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IRON MAN (1968-96) #55
CGC NM/M: 9.8
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SOLD ON:  Thursday, 08/30/2018 2:43 PM
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Starlin cvr/art; 1st app. Thanos & 1st Drax (Guardians of the Galaxy movie)
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white pgs; tied for highest graded!
Starlin cvr/art; 1st app. Thanos & 1st Drax (Guardians of the Galaxy movie)
Highest Graded
The Marvel Cinematic Universe dominated the box office for a little over eleven years, eight of which were partially thanks to teasing a singular threat, Thanos, the Mad Titan. Hellbent on reshaping the universe to his will, Thanos was created by writer/artist Jim Starlin, and makes his first appearance here in the pages of Iron Man #55. Fearing that his writing career wouldn't last long Starlin went for broke with Thanos and his companion creation, Drax the Destroyer, whose debut is also in this landmark issue, inspired by Jack Kirby's New Gods the new villain was designed as one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. Longtime comic book fans knew when the Purple Poobah popped up at the end credits of “The Avengers” chaos was certain to follow. Described as “the final boss in a video game” by Marvel’s movie producers, Thanos was the puppeteer behind all the major events in the MCU. In 2018's “Avengers: Infinity War” Thanos finally got out of his chair to take action against the hero team and enact his master plan, and though he initially succeeded, he would meet his fate in the conclusion of the Infinity Stones Saga “Avengers: Endgame.” Due to the highly praised, mainstream success of the MCU Thanos and Drax's stock have undoubtedly soared in value, making this book an essential for collectors and investors.

Overstreet Guide 2017 NM- (9.2) value = $1,400.

Artists Information

After leaving the Navy as a photographer Jim Starlin began his career in comic books where he enjoyed success as both a writer and artist. Starlin credits legendary artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko as major influences to his illustration style which is apparent in his early works. For over 40 years hes been known for his space opera-esque stories where he created popular characters such as Thanos, Drax and Gamora. His most notable works include Iron Man Adam Warlock and the Infinity Gauntlet.

Joe Sinnott is an American comic book artist. Working primarily as an inker, Sinnott is best known for his long stint on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four, from 1965 to 1981, initially over the pencils of Jack Kirby. During his 60 years as a Marvel freelancer and then salaried artist working from home, Sinnott inked virtually every major title, with notable runs on The Avengers, The Defenders and Thor.