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Event AuctionTALES OF SUSPENSE (1959-68) Issue #42 Interior Page
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Grade: VF: 8.0
Publisher: Marvel
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Comments: Pgs. 4, 5, 8 - 11; Don Heck pencils and inks; from the story "Trapped by the Red Barbarian"; art on each pg measures approx. 12.5" x 18.5"
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TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959-68) Issue #42 Interior Page
VF: 8.0
This set of pages comes from the time period when the Marvel Universe was at its most fertile, with Stan Lee and his stable of amazing artists virtually exploding with the amazing new ideas that would turn the publisher into the powerhouse of pop culture that it is today. Original comic art from the birth of the Marvel Age is some of the most sought after in the collecting hobby, and pages from the earliest appearances of iconic characters are among the most valuable in the marketplace.

This collection of pages 4-9 from Tales of Suspense #42 represents half of the tale Trapped by the Red Barbarian,  the fourth-ever appearance of Iron Man, drawn to classic perfection by the influential and underrated Don Heck. Check out the awesome transformation panels on page four, which shows Stark's famous attaché case containing the iconic suit for the first time. Page five's first panel bring the tragic events of 9/11 to mind, and may also feature the first assault with a ham in the history of comics. The Actor meets the Red Barbarian in pages 6 & 7, where the mimic shows the Cold War villain his ability to impersonate Tony Stark, a disguise he employs to infiltrate Stark Industries and uncover some of the secrets of Iron Man, particularly, his secret identity. On page 9 the Actor flies off in Stark's jet as he leaves his underlings behind to ambush the real Tony Stark.

A collection of continuous pages from a classic early Silver Age Marvel book is not an item that shows up on the market often, and these remarkable Don Heck panels are an important piece of Iron Man's history, and comic book history overall, and we expect to see a lot of attention focused on this impressive example of original comic art from the halcyon years of the House of Ideas.