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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tales of Suspense Key Comic Issues!

Alright! Another edition of drop kickin' some key issue comics and Marvel first appearances on Total Comic Mayhem. This time we're gonna cover some important Tales of Suspense comics, and you better believe there are some Marvel key comics to be aware of. Here's part 1 of 3 of this series!

Tales of Suspense #1 comic cover
Tales of Suspense #1
  • First Tales of Suspense Comic

Although the first Tales of Suspense issue doesn't really introduce any characters that became pivotal in the Marvel Comics universe, it still is a first issue from the silver age and will cost you some ducats.

Not an easy find nor catch, but significantly more affordable than the next issue featured on this key issue list.

Tales of Suspense #38 comic picture
Tales of Suspense #39
  • First appearance of Iron Man
The holy grail of this titled series as well as all Iron Man comics. Actually, Tales of Suspense #39 and the first appearance of Iron Man is one of the top Marvel comics to invest in.

This is no easy find nor cheap. This comic will cost you some mad dollars in the high grade NM ranges, but it would be well worth it if you can afford it. Or, even find a high grade copy.

A lower grade VG or mid grade FN copy would appease me just fine for this beast, and you'll most likely find copies in this grade range. There aren't a lot of them, and it will still be a hunt.

ebay - ebay is one of the most likely places you'll find copies of the first appearance of Iron Man for sale. At the blue ebay link, which directs you to the search results for TOS #39, you'll find both CGC graded copies and unslabbed copies. However, most are in the lower to mid-grade region.

Actually, I didn't see a copy above a FN on there. But, trust me, even a FN will be pretty expensive. VG copies are still investment worthy for this in-demand key issue. You'll find some at the blue ebay link above or this blue ebay link. You can also see some of the ones I picked out at the little widget below:

Comic Connect - Comic Connect ain't messing around when it comes to high grade CGC copies of the first appearance of Iron Man. They've got quite a few 9.2 low near mints. If high grade CGC is more your taste, then you need to check out the options available at ComicConnect.

oTales of Suspense #40 comic image
Tales of Suspense #40
  • New Iron Man Armor
  • 2nd appearance of Iron Man

Okay, we're getting closer to the Iron Man look that we're all use to, but as you can see from this issue, the upgraded Iron Man armor still needs a long way to go. Didn't take very long for ole Tony Stark to give the Iron Man suit a bit of a make over. Guess that's a good thing.

I mean, a good thing because a make over and new armor means that those at Marvel weren't dumping the character and thought he was still worth tinkering with. Tales of Suspense #40 also boasts the 2nd appearance of Tony Stark as Iron Man, and thank the stars for that.

mycomicshop -  High grade 9.2 low near mint can be found here that's CGC graded. Lower grade copies of the 2nd appearance of Iron Man also available such as a CGC 5.0 and an unslabbed GD/VG 3.0.

ebay - Not a whole lot of options here, but a lot more than at mycomicshop. A few CGC 6.0 FINEs. However, it seems like mostly lower grade unslabbed and CGC graded copies.

Tales of Suspense #45 cover
Tales of Suspense #45
  • 1st appearance of Happy Hogan
  • 1st appearance of Pepper Potts
The hits just keep on coming with the Tales of Suspense title, and we have the first appearances of two very well known supporting characters in the Iron Man mythos. Oh, you might have seen them on the Iron Man and Avengers movies as well.

That's right! This silver age key issue introduces Happy Hogan and Pepper Potts to the panels of Iron Man.

mycomicshop - Only one unslabbed VG copy of issue #45 at mycomicshop for sale.

ebay - Mostly unslabbed lower grade copies available even on ebay. Not very many CGC graded copies, and the ones available are mostly lower grade. It will be a hunt for higher graded copies.

Tales of Suspense #46 comic cover
Tales of Suspense #46
  • 1st appearance of Crimson Dynamo

The Crimson Dynamo is my favorite Iron Man villain, and I was really disappointed that they have yet to use him in the Iron Man movies. However, seeing how they completely messed up the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, I'm especially worried if they decide to make Crimson Dynamo the next Iron Man villain.

