Tales of Suspense

    (Marvel, 1959-1968)
™ and ©1967 Vista Publications, Inc.
For Issue #39 (2nd Printing), see Marvel Milestone Edition: Tales of Suspense

Like many early Marvel titles, Tales of Suspense began as a collection of horror/science-fiction stories and eventually evolved into a super-hero title. Tales of Suspense underwent this metamorphosis in issue #39, when Marvel introduced Tony Stark, the billionaire inventor who would become Iron Man. An immediate hit, Iron Man soon joined the Avengers, becoming a key character in the Marvel Universe.

Beginning with issue #59, Tales of Suspense went to a double-feature format, co-starring Captain America in his first solo stories of the Silver Age. The issues that followed would be remembered as Marvel classics.

Following issue #99, Marvel decided to “graduate” these two characters to their own titles. Iron Man started over with issue #1, and Captain America inherited Tales of Suspense’s numbering sequence, starting with issue #100.

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  NotesWriterArtist

#1

  1/1/1959
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 Jack OleckAl Williamson, Don Heck, John Buscema, Steve Ditko

#2

  3/1/1959
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  $1,750.00
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  Jack Kirby, Russ Heath, Steve Ditko, Joe Sinnott

#3

  5/1/1959
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  $1,075.00
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  Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman, Don Heck, Joe Sinnott

#4

  7/1/1959
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  $1,150.00
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  Joe Sinnott, Jack Kirby, Carl Burgos, Al Williamson, Steve Ditko

#5

  9/1/1959
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  $370.00
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  Joe Sinnott, Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman, Carl Burgos, John Forte

#6

  11/1/1959
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  $625.00
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  Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Joe Sinnott, Dick Ayers, Jack Kirby

#7

  1/1/1960
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  $775.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Neptune Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Paul Reinman, Jack Kirby

#8

  3/1/1960
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  $675.00
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1st appearance of Monstro Jack Kirby, Bill Everett, Steve Ditko, Doug Wildey, Don Heck

#9

  5/1/1960
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  $580.00
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1st Appearance of Chondu the Mystic Jack Kirby, Doug Wildey, John Forte, Steve Ditko, Don Heck

#10

  7/1/1960
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  $1,125.00
No copies available
  Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman, Steve Ditko, Don Heck

#11

  9/1/1960
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  $530.00
No copies available
1st appearance of Sporr Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman, Don Heck

#12

  11/1/1960
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  $380.00
No copies available
1st appearance of Gorkill Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Reed Crandall, Don Heck

#13

  1/1/1961
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  $750.00
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1st appearance of Elektro Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Paul Reinman, Steve Ditko

#14

  2/1/1961
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  $725.00
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1st Appearance of It, The Living Colossus Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko

#15

  3/1/1961
  $0.10
  $370.00
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  Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck

#16

  4/1/1961
  $0.10
  $290.00
No copies available
1st appearance of Iron Man prototype; 1st appearance of Metallo (Marvel); 1st appearance of Metallo (Mike Fallon); 1st appearance of Mike Fallon (Metallo); “The Thing Called Metallo” (Iron Man prototype) Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Paul Reinman

#17

  5/1/1961
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  $450.00
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1st appearance of Googam Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#18

  6/1/1961
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  $560.00
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1st appearance of KraaStan LeeJack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#19

  7/1/1961
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  $330.00
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2nd appearance of The Living Colossus Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck

#20

  8/1/1961
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  $625.00
No copies available
  Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman, Steve Ditko

#21

  9/1/1961
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  $390.00
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  Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko

#22

  10/1/1961
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  $390.00
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  Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#23

  11/1/1961
  $0.10
  $340.00
No copies available
 Stan LeeJack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman

#24

  12/1/1961
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  $650.00
No copies available
  Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#25

  1/1/1962
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  $460.00
No copies available
 Stan LeeJack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman

#26

  2/1/1962
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  $520.00
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  Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Paul Reinman, Steve Ditko

#27

  3/1/1962
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  $530.00
No copies available
 Stan LeeJack Kirby, Paul Reinman, Steve Ditko

#28

  4/1/1962
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  $240.00
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 Stan LeeJack Kirby, Paul Reinman, Steve Ditko

#29

  5/1/1962
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  $675.00
No copies available
 Stan LeeJack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck

#30

  6/1/1962
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  $530.00
No copies available
 Stan LeeJack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#31

  7/1/1962
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  $700.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Doctor Doom-prototype (The Monster in the Iron Mask)Stan LeeJack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#32

  8/1/1962
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  $800.00
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1st Appearance of Doctor Strange-prototype (Sazik the Sorcerer)Stan LeeJack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#33

  9/1/1962
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  $500.00
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 Stan LeeJack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#34

