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What Are Your Vintage Iron Man Comic Books Worth?

Finding old Iron Man comic books is pretty common.

He is one of the most popular Marvel Comics characters, and first appeared in the early 1960s.

If you have come across a pile of old Iron Man comics, then use this article to figure out their value.

Alternatively, you can ask us to appraise them for you, free of charge.

Back in March, 1963, the iconic character first appeared in Tales of Suspense #39.

This is now a well-known origin issue, but finding a nice copy is certainly not easy. With the various Iron Man movies that have hit in the box office, TOS #39 is now an expensive comic.

First Appearance of Iron Man

Tales of Suspense #39
There are only 45 copies of this comic graded 9.0 or higher, so if you have one in really fine shape, then you're in the money. Check values here

Highest Price Realized:
$262,000 (CGC 9.6)

Minimum price (for a really poor, but complete example):
$900

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Tales of Suspense #39: first Iron Man comic book, March 1963

If you think Iron Man looks a little different in this issue, then you're absolutely right! He gets a gold-plated (and rather bling) makeover in Tales of Suspense #40.

Tales of Suspense #40: second Iron Man comic book, first gold armor

Far more affordable than TOS #39, it may well be worth much more money in the future. This is still a nice find.

Highest Price Realized:
$39,000 (CGC 9.6)

Minimum price (for a really poor, but complete example):
$200

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Tales of Suspense #41-#47

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First Red and Gold Iron Man

It's not until Tales of Suspense #48 that Iron Man is changed to his more familiar red-and-gold armor.

Although this is a famous issue, finding a TOS #48 is not going to be a life-changing moment. It could become a future star though...

Highest Price Realized:
$13,000 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum price (for a really poor, but complete example):
$30

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Tales of Suspense #48: first Iron Man with red and gold armor

The next issue, Tales of Suspense #49, is important because it's a crossover comic. Both The Avengers and The X-Men appear in this comic, making it broadly collectible.

Tales of Suspense #48: first Iron Man comic crossover with X-Men and Avengers

Crossover comics are collected not only by fans of the main comic, but also fans of the other 'stars' that appear. This can increase their value.

Highest Price Realized:
$16,000 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum price (for a really poor, but complete example):
$30

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Iron Man in The Avengers Comic

Perhaps the most famous Iron Man appearance is in The Avengers #1. Alongside Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp, this super-team is anchored by the gold armor Iron Man.

The Avengers movie, as well as multiple "big name" heroes in this issue, make it hugely collectible and valuable.

Highest Price Realized:
$275,000 (CGC 9.6)

Minimum price (for a really poor, but complete example):
$350

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Avengers #1: gold armor Iron Man appearance in the super-team
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Not until Avengers #3 do fans see the famous red and gold armor of the "classic" Iron Man.

Avengers #3: first Iron Man red and gold armor in the super-team

Apart from Avengers #1 and #4, the earlier issues of this comic are not so valuable. This is still a decent find though.

Highest Price Realized:
$13,000 (CGC 9.6)

Minimum price (for a really poor, but complete example):
$50

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With the addition of Captain America to the team, Avengers #4 is not only a classic comic book cover, but a strongly collected Iron Man comic book, especially since the movie explosion.

You're competing with Captain America collectors, as well as Avengers collectors, if you want to add this comic to your collection.

Highest Price Realized:
$50,000 (CGC 9.6)

Minimum price (for a really poor, but complete example):
$150

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Avengers #4: It's really more about Captain America, but Iron Man features in this comic book

Later Iron Man Comic Books

Iron Man #1 is probably what springs to mind when you think of Iron Man having his own comic books.

But in fact there was a comic book before this one. Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1 appeared in April 1968. The story from this book picks up in Iron Man #1.

This issue was always going to be a "one shot" -- a comic designed only to launch two other series. The story also continues in Sub-Mariner #1.

Highest Price Realized:
$39,500 (CGC 9.9)

Minimum price (for a really poor, but complete example):
$20

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Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1 predates Iron Man comic book #1

Next comes Iron Man's own Issue #1.

Iron Man comic book #1, May 1968

May 1968 saw Iron Man get his very own comic book for the first time. It's still highly collectible, and will probably rise in value in the future. Check the current prices here

Highest Price Realized:
$7,000 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum price (for a really poor, but complete example):
$120

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Iron Man #55 has become a key issue, as it's the first appearance of Thanos, the bad guy in the upcoming movie.

Considering this was published in 1973, it's a highly valuable Iron Man comic book. Whether the price is maintained after the movie hype dies down is another matter. Check the current prices here

Highest Price Realized:
$2,600 (CGC 9.8)

Minimum price (for a really poor, but complete example):
$120

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Iron Man comic book #55: first appearance of Thanos, super-bad guy

There is one "prototype" Iron Man comic book worth mentioning.

Uncanny Tales #52: early Iron Man prototype

Uncanny Tales #52 is the oldest of the Iron Man comic book tryouts. Back in February 1957, in the dawn of the Silver Age, this Atlas comic appeared.

It's not worth much, but it's interesting to collectors of Iron Man, and quite an obscure comic to find.

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