Tales of Suspense

Comic Books

Tales of Suspense

Comic Books

Publisher: Marvel

About:
Tales of Suspense was a science-fiction/supernatural/mystery comic anthology that began in 1959. In content, it was essentially indistinguishable from many other Atlas/Marvel titles of the mid-1950s and early 1960s, until Marvel re-invented itself as a superhero-driven powerhouse. In March 1963, in issue #39, the title introduced Iron-Man, an integral character of The Marvel Age, following closely on the heels of the introduction of the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, and Thor. The story is well-known by comic collectors and movie aficionados alike: genius industrialist Tony Stark is captured by foreign fighters who demand that he assist in producing weapons of mass destruction. In the process, Stark suffers a severe chest injury. To overcome his life-threatening injuries and to escape his captors, Stark invents a practically indestructible armored suit and artificial heart – Iron Man is born! This issue was written by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber (Lee’s brother), and had cover art done by Jack Kirby, with interior story art by Don Heck. The cover art features the original design of Iron Man’s armor, which was iron gray and rather blocky-looking, over the years evolving to the sleek red and gold design of more modern times. Iron Man’s armor was changed by the next issue, so issue #39 is the only one to feature the bulky gray armor with its skull-like mask. In the story that first reveals Iron Man, Tony Stark goes to Vietnam to test weaponry and ends up imprisoned by a communist tyrant, Wong-Chu. In order to escape, he must create his signature suit of armor and fight the communists. In addition to being the first Iron Man comic, Tales of Suspense #39 is actually the first Marvel comic to have a story that takes place in Vietnam. The other two stories within the issue are standalone tales – typical Atlas/Marvel pre-superhero stories in the day. As a key issue from the Marvel Age, and aided greatly by the success of Marvel’s more recent movie franchises, the collector demand and value of the issue continues to increase. It ranks #9 on Overstreet’s Top 50 Silver Age Comics list, and is likely to climb higher. It currently rests just below X-Men #1. The pale green background of the cover is unforgiving of even slight blemishes, so high-grade copies are highly prized. An “average” copy (Very Good or VG 4.0) currently brings approximately $3,500 at auction, and a Near Mint (NM 9.4) copy recently realized nearly $90,000. In 2013, a NM+ 9.6 copy brought an astonishing $262,500! In any grade, it’s on every serious comic book collector’s wish list.


 

Tales of Suspense Comic Book Values Sold at Auction

ItemRealized
Tales of Suspense Group (Marvel, 1964-66) Condition: Average VG+.... (Total: 11 Comic Books)
Tales of Suspense Group (Marvel, 1964-66) Condition: Average VG+.... (Total: 11 Comic Books)
Lot 13674
Auction 121446
Sunday, November 16, 2014
$131.45
Tales of Suspense Group (Marvel, 1966-68) Condition: Average VF+.... (Total: 4 Comic Books)
Tales of Suspense Group (Marvel, 1966-68) Condition: Average VF+.... (Total: 4 Comic Books)
Lot 11528
Auction 121501
Sunday, January 4, 2015
$131.45
Tales of Suspense #48 (Marvel, 1963) Condition: VG+
Tales of Suspense #48 (Marvel, 1963) Condition: VG+....
Lot 14496
Auction 121504
Sunday, January 25, 2015
$131.45
Tales of Suspense #9 (Marvel, 1960) Condition: VG/FN
Tales of Suspense #9 (Marvel, 1960) Condition: VG/FN....
Lot 14517
Auction 121512
Sunday, March 22, 2015
$131.45
Tales of Suspense/Tales to Astonish Group (Marvel, 1963-67) Condition: Average FN-.... (Total: 11 Comic Books)
Tales of Suspense/Tales to Astonish Group (Marvel, 1963-67) Condition: Average FN-.... (Total: 11 Comic Books)
Lot 13490
Auction 121241
Sunday, October 7, 2012
$131.45

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ItemCurrent Bid
Tales of Suspense #39 (Marvel, 1963) CGC FN 6.0 Off-white to white pages
Tales of Suspense #39 (Marvel, 1963) CGC FN 6.0 Off-white to white pages....
Lot 92192
Auction 7163
Friday, May 19, 2017
$1,100.00
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Tales of Suspense #45 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages
Tales of Suspense #45 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white to white pages....
Lot 92193
Auction 7163
Friday, May 19, 2017
$650.00
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Tales of Suspense #46 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM 9.4 White pages
Tales of Suspense #46 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM 9.4 White pages....
Lot 92194
Auction 7163
Friday, May 19, 2017
$550.00
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Tales of Suspense #39 Bethlehem Pedigree (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white pages
Tales of Suspense #39 Bethlehem Pedigree (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM 9.4 Off-white pages....
Lot 91015
Auction 7163
Thursday, May 18, 2017
$46,000.00
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Tales of Suspense #72 (Marvel, 1965) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages
Tales of Suspense #72 (Marvel, 1965) CGC VF/NM 9.0 Off-white to white pages....
Lot 15600
Auction 121718
Sunday, April 30, 2017
$160.00
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