  10/1/1962
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  $290.00
No copies available
 Stan LeeJack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#35

  11/1/1962
  $0.12
  $390.00
No copies available
 Stan LeeJack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman

#36

  12/1/1962
  $0.12
  $240.00
1 copy available for $50.00
 Stan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Paul Reinman, Steve Ditko

#37

  1/1/1963
  $0.12
  $135.00
No copies available
 Stan Lee, Larry LieberSteve Ditko, Paul Reinman

#38

  2/1/1963
  $0.12
  $300.00
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 Stan Lee, Larry LieberJack Davis, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#39

  3/1/1963
  $0.12
  $31,400.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Iron Man; 1st appearance of Iron Man (gray armor); 1st appearance of Tony Stark; 1st appearance of Yinsen; 1st appearance of Wong-Chu; Origin of Iron Man; Iron Man stories begin; Grey armor Iron Man; Begin Iron Man featureStan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Jack Kirby, Gene Colan

#39 (3rd printing)

  2/1/2006
  $0.12
  $40.00
No copies available
Redone cover; States not for resale on cover; Reprints Tales of Suspense #39-40; 1st appearance of Iron Man (Tony Stark); 1st appearance of Yinsen; 1st appearance of Wong-Chu; 1st appearance of Gargantus (robot); Death of Gargantus (robot); Death of Yinsen; 2nd appearance of Iron Man (Tony Stark; Origin of Iron Man (Tony Stark); Grey armor Iron Man; Gold armor Iron Man; Giveaway with Marvel Legends 1st Appearance Iron Man action figure; Includes new ads and 1-page cover galleryStan Lee, Larry Lieber, Robert Berns, Robert BernsteinDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#39 (4th printing)

  9/1/2007
  $0.12
  $2.00
No copies available
4th printing; Black border on cover; Reprints Tales of Suspense #39 (edited); 1st Appearance of Iron Man; 1st appearance of Iron Man (gray armor); 1st appearance of Tony Stark; 1st appearance of Yinsen; 1st appearance of Wong-Chu; Origin of Iron Man; Packaged with Marvel Authentics Die-Cast Car Series I; Mini-comic giveawayStan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck

#39 Variation A

  11/1/2020
  $3.99
  $6.00
5 copies available from $5.25
Fascimile EditionStan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Steve Ditko

#40

  4/1/1963
  $0.12
  $1,950.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Iron Man gold armor; 2nd appearance of Iron Man; 1st sppearance GargantusStan Lee, Robert Bernstein, Larry LieberJack Kirby, Larry Lieber, Steve Ditko

#41

  5/1/1963
  $0.12
  $1,150.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Dr. Strange (Carlo Strange); Versus Dr. Strange (Carlo Strange); Reprint from Strange Tales #39 (Oct 1955)Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein, Larry LieberJack Kirby, Larry Lieber, Steve Ditko

#42

  6/1/1963
  $0.12
  $540.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Mad PharoahStan Lee, Robert Bernstein, Larry LieberDon Heck, Steve Ditko, Larry Lieber

#43

  7/1/1963
  $0.12
  $625.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Kala; Origin of KalaStan Lee, Robert Bernstein, Larry LieberJack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Larry Lieber

#44

  8/1/1963
  $0.12
  $650.00
1 copy available for $85.00
 Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber, Steve Ditko

#45

  9/1/1963
  $0.12
  $800.00
1 copy available for $160.00
1st Appearance of Happy Hogan; 1st Appearance of Jack Frost II (Gregor Shapanka); 1st Appearance of Pepper Potts; Versus Jack Frost II (Gregor Shapanka); Iron Man; Marvel house ad for Avengers (1st series) #1Stan Lee, Robert Bernstein, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#46

  10/1/1963
  $0.12
  $520.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Crimson DynamoStan Lee, Robert BernsteinDon Heck, Steve Ditko, Sol Brodsky

#47

  11/1/1963
  $0.12
  $675.00
1 copy available for $88.00
1st Appearance of Melter; Origin of MelterStan Lee, Larry LieberSteve Ditko, Larry Lieber

#48

  12/1/1963
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  $1,125.00
1 copy available for $410.00
1st appearance Mr. DollStan Lee, Larry LieberSteve Ditko, Larry Lieber

#49

  1/1/1964
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  $800.00
2 copies available from $17.00
Tales of the WatcherStan Lee, Larry LieberSteve Ditko, Larry Lieber

#50

  2/1/1964
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  $1,300.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of The Mandarin; Watcher back-upStan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#51

  3/1/1964
  $0.12
  $290.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Scarecrow (Ebanezar Laughton); Origin of Scarecrow (Ebanezar Laughton); Watcher back-upStan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#52