Of course, Tales of Suspense #46 holds the first appearance of Crimson Dynamo, and the character is actually one of Iron Man's oldest recurring villains. He even comes before Iron Man's most popular and iconic arch nemesis the Mandarin.

However, there have been many to don the Crimson Dynamo armor. The first and original, whom is introduced in this key Marvel comic, is Anton Vanko. Yes, his character was used in the Iron Man 2 movie, but only mentioned.

mycomicshop - No problem finding CGC graded copies of the first appearance of Crimson Dynamo for sale here. 3 mid-grade copies available and all fairly affordable. CGC 6.0 and two CGC 5.5s for the taking. Go snag 'em before someone else does.

ebay - A few options here. Mostly mid-range CGC copies and low to mid-grade unslabbed copies available at this time of writing. Never hurts to check it out since that can change at any given moment on ole ebay.

Tales of Suspense #48 comic book cover

Tales of Suspense #48
  • New Armor designed by Steve Ditko

Now, that's what we're talking about it. Actually, Steve Ditko pencilled the issue with the new Iron Man armor that we are all familiar with. It's uncertain whether he designed the new look or if co-creator Jack Kirby did.

Although not new armor anymore, this issue did a complete remake on the Iron Man suit and gave it a more sleek design. It is this Iron Man armor that all other designs of the suit to come after are based on.

 In a collecting and comic investment standpoint, this comic is a highly under-valued and over-looked key issue from the silver age.

mycomicshop - If you don't mind unslabbed comics, a raw3.0 GD/VG is for sale over at mycomicshop if you're on the hunt for this key issue.

ebay - Not a whole lot in general. Only saw two CGC graded copies and a handful of raw, unslabbed copies on the mighty ebay for this Marvel key comic.

Tales of Suspense #50 image
Tales of Suspense #50
  • First appearance of the Mandarin

This villain needs no introduction in the Iron Man mythos and is the most popular of Iron Man's villains. Yes, that's's the Mandarin, and it was an absolute crime how they portrayed the character in the latest Iron Man 3. I won't ever get over that. It was just shameless.

Nevertheless, movie or not, the first appearance of the Mandarin is a great investment comic to snag. Despite the character being one of the worst examples of racial stereotypes in comic books, he is still a badass that causes plenty of trouble for Tony Stark and Iron Man.

mycomicshop - 3 copies of this super important Iron Man key issue located. One is a CGC 5.0, and the other two are raw copies - a solid VG and GD/VG. If they meet your price range and grade range, you know you don't want to miss out on this first appearance as a comic investment.

ebay - Quite a few CGC graded copies. Most seem to be in the VF range, which is a good investment grade for this key Marvel first appearance. Quite a few unslabbed copies as well if that's more of your taste. 

Want more key issue Tales of Suspense comics? Just click the link below to read Part 2!

Part 1 | Part 2 >> 

Tales of Suspense Key Comic Issues Part 2

We are on part two of this series, and even more silver age key issues and Marvel first appearances are gonna be revealed. So, get out your want lists, because you just may want to add these key comics to your comic investment vault.

As always, if you haven't read part one to this Tales of Suspense Key Issue List, you can click the link to feast your eyes and navigate your way back here later.

Tales of Suspense #52 cover image
Tales of Suspense #52
  • First appearance of Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)
  • First appearance of Boris Turgenov
  • Death of Anton Vanko
  • Death of Boris Turgenov
Not surprising that Tales of Suspense would introduce one the most sexiest female spies in comics. Especially, a sexy Russian female spy. She did start her comic career as a villain of Iron Man, mind you.

No doubt that the Black Widow is one of most popular female superheroes in comics, but her first appearance really didn't get a jump in demand and value until Iron Man 2. Although her first appearance, Natasha Romanoff isn't in the famed and iconic Black Widow costume, nor is she a red head. She's actually a brunette.

But here's a couple facts that seem to get swept under the rug concerning important key issue elements with TOS #52. We get the first appearance of Boris Turgenov, the second Crimson Dynamo, who also dies in this issue. Also, this issue holds the death of the first Crimson Dynamo, Anton Vanko, who saves Iron Man.

