Tales to Astonish Comic Book Values

Tales to Astonish was one of Marvel Comics’ first titles, showcasing the talents of Stan Lee, Don Heck, Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby.

Featuring sci-fi driven stories, TTA is the sister comic to Tales of Suspense, which introduced the world to Iron Man.

The entire 101 issue run of Tales to Astonish is highly collectible, but a few key issues are some of the most valuable comics of all time.

Here is a comprehensive list of the series, and we break out the most valuable Tales to Astonish comics with additional notes.

Tales to Astonish #1: First in series. Click for values

Tales to Astonish #1
First in series

Record sale: $13,000
Minimum value: $300

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Tales to Astonish 2: click for value

TTA #2

Record sale: $1,700
Minimum value: $50

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Tales to Astonish #3: click for value

TTA #3

Record sale: $4,400
Minimum value: $30

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Tales to Astonish #4: click for value

TTA #4

Record sale: $3,400
Minimum value: $20

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TTA #5

Record sale: $3,500
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Tales to Astonish #6. Click for value

TTA #6

Record sale: $1,100
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Tales to Astonish 7. Click for value

TTA #7

Record sale: $2,200
Minimum value: $10

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Tales to Astonish 8. Click for value

TTA #8

Record sale: $700
Minimum value: $10

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Tales to Astonish #9. Click for market prices

TTA #9

Record sale: $1,500
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Tales to Astonish 10. Click for value

TTA #10

Record sale: $1,300
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Tales to Astonish 11. Click for prices

TTA #11

Record sale: $3,100
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Tales to Astonish 12. Click to see value

Tales to Astonish #12

Record sale: $750
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KEY ISSUE! Tales to Astonish #13, Origin and First Appearance of Groot (Guardians of the Galaxy)

Tales to Astonish #13: First Appearance of Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. Click for values

Tales to Astonish #13
First Appearance of Groot

Record sale: $7,000
Minimum value: $100

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Since the Guardians of the Galaxy films, Groot has become a household name. This gentle tree-like alien has the ability to regenerate himself and control plants.

However, the Groot that first appears in Tales to Astonish #13 is dramatically different from the one we’ve come to love.

Coming to Earth to study humans, a giant Groot captures an entire town using an army of trees. Groot is taken down when thousands of termites eat away at his body.

Groot’s first appearance in TTA #13 makes this relatively rare issue valuable.

Groot’s next appearance wouldn’t be until 1976’s Incredible Hulk Annual #5.

Tales to Astonish 14. Ant attack! Click for value

TTA #14

Record sale: $850
Minimum value: $10

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Tales to Astonish 15. Click for value

TTA #15

Record sale: $1,500
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Tales to Astonish 16. Pre-hero Marvel. Click for value

TTA #16

Record sale: $1,600
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Tales to Astonish 17. Click for value

TTA #17

Record sale: $800
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Tales to Astonish 18. Click for values

TTA #18

Record sale: $600
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Tales to Astonish 19. Click for value

TTA #19

Record sale: $900
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Tales to Astonish 20. Click for value

TTA #20

Record sale: $950
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Tales to Astonish 21. Click for value

TTA #21

Record sale: $1,500
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Tales to Astonish 22. Click for value

TTA #22

Record sale: $700
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Tales to Astonish 23. Click for value

TTA #23

Record sale: $800
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Tales to Astonish 24. Click for value

TTA #24

Record sale: $1,100
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Tales to Astonish 25, classic pre-hero comic. Click for values

TTA #25

Record sale: $500
Minimum value: $10

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Tales to Astonish #26. Click for values

TTA #26

Record sale: $1,100
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KEY ISSUE! Tales to Astonish #27, Origin and First Appearance of Hank Pym (Ant-Man)

Tales to Astonish #27: 1st Appearance of Hank Pym (Ant-Man). Click for values

TTA #27
1st Appearance of Hank Pym (Ant-Man)

Record sale: $200,000
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Tales to Astonish #27 is by far the most valuable and collectible issue in the entire series.

The first appearance of Hank Pym is hailed as one of the most important events in the Silver Age of Comics, and this issue is becoming increasingly hard to find.

In the story “The Man in the Anthill”, we meet Hank Pym, a genius scientist who has just invented a serum that will shrink any object.

Acting as any responsible scientist would, Hank tests the serum on himself, shrinks, then ventures into an anthill. Thanks to a friendly ant, Hank makes his way out and into a bottle of the reversal serum.

Even in poor condition, tattered and torn, TTA #27 can be worth thousands.

Tales to Astonish 28. Click for value

TTA #28

Record sale: $1,000
Minimum value: $10

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Tales to Astonish 29. Click for values

TTA #29

Record sale: $1,000
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Tales to Astonish 30. Click for values

TTA #30

Record sale: $1,600
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Tales to Astonish 31. Click for value

TTA #31

Record sale: $2,200
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Tales to Astonish 32. Click for value

TTA #32

Record sale: $1,400
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Tales to Astonish 33. Click for value

TTA #33

Record sale: $1,500
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Tales to Astonish 34. Last pre-hero issue. Click for value

TTA #34

Record sale: $1,900
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KEY ISSUE! Tales to Astonish #35, First Appearance of Ant-Man as Costumed Superhero

Tales to Astonish #35. First Ant-Man as costumed hero. Click for value

Tales to Astonish #35
First Appearance of Ant-Man in Superhero Costume

Record sale: $51,000
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Hank Pym and Ant-Man are one in the same, but it wasn’t until Tales to Astonish #35 that he coined the name.

