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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Guardians of the Galaxy Cast Updates!

It looks quite a bit of new additions has been added to The Guardians of the Galaxy cast in the past few months, and the total cast list looks quite impress with the amount of characters this movie has so far. Then again, what did we expect? After all, Kevin Feige did say he was really interested in doing a space epic flick only a few years ago. Not just a space sci/fi movie, but an epic sci/fi movie. With the new Star Trek franchise a major hit and the upcoming, anticipated, and fan nervous new Star Wars films coming up soon, it seems like an epic space flick seems like the right move, as well as quite a gamble.

So here's some of the new faces we expect to see as of late. Guardians will be the first Marvel movie to introduce the alien race the Kree to the big screen, and the first Marvel comic character of the Kree alien race to introduced to Marvel's cinematic universe will be Ronan The Accuser. 

The character has been sporadically seen in various Marvel Comics titles such as Captain Marvel and Silver Surfer, and has gone toe-to-toe with the likes of such super-powered teams such as the Fantastic Four and the Avengers to name just a few. Actor Lee Pace, who played the character of Thranduil in The Hobbit, will be playing the role of this Kree bad-ass.

Aside from the well-known Kree race, another alien addition to this Marvel space epic is the character of Nebula. A murderous alien space pirate and mercenary, she is known as a super villain who desires control of the universe in the world of Marvel Comics. I know, not very original, but, hey, this is comics after all. Aforce to be reckoned with, Nebula played a big part in the famed and beloved Infinity Gauntlet comic series.  Nebula was created by Roger Stern and legendary artist John Buscema

The gorgeous 25 year old actress Karen Gillian, known for her role as Amy Pond in the extremely popular Doctor Who science fiction series, has been confirmed for the role of the villainous Nebula. Gillian has even shaved her radiant, Scottish red locks for the role, and debuted the new look at Comic Con. 

Now, all we have to do is imagine her with the blue skin, and it seems like the blue hue will be the popular color for many of the alien characters so far. So far we have Yondu, Ronan the Accuser, and now Nebula.

Oops, and one more will add more smurfness to Guardians of the Galaxy as well. The character also happens to be a Kree alien as well. I'm starting to wonder if Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot will finally introduce the Skrulls with all this alien invasion going round in Hollywood nowadays.

However, I do like the actor that will be playing this character, and we all remember him from the movie Gladiator with Russel Crowe.That's right: Djimon Hounsou will be in Guardians of the Galaxy as Korath the Pursuer.  

Created by Mark Gruenwald and Greg Capullo, Korath is a modern age comic character creation. He is a cyber-geneticist in charge of building cybernetic warriors for the Kree militia and is also an ally of Ronan the Accuser.

Stepping away from the blue skinned people, we now venture into a character that's more fury but probably not cuddly. Everyone is anticipating the character of Rocket Raccoon in the movie. While some say the character is going to be awesome, others kinda scratch their heads and think, A raccoon in outer space? Really? Yes, he is a raccoon and a brilliant military strategist and marksman with an affinity for big, heavy guns. This is science fiction after all.

Who will voice this outer space raccoon? Well, it seems that Bradley Cooper, the A-Team and Silver Linings Playbook star, will be bringing the character to life vocally. No surprise there considering that his girlfriend, the lovely Zoe Zaldana, is also in the movie as Gamora. Wondering what comic holds Rocket Raccoon's first appearance? Just click the link to find out.

Remember, how everyone was excited when Vin Diesel met with Marvel earlier in the year? Remember how I thought he was going to be the Vision in Avengers 2. Well, it appears I was way off. Way, way off. 

It seems that Vin Diesels mug and already super-hero like body won't even be on screen whatsoever, only the actor's deep voice. Yep, it appears that Vin Diesel will voice the walking and talking tree, Groot!  Actually, he is an extraterrestrial plant monster from Lord of the Rings. Okay, just kidding...about the Lord of the Rings part. Groot was created during the silver age by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and Dick Ayers. Visit the link to see the comic that has the first appearance of Groot.

