The Golden Avenger was
given his own comic book in 1968 after his long run in Tales
Marvel Comics was given the okay by the printer's to publish
beyond their normal monthly limit and Iron Man was a
beneficiary of that decision.
Up to that time he had been the main feature in Tales of
Suspense and then after 20 issues shared back to back stories with Captain
With his popularity on the rise, he was a natural choice to
have his own comic book to satisfy his growing fan base.
Iron Man #1 debuted in 1968
with a bang-up cover with his origin retold.
In the first 30 issues in this title he would take on the
likes of the Hulk, Gladiator, Sub-Mariner, Unicorn,
Mandarin setting the tone of the book.
In issue #55 a major super-villain was introduced along with
a band of galaxy inter-twined characters that would play a
big part in many cross-over titles that Marvel would produce
in the 1990s/2000s.
Thanos was introduced in the Marvel Universe by Jim Starlin
and has gone on to become one of Marvel's big heavy-weights
doing battle with just about every major Marvel super-hero.
Drax the Destroyer, Starfox, Mentor and Kronos also made
their debut in this issue and have contributed heavily to
the Silver Surfer and Warlock's storylines.
As you look into the issues in the 100s,
there are a lot of big highlights with first appearances of
the new Crimson Dynamo, Vanguard, DreadKnight and Jim Rhodes
who would later become famous as the War Machine.
The origin of Jack of Hearts is also featured in this
range in issue #110.
The Tony Stark alcohol storyline is
prominently featured beginning in issue #128.
Iron Man has had some major battles with the Hulk with issues #131
and #132 being some of the standout slugfests with the Ant-Man coming to his rescue in #133.
Iron Man had a classic battle with Doctor Doom in issue #150
which was also a double-sized book.
Jim Rhodes would take on the Iron Man role in issue #169 as
a prelude to his eventual role in the Iron Man armor-War
A lot of
major stories involving the Armor Wars are found in the
200s with Tony Stark and Justin Hammer going toe to toe.
goes through several armor changes in this title.
You'll primarily see him in his
classic gold and red armor which during the 1970s was made
even more famous by the team of John Romita Jr. and Bob
You'll see him occasionally in a dark-stealth armor as well
as a silver and red-silver centurion armor amongst many
others. Just about any inordinate task required Tony
Stark to come up with new technologies and armor for that
The title would go through
a couple of restarts/reboots, but collectors have always
searched for issues in this run as one of the their main
areas for their Iron Man collections along with
the Tales of Suspense run.
With three Iron Man (Iron Man, Iron Man
II, Iron Man III) motion
pictures having been produced, one animated
movie (The Invincible Iron Man),
a couple of animated TV series and more Iron Man and
appearances Avengers and Captain America movies, Iron Man remains a
permanent fixture in the Marvel Universe and continues to be
very visible in many collectors' eyes.
Purchasing Iron Man Comics
When reviewing sources to acquire
Iron Man issues, I like to check
out local comic book shops and conventions. I get to see
the comics in person and can examine more issues at one time than I could online.
Eventually local sources go only so far since they rely on
collectors and other sellers in the area to bring them in.
Sources on the internet tend to travel and pick up
collections and will buy a lot of books online to add to
their inventory. They also have a lot of people from
all over the world who will contact them since they are not
tied to a local area to sell to them. These sellers
also tend to advertise on a more global scale than the local
comic book shop since their marketplace is the entire world
is a great place to find Iron Man issues. They're a
national online seller and have been selling comic books
through the mail since the 1960s. They try to stock every issue of every
title that has ever been published.
see a large amount of
covers of key books in the run
as well as general issues in the title on this page that I
think will interest any
collection which will take
you directly to mycomicshop's inventory of that issue.
will see every condition of that issue they currently have
in stock so you can choose the right condition of the book
that you're looking for.
worried if you do not see an issue in stock when you click
on any of the links. Often times they will receive an
issue into their inventory on a fairly regular basis as they
purchase books and collections daily. Just go ahead
and bookmark the link after you've clicked on the issue here
or check back here and click on the link to see if the issue
has come into stock. The links will stay permanently
purchased books from mycomicshop before and will continue to use them.
Their grading is accurate and they are a reliable source.
They have great customer service in providing you books in a
Amazon.com is another great choice. There is a
large amount of sellers who have their own eStores there and
offer a variety of issues from this long-running title. Amazon themselves stock various reprint books which are a
great way to purchase some of these issues are a very
I have provided direct links to some
Iron Man trade paperbacks
and hardcovers that are on sale at Amazon on this page which will
have additional details, reviews and purchasing information.
Simply click on any of the image links and you'll be able to
find more information on those publications.
Ebay is another option as thereís a lot of
collectors/sellers/dealers always looking to move in
and out of product and use Ebay as their avenue.
You may find some good deals on Ebay, but be careful to check out
the auctions and or Buy it Now listings carefully. Some
sellersí terms are not right for everyone and sometimes the
items are not what you expect.
If condition is important to you, then be sure to ask a lot
of questions. If you donít get the right kinds of answers
youíre looking for, then move on and try another listing.
Always check out the sellerís profile to see how their past
selling has been. If theyíre new to selling and have only
been buying, ask questions.
You always want to be comfortable with the person youíre
potentially going to be buying from and you really need to
know what it is youíre getting.
If you're looking for CGC Iron Man comics, then ComicLink is
your best choice. They focus primarily on CGC books
and you can find some of the top notch
Iron Man issues available on
their site. Expect to see from time to time CGC Tales
of Suspense #39 (Iron Man's first appearance), Iron Man #1s and others of that era as well as CGC
Iron Man comic books from the
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