This is still an easy comic to find, and demand is slowly waning for this comic. You maybe able to get it a bit cheaper now than when this comic was at its peak a year ago.

ebay - No shortage of the first appearance of the Black Widow here. However, very limited on higher graded CGC copies. Mostly unslabbed lower to mid-grade. 

ComicLink - For higher grade CGC investment copies, it seems you'll have better luck clicking the link and going to the product page at ComicLink. 

Tales of Suspense #53 cover
Tales of Suspense #53
  • Origin of the Watcher
  • 2nd Black Widow appearance

A double whammy key issue. Tales of Suspense #53 finally reveals the origin of the mysterious Watcher.

We also get to see the lovely Black Widow for the second time in comics as an antagonist for the Shell Head. Also, she still doesn't appear in costume yet.  

mycomicshop - Two CGC 7.5s for sale. Both exactly the same price here also for the 2nd appearance of the Black Widow.

ebay - Looks like CGC 7.5s are quite common for this key comic as there are quite a bit on ebay as well. Loads of raw, unslabbed copies, but I did see a gorgeous CGC 9.2 copy. Feel free to visit the ebay link above to check out the search results on ebay for this Black Widow 2nd appearance.

Tales of Suspense #57 comic cover
Tales of Suspense #57
  • First Appearance of Hawkeye

An important key issue that will directly relate to the Avengers comics. Not surprising since Iron Man is an original Avenger, after all.

One of the most sought out issues from the Tales of Suspense title is issue #57 and for good reason. It is the first appearance of Hawkeye (Clint Barton), and Hawkeye has become a quite popular Avengers character.

Because the character has already made his debut on the silver screen and in the huge mega movie The Avengers, this comic will cost you a few pretty dollars. Nevertheless, in terms of comic investing, Tales of Suspense #57 is still a great choice.

mycomicshop - One unslabbed Very Good Plus copy left!

ebay - A bit low on CGC grade options for the first appearance of Hawkeye, but there are plenty of unslabbed options available. This comic is still selling over guide for most grades.

cover image of Tales of Suspense #58
Tales of Suspense #58
  • Iron Man vs. Captain America
  • 1st Cap in title
  • 2nd Kraven appearance
Wow, lots of important goodness happening in this issue. We get to see a classic clash between Captain America and Iron Man. That rocks in itself.

Also, this is the first time Captain America appears in this title, and if you were Iron Man, you'd be pretty pissed if a spangley dude was threatening to steal your thunder. Especially if you were use to having this title all to yourself.

For the triple goodness, we have the 2nd appearance of Kraven. Yes, it's that Kraven the Hunter from Spider-Man. This comic is definitely a sleeper and selling under guide on ebay.

NewKadia - An affordable unslabbed FN- copy for sale. Click on the link to see the product page. You'll have to scroll down.

mycomicshop - Four copies just waiting to be added to someone's comic collection. Two are CGC graded and one is very nice investment comic that's CGC graded 8.0 VF. The other is a CGC 3.0 GD/VG. Both unslabbed copies are in the lower grade range.

ebay - Raw, raw, raw, raw, raw! Can we say tons of unslabbed, raw copies? Only a few CGC graded options on ebay, which is surprising. However, many grades are dropping under guide for this key issue.

Tales of Suspense #59 cover pic
Tales of Suspense #59
  • 1st silver age Captain America solo story
  • First appearance of Jarvis

Ah, Cap went and done it. Now it's the Iron Man and Captain America show. Here marks the very first silver age Captain America solo story to see how well the revived icon can hold his own.

However, even more important is the first appearance of Jarvis in this issue. Yes, the Jarvis that is the Avengers' butler in the comics.

This key issue is a sleeper and not that in demand, which means you can still get it at great prices in the meantime. Near Mint copies are already in the thousands, however.