Now for the ultimate head scratching casting confirmation. Yeah, I know, but it looks like John C. Reilly will play Rhomann Dey. In the comics, the character is known as Nova Prime, in which the title is given to the leader of the Nova Corps. However, it seems that the movie will be before Rhomann Dey acquires the title and position for Glenn Close is cast as Nova Prime.

To be honest, when I first heard about John C. Reilly being cast for the part, I seriously thought it was a prank, but it appears not. Hard to imagine him as the character, but who knows? I've been surprised before (Tom Cruise as Vampire Lestat), so we shall have to see.

All in all, this is Guardians of the Galaxy movie is starting to look pretty impressive with just the cast alone. And this is just the updated cast list. There's still the first round of the Guardians of the Galaxy cast that were confirmed much earlier.

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty excited about this movie coming out in 2015! It sure looks like it will indeed be an epic Marvel space adventure.

Key Issue Comics of Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Characters!

Alrighty, I thought I'd switch it up a bit for a list of key issue comics and do one that pertained to the various characters that will end up in the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy movie. So please note that this is not a key comic list of Guardians of the Galaxy comic series, but it is a Marvel first appearances for the characters.

Marvel Preview #4 Volume 1
  • First appearance of Star-Lord 
  • Intro Peter Quill
This bronze age magazine holds the first appearance of Peter Quill (Star-Lord) who is the main character and star of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Right now Marvel Preview #4 is pretty hot and an in-demand find. Will the movie finally make the character of Star-Lord a pop culture icon star? That remains to be seen, but this comic is in high demand at the moment.

The mighty ebay has a few unslabbed and graded options available if you're on the hunt for this comic. This is no sleeper any longer and expect to pay some coin for high grade CGC copies. Visit the link above to see for yourself concerning this bronze age key issue.

A CGC 9.2 Marvel Preview #4 with WHITE pages is available at mycomicshop for a pretty decent and reasonable price as well. 

Marvel Preview #7 Volume 1
  • First appearance of Rocket Raccoon
Perhaps one of the most anticipated characters within the Guardians of the Galaxy universe to be adapted into a live-action movie character, I've heard that Rocket Raccoon just may steal the show in the upcoming Guardians film. Nevertheless, more eyes are now taking notice of Rocket Raccoon's first appearance in the bronze age magazine-style comic Marvel Preview #7.

Just like the first appearance of Star-Lord, the first appearance of Rocket Raccoon is also in high gear. Only a few unslabbed copies available on ebay

Incredible Hulk #271
  • First appearance of Rocket Raccoon
An awesome reader brought up this issue in the comments below, and I agree that Hulk #271 should be included in the list. If you're confused as to two first appearances of Rocket Raccoon, I'll summarize what I wrote in the comments section below. 

Marvel Preview #7 is the first published appearance of a Rocket Raccoon. However, the story in that issue takes place far into the future. Incredible Hulk #271 story takes place in the regular timeline on Earth 616, so historically (in Marvel's comic book timeline), it's also the first appearance of Rocket Raccoon.

Also, it should be noted that Hulk #271 is fast becoming the official first appearance of Rocket Raccoon because it is not sure whether the Rocket Raccoon in Marvel Preview is the same character or a descendant. 

Anywho, like the awesome commenter mentioned, this book is getting a huge boost in demand and value. Tons of high grade CGC copies at mycomicshop, including three 9.6's and one 9.4 solid NM.

Marvel Super-Heroes #18
  • First appearanceof Yondu
Yondu is so far the only character who is an original member of the Guardians of the Galaxy team to be in the movie. All the other characters are from the 2008 team line up. Marvel Super-Heroes #18 has the first appearance of Yondu, as well as the first appearance of the original Guardians of the Galaxy super-hero team. This silver age goodie has been sought after for the past year. 

An unslabbed VG/FN copy is in stock at mycomicshop. Demand is still strong for this key issue and going well above Overstreet Guide even on ebay as well.

Iron Man #55 Volume 1
  • First appearance Thanos
  • First appearance of Drax the Destroyer
Well, this Iron Man key issue needs no introduction for obvious reasons, and I've mentioned it several times on Total Comic Mayhem. Not only is this the first appearance of Thanos, who appears to be a behind the scenes villain so far but will probably come out to be the main antagonist in a future Marvel movie, but Iron Man #55 has the first appearance of Drax the Destroyer. As we all know so far, Drax will be making his onscreen debut in Guardians of the Galaxy.

