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Event AuctionTALES OF SUSPENSE #39
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Grade: CGC NM: 9.4
Publisher: Marvel
Bid History: Sold For

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End Time: 9:35 PM EDT
Friday 6/14/2013
Comments: ow/white pgs
Kirby/Heck cvr; Ditko art; origin and 1st app Iron Man (Tony Stark)
CGC NM: 9.4
Iron Man was born of a challenge. Realizing the growing Marvel audience was composed primarily of "hip, and largely left-leaning" high-school students and collegians, Stan Lee decided to challenge himself to create a hero who would be the antithesis of everything the growing counterculture was railing against, and yet still elicit sympathy from readers. Thus was born Tony Stark, an older, hard-drinking, playboy millionaire, whose fortune was built on his skill at designing military hardware. In close collaboration with artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby, and scripter Larry Leiber, Lee impelled the new hero into dire straits. Mortally-wounded and captured by communist forces, Stark devised an experimental iron suit, which would not only resuscitate his damaged heart, but also effect his escape. Lee's gamble paid off. Iron Man quickly became a cult favorite, with mainstream audiences a half-century later finally getting hep  to Shellhead, thanks to the recent spate of blockbuster movies featuring the character.

One of the many early Marvels plagued by cheap printing processes, a relatively low print run, and years of rereading by its owners, most copies of this key issue, when they turn up, are often worn and tattered. This stunning copy is, therefore, a solid draw for anyone serious about collecting the best of the best. High-grade copies invariably shoot past the Overstreet Price Guide's values at auction and at retail. This popular book is poised to do the same. If you are at all serious about Marvel keys, this book should be on your radar.

Overstreet Guide 2012 NM- (9.2) value = $32,000

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