NewKadia - For those with a tighter budget and don't mind lower graded copies, there's only one copy left here and it's a VG-.

mycomicshop - Once again the fine folks at mycomicshop pull through on this one. A very nice investment worthy CGC 8.0 Very Fine copy has been located here. For all you who prefer unslabbed copies and are on a tighter budget, there are two copies in the GD range as well.

ebay - If you're looking for more investment worthy comics, then ebay doesn't disappoint concerning this key issue and Marvel first appearance (Jarvis). Quite a few CGC Very Fines and 9.0s. Even saw a CGC 9.8 copy for sale. If you prefer unslabbed copies, there are quite a few of those as well.

Tales of Suspense #60 cover

Tales of Suspense #60
  • 2nd appearance of Hawkeye

Clint Barton comes back again as the famed comic book archer, Hawkeye in this issue.  If you're a fan of Hawkeye, you should have this silver age key issue already or it should be on your want list. You visit the link to see what issue Hawkeye joins the Avengers.

The 2nd appearance of Hawkeye is already getting up there in price. A low NM (9.2) is already going for $600 bucks according to Overstreet. Investment copies at Very Fine are still quite affordable. Lower grade copies extremely affordable, especially for unslabbed books. This issue is still a sleeper and often an over-looked key issue.

NewKadia - Very Good minus available at ole NewKadia. Only copy left.

mycomicshop - One FN+ copy and a lower grade GD/VG copy available. Both are unslabbed and no CGC copies here at the time this post is written. As usual, that could change for this key issue. Best to click the link to check out it. Can't hurt.

ebay - Loads of affordable options here. CGC graded comics are pretty limited for this Hawkeye 2nd appearance, but this comic is selling under guide.

Tales of Suspense #62 cover image
Tales of Suspense #62
  • Origin of the Mandarin

What would an evil mastermind be without an origin? Pretty unimportant! 

Finally, in this issue the origin of the Mandarin is revealed 12 issues after his first appearance. The rest is history for this famed Iron Man villain. 

mycomicshop - Lower graded, unslabbed copies. One is a solid VG, and the other is so low it's not even worth mentioning. Well, if you want a reader copy then I guess it is.

ebay - Extremely easy find for the origin of the Mandarin when it comes to unslabbed copies. If you're picky about investment comics, this issue will be harder to find in high grade CGC. Well, at least on ebay, and at the time of this writing. This bad boy is still dropping under guide for most unslabbed and slabbed books! Worth clicking blue ebay link and checking it out.

<< Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 >>

Tales of Suspense Key Comic Issues Part 3

Winding down to the last Marvel key comics within this Tales of Suspense Key Issue list. This is part 3! Enjoy!

Tales of Suspense #63 comic cover
Tales of Suspense #63
  • 1st silver age origin of Captain America
Yes, this issue would be the first retelling of the golden age origin of Captain America in the silver age of comics. Once Cap established himself as a comic character worth having his own series, his origin would be retold quite a bit in his own Captain America titled series.

Of course, his original origin story is first told in Captain America Comics #1 from the golden age. 

NewKadia - Finally, the fine folks over at NewKadia have a key issue in stock. Only one, however, at a decent FN+ grade. 

mycomicshop - Three CGC copies available, the highest being a CGC 8.0 VF. Not too bad. The other is a 7.0 and the last CGC is graded as a FN+ 6.5. If you lean more towards unslabbed copies, there's one at a FN+ as well. 

ebay - Quite a few options here. As always, a boat load of unslabbed, raw copies. Some low NM CGC copies as well as those in the VF range.

Tales of Suspense #66 image
Tales of Suspense #66
  • Red Skull Origin
Hard to believe that the Red Skull never got his origin told until the silver age of comics when the character is a golden oldie, but it's true. This issue marks the origin of the Red Skull and finally sheds some light on Cap's World War II nemesis.

Strange that this is an often over-looked comic, but it is.

NewKadia - One VG+ copy at an extremely affordable price in stock here. Visit the blue link above to check it out.

mycomicshop - Plenty of copies here. A gorgeous CGC 9.4 stands out from the crowd, followed by a CGC 9.2. A PGX 7.5 is also waiting to be plucked. The rest are unslabbed copies and the highest is 5.5 FN-. The rest are VG and lower for those on a tighter budget.

ebay - A few options available for CGC graded comics. I saw two CGC 9.4s. Pretty expensive. The other CGC graded copies are mid-grade. Lots of cheap unslabbed copies of this key Marvel comic.

