Tales of Suspense

 TAOK   (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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#1

  1/1/1959
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  Al Williamson, Don Heck, John Buscema, Larry Lieber, Steve Ditko

#2

  3/1/1959
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  $540.00
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  Jack Kirby, Russ Heath, Steve Ditko, Joe Sinnott

#3

  5/1/1959
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  $480.00
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  Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman, Don Heck, Joe Sinnott

#4

  7/1/1959
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  $450.00
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  Joe Sinnott, Jack Kirby, Al Williamson, Steve Ditko

#5

  9/1/1959
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  $430.00
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  Joe Sinnott, Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman, John Forte

#6

  11/1/1959
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  $330.00
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  Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Joe Sinnott, Dick Ayers, Jack Kirby

#7

  1/1/1960
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  $360.00
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1st Appearance of Neptune Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Paul Reinman, Jack Kirby

#8

  3/1/1960
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  $310.00
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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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  $330.00
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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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  $290.00
No copies available
  Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman, Steve Ditko, Don Heck

#11

  9/1/1960
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  $240.00
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1st appearance of Sporr Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman, Don Heck

#12

  11/1/1960
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  $240.00
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1st appearance of Gorkill Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Reed Crandall, Don Heck

#13

  1/1/1961
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  $180.00
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1st appearance of Elektro Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Paul Reinman, Steve Ditko

#14

  2/1/1961
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  $240.00
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1st Appearance of It; 1st appearance of The Living Colossus Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko

#15

  3/1/1961
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  $240.00
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  Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck

#16

  4/1/1961
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  $275.00
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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)Stan LeeJack Kirby, Don Heck, Paul Reinman

#17

  5/1/1961
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  $240.00
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1st appearance of Googam Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#18

  6/1/1961
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  $240.00
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1st appearance of KraaStan LeeJack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#19

  7/1/1961
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  $240.00
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2nd appearance of The Living Colossus Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck

#20

  8/1/1961
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  $240.00
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  Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers

#21

  9/1/1961
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  $170.00
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  Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko

#22

  10/1/1961
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  $150.00
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  Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#23

  11/1/1961
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  $150.00
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 Stan LeeJack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman

#24

  12/1/1961
  $0.10
  $390.00
1 copy available for $19.00
  Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#25

  1/1/1962
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  $150.00
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  Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman

#26

  2/1/1962
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  $150.00
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  Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Paul Reinman, Steve Ditko

#27

  3/1/1962
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  $205.00
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  Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman, Steve Ditko

#28

  4/1/1962
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  $150.00
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  Jack Kirby, Paul Reinman, Steve Ditko

#29

  5/1/1962
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  $150.00
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  Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck

#30

  6/1/1962
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  $150.00
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  Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#31

  7/1/1962
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  $150.00
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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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  $150.00
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1st Appearance of Doctor Strange-prototype (Sazik the Sorcerer); Prototype Doctor Strange Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#33

  9/1/1962
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  $89.00
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  Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#34

  10/1/1962
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  $220.00
1 copy available for $75.00
 Stan LeeJack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#35

  11/1/1962
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  $220.00
No copies available
  Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko, Paul Reinman

#36

  12/1/1962
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  $109.00
No copies available
  Don Heck, Paul Reinman, Steve Ditko

#37

  1/1/1963
  $0.12
  $95.00
No copies available
 Larry LieberSteve Ditko, Paul Reinman

#38

  2/1/1963
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  $210.00
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 Stan Lee, Larry LieberJack Davis, Don Heck, Steve Ditko

#39

  3/1/1963
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  $9,400.00
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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
  $41.00
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

#40

  4/1/1963
  $0.12
  $2,350.00
No copies available
2nd appearance of Iron Man; 1st sppearance GargantusStan Lee, Robert Bernstein, Larry LieberJack Kirby, Larry Lieber, Steve Ditko

#41

  5/1/1963
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  $775.00
No copies available
Iron ManStan Lee, Robert Bernstein, Larry LieberJack Kirby, Larry Lieber, Steve Ditko

#42

  6/1/1963
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  $440.00
1 copy available for $150.00
1st Appearance of Mad Pharoah; Iron ManStan Lee, Robert Bernstein, Larry LieberDon Heck, Steve Ditko, Larry Lieber

#43

  7/1/1963
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  $480.00
1 copy available for $110.00
1st Appearance of Kala; Origin of Kala; Iron ManStan Lee, Robert Bernstein, Larry LieberJack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Larry Lieber

