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Black Widow Marvel Comics Price Guide

Value of Black Widow Marvel Comics

Natasha Romanov has become one of the most cherished characters in the MCU, thanks to the big screen role played by Scarlett Johansson in the Avengers movies.

The 2020 Black Widow movie will cement her still further, and is sure to increase early appearances in value.

Black Widow has rarely enjoyed her own comic book series. Instead, she has been a supporting character in different comic book series, including Avengers and Tales of Suspense.

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Tales of Suspense #52 (April 1964): Origin and First Appearance of Black Widow Marvel Comics

Tales of Suspense #52 (April 1964): Origin and First Appearance of Black Widow. Click for values

Tales of Suspense #52
First appearance of Black Widow

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In Tales of Suspense #52, Natasha Romanoff makes her first appearance, in the Iron Man cover story. She would go on to appear in Tales of Suspense a number of times, but this first Black Widow Marvel comic has extra collector appeal.

Black Widow and another Soviet agent named Boris are sent to kill Anton Vanko, better known as the Crimson Dynamo, as well as Iron Man and Tony Stark, if necessary.

The Widow charms Tony Stark, and gets a tour of his factory, and then things get ugly. In the ensuing battles with Iron Man, Natasha escapes.

Tales of Suspense #53 (May 1964): The Widow Bites Tony Stark Again

Tales of Suspense #53 (May 1964): The Widow Bites Tony Stark Again. Click for values

Tales of Suspense #53
Second appearance of Black Widow

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Tales of Suspense #53 is the second Black Widow Marvel Comics appearance.

Natasha is up to it again, only an issue later, as she decides, all on her lonesome, to steal a new anti-gravity device that Tony Stark and his technical boffins have just finished with.

She charms him again, knocks him out with sleep gas, and steals the darn thing. Shenanigans ensue, and the Widow uses the device to begin sabotaging US missile bases.

Tales of Suspense #57 (September 1964): Black Widow Seduces Hawkeye (first appearance of Hawkeye)

Tales of Suspense #57 (September 1964): Black Widow Seduces Hawkeye (first appearance of Hawkeye). Click for values

Tales of Suspense #57
First appearance of Hawkeye

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In Tales of Suspense #57, the Black Widow lives up to her femme fatale image by seducing Clint Barton, and the next thing you know, he's in her lab making some nifty new arrows to use in a fight against Iron Man.

Hawkeye and the Widow break into Stark Industries, a battle ensues, and the Widow is injured when one of Hawkeye's arrows bounces off of Iron Man's armor and stuns her.

Other Early Black Widow Marvel Comics

Other early Black Widow Marvel comics include Tales of Suspense #55, #60, and #64 (First Appearance of the Widow's Bite).

Tales of Suspense #55. Record sale: $7,100. Check values here

Tales of Suspense #55

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Tales of Suspense #60. Record sale: $2,600, Check values here

Tales of Suspense #60

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Tales of Suspense #64. First appearance of the Widow's Bite (Black Widow). Record sale: $2,100. Check values here

Tales of Suspense #64
First appearance of the Widow's Bite

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The Avengers #29: The Black Widow Battles the Avengers

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Avengers #29

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In Avengers #29, the Black Widow is kidnapped and brainwashed by her former Soviet bosses, having defected to the US.

They send her to destroy the Avengers, a task for which she recruits Power Man and the Swordsman. They subdue all the Avengers except Goliath and the Wasp, who free the captives and send the Widow and her two henchmen packing.

Black Widow would turn up frequently in the pages of The Avengers, appearing in #30, #32, #35, #36, #37, #38, #40, #41, #42, #43, #44, #46, #57, #58, #59, #60, #63, #64, #76, #83, and #90, becoming an ally of theirs, until finally becoming an Avenger for a short stint in #111, of which more later.