Tales of Suspense #69 cover image

Tales of Suspense #69
  • First appearance of Titanium Man
Another Russian threat! Boris Bullski used technology from Anton Vanko, creator of the Crimson Dynamo armor, to build an armored suit made of Titanium. Like the Crimson Dynamo, there have been others to don the armor, but Bullski is the first Titanium Man. 

Iron Man fans...this first appearance key issue is a must have and a pretty darn good comic book investment. 

NewKadia - VG- copy available here. Only one copy left.

mycomicshop - All unslabbed and very affordable lower grade copies can be found here. Just visit the blue link above to check them out.

ebay - At the time of this writing, CGC graded comics of the first appearance of the Titanium Man is pretty scarce. Of course, there's quite a bit of unslabbed mid to lower grade copies that are mostly affordable.

Tales of Suspense #75
Tales of Suspense #75
  • 1st appearance of Sharon Carter
  • 1st appearance of Batroc The Leaper

We all remember Peggy Carter from the first Captain America: The First Avenger movie, right? Well, it seems that this key issue plays an important role for the sequel.

Sharon Carter and Batroc The Leaper will be introduced in the movie Captain America The Winter Soldier coming out next year and this is the key issue that marks the first appearances of Sharon Carter, also known as Agent 13, and Batroc The Leaper.

Sharon was first introduced as Peggy Carter's sister and was later changed to her niece in later issues. 

Despite their debuts to the silver screen, this key issue has only had a mild surge of demand. You can still get this silver age key comic pretty cheap, but I don't expect the demand for this comic to reach the stratosphere. 

It would have already done so once news broke out of the characters being in the sequel, and news of Sharon Carter and Batroc being in Captain America The Winter Soldier came out last year. It is, nevertheless, a key issue regardless.

NewKadia - One Very Good Plus VG+ copy just waiting to get snagged up. Not a bad option if you plan on getting a low grade copy. However, higher graded copies aren't that expensive.

mycomicshop - No shortage of unslabbed copies at mycomicshop. The highest is graded a FN+ 6.5. Lots of affordable lower grade copies.

ebay - Wow, only a handful of copies available here and no CGC copies for sale. I'm a bit surprised. Unslabbed copies are dropping for nearly peanuts on this sleeper. I suppose it will remain such.

Tales of Suspense #79 comic pic
Tales of Suspense #79
  • 1st appearance of Cosmic Cube
  • 1st modern Red Skull
The cosmic cube has become well-known to the general public because of Marvel's Phase One cinematic movies...namely Captain America The First Avenger and The Avengers movie. Both movies had the cube play a major role in the mayhem that put the world at stake.

But, before the movies, the cosmic cube was already quite well-known to Marvel comic fans, and its first appearance is in this key Marvel issue - Tales of Suspense #79.

We're not done, however. TOS #79 also debuts the first appearance of the modern Red Skull, Captain America's arch nemesis. This is a pretty big issue, but it's still a sleeper key issue.

ebay - A bit scarce on the CGC copies for sale on ebay, but plenty of unslabbed and affordable copies. You can get unslabbed copies here for under or near guide prices. Even CGC copies aren't dropping much higher than guide.

Tales of Suspense #94 comic image
Tales of Suspense #94
  • 1st full appearance of MODOK

This super villain needs no introduction and is one of the most popular recurring foes of Captain America. Issue #93 of Tales of Suspense reveals MODOK's first brief appearance.

mycomicshop - Only one unslabbed readers copy (2.0 GD) available.

ebay - Not too many graded copies of issue #94 on ebay as well. One CGC 9.4 spotted. A lot more unslabbed copies here than mycomicshop at the time of this writing.

Tales of Suspense #97

Tales of Suspense #97
  • First appearance of Whiplash

Okay, I know. The Iron Man 2 movie has long passed and we got to see how they messed with the villainous Whiplash. It wasn't pretty, but then again, Whiplash really isn't a superb villain to begin with even in the comics.

