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Marvel Top 50 Heroes

A categorical listing of Marvel Top 50 Heroes curated by Key Collector Comics.

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  • 1st appearance and origin of Namor the Sub-Mariner
  • 1st appearance of American Ace
  • *scarce - only nine copies are known to exist
  • *the comic was intended to be a giveaway at movie theaters but it never went into full production
Low $25k
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Mid $75k
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High $285k
  • 1st appearance of the Human Torch, Jim Hammond
  • 1st appearance and origin of the Sub-Mariner reprinted from the unreleased Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1 (1939)
  • 1st appearance of the Masked Raider
  • 1st appearance of Dorma, Namor's first wife
  • 1st appearance of Ka-Zar, Angel and Jungle Terror
  • 1st comic book published by Timely, later becomes Marvel
  • Retitled Marvel Mystery Comics after this issue
Low $35k
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Mid $110k
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High $390k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Captain America
  • 1st appearance of James Buchanan Barnes AKA Bucky, later becomes the Winter Soldier
  • 1st appearance of the Red Skull (George Maxon), an agent of the true Red Skull
  • 1st appearance of Hurricane, later becomes Makkari
  • 1st appearance of Tuk the Cave Boy, the first offspring of the Inhumans
Low $4k
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Mid $19k
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High $110k
  • 1st team appearance and origin of the Fantastic Four: Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, The Thing
  • 1st appearance of Mole Man
  • 1st appearance of Tricephalous
Low $700
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Mid $4k
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High $42k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Hank Pym, later becomes Ant-Man, Goliath, Giant-Man and Yellowjacket
Low $4k
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Mid $13k
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High $100k
  • 1st appearance and origin of the Hulk
  • 1st appearance of Betty Ross
  • 1st appearance of Rick Jones
  • 1st appearance of General "Thunderbolt" Ross
Low $3k
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Mid $8k
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High $81k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Thor and Mjolnir (Thor's hammer)
  • 1st team appearance of the Kronans, a race of aliens that Korg belongs to
Low $11k
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Mid $49k
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High $355k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Spider-Man
  • 1st appearance and death of Uncle Ben
  • 1st appearance of Aunt May and Flash Thompson
Low $2k
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Mid $4k
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High $24k
  • 1st appearance of Iron Man
  • Debut of Iron Man's 'Model 1' armor
  • 1st appearance of Wong-Chu, a Viet Cong warlord and Iron Man's first enemy
Low $650
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Mid $2k
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High $17k
  • 1st appearance of Doctor Strange
  • 1st appearance of the Ancient One, former Sorcerer Supreme
  • 1st appearance of Wong, Doctor Strange's assistant
  • 1st appearance of Nightmare, in shadows
Low $3k
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Mid $9k
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High $38k
  • 1st team appearance of the X-Men
  • 1st appearance of Cyclops
  • 1st appearance of Jean Grey, Marvel Girl, later becomes Phoenix
  • 1st appearance of Iceman
  • 1st appearance of Angel
  • 1st appearance of Beast
  • 1st appearance of Professor X
  • 1st appearance of Magneto
Low $600
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Mid $2k
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High $10k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Daredevil
  • 1st appearance of Foggy Nelson
  • 1st appearance of Karen Page
  • Regie Collects: This book is a severely undervalued key that is actually a solid read despite its age. And, if I’m being honest, the new Daredevil series written by Chip Zdarsky is fantastic and makes me appreciate this book all the more.
Low $265
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Mid $1k
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High $5k
  • 1st appearance of the Black Widow, Natasha Romanova
  • Death of the 1st Crimson Dynamo
  • 1st appearance and death of the 2nd Crimson Dynamo
Low $185
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Mid $350
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High $3k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Hawkeye
  • 3rd appearance of Black Widow
Low $30
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Mid $95
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High $520
  • 1st appearance and origin of Purple Man
Low $150
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Mid $300
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High $2k
  • 1st team appearance of the Inhumans, a race created by the Kree: Triton, Karnak, Lockjaw, Gorgon, Medusa, Crystal and Black Bolt
  • 1st cameo appearance of Black Bolt
  • 1st appearance of Crystal, 1st appearance of Karnak
  • 1st appearance of Triton
Low $460
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Mid $2k
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High $6k
  • 1st appearance of Silver Surfer, Galactus' most prominent Herald
  • 1st cameo appearance of Galactus
Low $260
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Mid $480
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High $2k
  • 1st full appearance of Galactus
  • 2nd appearance and 1st cover appearance of the Silver Surfer
  • 1st appearance of the Punisher, a cyborg servant of Galactus
Low $340
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Mid $610
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High $2k
  • 1st appearance of T'Challa, the Black Panther
  • Black Panther is the world's first mainstream black superhero in comic books
Low $55
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Mid $170
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High $2k
  • 1st appearance of Carol Danvers
  • 2nd appearance of Captain Marvel
Low $50
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Mid $145
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High $480
  • 1st appearance of Vision
  • 2nd appearance of Ultron
Low $12
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Mid $50
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High $155
  • 1st appearance and origin of Alex Summers, later becomes Havok
  • 1st appearance of the Living Pharaoh, later becomes the Living Monolith
  • Origin of Angel
Low $55
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Mid $215
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High $535
  • 1st appearance and origin of the Falcon, the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics
  • 1st appearance of Redwing, Falcon's falcon
Low $20
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Mid $140
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High $380
  • 1st appearance of Conan the Barbarian
  • 1st cameo appearance of King Kull
Low $20
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Mid $65
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High $185
  • 1st appearance of Valkyrie (Enchantress in disguise)
  • 1st team appearance of the Lady Liberators
  • Debut of the Rutland Halloween Parade, a real parade held in Vermont annually that has been depicted in both Marvel and DC comics nearly 20 times with parade attendees wearing superhero costumes from both publishers in each book
Low $65
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Mid $200
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High $850
  • 1st appearance and origin of Luke Cage, the first black superhero to headline a series in mainstream comics
  • 1st appearance of Diamondback, Comanche and Shades
Low $210
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Mid $575
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High $2k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze
  • *rumored to be a Disney+ series
Low $180
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Mid $600
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High $2k
  • 1st appearance of Blade
  • *a new Blade film coming from Marvel announced at SDCC 2019
Low $300
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Mid $900
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High $3k
  • 1st appearance of the Punisher
  • 1st appearance of the Jackal
  • Classic cover art by John Romita Sr.
Low $55
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Mid $150
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High $265
  • 1st appearance and origin of Iron Fist and Yu-Ti
  • 1st team appearance of the Dragon Kings

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