  4/1/1964
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  $3,300.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of The Black Widow; Tales of the Watcher back-upStan Lee, Don Rico, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#53

  5/1/1964
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  $340.00
1 copy available for $68.00
Origin of The Watcher; Watcher back-upStan Lee, Don Rico, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#54

  6/1/1964
  $0.12
  $185.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Black Knight II (Nathan Garrett); Watcher back-upStan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#55

  7/1/1964
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  $175.00
1 copy available for $58.00
Versus the Mandarin; Tales of the Watcher back up storyStan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#56

  8/1/1964
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  $155.00
1 copy available for $51.00
1st Appearance of Unicorn (Milos Masaryk); Watcher back-upStan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#57

  9/1/1964
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  $1,550.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Hawkeye (Clint Barton); Origin of Hawkeye (Clint Barton)Stan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#58

  10/1/1964
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  $510.00
2 copies available from $50.00
Versus Chameleon; Tuska signature; Watcher back-upStan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby, George Tuska

#59

  11/1/1964
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  $450.00
2 copies available from $75.00
1st appearance of Jarvis; Versus Black Knight; Captain America feature beginsStan Lee, Jack KirbyDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#60

  12/1/1964
  $0.12
  $195.00
4 copies available from $16.00
 Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#61

  1/1/1965
  $0.12
  $650.00
4 copies available from $30.00
 Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#62

 
  $0.12
  $400.00
4 copies available from $36.00
Origin of The Mandarin; Versus the Mandarin; Redesign of Iron Man’s helmet; Iron Man story continued from Tales of Suspense #61 (Jan 1965)Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#63

  3/1/1965
  $0.12
  $310.00
6 copies available from $40.00
1st appearance The Phantom; Origin of Captain America; Origin of BuckyStan Lee, Jack KirbyDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#64

  4/1/1965
  $0.12
  $125.00
3 copies available from $21.00
1st Appearance of Agent 13 (Betty Ross)Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#65

  5/1/1965
  $0.12
  $350.00
3 copies available from $40.00
 Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#66

  6/1/1965
  $0.12
  $145.00
4 copies available from $16.00
1st appearance Senator Byrd (named); Origin of Red SkullStan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#67

  7/1/1965
  $0.12
  $77.00
3 copies available from $11.50
Versus Count Nefaria; Versus Red SkullStan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#68

  8/1/1965
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  $61.00
2 copies available from $22.00
1st appearance Morgan StarkAl Hartley, Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#69

  9/1/1965
  $0.12
  $83.00
2 copies available from $14.00
1st Appearance of Titanium Man I (Boris Bullski); 1st appearance Countess Stephanie de la SpirozaStan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers

#70

  10/1/1965
  $0.12
  $175.00
7 copies available from $10.50
2nd Appearance of Titanium Man (Boris Bullski); 2nd Appearance of Countess Stephanie de la SpirozaStan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby, George Tuska

#71

  11/1/1965
  $0.12
  $76.00
6 copies available from $6.00
 Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby, George Tuska

#72

  12/1/1965
  $0.12
  $65.00
5 copies available from $7.00
 Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby, George Tuska

#73

  1/1/1966
  $0.12
  $60.00
7 copies available from $8.25
Death of Black Knight (Nathan Garrett)Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Flo SteinbergGene Colan, Jack Kirby, George Tuska

#74

 
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6 copies available from $13.00
1st Appearance of the Freak (Happy Hogan); Origin of the Freak (Happy Hogan); Versus the Red Skull’s Sleepers; Gene Colan drawing as Adam Austin; Jack Abel inking as Gary MichaelsStan LeeJack Kirby, Gene Colan, Adam Austin, George Tuska

#75

  3/1/1966
  $0.12
  $200.00
6 copies available from $27.00
1st Appearance of Batroc; 1st Appearance of Second Agent 13 (Sharon Carter); 1st Appearance of Peggy Carter; 1st Appearance of THEM; 1st appearance Sharon Carter (Agent 13); 2nd Appearance The Freak (Happy Hogan)Stan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers

#76

 
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5 copies available from $15.00
1st Appearance of Ultimo; 1st Appearance of THEM; 1st Appearance of SHIELD Agent 13 (Sharon Carter); 2nd Appearance of Batroc; Versus Mandarin; Versus Batroc; Gene Colan drawing as Adam Austin; Jack Abel inking as Gary Michaels; Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation for October 1, 1965Stan LeeGene Golan, Adam Austin, John Romita

#77

  5/1/1966
  $0.12
  $119.00
9 copies available from $20.00
1st appearance of Agent 13 (Peggy Carter); 1st appearance of Ultimo; Origin of UltimoStan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby, John Romita