As always, not a hard find for graded copies at whatsoever. 

Tales to Astonish #13 Volume 1
  • First appearance of Groot
Another not-so-well-known character who has had a spotlight finally shine down on him is the comic character of Groot. In his initial first appearance, Groot was an alien who captured humans for experimentation. In 2006, the character was given a heroic re-haul and joined the new version of the Guardians of the Galaxy in 2008. The rest is history and only the future remains to be seen if this character finally breaks through into mainstream pop culture and becomes a household name after the movie takes the box office.

Nova #1 Volume 1
  • First appearance of Rhomann Dey
This was actually a surprise character. I didn't think Nova would be a plausible character to be added to the cast of Guardians, but it seems like he will. What's even more surprising is who they cast to play this cosmic Marvel super-hero. Out of the entire cast, I'm the most skeptical of the actor who will play this character the most. If you don't know who that is yet, click here to find out the newest editions to the Guardians of the Galaxy cast.

Strange Tales #180 Volume 1
  • First appearance of Gamora
Another sleeper comic that got a huge push in demand once it was confirmed that the movie would be based on the 2008 Guardians of the Galaxy comic book team and not the original. Once that hit the fan, it was assumed that Gamora would finally make it to the big screen and the first appearance of Gamora in Strange Tales #180 would be sought after. Looks like they were right.

The high grade alert I had for this issue seems to have been snagged, but there are still some low grade options at mycomicshop as well as ebay.

Fantastic Four #65 Volume 1
  • First appearance of Ronan the Accuser
A silver age bad guy, it's no surprise this little well-known villain made his first appearance in a Fantastic Four comic. The character is a Kree after all, and just like the heroes in this movie, it seems there will be no shortage of bad guys either.

This was not on my top list of Fantastic Four key issues, as I did not consider this a "top" key issue within the titled series. Curious? Just click the link to see what the top Fantastic Four key comics are that did make it. 

Avengers #28 Volume 1
  • First appearance of The Collector
Wasn't really impressed when the brilliant actor who was confirmed to be in the movie before the character he was playing was even announced. I had hoped Benicio Del Toro was going to play Adam Warlock, but it ended up being The Collector, a character that I hadn't even had heard of before, I must admit. Oh well, perhaps his portrayal as this villain will be astonishing as most of the roles he's played to date.

Inhumans #11 Volume 1
  • First appearance of the Pursuer
Another issue that has been added to this list and brought to my attention by an awesome commenter is Inhumans #11. This issue is the first appearance of The Pursuer.

Within Marvel's story line, the Pursuer Project was a Kree funded project that created a type of energy that could could transform any matter it touched into a form it could use to pursue and subdue its intended targets. These forms were called Pursuers.

In the Inhumans #11, the Kree used this energy to try to capture the Inhumans and use them as conscripts. The energy hit a cockroach and turned it into a full sized Kree Pursuer. 

Still a note worthy key issue to get that pertains to the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. After all, Korath the Pursuer will be in it, and I'm sure there will be mention of the Pursuer project in the movie. However, this issue is recently being toted as the first appearance of Korath the Pursuer, and, of course, ebay has a couple of affordable unslabbed copies. 

To be honest, as a comic investment Inhumans #11 is actually a better choice than the next issue below.

Quasar #32 Volume 1
  • First appearance of Korath the Pursuer
Heading into modern age key issue territory now. Korath the Pursuer is a villain I had never heard of or paid much attention to notice in comics. Not a huge Quasar fan, but I am interested in seeing how this character will translate to the big screen. 

A little history, Korath the Pursuer is the lead Kree designer and developer of the Pursuer Project, a technology that projects energy and turns anything it comes in contact with into a very capable warrior or assassin that would relentlessly pursue it's intended target.

This issue reveals that the project is shut down and Korath uses the technology on himself, turning him into a Pursuer.
used energy to transform anything with which it came into contact into a very capable warrior/assassin/pursuer.
used energy to transform anything with which it came into contact into a very capable warrior/assassin/pursuer.
used energy to transform anything with which it came into contact into a very capable warrior/assassin/pursuer.

