I used to have a pretty decent Silver Age comic book collection—that is, until working in the business burned me out on comics altogether. Eventually, I couldn’t bear to look at them, and sold all save a few of the more valuable ones, which I hung onto in a safe deposit box purely for investment purposes.
But as I’ve mentioned here before, there’s one comic I later regret letting go of—a comic I wasn’t even sure of the title and issue number of at first—but which thanks to one of you I learned was Tales of Suspense #69.
And thanks to Claudio Piccinini, who located and kindly sent me a copy, Tales of Suspense #69 is mine again.
Why was that issue so meaningful to me? Not because it was the first appearance of the Iron Man villain the Titanium Man, or anything else in the stories themselves, but rather because of a box that appeared within an ad for Marvel stationery—a box that included my name as an early member of the Merry Marvel Marching Society.
Tales of Suspense #69 isn’t a very valuable comic by monetary standards—from what I can determine, a copy in good condition is worth about ten bucks—but it’s now the most valuable comic I own.
Nostalgia is priceless.