#44

  8/1/1963
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  $600.00
1 copy available for $144.00
Iron ManStan Lee, Robert Bernstein, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber, Steve Ditko

#45

  9/1/1963
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  $1,300.00
No copies available
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
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  $390.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of Crimson Dynamo; Iron ManStan Lee, Robert BernsteinDon Heck, Steve Ditko, Sol Brodsky

#47

  11/1/1963
  $0.12
  $370.00
3 copies available from $30.00
1st Appearance of Melter; Origin of Melter; Iron ManStan Lee, Larry LieberSteve Ditko, Larry Lieber

#48

  12/1/1963
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  $1,775.00
1 copy available for $360.00
1st appearance Mr. Doll; New armor for Iron Man (red and gold)Stan Lee, Larry LieberSteve Ditko, Larry Lieber

#49

  1/1/1964
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  $975.00
2 copies available from $49.00
Tales of the WatcherStan Lee, Larry LieberSteve Ditko, Larry Lieber

#50

  2/1/1964
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  $220.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of The Mandarin; Watcher back-upStan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#51

  3/1/1964
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  $430.00
1 copy available for $39.50
Origin of Scarecrow (Ebanezar Laughton); 1staAppearance of Scarecrow (Ebanezar Laughton); Watcher back-upStan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#52

  4/1/1964
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  $340.00
No copies available
1st Appearance of The Black Widow; Tales of the Watcher; Crimson Dynamo appearance (Boris)Stan Lee, Don Rico, N. Korok, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#53

  5/1/1964
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  $310.00
No copies available
Origin of The Watcher; Watcher back-upStan Lee, Don Rico, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#54

  6/1/1964
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  $180.00
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Watcher back-upStan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#55

  7/1/1964
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  $185.00
1 copy available for $44.00
Versus the Mandarin; Tales of the Watcher back up storyStan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#56

  8/1/1964
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  $165.00
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1st Appearance of Unicorn (Milos Masaryk); Watcher back-upStan Lee, Larry LieberDon Heck, Larry Lieber

#57

  9/1/1964
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  $420.00
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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  $460.00
No copies available
Versus Chameleon; Tuska signature; Watcher back-up; The Runner is an unillustrated storyStan LeeDon Heck, George Tuska

#59

  11/1/1964
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  $390.00
No copies available
1st appearance of Jarvis; Versus Black Knight; Captain America feature beginsStan Lee, Jack KirbyDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#60

  12/1/1964
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  $190.00
5 copies available from $21.50
 Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#61

  1/1/1965
  $0.12
  $155.00
3 copies available from $28.00
 Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#62

  2/1/1965
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  $205.00
2 copies available from $30.00
Origin of The Mandarin; Redesign of Iron Man’s helmetStan Lee, Don RicoDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#63

  3/1/1965
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  $125.00
3 copies available from $15.70
1st appearance The Phantom; Origin of Captain America; Origin of BuckyStan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#64

  4/1/1965
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  $135.00
3 copies available from $21.00
1st Appearance of Agent 13 (Peggy Carter)Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#65

  5/1/1965
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  $310.00
No copies available
 Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#66

  6/1/1965
  $0.12
  $135.00
2 copies available from $11.00
1st appearance Senator Byrd (named); Origin of Red Skull; Red Skull returnsStan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#67

  7/1/1965
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  $70.00
2 copies available from $19.50
Versus Count Nefaria; Versus Red SkullStan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#68

  8/1/1965
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  $70.00
2 copies available from $12.00
1st appearance Morgan StarkStan Lee, Al HartleyDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#69

  9/1/1965
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  $70.00
3 copies available from $13.00
1st Appearance of Titanium Man I (Boris Bullski); 1st appearance Countess Stephanie de la SpirozaStan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby

#70

  10/1/1965
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  $125.00
1 copy available for $149.99
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
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  $77.00
3 copies available from $10.00
 Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby, George Tuska

#72

  12/1/1965
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  $54.00
4 copies available from $14.50
 Stan LeeDon Heck, Jack Kirby, George Tuska

#73

  1/1/1966
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  $44.00
5 copies available from $8.30
Death of Black Knight (Nathan Garrett)Stan Lee, Flo Steinberg, Roy ThomasGene Colan, Jack Kirby, George Tuska

#74

  2/1/1966
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  $66.00
1 copy available for $24.00
1st appearance The Freak (Happy Hogan)Stan LeeJack Kirby, George Tuska

#75

  3/1/1966
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  $155.00
No copies available
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 LeeJack Kirby, Dick Ayers

