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TALES TO ASTONISH (1959-68) #35
CGC VF/NM: 9.0
ENDED ON:  Thursday, 12/12/2019 1:48 PM
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Kirby cvr/art; Ditko art; origin & 1st app. of Antman in costume, 2nd app overall
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ow/white pgs
Kirby cvr/art; Ditko art; origin & 1st app. of Antman in costume, 2nd app overall
Having established their new character Ant-Man in Tales to Astonish #27, incorporating the 1950s sci-fi/monster template as inspiration, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby overhauled their new concept to match Marvel's rapid takeover of the hero market. With a new origin and costume, it took some time for the results to really click with readers. In hindsight, this second appearance serves as a landmark for the nascent Marvel era, employing the mood, and style of their post-code monster titles to give superhero comics a fresh and compelling new look. Among the silent successes of Marvel Silver Age keys, this issue is surprisingly rare and in great demand as a result. Prices are on the rise, and copies of Tales to Astonish are becoming increasing more difficult to find. The market price of Ant-Man's second appearance has skyrocketed since the character was featured on the big screen in his own origin tale, as well as other MCU releases, and with more Ant-Man appearances making their way to theaters soon, the sky's the limit.

Adorned by a another classic Jack Kirby illustration, this cover is in splendid shape, the registration and centering are excellent and the color strike is wonderful, the grey background pushes the colorful hero acrtion to the fore, and the nod to the sci-fi genre is not to be overloooked. The remarkable success of the Ant-Man franchise keeps on driving this book further up in value.

Overstreet Guide 2019 VF/NM (9.0) value = $7,475.