2017 MARKET UPDATE:
With the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie about to hit screens, and strong rumors of a standalone Groot movie in the works, this character's first appearance is still a hot property.
There have been no high-grade sales, and this is a notoriously tough book above the VG range, so if you see one in Fine or nicer, snag it.
"I am Groot." Three words which stole the show in the surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and boosted the value of an Atlas pre-hero back issue that nobody cared about prior to the GOTG fuss.
If you are lucky enough to flip through a stack of back issues from this era, you'll see that the Lee/Ditko combination created dozens of similar names:
MUMMEX, DROOM, TITANO, GORGILLA, KRANG, BLIPP, THORR, VANDOOM,
ROMMBU, KLAGG, TRULL and MOOMBA
to name just a few.
With a sequel planned for GOTG, Groot is here to stay. That, combined with the scarcity of this pre-hero Atlas book, means it's a good investment.
Other Tales to Astonish books on the Hot 100:
Tales to Astonish #27 (1st Ant-Man) | Tales to Astonish #44 (1st Wasp and Giant-Man)
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