This comic did get a push in demand when Iron Man 2 was in production, but the demand has waned since then. 

mycomicshop - If high grade CGC comics are more for your taste buds, then mycomicshop has two higher graded copies to cleanse your pallet with. One is a CGC 9.4 and the other an unslabbed 8.0 VF.  There's also an extremely affordable raw FN copy as well. 

ebay - Quite a few more high grade CGC options available on ebay. Saw quite a few CGC 9.4 copies. There are, of course, quite a few unslabbed copies as well. CGC copies at 9.2 are going only a few dollars above guide for the first appearance of Whiplash.

Well, that's it for Tales of Suspense key issues. Plenty of Marvel first appearances and silver age key issue. If you've yet to read Part 2, just click the link below. Also, check out even more Iron Man key issues in his first self titled series at the link below as well.

Thanks for reading and feel free to share this on Facebook or to comment below! Stay tuned for more!

Monday, September 23, 2013

CGC 9.6 Amazing Spider-Man 129! First Appearance of The Punisher!

Amazing Spider-Man #129 
Volume 1. 
  First Appearance of The Punisher
First Appearance of the Jackal  
Published Nov 1974  
Writer: Gerry Conway  
Artist: Ross Andru

High Grade Key issue located:

mycomicshop - A gorgeous CGC 9.6 of the first appearance of The Punisher has been located over at mycomicshop. White pages also. If you're on the hunt for a high grade copy of Amazing Spider-Man #129, this one may be the one for you. Visit the link to check it out.


Do I really have to explain why this Amazing Spider-Man key comic is one the best comics to invest in? I'm not saying it's one of the best silver age comics to invest in, nor am I saying it's one of the best bronze age comics to invest in. It's one of the best comics to invest in! That includes all eras.

But, if we are going to talk about Marvel first appearances that made their introduction in the bronze age and have really broke out in popularity since, the Punisher is at the top of the list somewhere right up there with Wolverine. The first appearance of the Punisher has proved the character's popularity among comic fans. Demand for this bronze age key issue has been one of the most valuable and desirable Amazing Spider-Man keys for the last 30 years.

The higher the grade, the more this key issue comic will put a dent in your wallet. However, the higher the grade, the quicker you can expect your investment comic to keep rising in value.

There's no doubt that ASM #129 is an under-valued comics in the Overstreet Price Guide. Overstreet is lagging the way this beast has been dropping for most grades in the past two years. Various graded copies have been selling well over guide prices.

There's already been three Punisher movies to date, and nevermind that all three movies have been disappointments when translated from the comic page to the screen. Fox was going to pilot a Punisher TV series but passed. I'm glad about that.

If Hollywood had problems translating the Punisher from the comic page to the big screen, I can't imagine television doing any justice for one of the most violent mainstream comic characters. Toning down the Punisher is not the way to go. 

Funny how they can translate a geeky teen who has spider powers and swings all around New York fighting an octopus man pretty darn good, but they have a problem with an ex military, vigilante by the name of Frank Castle, who basically romps around New York off-ing bad guys with extreme prejudice and modern, conventional weapons. Hmmm. Speechless.

Come to think about it, I'm pretty shocked that it took me this long to issue a High Grade Alert for Amazing Spider-Man #129. I thought I did before, but it appears I haven't.

Oh yes, and this comic also holds another Marvel first appearance: The first appearance of the Jackal. Not really one of the greatest of Marvel first appearances, but still a first appearance nonetheless.

In truth, most snag this key issue because of the Punisher, and if a high grade CGC copy is on your want list, you can find a gorgeous 9.6 at mycomicshop.

Thanks for tuning in and if you're on the hunt for Amazing Spider-Man key comics, be sure to visit the link to see which ones you should have in your sights. 

Saturday, September 14, 2013

KEY ISSUE ALERT: X-Men #4 CGC 5.0 Located! First Appearance Quicksilver!

