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Tales of Suspense 50, First Appearance of the Mandarin

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Why Tales of Suspense 50 is a Key Issue Comic

Tales of Suspense #50: First Appearance of Mandarin!

With nearly a year starring in Tales of Suspense, Iron Man was becoming Marvel’s most popular hero.

With a great backstory, super cool armor and gear, and the ultimate lady swag that all teenage boys love to dream about, Iron Man had it all except a central enemy.

Finally, in Tales of Suspense #50, Iron Man’s archenemy, the Mandarin (played expertly by Sir Ben Kingsley in the movie Iron Man 3), appears for the first time.

A shadowy villain who wears 10 mystical rings, the Mandarin lives deep in the jungles of China. Using his 10 rings, genius intellect, and superhuman combat skills, Mandarin is a true match for Iron Man’s might.

Tasked to learn more about Mandarin, Iron Man infiltrates Mandarin’s castle. After a lengthy battle, Iron Man barely escapes with his life, leaving Mandarin behind and starting a lifelong rivalry that continues today.

Guide to TOS #50 Comic Book Values

As one of the most important and popular enemies in the Marvel Universe, Mandarin’s first appearance in ToS #50 is an issue that's worth decent money.

The record sale of $15,000 for a CGC 9.8 seems cheap considering the character's importance. This book seems under-valued relative to other issues from this run.

Now the movie has come and gone, there seems to be little future for the Mandarin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Prices:

  • 0.5 $10
  • 2.0 $20
  • 4.0 $70
  • 6.0 $100
  • 7.0 $180
  • 8.0 $300
  • 8.5 $450
  • 9.0 $600
  • 9.2 or higher: Contact Us

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