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Jack Kirby cvr; 1st app. of the Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)
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Jack Kirby cvr; 1st app. of the Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)Stan Lee certainly had a knack for taking the worlds' current Geopolitical crises and turning them into triumphant adventures with dynamic characters. At the apex of the cold war; Lee and writer Don Rico introduced us to the "Black Widow" Russian spy and future Avenger. In this Iron Man story the "femme fatale" is dispatched to America to kill former soviet scientist and super-villain Anton Vanko/Crimson Dynamo. She nearly succeeds in her mission by putting the moves on old "shell head" as a distraction long enough for Vanko to be her in cross hairs. Artist Don Heck originally depicted widow as more of a "madame" and was even referred as one in this issue but would later shed that style in favor of a more sleek catsuit that we all recognize today. Now Black widow is undoubtedly a household name due to the mega success of the Avengers movies and now with her own solo movie soon to be released no collector should be without this iconic issue.