The most expensive comic book we bought last month was Iron Man # 1

Last month’s most expensive comic book we bought was iron man 1 comic. At the Comic Buying Center we bought it for $5,000. It wasn’t in the best condition, as the mint condition costs about $20,000 but still a great result. This says a lot about how important conditions are if you want to sell comic books.

Iron Man comic series

“Iron Man” debuted its own series with iron man #1 comic in 1968, though the character first appeared in “Tales of Suspense #39” in 1963. The original “Iron Man” comic series started in 1968 and continued until 1996, spanning various volumes and numerous story arcs. After the initial run ended in 1996, the series was rebooted multiple times, continuing to adapt Iron Man to new issues and audiences​. Created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, and Jack Kirby, the series follows Tony Stark, an industrialist and genius inventor who becomes the armored superhero Iron Man. Initially set during the Cold War, the stories explored themes like corporate espionage, technology, and Stark’s personal challenges, including his battle with alcoholism in a famous “Demon in a Bottle” storyline. The series was notable for addressing complex political and social issues through the lens of a superhero narrative​.

Iron Man #1

Iron Man Comic #1

Iron man comic 1, published in 1968, was the start of Tony Stark’s own comic series, continuing from his adventures in “Tales of Suspense.” In this issue, penned by Archie Goodwin with art by Gene Colan, Tony Stark is showcased as Iron Man, fighting against the technological terror of Whiplash and the evil organization A.I.M. This issue retells Iron Man’s origin, where Stark, a wealthy industrialist and engineering genius, is captured and uses his intellect and resources to create the first Iron Man suit to escape captivity. 

The iron man 1 comic book story is about Stark’s struggles and the dual life he leads, balancing his corporate responsibilities and his secret identity as Iron Man. This issue sets up many of the themes that would define the character’s narrative arc, such as dealing with personal demons, the burden of the suit, and the use of technology and wealth for the greater good or personal gain. It also features appearances by some key supporting characters like Nick Fury, linking Iron Man to the Marvel Universe and the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. This comic not only defines the core of Iron Man’s character but also establishes his role within the entire superhero “community.”

When it comes to the actual iron man #1 comic value it can vary:

  1. Original value – $0,12. 
  2. GD 2.0 copy – $200.
  3. VG 4.0 copy – $300.
  4. NM 9.4 copy – $3,000.
  5. Record Sale – $106,000.
  • Pete Przysiezny

    Pete Przysiezny, owner of Comic Buying Center, has been buying and selling comics and collectibles for over 30 years. He lives in Northern Illinois and specializes in buying large comic book collections. He has a vast knowledge of all eras and types of comic books ranging from the 1930s to the 2000s. Pete spent his childhood going to comic book conventions with his father, so you could say he was raised in the industry.