Before Disney's Wonder Man, the first time Madame Masque renders a mask

Before Disney's Wonder Man, the first time Madame Masque renders a mask

Madame Masque is a Marvel supervillain but also an occasional interest in Iron Man. As Whitney Frost, the daughter of Count Nefaria and the leader of the Mafia-style organised crime family the Maggia, she receives her names from the golden mask she wore to protect her disfigured face and kept wearing until her face healed. It is unlikely that a TV project from Disney+ will benefit her in the near future, although it may be the price of her early appearances.

As Whitney Frost appeared in #98 in 1968, directed by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, but later appeared as Madame Masque in #17 in 1969, by Stan Lee, George Tuska, and Johhny Craid.

At the end of the issue, Tony Stark stumbles down and captures the man, leaving her identity unknown. It is that comic book which is up for auction from Heritage Auction today, on a CGC 8.4 slab, which currently has bids totaling $264.

Iron Man #17 (Marvel, 1969) CGC NM 9.4 White pages. Madame Masque appearance. George Tuska cover and art. Johnny Craig art. Overstreet 2022 NM- 9.2 value = $200. CGC census 9/22: 30 in 9.4, 19 higher. CGC Grader Notes: very light spine stress lines to cover, very light wear all corners of cover

The television program, a Hollywood satire, is in the works of producer Destin Daniel Cretton and writer Andrew Guest, and is expected to appear next year. The impact of the program on the comic book market is yet to be seen.

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