#78

  6/1/1966
  $0.12
  $94.00
12 copies available from $13.50
1st Appearance THEMGene Colan, Stan Lee, Jack KirbyGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#79

  7/1/1966
  $0.12
  $71.00
6 copies available from $8.50
1st Appearance of Cosmic Cube (Kubik)Stan Lee, Gene Colan, Jack KirbyGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#80

  8/1/1966
  $0.12
  $95.00
7 copies available from $5.00
Sub-Mariner vs. Iron ManStan Lee, Jack KirbyGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#81

  9/1/1966
  $0.12
  $71.00
7 copies available from $9.50
 Stan Lee, Jack KirbyGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#82

  10/1/1966
  $0.12
  $89.00
10 copies available from $11.50
1st Appearance of AdaptoidStan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#83

  11/1/1966
  $0.12
  $58.00
6 copies available from $18.00
1st Appearance of the Tumbler; 2nd Appearance of AdaptoidStan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#84

 
  $0.12
  $67.00
5 copies available from $9.00
Captain America cover; 1st Appearance of Super-Adaptoid (formerly the Adaptoid); Versus Super-Adaptoid; Happy Hogan substitutes as Iron ManStan LeeJack Kirby, Gene Colan

#85

 
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  $54.00
6 copies available from $7.88
Iron Man cover; Versus Mandarin; Happy Hogan substitutes as Iron ManStan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#86

  2/1/1967
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  $60.00
4 copies available from $12.00
Captain America cover; 1st Appearance of the Yashonka Arms Works; 1st Appearance of Colonel Kuro Chin (SHIELD Special Service Agent 60)Stan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#87

  3/1/1967
  $0.12
  $47.00
9 copies available from $8.25
Iron Man cover; 1st Appearance of the PlannerStan Lee, Roy ThomasGene Colan, Jack Sparling

#88

  4/1/1967
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  $55.00
12 copies available from $5.00
Captain America cover; 1st appearance of Bucky Barnes robotStan LeeGene Colan, Gil Kane

#89

  5/1/1967
  $0.12
  $64.00
7 copies available from $11.80
Iron Man cover; Death of Bucky Barnes robot; New costume for Melter; Note: Byrd is misspelled BoydStan LeeGene Colan, Gil Kane

#90

 
  $0.12
  $130.00
5 copies available from $17.00
Captain America cover; Origin of Byrrah; Tony Stark wears his original golden armor again; Captain America versus the Red Skull; Iron Man versus the MelterStan LeeGil Kane, Gene Colan

#91

  7/1/1967
  $0.12
  $55.00
4 copies available from $16.00
Iron Man cover; 1st Appearance of the Crusher (El Profesor); Origin of the Crusher (El Profesor)Stan LeeGene Colan, Gil Kane

#92

  8/1/1967
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  $61.00
6 copies available from $9.50
Captain America cover; 1st Appearance of Half-Face; 1st Appearance of Mecho-Assassin; Death of Mecho-Assassin; Versus Mecho-Assassin; Note: John Romita does retouches on Sharon Carter’s face throughout storyStan LeeGene Colan, Jack KIrby, John Romita

#93

 
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4 copies available from $12.50
Iron Man cover; 1st Appearance of Jasper Sitwell; 1st Appearance of MODOK (George Tarleton/Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing); 2nd Appearance of Half-Face (Trung Tuan); Origin of Half-Face (Trung Tuan); Iron Man versus Titanium Man; Captain America versus A.I.M.; M.O.D.O.K. acrnoym revealed in Captain America (1st Series) #113; M.O.D.O.K. soon changed to MODOK; Walt Simonson L.O.C.Stan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#94

 
  $0.12
  $220.00
No copies available
Captain America cover; 2nd Appearance of MODOK (George Tarleton/Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing); Iron Man versus Titanium Man; Captain America versus A.I.M.Stan LeeJack Kirby, Gene Colan

#95

  11/1/1967
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  $55.00
6 copies available from $9.95
Iron Man cover; 1st appearance of Gunner Gates (a gangster); Origin of Grey Gargoyle; Coincides with Avengers #47Stan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#96

 
  $0.12
  $77.00
6 copies available from $11.00
Captain America cover; 1st Appearance of the Sniper; Iron Man versus the Grey GargoyleStan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#97

  1/1/1968
  $0.12
  $81.00
5 copies available from $10.50
Iron Man cover; 1st Appearance of Morgan Stark; 1st Appearance of Whiplash (Mark Scott); 1st Appearance of Big M (Whitney Frost); 1st Appearance of Irma Kruhl (Sharon Carter); 1st Appearance of Mauler (gangster); 1st Appearance of the Syndicate; Indicia says Jan 1967Stan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby
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