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Monday, December 26, 2011

Best Key Issue List of Green Lantern Comics To Get Before They're Way too Expensive

I know I've been neglecting a lot of key Silver Age and Bronze Age DC Comics. In fact there is a lot of investment potential in many DC comics that are still affordable. In light of Warner Bros. stating that they're looking towards another Green Lantern sequel.

Also, I have no doubt that a GL sequel will be green lit, as the first movie did set up the franchise for Sinestro turning....uhmmm...yellow with fear. As wrong as that just sounded, I have high hopes that the sequel will be pretty bad ass if they concentrate on the epic battle between Hal Jordan and his long time nemesis - Sinestro.

So without further ado, here's a list of Green Lantern comics to take stock in before they truly become out of reach of the average comic book collector. Just know that you've warned here at Total Comic Mayhem, so if you pass them up...well, you only have yourself to blame in the future.

Green Lantern #1 (1960 Series)

Origin retold from Showcase #22, along with the first appearance of The Guardians of the Universe. This issue marks the first self-titled series for the Silver Age Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), and it is one of best comic investments concerning Green Lantern comics. 

It also happens to be expensive and quite valuable. Just a VG is close to a grand, sitting at $900 at guide. Mid to higher grades expect to shell out a lot more dough.

The last I checked a CGC 5.0 VG/FN Green Lantern #1 is available at mycomicshop. There's also a CGC 1.8 copy for sale as well.

Green Lantern #7 (1960 Series) 1st Sinestro

I'm greatly surprised that this comic isn't worth more. Green Lantern #7 holds the origin and 1st appearance of the Green Lantern Corps rival enemy - Sinestro! Guide has this comic at $144 for a mid grade Fine copy, and a Very Fine is $392.

However, a CGC copy of GL #7 at 9.2 went well over the suggested guide price of $1200 dollars on ebay, and ended with the price of $3,666.16. Also a CGC 8.0 Very Fine of this issue dropped at $871.00. Guide has a Very Fine listed at $392.00.

So it's clear that the high grade copies are going well above guide even on ebay, but what about the mid to lower? At they have three listed on consignment...all CGC graded and here are the numbers.

CGC 6.5 Fine + $600.00
CGC 5.5 Fine - $325.00
CGC 5.0 VG/Fine $289.00

Guide has this comic at $144.00 for a solid Fine. Yes, even mid grade copies are being sold well over guide value. It looks like Overstreet guide is behind the demand for this book once again, and they need to change the value for this particular issue.

Just goes to show you what can happen when you wait too long. This copy is hard to find...even on be sure to get your ass on the hunt for this one. Once again, three copies of the first appearance of Sinestro are up at NewKadia is out of stock, so is Mile High Comics. Click the link to check em' out.

Green Lantern #59 (1960 Series) 1st Appearance of Guy Gardner 

The first appearance of Guy Gardner, the hot-headed Green Lantern Corp member has started to become a tough find nowadays as well. No doubt that this character is quite popular in the Green Lantern mythos, and well, let's be honest, every universe needs one misfit, rebel to shake things up, right? You betcha, and Guy Gardner sure does that for the Green Lantern Corps.

This key issue Green Lantern comic is still pretty affordable in high grades like 8.5 and 9.0. CGC copies within those grades are falling on ebay between $220-335 bucks. Unslabbed copies in the mid grade are extremely affordable. VGs and lower are not worth your time if you're goal is comic investing for this bronze age comic.

Is this key issue comic going over guide? Well, let's have looksee. At, this issue has two consignments listed: 

mycomicshop prices for this issue:

CGC 8.0 Very Fine $160.00 (Update: SOLD)
CGC 6.0 FINE $80.00 (Update: SOLD)
Ungraded VG $40.00
Ungraded Fine: $51.55

UPDATE (10/5/2013): One VF+ copy for sale at NewKadia! Click the link to check it out!

Now let's see what Overstreet has these comics guided for:

VG - $32.00
FINE - $48.00
Very Fine - $114.00

So as you can see, this issue is going for above guide. Not extremely well above guide like Green Lantern #7 is going for. This comic is still highly affordable. However, be wary of the unslabbed comics, ebay sellers are notorious for selling books that are highly over-graded.

Sure, you may get a comic there cheaper, but you will most likely be getting a copy that's really a few grades lower than what you're actually paying for. The CGC books at are a better bet, investment wise. I want to know exactly the grade I'm paying for. Not pay for a book that's advertised as FINE and get a low VG. Arghh I hate that!

Green Lantern #76 (1960 Series) Green Lantern/Green Arrow team Up Begins. Neal Adams Art Begins

Marking the beginning of the classic team up between Green Lantern and Green Arrow, this issue also marks Neal Adams amazing and beloved artwork on the series. 

This is really a beloved issue with many Green Lantern fans, and quite an expensive key issue to boot. Well, it's more expensive than most of the GL key issues before it...such as the key comic issue above this one on this list. Make no mistake that this bronze age key comic will cost you quite a bit, but it is one of the best Green Lantern comics to invest in for sure.

So, how is this comic doing? Is this comic going up? Let's see if this comic is selling over guide or not:
Two unslabbed dropped on this week.

Ungraded Low Fine: $330.00
Ungraded Very Good: $109.00

NewKadia & Mile High Comics

CGC 4.5 Very Good + $300.00
CGC 6.5 Fine +  $500.00
CGC 7.0 Fine/Very Fine $600.00

And what does guide have this issue listed for?

Overstreet Guide 2012

VG  $192.00
VG + $216.00
Low Fine  $264.00
FINE +  $420.00
Fine/Very Fine  $552.00

This comic isn't going much over guide, and the unslabbed VG that dropped on ebay actually sold for well under guide. However, the unslabbed Low Fine on ebay also sold well over guide by $66 bucks more.

Still, this comic is well worth investing in, and as you can see, the value is starting to creep up above guide. Time to make a move...Check out to see the CGC graded issues of Green Lantern #76.

Green Lantern #87 (1960 Series) 1st appearance of John Stewart, 2nd appearance of Guy Gardner

A double whammy of key issue goodness here. Like issue #76, this important key issue is from the bronze age and has the 1st appearance of John Stewart, the black Green Lantern who became a quite popular and major character in the Green Lantern stories.

This issue also has the 2nd appearance of that hot-head Guy Gardner. However popular John Stewart has become to modern audiences, this key issue is quite overlooked and undervalued. If you're looking for a high grade CGC 9.4 Signature Series, signed by the man Neal Adams himself, click the link to find out where you can get this high grade Green Lantern #87.

Remember, if certain issues are selling well over guide on even ebay, you know you do not have long before that comic book value really starts to get out of reach. That's a huge signal that that issue or character is extremely hot. 

So, with this list, you've been warned. These Green Lantern books are hot keys right now, and it's apparent that Overstreet is behind the dollar demand for these issues.

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