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TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959-68) #39
CGC FN: 6.0
(Stock Image)
SOLD ON:  Friday, 09/23/2022 7:21 PM
$22,680.30
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PUBLISHER: Marvel
COMMENTS: A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
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Kirby cvr; Ditko art; origin & 1st app. Iron Man (Tony Stark) (3/63)
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A 15% BUYER'S PREMIUM WILL BE ADDED TO THIS ITEM AT CONCLUSION OF THE AUCTION
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Kirby cvr; Ditko art; origin & 1st app. Iron Man (Tony Stark) (3/63)
Realizing the growing Marvel audience was composed primarily of hip, and largely left-leaning high-school students and collegians, Stan Lee challenged himself to create a hero who would be the embodiment of everything the counterculture was railing against, and still elicit sympathy from readers. Thus, Tony Stark was born as 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 brought in to help the U.S. government in their efforts to combat the Vietcong, whose guerrilla 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 mortally wounded by a booby trap and taken captive. During his imprisonment, the ingenious Stark constructs a suit of armor that contains an array of gadgets and firepower that also slows the approach of a piece of shrapnel inching inexorably towards his heart. Voila, Iron Man is born, ready to do battle with the forces of Communism and other evils around the globe.


Iron Man appears for the first time in Tales of Suspense #39 from March 1963. This copy earned a 6.0 Universal Grade from CGC with off-white pages. The classic Jack Kirby/Don Heck cover looks impressive, showing off Iron Man's original gray armor. Any minor signs of wear on this cover do not detract from the historic significance of this key. Iron Man has appeared in countless comics, cartoons, and video games since his inception, as well as becoming the cornerstone of the MCU, portrayed by international superstar Robert Downey Jr. in dozens of movies, many of which are in the highest grossing of all time. Tony Stark has rightfully earned his spot as one of the most beloved characters in comicdom, and it all starts here in TOS #39.

Overstreet Guide 2022 FN (6.0) value = $11,200.

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