As for the comic, there should be no problem trying to hunt this issue down. To put it bluntly, despite it being the first appearance of Korath and the character will be a villain in the Guardians of the Galaxy, this key issue is nowhere near the in hot demand mark yet.

Avengers #257 Volume 1
  • First appearance of Nebula
Another modern age first appearance, I am looking forward to seeing how this character ends up being portrayed in the movie. As for the actual key issue first appearance of Nebula in Avengers #257, this issue is getting noticed and is selling a lot more than before, high grade copies are even dropping on ebay above guide. However, I do expect demand for the first appearance of Nebula and origin of the character to fizzle out quite quickly.

We got more Guardians of the Galaxy key issue to go through. Just click the link below to continue on.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Part 2 of the List of Incredible Hulk Key Issues

Alright, we're wrapping up the few last Hulk key issues within the Incredible Hulk comic Volume One seriesIf you haven't read Part 1 yet, you can click the link to do so.

I'm pretty sure you can guess what major key issue will be on this list, but there are a few other keys worth checking out also. Break out your want lists and let's get to it!

Incredible Hulk #180 cover imageIncredible Hulk #180 
  • First appearance of Wolverine

Only until a few years ago was this issue even regarded as a key comic book. Now, it's becoming increasingly sought after since it's been given the key issue status of first appearance of Wolverine. Actually, the first brief appearance of Wolverine, who was created by Len Wein and John Romita Sr. and first drawn by legendary comic artist Herbe Trimpe. The rest is comic book history!

This comic has awoken from it's slumber and has been climbing steadily and ridiculously in value within the last five years. - Ah, those awesome cats over at mycomicshop brings us the high grade goodness for this major key issue. A splendid CGC 9.6 and PGX 8.5 are here for the taking. PGX copy is considerably cheaper as expected. There's also CGC 5.5 that's ridiculously over priced and tagged higher than the PGX 8.5. Huh? 

ebay - Quite a few CGC options for Incredible Hulk #180 in the search results on ebay. A few high grade copies as well. Some unslabbed copies. This comic is getting more and more expensive.

Incredible Hulk #181 cover pic
Incredible Hulk #181
  • 1st full appearance of Wolverine

I've mentioned this comic quite a few times on Total Comic Mayhem, and as I've said before if this isn't one of the holy grail Marvel first appearances ever, it's definitely one of the top Marvel first appearances from the bronze age of comics. Is there any other character from the bronze age of Marvel in which they try to put him or her everywhere and in everything? Wolvie is the most popular character in the X-Men comics after all, and there are plenty of Uncanny X-Men key issues with him in it.

In the past this was known simply as the first appearance of Wolverine, but now it's the first full appearance of Wolverine. Still, this is the holy grail of bronze age investment comics, and will cost you some mulah to get even in Very Good grades, which I personally wouldn't go below for this issue. - two CGC copies located here. One is a CGC VF and above the thousand dollar mark as expected. The other is CGC 4.5 VG+ and not very cheap either. Both are Signature Series, however. The VF copy is signed by Stan Lee, and the lower grade CGC copy is signed by both Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.

ebay - As expected, there's a wide selection of copies on ebay. A lot of unslabbed and CGC graded copies. No problem finding this comic here, because it's so in demand. A good deal may be a different story, however, but it's worth a shot to click the link and check them out.

Incredible Hulk #182 cover image
Incredible Hulk #182
  • Wolverine appearance
  • 1st Crackajack Jackson
  • Death of Crackajack Jackson 
  • First appearance of Hammer
  • First Anvil

Okay, to be honest, I don't think most really care that Crackajack Jackson is in this issue or that it's his first appearance. He did teach the Hulk how to spell and write if you must know, and he is the father of the Hammer. The real reason this issue is in demand and quite valuable is because it still carries over the Wolverine story arc from issue 180 and 181.