After inventing a gas that makes people resistant to radiation poisoning, Hank and his assistants are taken hostage by Communists.

Using his shrinking serum to escape, Hank dons a helmet that allows him to control ants (is there anything this guy can’t invent?). With the help of his ants, Hank defeats the Communists.

TTA #35 was the first time a character was reused in the series, showing that Marvel had high hopes for its newest superhero.

Tales to Astonish 36. 2nd Ant-Man in costume. Click for value

TTA #36

Record sale: $11,000
Minimum value: $30

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Tales to Astonish 37. Click for value

TTA #37

Record sale: $3,500
Minimum value: $20

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Tales to Astonish 38. Click for value

TTA #38
1st Appearance of Egghead

Record sale: $3,400
Minimum value: $20

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Tales to Astonish 39. Click for value

TTA #39

Record sale: $5,900
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Tales to Astonish 40. Click for value

TTA #40

Record sale: $4,400
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Tales to Astonish 41. Click for value

TTA #41

Record sale: $3,300
Minimum value: $10

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Tales to Astonish 42. Click for value

TTA #42

Record sale: $10,000
Minimum value: $10

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TTA #43

Record sale: $5,100
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KEY ISSUE! Tales to Astonish #44, Origin and First Appearance of The Wasp Marvel Comics

Tales to Astonish #44: First Appearance of the Wasp. Click for value

Tales to Astonish #44
First Appearance of the Wasp

Record sale: $26,000
Minimum value: $50

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After scientist Vernon van Dyne is killed by an alien from the planet Kosmos, his daughter Janet seeks comfort from Hank Pym.

Seeing her potential, Hank convinces Janet to become his partner, Wasp.

Creating a suit based on a wasp’s biology, Hank and Janet inhale some shrinking gas, and the two micro heroes work together to stop the alien.

For several years, Ant-Man and Wasp had a passionate and chaotic relationship, getting married and then divorced.

In 1963, Ant-Man and Wasp became founding members of the Avengers. Despite getting zero attention in the films, Wasp was actually the leader of the Avengers for several years.

Tales to Astonish #45. Click for value

TTA #45

Record sale: $2,300
Minimum value: $20

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Tales to Astonish 46. Click for value

TTA #46

Record sale: $4,200
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Tales to Astonish 47. Click for value

TTA #47

Record sale: $4,800
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Tales to Astonish #48: Origin and First Appearance of The Porcupine. Click for values

TTA #48
Origin and First Appearance of
The Porcupine

Record sale: $6,000
Minimum value: $20

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KEY ISSUE! Tales to Astonish #49, Origin and First Appearance of Giant-Man

Tales to Astonish #49: First Appearance of Giant-Man. Click for values

Tales to Astonish #49
First Appearance of Giant-Man

Record sale: $6,500
Minimum value: $30

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That Hank Pym – he just can’t keep his busy mind under control.

Testing out his latest invention, a pill that allows him to grow 12 feet tall, Hank becomes Giant-Man. Giant-Man becomes one of Hank’s most used characters, seen just as much as Ant-Man.

Later, with the Avengers, Hank changes the name of Giant-Man to Goliath.

The first appearance of Giant-Man in Tales to Astonish #49 means that its value can often rival #35 and #44.

Tales to Astonish #50 Origin and First Appearance, Human Top aka Whirlwind. Click for value

TTA #50
Origin and First Appearance,
Human Top aka Whirlwind

Record sale: $3,300
Minimum value: $10

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Tales to Astonish 51. Click for value

TTA #51

Record sale: $2,600
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Tales to Astonish #52: Origin and First Appearance of Black Knight. Click for value

TTA #52
Origin and First Appearance of
Black Knight

Record sale: $2,200
Minimum value: $10

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Tales to Astonish #53: Origin of Colossus. Click for values

TTA #53
Origin of Colossus

Record sale: $3,100
Minimum value: $10

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Tales to Astonish 54. Click for value

TTA #54

Record sale: $2,600
Minimum value: $5

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Tales to Astonish 55. Click for value

TTA #55

Record sale: $2,800
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Tales to Astonish 56. Click for value

TTA #56

Record sale: $3,100
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Tales to Astonish #57: Amazing Spider-Man Crossover and early appearance. Click for value

TTA #57
Amazing Spider-Man Crossover

Record sale: $6,700
Minimum value: $10

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Tales to Astonish 58. Click for value

TTA #58

Record sale: $3,300
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Tales to Astonish #59: Hulk vs Giant-Man, First Hulk Appearance in Title. Click for value

TTA #59
First Hulk Appearance in Title

Record sale: $7,600
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Tales to Astonish #60: First Incredible Giant-Man / Hulk Split Stories. Click for value

TTA #60
First Incredible Giant-Man / Hulk Split Stories

Record sale: $5,700
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The original run of Incredible Hulk comics was cancelled after only six issues, leaving the green giant with nowhere to go (Hulk resigned from the Avengers in Avengers #2).

