComicLink - Five copies here and all are slabbed. Highest is an 8.5 VF+ and the lowest is a 1.5 FR/GD.

Tales to Astonish #35 comic cover
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. 

mycomicshop - Four raw copies with the two highest being a VG and VG minus.

ComicConnect - One CGC 8.0 VF copy here, but that is all for now.

ComicLink - Seven copies located here and all are CGC. Highest two are a 9.0 VF/NM and an 8.5 VF+. Other grades available also at the moment.

3rd appearance of Ant-Man
1st appearance of Comrade X
Here we have the 3rd appearance of Ant-Man in comics, and the first appearance of Comrade X, who later became Madame X. Comrade X or Madame X was the 2nd foe Ant-Man would ever come across in Ant-Man's superhero career.

She first appeared as a guy, obviously in disguise. Madame X is not a very prominent character in the MCU, so more emphasis is clearly placed on Ant-Man's 3rd appearance when it comes to Tales to Astonish #36. This comic has the publishing date of October, 1962.

eBay - A few copies here and most are raw. Quite a few slabbed options as well though. CGC 9.0 VF/NM is the highest and already up there in price. Some Signature Series signed by Stan Lee and some lower grade slabs also.

mycomicshop - Two copies here and one is a CGC 4.5 VG+ and the other is a raw VG+.

ComicConnect - One CGC 8.0 VF copy and three other raw copies here. Raw copies are a VF minus, a FN, and a VG+.

ComicLink - CGC 8.5 VF+ and three low grade raw copies present at the moment.

4th appearance of Ant-Man

4rth appearance of Ant-Man in Tales to Astonish #38, and that seems to be the only significance of this comic in terms of key notations. The Protector is the villain in this comic, but it's his first and only appearance.

Not quite sure if this one has taken off in the market as of yet, but I wouldn't doubt it if it already has. Tales to Astonish #37 was published November, 1962.

eBay - Selection is a bit limited for this one. Raw copies and slabbers present at the moment. Highest slab is a CGC 9.2 NM minus. 2nd highest are two 7.5 VF minuses.

mycomicshop - Four raw copies started at a VG. 2nd highest is a GD.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.4 NM copy goes up for auction in May. Other four copies are raw and the highest is a VF minus. 2nd highest is a FN.

ComicLink - One CGC 6.0 FN and a raw GD+ here at the time of this writing.

Tales to Astonish #44 cover picture
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. 

mycomicshop - Five copies all on consignment here. Highest is a CGC 6.5 FN+ Signature Series signed by Stan Lee. 2nd highest is a raw VG minus.

ComicConnect - Only one copy here and it is a CGC 8.0 VF.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies and they are an 8.0 VF and a 6.0 FN.

No doubt that most on here are already sought out key comics in the market. Not much for sleepers or under the radar. There will be some in Part 2, so click the link below to continue.


  1. AWESOME!!! Thanks Mayhem for giving me some New Investment Ideas!
    I hope this movie is good. It's hard to tell from the previews, but some are saying
    it will be important leading into Phase 3. I just hope it holds up and pushes everything
    forward, not backwards (cough Punisher) Either way, it's going to be a great year for movies!
    Star Wars Ep 7, Avengers 2, Ant Man, Mad Max, Terminator, Jurassic World & Fantastic Four!
    Can't Wait!! Rock On Mayhem! lk

    1. Heya LK, glad it helped you out. Was a short n sweet list so I wasn't sure if it was gonna do much for ya.

      I think the Ant-Man movie will be good, but you're right. The previews aren't really all that impressive. They're not bad, but it doesn't get me overtly excited like Avengers 2.

      Then again Guardians of the Galaxy trailers were kinda off too, so we will have to see. I'm hoping Ant-Man will be good. I'm looking forward to seeing that character visually on screen.

      Yeah, I'm pretty excited to see the new Star Wars...that teaser did get me all hyped. Avengers 2 is a given for me...I'm really interested in seeing how they portray Quicksilver's powers since Days of Future Past did a really good job with his Pentagon break out scene in the kitchen. I hope Avengers 2 doesn't do the same thing.

      Rock On LK and you and the fam have a Happy Easter!