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Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown! – #39

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Tales of Suspense #39

Talk about a hard-luck loser! Amazing Spider-Man #39 contains the first work that Jazzy John Romita did on the title as well as the revelation that Norman Osborn was the Green Goblin!

Such an issue is an absolute classic in comic book history.

Sadly for that issue, it is also an absolute runner-up to the first appearance of Marvels’ latest movie star, the Invincible Iron Man, who made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39.

Iron Man is notable for being one of the creations that Larry Lieber, Stan Lee’s brother, worked on, although mostly as a scripter, if I recall correctly. Also, remarkably, Don Heck was the artist on the first Iron Man story, although almost certainly someone else (likely Kirby) designed both the initial armor AND the later armors (Kirby did the cover – and it is an awfully neat cover).

The origin of Iron Man is a great idea, so good that the recent film barely changed it – not many other origins in comics can claim THAT!

What other notable #39s are there…FF #39 was a good issue, as was Sandman #39. Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol both had good #39s, Justice League America #39 was in the midst of the famous “you want serious? Here’s serious!” arc by Giffen/DeMatteis..any other book I’m missing?


Pretty much a no-brainer.

Patrick Joseph

July 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Love & Rockets was serializing Wig Wam Bam and Poison River, if memory serves.

Cerebus featured MoonRoach kicking ass on the Fleagel Bros.

If I’m not mistaken, wasn’t it Ditko who designed the first red-and-gold armor?

Tough break for ASM #39…

No brainer.

Its not like ASM 39 was where Goblin (or even Norman) was introduced. That might have tipped the balance. Its an important issue, but Iron Man’s introduction beats it.

In 2008, this #39 turned into over $500,000,000 worldwide gross and counting. Not gonna beat that one.

it wouldn’t beat iron man, but you forgot to mention titans 39, the issue where kid flash and robin quit the team (paving the way for nightwing’s intro a few issues later). titans 39 has a truly iconic cover image as well.

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