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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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 mycomicshop.com 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.
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used energy to transform anything with which it came into contact into a very capable warrior/assassin/pursuer.
Read more at http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/brainsplatter/news/?a=85037#LK8pMoTqoUWOXLtV.99
used energy to transform anything with which it came into contact into a very capable warrior/assassin/pursuer.
Read more at http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/brainsplatter/news/?a=85037#LK8pMoTqoUWOXLtV.99


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.




6 comments:

  1. This is a great reference for GOTG fans and newbies. Appreciate you doing this. May want to add issue #1 of the 2008 series of Guardians of the Galaxy as it features the current team. There's also the controversal Annihilation Conquest #6 which some folk believe previews the majority of the GOTG team in action. I'm not 100% sold on this one yet.

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    1. Heya Angel, thanks for the compliment. I did consider Guardians of the Galaxy #1 from the 2008 series, but opted not to include it as all the characters had first appearances from different titles. I know it's the first appearance of the new team and all, but I was focusing more on first appearances of individual characters. In thinking more about it, I just may throw in the 2008 #1 issue of Guardians, so thank you for the heads up.

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  2. Korath's 1st appearance is actually Inhumans #11. That may make it a slight bit more desirable but only time will tell. In comparison, Thor 344 (1st Malekith) only saw a small mark up due to his appearance in Thor 2.

    Btw, I love the site! My favorite things to read are definitely the key issue pages. Keep up the great work!

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    1. I'd also like to point out that another comic that has garnered a massive increase in value due to the GOTG movie is Incredible Hulk #271, which many consider the 1st Rocket Raccoon appearance (yet I'm not entirely sure why since Marvel Preview #4 came out 6 years prior). It basically went from being a dollar bin book to a $40+ book overnight.

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    2. hmmm...good call bringing up Incredible Hulk #271. So, how can I explain this...Okay, Marvel Preview #7 is the first published appearance of Rocket Raccoon. In Incredible Hulk #271, it's the first appearance of Rocket Raccoon within the Marvel historical timeline...#271 has Rocket Raccoon as a boy. Marvel Preview #7 is in the future some 10,000 years from his first appearance in Hulk #271.

      Hulk #271 is now being considered Rocket Raccoon's official first appearance, because it is unsure whether the Rocket Raccoon in Marvel Preview #7 is the same or if it's a descendant. This confusion is because he is called Rocky in Marvel Preview #7 and that story is in the future on Earth 7614 instead of Marvel's regular Earth 616.

      Gah, all the alternate timelines, but Incredible Hulk #271 is a viable first appearance of the character...though, in terms of publishing...I'd consider it truthfully a 2nd appearance. Regardless, you are right...it is gaining steam in value.

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    3. Ok, now for the really tough explanation of Korath The Pursuer vs. The Pursuer. According to the historical comic content, the Kree funded a program called the Pursuer Project in which an energy was created that could could transform any matter it touched into a form it could use to pursue and subdue its intended targets.

      In Inhumans #11, the Kree shot this energy onto earth, in which it turns a cockroach into a full sized Kree Pursuer to capture the Inhumans. So this would be the first appearance of The Pursuer or a Kree Pursuer.

      However, in Quasar #36, it was here that the character of Korath is introduced as a brilliant scientist and lead designer of the Pursuer project. However, the project is shut down, and upset by the decision, Korath uses his own experiment on himself, turning him into a new Pursuer, or more correctly Korath The Pursuer.

      I do agree that Inhumans #11, as an investment, is a better choice.

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