TALES TO ASTONISH (1ST SERIES)

Publishers: ATLAS / MARVEL COMICS GROUP
Dates: 1 Jan 1959-9 May 1960 (all ND); 10 Jul 1960-101 Mar 1968
Issues: CLICK HERE to view issues, super-size cover images and values in 9 grades

Titles like Tales of Suspense and Tales to Astonish featured strange monsters and weird creatures in a (mostly) science fiction context and between May and Jul 1960 were gradually introduced into British newsagents. Tales to Astonish gradually moved away from the monster content and began to highlight some of the Marvel anti-heroes still famous to this day such as The Incredible Hulk and the Sub-Mariner and after a run of 101 issues the series changed its name to The Incredible Hulk (2nd Series).

#27 a hot book in 2015 with the Ant-Man film starring Paul Rudd. Pretty good I thought. And the character did well in Captain America: Civil War.

The first UK distributed Tales to Astonish issue was #10 dated Jul 1960. So the previous nine issues that began with #1 cover dated Jan 1959 are always American cents cover priced. It is possible that a very small amount of issue #9 came over as market testers but I have never seen a #9 with a printed ninepence cover price. If you have one, send me a picture! Somewhere up to 5% (probably 2-3% rather than 4-5%) of the original American print run was given over to British priced copies for distribution primarily in the UK with some going to South Africa, West African colonies and Australia.

2014: with the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy film, the first appearance of Groot in issue #13 dated Nov 1960 has gone nuts, quadrupling in value!

Ones to also watch for/personnal favourites: issue #35 the 2nd Ant-Man and first in costume; #44 the first appearance of The Wasp; and #60 the first issue with The Hulk and Giant-Man alternating as stories.

 

 

Total value for all issues of this title listed:

Condition

PR
1.0
FR
1.5
GD
2.0
VG
4.0
FN
6.0
VF
8.0
VF/NM
9.0
NM-
9.2
NM
9.4
MINT
10.0
Issues 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101 101
Total £ 934.07 1,860 2,800 5,560 9,820 22,820 43,730 59,490 71,300 Total title value in pounds in UK markets
Total $ 1,730.00 3,460 5,190 10,300 18,660 44,450 88,750 123,030 147,380 Total title value in dollars in US markets

Note: some PR issues may have no value. Selected issues in FN, VF or VF/NM may not exist in some titles.