Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Venom Key Issues Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 to this Venom key issues list. This will be the final part to this series and most of them are Modern Age comics. In terms of comic investments, I don't really recommend most of these key issues on here, but it's up to you. I'm listing these basically for those who are hardcore fans of the character and would like to snag Venom key comics on the cheap, or cheaper, as most of them are pretty affordable in the current market now. Who knows, though? Maybe they might become in super demand in the near or later future.

So, if you missed Part 2, you can click the link and swing on back. Otherwise, here's the final part to this series. Enjoy!

3rd appearance of Venom
1st Venom on cover
Here we are with more Venom and Todd McFarlane goodness. Amazing Spider-Man #316 is the 3rd appearance of Venom. Not sure if that many collectors know this is the 3rd appearance of Venom or that it's the first Venom on a comic cover, but since it is an issue in the fan favorite Todd McFarlane Spidey run, Amazing Spider-Man #316 isn't cheap for a Copper Age comic.

CGC 9.8s are dropping on eBay already above the $100 mark. I should dig this sucker out of ASM box and see if it's worthy enough to send in to CGC or CBCS. This comic was published June, 1989.

eBay - No surprise that there are tons of copies to choose from on the mighty eBay for this Copper Age issue. Plenty of CGC and 9.8s and quite a few are Signature Series. CGC 9.6s and plenty of raw copies as well.

mycomicshop - A few copies here and three are CGC slabs. All are 9.8s and one of them is up for auction. The rest are five raw copies and the highest is a VF/NM copy for unslabbers.

ComicLink - Only two copies here and both are CGC. First is a 9.6 NM+ and the 2nd is a 9.2 low NM.

First Venom titled series
First appearance of General Orwell Taylor
Okay, we are reaching with this one, but it is the first Venom titled series which Eddie Brock stars in. So, it is technically a key issue. There are two regular printings of this comic. One is the red foil version, which isn't worth dirt in the current market. The other is the gold foil variant, which is worth quite a bit more than the red foil.

This issue also sees the first appearance of General Orwell Taylor, the father of Hugh, who was killed by Venom. Mad with grief over the death of his son, Taylor swore revenge on Venom and assembled a team of guardsmen from the vault, a prison Taylor worked at. Fitted with armor based on the Guardsman, which was based on Iron Man's suit, Taylor named the group the Jury and set out on their mission to bring Venom to justice.

The Jury consists of Orwell Taylor, Bomblast, Firearm, Ramshot, Sentry, and Screech, and their first appearances are in Venom: Lethal Proectector #2.

Do I recommend this key issue as a comic investment? Not really. February, 1993 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Absolutely no shortage of copies for either the red foil or gold foil covers. Gold foil is a bit more limited. Quite a few CGC 9.8s for both covers and it seems many of them are Signature Series also. No problem finding raw copies for this key issue as well.

mycomicshop - There's copies of both the red foil and gold foil covers here. Five CGC copies for the red foil and all but one are CGC 9.8s. All the slabs for the red foil are Signature Series, go figure.

As for the gold foil variant, there are eight copies and four are CGC. Two are 9.8s and out of those two, one is a Signature Series. Also one CGC 9.6 nM+ and a 9.4 NM, and the rest are unslabbed copies in grades that are lower than the 9.4 NM.

Rare error printing

Go figure, more errors in the embossing process with all the gimicky foil covers that came out during the wonderful 90s. So what was supposed to be the red foil on cover ended up having most of it come off and produce a black back ground. Pretty cool, kinda.

The folks over at Recalled Comics estimate this black error printing at 500 and over copies in existence. They also report there is a White error printing for this issue that's even more rare. The site also reported that a CGC 9.8 black error cover sold in July for $1,600! Wow! And there is actually a CGC 10 for this error printing, which is a contradiction because a 10 means a perfect comic in every way and this is...well, an error copy that was printed imperfectly. If you are into variants and error comics, you may want to consider this one.

eBay - Only one copy for the black error printing located on the mighty eBay at the time of this writing and it's a CGC 9.4 NM. This copy is also a CGC Signatures Series double signed by both Todd McFarlane and Stan Lee. The asking price for this copy isn't even funny.

First appearance of Scream and Agony
First appearance of Lasher, Phage, and Riot
Carnage wasn't the only offspring of the alien symbiote. It seems Venom been dropping his ooze all over and five more offspring of Venom make their first appearance in Venom: Lethal Protector #4. Actually, these five other spawns of Venom were created by the Life Foundation.

These spawns of Venom are Scream, Agony, Lasher, Phage, and Riot. All five offsprings were created by David Michelinie and Ron Lim. Of course, David Michelinie just may contest that as well.

