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Ant-Man Comic Book Values

Ant-Man Comic Book Values and Appraisals
by Brock Swinson and Ashley Cotter-Cairns

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Henty 'Hank' Pym has been associated with various characters in the Marvel universe.

Originally, he was a scientist and inventor who developed a serum that could allow him to change the size of his body.

Later, the character would be one of the founder members of the Avengers super-team.

While it's been in talks for years, the Ant-Man movie is set to hit theaters in 2015, with Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) signed on to direct.

According to IMDB, the plot of the film is set to revolve around Dr. Hank Pym and his discovery of "a size-altering formula", which allows him to not only change his size, but "helps him communicate with and control insects."

While the cast is still up in the air, the writing credit belongs to Joe Cornish, known for The Adventures of Tintin.

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Key Issue: Tales to Astonish #27

Key Issue: Tales to Astonish #27, origin and first appearance of Ant-Man. Click for values

In his first appearance and origin comic in Tales to Astonish #27, Henry Pym develops a reduction serum that shrinks him to the size of an ant.

Written by Stan Lee and Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby designed the cover for Tales to Astonish #27. The original story was entitled The Man in the Ant Hill.

"Never again did Henry Pym knowingly step upon an ant hill. For he knew that somewhere beneath him… was one little insect — one small ant, to whom he owned his very life!"

Record sale: $75,000

Minimum value (poor but complete): $325

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Tales to Astonish #35

Tales to Astonish #35, first Ant-Man helmet and second appearance. Click for values

It wasn't until Tales to Astonish #35 when The Return of the Ant Man, when Henry Pym used his powers to fight Four Soviet Agents and Nikita Khrushchev.

Published in September 1962, issue #35 was written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby. Additional stories included The Doorway to Nowhere and The Thing from Outer Space.

"Stop him, my pets!" screamed Ant-Man. "Obey your leader! The Ant-Man commands you!" This was the first appearance of his legendary helmet as well.

Record sale: $30,000

Minimum value (poor but complete): $50

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Tales to Astonish #36

Tales to Astonish #36: third Ant-Man appearance. Click for values

In Tales to Astonish #36, Pym battles Comrade X (first appearance), along with some bank robbers.

Additional characters include the US Coast Guard, Police Officers of the 14th Precinct and mention of Nikita Khrushchev in a photograph.

The Challenge of Comrade X was written by Larry Lieber and drawn by Jack Kirby, while Stan Lee hung back as editor.

An additional story in this issue was entitled The Search for Pan.

Record sale: $11,000

Minimum value (poor but complete): $30

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The mighty Ant-sized hero became a regular on the cover of Tales to Astonish. Click any of the links or images below to check current values.

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Tales to Astonish #38
Record sale: $2,800
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Tales to Astonish #39
Record sale: $6,000
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Tales to Astonish #40
Record sale: $4,100
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Tales to Astonish #41
Record sale: $3,300
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Tales to Astonish #42
Record sale: $2,500
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Tales to Astonish #43
Record sale: $3,600
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Tales to Astonish #44
Record sale: $17,000
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Tales to Astonish #49: Giant Man

Tales to Astonish #49, Ant-Man becomes Giant Man. Click for values

Tales to Astonish #49
Ant-Man becomes Giant Man
Record sale: $4,000
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Other Comic Book Series

Here are many more appearances where the Henry Pym stars, or at least crosses over as the pint-sized superhero.

Avengers #1: Birth of a Super-Team

Key Issue: Avengers #1. Ant-Man was a founder member of the super-team. Click for our article on Avengers comics

While it's not a dedicated Ant-Man comic book, Avengers #1 is definitely a key appearance of the pint-sized superhero.

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Fantastic Four #16

Fantastic Four #16: Ant-Man crossover. Click to read our FF comic book price guide

Fantastic Four #16 is his earliest crossover issue.

Doctor Doom shrinks the Four down using another Marvel serum! And Henry Pym joins in to lend his pint-size experience.

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Iron Man #44 and #125

The mighty Ant also appears in several Iron Man comic books. The most important of these are Iron Man #44 and Iron Man #125.

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Marvel Premiere #47: First Scott Lang

Marvel Premiere #47: First Scott Lang as Ant-Man. Click for values

The new Ant hero, played by alter-ego Scott Lang, kicks off in the 1970s comic Marvel Premiere #47. His origin is also outlined there.

Marvel Tales #3: Reprints Tales to Astonish

Marvel Tales #3: Reprints Tales to Astonish Ant-Man story. Click for values

Another 1960s appearance, this time as a reprint, was Marvel Tales #3.

If you come across one of these in top shape, it's not a bad find, though nowhere near as exciting as the original story would be! Click for value.

Stan Lee on Ant-Man

"I loved Ant-Man, but the stories were never really successful. In order for the character to be successful, he had to be drawn this small next to big things and you would be getting pictures that were visually interesting.

"The artists who drew him, no matter how much I kept reminding them, they kept forgetting that fact. They would draw him standing on a tabletop and they would draw a heroic-looking guy.

"I would say, 'Draw a matchbook cover next to him, so we see the difference in size.' But they kept forgetting. So when you would look at the panels, you thought you were looking at a normal guy wearing an underwear costume like all of them. It didn't have the interest."

Team Affiliations

Despite not getting his own Silver Age comic, Henry Pym eventually joined up with various sets of The Avengers, sometimes being referred to as Giant-Man.

  • The Avengers
  • West Coast Avengers
  • Mighty Avengers
  • Secret Defenders
  • Defenders
  • Avengers Academy
  • Secret Avengers

Ant-Man Aliases

  • Giant Man
  • Goliath
  • Yellowjacket
  • Wasp
  • Scientist Supreme

Prototypes and Try-Outs

There were three prototype-style stories featuring ant-like creatures, all in Strange Tales.

There were two prototype-style stories featuring ant-like creatures, both in Strange Tales. This is #73. Click for values

Strange Tales #73
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There were two prototype-style stories featuring ant-like creatures, both in Strange Tales. This is #78. Click for values

Strange Tales #78
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Strange Tales #92 included an Ant-Man prototype story. Click for values

Strange Tales #92
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