This is no sleeper bronze key comic, and it will cost you some bucks if you're gunning for graded copies. - Several copies here. One is a very nice CGC 9.4 copy for under $500. The other two are CGC 9.2s. One is a good deal at $225. There's also an unslabbed VF+ going for $145 dollars. Still a decent grade for this key issue.

ebay - No problem finding this bad boy here. A nice selection of unslabbed and CGC graded goodies. 9.4 CGC copies will cost you around $400-500 bucks. 

Incredible Hulk #330 cover
Incredible Hulk #330
  • First McFarlane Work on Hulk
  • Thunderbolt Ross Dies

I remember when I discovered Todd McFarlane's work on Amazing Spider-Man, I collected his entire run and got 'em for a buck a piece when I was kid. Then, I snagged all the work he did on the Incredible Hulk for about the same price. This issue is McFarlane's first artwork done on the Incredible Hulk series, but it's a double whammy of a copper age key issue. The Hulk's long time nemesis, Thunderbolt Ross, goes down for the dirt nap in this issue also.

This bad boy can be bought for well under a fifty bucks for high grade CGC 9.8 copies. I'm truly surprised that this copper age key is in less demand than Incredible Hulk #340, but for now it's an extremely affordable investment comic.

NewKadia - Super affordable. Two copies at decent grades are worth snagging here. One is a solid VF and the other a VF+! Both are lower than $30 bucks, the solid VF lower than $20 bucks. - A whopping high grade CGC 9.8 for $75 dollars. Also in stock are unslabbed mid-grade copies for less than $10.

ebay - High grade CGC copies can found for under a hundred bucks. Unslabbed copies in high grade are extremely affordable here on ebay for this copper age key issue. 

Incredible Hulk #331
  • Grey Hulk series begins

Going back to his roots, it was time Marvel shook things up with the Hulk and he went back to his original grey color for a short time. To be honest, I don't really care for the grey look, but that's just my opinion.

NewKadia - Three copies here, but only one resides as a high grade VF+. The other is a solid VF and the last is a low VF. Since this is a copper age minor key issue, it's extremely affordable. - Only super cheap/affordable unslabbed copies here. Highest is a VF. 

ebay - Very limited selection of high grade CGC comics above a 9.4. Unslabbed copies are available and super affordable.

Incrediblre Hulk #340 comic cover
Incredible Hulk #340
  • Hulk vs. Wolverine
  • McFarlane art

As much as Hulk fans love to see him go up against the Thing, we also love scraps between him and Wolverine! This issue is the 2nd Hulk vs. Wolverine bout in the Incredible Hulk series and one of the best of all time. 

This issue is also penciled by Todd McFarlane, making it even more in-demand. Within the Hulk title, Incredible Hulk #340 is one of the few valuable copper age comics and pretty in demand. However, you can still get a nice high grade 9.6 for under a hundred bucks if you shop around on ebay. A CGC 9.8 will cost you within the $200-300 range. - CGC 9.6 with WHITE pages available, as well as an unslabbed solid Fine copy for the taking. 

ebay - Unslabbed copies are no problem to be found here. There are a few CGC copies. Some high grade CGCs, but most are well above the hundred dollar mark, nearing or past the $200 dollar mark.

Incredible Hulk Special #1
  • 1st Incredible Hulk Annual
  • Fights Inhumans

Basically this is only a key issue because it's considered the first Incredible Hulk annual, but it is a valuable key comic. Guide has this for $200 at a 9.2 or low near mint.

NewKadia - Only one copy available at a FN-. Pretty cheap and under $30 bucks if you don't mind unslabbed copies. - A nice CGC 9.4 investment copy waiting to be added as another prized comic in a lucky key issue hunter's collection. Not a cheap buy for this one, but it is a signed Signature Series with Stan Lee and Jim Steranko's signatures. If the SS CGC series appeals more to your tastes, this may be the copy for you.

ebay - Surprisingly only a few copies of the King Size Incredible Hulk #1 are available that I found at the time of writing this list. Less than a handful of CGC graded copies. Nothing lower than a VF, but that can very well change.

Not too many important key issues within the Incredible Hulk titled series, but there are some important silver age Hulk key comics in the 2 part Tales to Astonish key issues list on Total Comic Mayhem. You can cruise on over and take a looksee by clicking the link, or if you haven't read Part 1 to this list, you can do so by using the navigation links below. 