Venom: Lethal Protector #4 is the last issue to Venom's very first titled series, and Ron Lim did the pencils for this issue. It was published  May, 1993.

eBay - Quite a few raw copies and you can get them in comic lots that have the full limited series for some auctions. No CGC as expected for this issue.

mycomicshop - Only three unslabbed copies here at the moment, and they are a NM, VF, and FN.

First appearance of Ann Weying

The first appearance of Ann Weying, and if you don't know much about the character of Venom, you may just think, Who? Ann Weying is the ex wife of Eddie Brock, who left him after the whole news report scandal. Talk about a girl who stands by her man.

This character would later become the first She-Venom. March, 1993 was when this comic was published, and there is a foil error variant for this issue.

eBay - Tons of unslabbed copies. Quite a few CGC copies as well. 9.8s are present and many of the slabbed copies are that grade and still way under the $100 mark.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.8 and a raw 9.2 low NM located here at the moment.

First appearance of Mac Gargan as Venom

That's right, the alien symbiote even bonded with Mac Gargan, one of Spidey's earliest foes and the original Scorpion. Gargan is the 2nd to become Venom and he would later become a member of a later incarnation of the Thunderbolts.

The original Thunderbolts would first appear in The Incredible Hulk #449, and the new roster with Gargan as Venom in the team would first appear in Thunderbolts #110. The first appearance of Mac Gargan as Venom in Marvel Knights Spider-Man #10 was published March, 2005.

eBay - Limited selection for this issue here. As expected, no CGC right now.

mycomicshop - Only raw copies here that are a VF and FN.

First appearance of Anti-Venom

Eddie Brock did separate from the symbiote as he was dying from cancer. While working at a soup kitchen, Brock met Martin Li, who had special abilities and cures Brock of his cancer. However, when the Venom symbiote attacks him and tries to rebond with him, this causes the white blood cells charged with Li's healing energy and remnants of the symbiote in his body to create a new white symbiote.

This new hybrid would be known as Anti-Venom and have powerful restorative abilities that could heal Brock himself as well as others who are ill. The Anti-Venom suit is also corrosive to Venom, inflicting pain and literally dissolves the alien symbiote. First appearance of Anti-Venom was published October, 2008.

eBay - Most of the copies here are for the variant cover to this issue. That includes both raw copies and CGC. Actually, there are no CGC copies of the first print but quite a few for the variant. Highest CGC copy for the variant cover are three 9.8s, one being a Signature series.

ComicLink - Surprised to even find a CGC copy of this issue on ComicLink since it's a Modern Age book, but there is one. It's only a 9.4 NM though.

First appearance Flash Thompson as Agent Venom

Flash Thompson would be the 3rd host for the Venom symbiote, and his version would be known as Agent Venom. This time the Venom symbiote falls into the hands of the U.S. military. With his military background and loss of his legs, Flash jumps at the chance to be involved in the military program Project Rebirth 2.0 that would use the Venom symbiote and host to carry out special missions.

Agent Venom has become quite popular since his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #654, and I must admit his costume looks pretty bad ass. This comic came out not too long ago. April, 2011 was when it was published.

eBay - Limited selection for this Modern Age key on eBay at the moment. Two CGC copies located. One is a whopping 9.9 and the other a 9.8. A few raw copies present but not many.

mycomicshop - Three copies here. One is a CGC 9.8 and it's up for auction at the time of this writing. The other two are unslabbed and the highest is a low NM. There is also a copy of the 2nd printing or Cover B.

ComicLink - None of the 1st printing available, but there is a CGc 9.4 NM of the 2nd printing if you're into those.

Venom also has his own self-titled and on going series, and I'm pretty sure there are some keys in there also. For now, this concludes the Venom key issues list. With the Venom Carnage movie, it's certain that they are basing much of it on the Amazing Spider-Man movie reboots, so many of the origins won't be based off these comics per say.

It's pretty much up in the air on who or what will make appearances in that franchise. So, these keys listed here in Part 3 are just for reference in case you wanna take a stab at them, or to see if you have any of these already in your collection and are high grade enough to get professionally graded.

In case you're wondering where in the hell all the Venom key issues that related to Carnage, I already have a Carnage key issues list and thought it wouldn't have made sense to re-list them here. You can click the blue CARNAGE KEY ISSUES link below to see the key issues pertaining to Carnage if you missed them.

As always, if you missed Part 2 to this Venom key issues series, you can click the PREVIOUS link to go back. Hope you enjoyed this and that helps you in your hunt. Thanks for reading.