Before Natalia Romanova, AKA Black Widow, was a member of the Avengers, she was an enemy of Iron Man and a spy for Communist Russia.
Making her first appearance in Tales of Suspense #52, Black Widow is sent directly by Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev to kill Tony Stark, Iron Man, and the Crimson Dynamo (Anton Vanko).
Using her natural beauty, Black Widow easily lures Tony Stark into a trap. In the ensuing fight, Crimson Dynamo is killed and Black Widow escapes.
Black Widow’s next appearance is in Tales of Suspense #53, and it wouldn’t be until 1973’s Avengers #111 that Black Widow finally joins the Avengers.
Black Widow’s first appearance in ToS #52 has begun to eclipse Mandarin’s in #50, and the renewed interest in the character means this famous comic can still be worth significant money.
As one of Marvel’s first famous female villains (and later heroine), Black Widow continues to be an inspiration today.
The record sale of this book was $15,000 in CGC 9.6.
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