Well, that's it for the Incredible Hulk volume one key issue list. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed. Be sure to share on facebook or twitter or email it to your friends and family. See ya next time!

Incredible Hulk Key Issues Part 1

It's about time we smashed our way into some Hulk key issues here at Total Comic Mayhem. This list does only deal with many of the major key issues within the title. Here we go, folks!

 | Part 1 | Part 2 >>

Incredible Hulk #1 coverIncredible Hulk #1  
  • First appearance of Hulk (Bruce Banner)
  • Origin of Hulk 
  • First appearance of Betty Ross 
  • First appearance of Rick Jones 
  • First appearance of General Thunderbolt Ross

A monster of a comic concerning Marvel first appearances, it isn't a wonder why this is the holy grail of Incredible Hulk key issues to get as a comic book investment. In just this one key issue we get all the major players within the Hulk mythos. Of course, the most important is the first appearance of Hulk and Dr. Bruce Banner, but we also the get the first appearance of Betty Ross, his sidekick Rick Jones, and the Hulk's first and earliest nemesis General Thunderbolt Ross.

This is an expensive and not so easy catch to find. The Incredible Hulk #1 was published before Amazing Fantasy #15 (first appearance of Spider-Man). It's truly one of the earlier Marvel Comics published, even beating out Thor, whose first appearance was in August of 1962 like Spidey's. Bruce Banner and the Hulk came out two months earlier in May.

mycomicshop - Lower grade copies are available, but they are CGC graded. Not cheap either, but don't expect this first issue key comic to be. It's one of the top investment comics from the Marvel silver age.The highest is a 3.0, which is only a GD/VG.

ebay - A few low grade copies and some CGC, but as expected, not many. Will be quite the hunt in high grades. 

Incredible Hulk #2 comic image
Incredible Hulk #2
  • First green skinned Hulk
  • 2nd issue of title series

If you didn't notice in Incredible Hulk #1, the Hulk wasn't our favorite Jade Giant just yet in that issue. He happened to be grey instead of green. Initially, Stan Lee chose grey so the color couldn't be suggested with any particular ethnic group. 

Colorist Stan Goldberg had problems with the grey, and the result was various shades of grey for the Hulk in issue one. After Incredible Hulk #1 was published, Stan Lee saw the issue and decided to change the Hulk's skin color to its iconic and favored green. The result is this silver age key issue.

The Incredible Hulk series back then only went to 6 issues before being cancelled. The Hulk would guest star in various other titles, and then finally tried out again in Tales to Astonish. Click the link to see my list of Tales to Astonish key issues for Hulk and non-Hulk key comics. Once the Hulk gained enough popularity, he smashed back into his own titled series again.

ebay - Not many copies on the mighty ebay, mostly unslabbed lower grade copies.

Incredible Hulk #102 cover pic
Incredible Hulk #102
  • Titled series starts again

After the Hulk proves himself in the Tales to Astonish comic series, which he costarred with Namor the Submariner, Marvel once again decides the Hulk is hero enough for his own titled series, which first left off at issue 6 in case you forgot. Incredible Hulk #102 is the issue that starts the titled series again and takes up where Tales to Astonish #101 leaves off.

Once again if you're looking for more Hulk key issues, there are a few within the Tales to Astonish key issue list I have. You can teleport there by clicking the blue link portal.

mycomicshop - A super high grade CGC graded 9.8 is on the menu at mycomicshop. Pages are WHITE and a high grade copy of this key issue isn't easy to locate. It's not easy to buy as well, since it costs well into the thousands. 

ebay - Quite a few more options for this issue. A good selection of unslabbed as well as CGC graded copies worth checking out. Click the link to view the ebay search results for Incredible Hulk #102.

Incredible Hulk #122 image
Incredible Hulk #122
  • Hulk vs. Thing

Who doesn't love the classic Hulk vs. Thing in Marvel Comics? I know I do. Everybody likes seeing who's strongest within the Marvel universe, and I do believe that the Hulk has beaten The Thing the majority of times they've squared off.