#76

  4/1/1966
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  $64.00
4 copies available from $29.00
1st Appearance of Ultimo (cameo); 1st Appearance of THEM; 1ndt Appearance of Batroc; 1nd Appearance of Second Agent 13 (Sharon Carter); The Freak appearance (Happy Hogan)Stan LeeJohn Romita, Gene Colan

#77

  5/1/1966
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  $106.00
1 copy available for $37.00
1st appearance of Agent 13 (Peggy Carter); 1st appearance of Ultimo; Origin of UltimoStan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby, John Romita

#78

  6/1/1966
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  $86.00
7 copies available from $6.00
1st Appearance THEMStan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#79

  7/1/1966
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  $73.00
3 copies available from $7.00
1st Appearance of Cosmic Cube (Kubik)Stan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#80

  8/1/1966
  $0.12
  $67.00
6 copies available from $9.00
Cosmic Cube; Sub-Mariner vs. Iron ManStan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#81

  9/1/1966
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  $70.00
5 copies available from $5.00
 Stan Lee, Jack KirbyGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#82

  10/1/1966
  $0.12
  $85.00
8 copies available from $10.00
1st Appearance of AdaptoidStan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby, Frank Giacola

#83

  11/1/1966
  $0.12
  $53.00
8 copies available from $15.00
1st Appearance of the Tumbler; 2nd Appearance of AdaptoidStan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#84

  12/1/1966
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  $68.00
5 copies available from $13.50
Captain America cover; 1st appearance of Super-Adaptoid (formerly the Adaptoid); Happy Hogan substitutes as Iron ManStan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#85

  1/1/1967
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  $57.00
10 copies available from $7.50
Iron Man cover; Versus Mandarin; Happy Hogan substitutes as Iron Man; Sharon Carter appearance (as Agent 13)Stan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#86

  2/1/1967
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  $56.00
6 copies available from $7.50
Captain America cover; 1st Appearance of Colonel Kuro Chin (SHIELD Special Service Agent 60); 1st Appearance of the Yashonka Arms Works; Happy Hogan substitutes as Iron ManStan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#87

  3/1/1967
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  $43.00
9 copies available from $5.00
Iron Man cover; 1st Appearance of the Planner; 1st appearance of Captain America imposter (the Planner)Stan Lee, Roy ThomasGene Colan, Jack Sparling

#88

  4/1/1967
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  $56.00
10 copies available from $8.50
Captain America cover; 1st appearance of Bucky Barnes robotStan LeeGene Colan, Gil Kane

#89

  5/1/1967
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  $63.00
10 copies available from $10.00
Iron Man cover; Death of Bucky Barnes robot; New costume for Melter; Note: Byrd is misspelled BoydStan LeeGene Colan, Gil Kane

#90

  6/1/1967
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  $68.00
4 copies available from $7.50
Captain America cover; Iron Man dons gold armor to defeat MelterStan LeeGene Colan, Gil Kane

#91

  7/1/1967
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  $55.00
7 copies available from $6.50
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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  $56.00
11 copies available from $4.50
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

#93

  9/1/1967
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  $51.00
5 copies available from $6.50
Iron Man cover; 1st appearance of Jasper Sitwell (in background); 1st appearance of M.O.D.O.K.; 2nd Appearance of Half-Face; Origin of Half-Face; M.O.D.O.K. acrnoym revealed in Captain America (1st Series) #113Stan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#94

  10/1/1967
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  $51.00
5 copies available from $9.99
Captain America cover; 2nd appearance of M.O.D.O.K.Stan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#95

  11/1/1967
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  $50.00
4 copies available from $7.85
Iron Man cover; 1st appearance of Gunner Gates (a gangster); Origin of Grey Gargoyle; Coincides with Avengers #47Stan LeeGil Kane, Gene Colan, Jack Kirby

#96

  12/1/1967
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  $45.00
6 copies available from $0.65
Captain America cover; 1st appearance of the SniperStan LeeGene Colan, Jack Kirby

#97

  1/1/1968
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  $88.00
7 copies available from $17.25
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

#98

  2/1/1968
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  $59.00
1 copy available for $14.00
Captain America cover; 1st Appearance of Whitney Frost; 1st Appearance of Baron Zemo imposter; 2nd Appearance of Whiplash; Origin of Whitney Frost; Identity of Baron Zemo imposter revealed in Captain America (1st series) #100; Note: Captain America story appears this this issueStan LeeJack Kirby, Gene Colan
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