TALES OF SUSPENSE #39
CGC F/VF: 7.0
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 embodiment of everything the counterculture was railing against, and still elicit sympathy from readers. Thus was born Tony Stark, an older, hard drinking, playboy millionaire. Iron Man quickly became a cult favorite whose popularity has only grown over the years.
The origin story of Iron Man is one deeply rooted in the Vietnam War era, Tony Stark, a weapons designer, is bought in to help the U.S. government in their efforts to combat the Vietcong, whose guerilla tactics make the American military approach of bigger and badder seem obsolete in the steamy jungles of Southeast Asia. While conducting a test, Stark is fatally injured by a booby trap, and during his captivity he constructs a suit of armor that slows the approach of a piece of shrapnel towards his heart, and contains an array of gadgets and firepower. Voila, Iron Man is born, and he is ready to do battle with the forces of Communism and other evils around the globe.
Who would have thought that this cult figure, Iron Man, considered a minor-league hero, would go on to almost single-handedly reboot the entire Marvel franchise on the big screen? Yet, he did, and legions of shellhead fanatics can now bask in the knowledge that they were the amongst first to realize the character's potential. Dark and worldly, like a James Bond in armor, Tony Stark is one of the most fascinating and compelling character creations to come from the fertile minds of Stan Lee and the Marvel bullpen, and his debut appearance has become one of the hottest keys on the market as a result. Long considered one of the toughest of Marvel first appearances to track down, this very fine copy should be just the thing for key fans looking to complete their runs of first appearances, it is a must-own for anyone serious about Marvel collecting in general.
Overstreet Guide 2013 F/VF (7.0) value = $6,000