This issue isn't the first Hulk vs. Thing. That actually happened in the Fantastic Four comics, and I do have a list of the top Fantastic Four key issues as well that reveals the first classic battle if you wanna check it out.

This issue is the first Hulk vs. Thing within the Incredible Hulk comic series, however. So, not a bad key issue for the Hulk series.

mycomicshop - Lot's of high grade CGC copies available. One 9.8 and 9.6, but three 9.4s, in which one is a PGX copy. 

ebay - No problem finding this issue on ebay. Wide selection with quite a few high grade CGC options as well. 

Incredible Hulk #126 comic pic
Incredible Hulk #126
  • First Barbara Norris (Valkyrie)

The character Valkyrie in the comics...Yes, the one in the Defenders...actually has been bound to a lot of hosts. This Asgardian female warrior, much like how Thor was bound to Dr. Donald Blake, was bound and hosted in the body of Barbara Norris. The Valkyrie was reborn in Barbara Norris for a brief period of time.

Overstreet Guide has this issue as the first appearance of Barbara Norris, but a few online sources has Incredible Hulk #125 as her first appearance. I'm going with OG on this one. 

Newkadia - There's only one copy of a VG+ for this key comic. However, this is an extremely affordable sleeper. Guide has a 9.2 at only $65. As an investment, I personally wouldn't buy a low grade or even mid grade copy of this issue, but that's just me.

mycomicshop - Can we say NM+? That's correct. There's a CGC 9.6 graded copy for those who won't settle for anything but high grade key comics. It won't cost you an arm and leg, but probably a few fingers. 

ebay - Surprisingly not that great of a selection for this key issue on ole ebay. A few unslabbed and one CGC graded copy. That could or may not change by the time you read this, though.

Incredible Hulk #141 image
Incredible Hulk #141
  • First appearance of Doc Samson

A pretty popular supporting character within the Hulk universe for sure, Doc Samson is another Marvel character who gains his power due to gamma ray exposure. He has become a well-noted antagonist of the Jade Giant throughout the years, and the character even cures Bruce Banner of the Hulk but then drives him back to becoming the green monster again. Oh, I forgot to mention that he is also a psychiatrist.

This issue is in moderate demand and is quite up there in value for high grade CGC graded copies. It's one of the most expensive Hulk bronze age issues. However, lower grade and unslabbed high grade copies are much cheaper than their CGC counter parts, so this book isn't on the hot burner. 

ebay - A few options available for this Marvel first appearance key issue. Quite a few unslabbed and a few CGC options.

Incredible Hulk #142 comic cover

Incredible Hulk #142
  • First appearance of Samantha Parrington (Valkyrie)
Before Barbara Norris took up the mantle of Valkyrie, Samantha Parrington was the host for the man-hating, Asgardian warrior, Brunnhilde. The Enchantress turns her into Valkyrie to get revenge on the Hulk. The Samantha Parrington version of Valkyrie is more well known by comic fans, and she is the one who is depicted in the early Defenders comics during the bronze age. She joins the Defenders in Defenders #4 and becomes one of the mainstay characters for the team. 

ebay - Definitely a sleeper and not very sought out, there's not much of a selection for this issue on ebay. CGC options are quite limited. Don't get a low to mid-grade copy of this key. It's a bronze age comic and one that's not that high in demand either.

Incredible Hulk #162 pic
Incredible Hulk #162
  • First appearance of Wendigo

Yes, Wendigo! That mythological creature was bound to end up in the Marvel universe at some point, and his first appearance is right here in Incredible Hulk #162.

Hey, the Hulk was desperate for more beasts and monster to fight, so why not a supernatural creature covered in fur that roams around the Canadian forests feeding on humans? 

This bronze age key issue isn't in high demand. You can still get a VF CGC copy for well under a hundred bucks. A CGC 9.4 copy may run you around two hundred at the most.

mycomicshop - Unslabbed copies with the highest being a FN- 5.5.  

ebay - A few unslabbed, raw books, but skimpy on the CGC graded selection. Saw a 9.0 and 9.6 on there.

We're not done yet. There's another part to this Incredible Hulk key issues series which holds one of the most major Marvel first appearances from the bronze age! Be sure to click on the link below to read Part  2.

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