In 1963, Tales to Astonish #60 became a split comic, half Giant-Man, half Hulk.

Picking up where Incredible Hulk #6 left off, TTA #60 tells of Bruce Banner’s continued struggle to deal with his alter ego.

Later, with Tales to Astonish #70, the Giant-Man feature is replaced with Namor the Sub-Mariner stories.

Tales to Astonish 61. Click for value

TTA #61

Record sale: $3,500
Minimum value: $5

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Tales to Astonish 62. Click for value

TTA #62

Record sale: $3,500
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Tales to Astonish 63. Click for value

TTA #63

Record sale: $2,600
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Tales to Astonish 64. Click for value

TTA #64

Record sale: $1,600
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Tales to Astonish 65. Click for value

TTA #65

Record sale: $1,600
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TTA #66

Record sale: $1,100
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Tales to Astonish 67. Click for value

TTA #67

Record sale: $2,000
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Tales to Astonish 68. Click for value

TTA #68

Record sale: $2,300
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Tales to Astonish 69. Click for value

TTA #69

Record sale: $2,300
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Tales to Astonish 70. Click for values

TTA #70

Record sale: $2,300
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Tales to Astonish 71. Click for value

TTA #71

Record sale: $750
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Tales to Astonish 72. Click for values

TTA #72

Record sale: $1,400
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Tales to Astonish 73. Click for values

TTA #73

Record sale: $1,000
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Tales to Astonish 74. Click for values

TTA #74

Record sale: $1,100
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Tales to Astonish 75. Click for values

TTA #75

Record sale: $1,400
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Tales to Astonish 76. Click for value

TTA #76

Record sale: $1,800
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Tales to Astonish 77. Click for values

TTA #77

Record sale: $2,100
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Tales to Astonish 78. Click for values

TTA #78

Record sale: $600
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Tales to Astonish 79. Click for value

TTA #79

Record sale: $950
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Tales to Astonish 80. Click for value

TTA #80

Record sale: $450
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Tales to Astonish 81. Click for value

TTA #81

Record sale: $450
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Tales to Astonish 82. Click for value

TTA #82

Record sale: $2,600
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Tales to Astonish 83. Click for value

TTA #83

Record sale: $1,000
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Tales to Astonish 84. Click for value

TTA #84

Record sale: $650
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Tales to Astonish 85. Click for value

TTA #85

Record sale: $1,250
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Tales to Astonish 86. Click for value

TTA #86

Record sale: $950
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Tales to Astonish 87. Click for value

TTA #87

Record sale: $1,200
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Tales to Astonish 88. Click for value

TTA #88

Record sale: $1,000
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Tales to Astonish 89. Click for values

TTA #89

Record sale: $1,000
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Tales to Astonish 90: 1st Appearance of the Abomination. Click for values

Tales to Astonish #90
1st Appearance of the Abomination

Record sale: $1,400
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Tales to Astonish 91. Click for value

TTA #91

Record sale: $1,300
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TTA #92

Record sale: $900
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KEY ISSUE! Tales to Astonish #93, Classic Cover

Tales to Astonish #93: Classic Hulk vs Silver Surfer Cover and Story. Click for value

Tales to Astonish #93
Classic Hulk vs Silver Surfer Cover and Story

Record sale: $13,000
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Tales to Astonish 94. Click for values

TTA #94

Record sale: $1,400
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Tales to Astonish 95. Click for values

TTA #95

Record sale: $800
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Tales to Astonish 96. Click for values

TTA #96

Record sale: $900
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Tales to Astonish 97. Click for value

TTA #97

Record sale: $800
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Tales to Astonish 98. Click for value

TTA #98

Record sale: $1,100
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Tales to Astonish 99. Click for value

TTA #99

Record sale: $700
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TTA #100
Hulk vs Sub-Mariner Story

Record sale: $1,500
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Tales to Astonish #101: Last in Series; Hulk story continues in Incredible Hulk #102, Sub-Mariner story continues in Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1. Click for value

Tales to Astonish #101
Last in Series;
Hulk story continues in Incredible Hulk #102,
Sub-Mariner story continues in Iron Man and Sub-Mariner #1

Record sale: $1,300
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It’s the end of an era for Marvel! After nine years of Tales to Astonish, the series came to an end with Tales to Astonish #101.

The resurgence of Incredible Hulk in Tales to Astonish raised his popularity to never before seen heights. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Marvel created a new volume of Incredible Hulk from the ashes of Tales to Astonish.

Incredible Hulk volume 2 continues TTA numbering, starting the new series with Incredible Hulk #102.

Sub-Mariner went on to have his own series, but it was never as successful.

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