Fashion queen, Hank Pym’s lover, and leader of the Avengers (despite getting zero attention in the films), Janet van Dyne is Wasp, one of the greatest super heroines ever created.
After scientist Vernon van Dyne is killed by an alien from the planet Kosmos, his daughter Janet seeks comfort from Hank Pym (Ant-Man).
Seeing her potential, Hank convinces Janet to become his partner, Wasp.
Infusing her with an antennae and wasp wings, Wasp inhales some shrinking gas, and the two micro heroes work together to stop the alien from Kosmos.
For several years, Ant-Man and Wasp had a passionate and chaotic relationship, eventually getting married and later divorced.
Wasp is a founding member of the Avengers (and coined the group’s name), and becomes their most successful leader, starting with Avengers #217.
Currently, Tales to Astonish #44 isn’t the most valuable comic in the series, especially when compared to Hank Pym’s first appearance in #27.
However, with an entire Ant-Man franchise planned, as well as future Marvel movies, Wasp could become a big name movie heroine (she deserves to be!).
In average condition, TTA #44 holds a value of anywhere between $200 to $1,000.
The record sale for TTA #44 was $26,000 for a copy in CGC 9.6.
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