Amazing Spider-Man #86: Black Widow Gets Her New Costume

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Amazing Spider-Man #86

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Although the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #86 shows Spidey declaiming that battling the Black Widow is like fighting a "female version of myself," luckily, the story within carries no such oddly Freudian psychosexual complications.

In fact, the Widow does not even try to charm Peter Parker in Amazing Spider Man #86, but she does decide, inspired by the wall-crawler, to design a sleek new costume for herself.

Amazing Adventures #1: The Widow Gets Her Own Series

Amazing Adventures #1 (August 1970): The Widow Gets Her Own Series. Click for values

Amazing Adventures #1

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Gary Friedrich and the incomparable John Buscema (who may have been born to draw the Black Widow) bring to life the Widow's first outing in her own (almost) title.

Amazing Adventures #1 is split, as would the series until #8, between the Widow's adventures and a new Inhumans series.

The Widow story is nothing much, really, with Natasha not doing much beyond changing her costume again and fighting some small-time criminals while looking beautiful.

Daredevil and Black Widow Marvel Comics

The dream team of Daredevil and Black Widow Marvel comics started with their first meeting in DD#81, and they teamed up in DD#92.

Daredevil #81: Black Widow Meets Daredevil

Daredevil #81 (November 1971) Black Widow Meets Daredevil. Click for values

Daredevil and the Black Widow #92: Co-Star Status

Daredevil and the Black Widow #92: Co-Star Status. Click for values

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The Avengers #111: The Widow Finally Becomes an Avenger

The Avengers #111 (May 1973): The Widow Finally Becomes an Avenger. Click for values

Avengers #111
Black Widow joins the team

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Avengers #111 is an important Black Widow Marvel issue.

The Avengers seek the help of the Black Widow, and ask Black Widow to join officially in Avengers #111, after only 22 previous appearances in the pages of that comic.

Ironically, it would only last until #113, when Natasha goes back to Matt Murdock in Frisco.

The Champions #1: Black Widow Joins a Team of Misfits

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The Champions #1

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Champions #1 was a team of forgotten Marvel Comics characters, including Iceman and Black Widow. Recent speculation surrounding the Black Widow movie has seen this spike in value.

History of Black Widow Marvel Comics

Black Widow was Hawkeye's on-and-off girlfriend in the '60s. She loved and cohabited with Daredevil in the early '70s.

She competed with the Scarlet Witch and Mantis for the title of 'Hottest Female Avenger' in the mid-'70s.

Even Ben Grimm has his mind boggled by Natasha Romanoff (now known as Natalia Romanova) in Marvel Two-In-One #10 (July 1975), when she partially disrobes in order to get at a weapon that was concealed under a fake layer of skin on her back.

Your girlfriend can look THIS good in a Black Widow costume!

The Thing, in all his brute strength, is completely unnerved by a little Black Widow action. "Uhhh, Widder-lady? What are you DOIN'?"

She started off as a Soviet spy femme fatale with a black bouffant hairdo and a dowdy dress that didn't hide her curves, but which didn't do her any favors, either.

She battled Iron Man, seduced Hawkeye (poor Clint Barton), defected to the US, got brainwashed, got un-brainwashed, got a slinky new outfit and dyed her now-straightened hair red, and then settled down to become the ingenue who beguiled half of the Marvel superheroes at one time or another that we all know and love.

With no real superpowers (although technically, neither does Scarlett Johansson, but who cares?), the Widow is armed with an array of high-tech gadgets, primarily her "Widow's Bite," a pair of bracelets that emit an energy beam of some sort that is never very well-defined.

She is also, of course, trained as a spy and a sniper, and is an expert in several martial arts.

Ultimately, she functions as something like Ensign Chekov on Star Trek: a slice of the USSR who provides eye candy as a supporting character, while adding international intrigue.

Any storyline connected to the Cold War would eventually lead to Natasha Romanoff. And that was just how we liked it.

Of course, now she's been retconned into all sorts of powers and shenanigans, just like every other familiar character. Our scope today, luckily, will stop short of all that.

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