X-Men #4
First appearance Quicksilver
1st appearance of Scarlet Witch
First appearance of Toad
First appearance of Mastermind
1st Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
2nd appearance of Magneto
Published March 1964
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Jack Kirby

Key issue located 

mycomicshop: Looks like there are two lower grade copies of X-Men #4 available at mycomicshop. However, both are CGC graded. One is a CGC 5.0 and the other a CGC 4.0 solid VG. 

Both are at decent prices for their grades and being CGC graded. If you check around ebay or other places, you'll see! So if you love X-Men comics and are looking for X-Men key issues, be sure to put X-Men #4 on your want list and check out the two available at mycomicshop.


Can we say a butt-load of Marvel Comics first appearances are in this issue? There sure are, and many have become important supporting characters within the X-Men and over-all Marvel Comics universe.

No, I'm not talking about Toad or Mastermind here. Sure, they are original members of the first Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, but they never really became major villains individually within or outside the X-Men mythos. However, it is true that the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants has become an important aspect of the X-Men universe, but it was the 2nd version headed by Mystique that became the popular and beloved incarnation with fans.

Actually, the first appearance of mutants Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are the clenchers for this silver age key issue comic. When it comes to Marvel Comics first appearances within this issue, it's the brother/sister team of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch that makes this comic an extremely desirable X-Men key issue to own.

Furthermore, it's quite well-known that Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch crossed over from the X-Men and became extremely popular members of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers, and will make their big on-screen debut in the Avengers Age of Ultron epic movie hitting theaters in 2015! This debut in the Marvel cinematic world has put this silver age key on the hot burner.

Also, it seems that Fox and Bryan Singer's X-Men Days of Future Past will also debut Quicksilver in the movie. The character will be played by a different actor than the one in the Avengers sequel, and as far we know the two Quicksilvers will not share the same world between Disney's Avengers and Fox's X-Men. 

So, with all of that said, it seems pretty apparent that X-Men #4 is a good comic to invest in now or pretty darn soon. If you're an X-Men fan and collector, this one should be high on your want list.

Looking for more X-Men key comics to invest in? Be sure to see Total Comic Mayhem's 5 part Uncanny X-Men Key Issue List.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Ramblings of A Comic Geek!

So it seems we shook things up a tad here on Total Comic Mayhem, and my buddy Gerry wrote his very first post on here about receiving his Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #8 back from CGC. That comic is also his first submission to CGC ever. Visit the link if you've yet to read it. It's good stuff.

Other than writing his very first ever post on here, it's also the first ever guest post I've had on Total Comic Mayhem. If this was a comic book, there'd be a lot of firsts. 

To be honest, I do love writing about what I love, but I have to admit that it's always nice to hear someone else's voice on the subject. I do get writer's block and burnt out from time to time, so thanks, Gerry, for writing that up. I didn't even have to ask him.

If you're up to writing a guest post on here about your opinion on comics or want to showcase a treasured piece from your collection, just shoot me an email at the contact page with your article and send pics of your comic if that's what it's about.

For all of you in the east bay, California. The Toy Havoc and Comic Chaos Show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton is tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 14th.

I will be there to check it out for the first time. I was suppose to go last year, but it completely slipped my mind. 

Not gonna cosplay this one. I think I'll be more on the hunt for some great deals and taking pictures. I barely got to do that at Stockton-Con, and, of course, I hope there will be some CGC comics for me to snag up. If you're in the area come check out the show!

What's up with all this new rhetoric about "it's cool to be a nerd" going around lately. I've surely never felt cooler being a comic geek, but I grew up in a different generation.

To be honest, I've never really been put down for being a comic geek. I've been put down for still listening to Hard Rock and Heavy Metal when Hip Hop was first taking off and the "cool" thing to listen to plenty of times. I've been ridiculed for having long hair and being in a band back in the day plenty of times, but never really for being a comic collector and fanatic.

However, being a comic geek never put me in the "cool crowd" either. I never really worried about it, because when I grew up, most of the "cool kids" were usually douche bags so I didn't want to be part of their group.

My question is what happens when nerds and geeks finally become part of the "cool crowd" in our culture? Will they start becoming overly exclusionist idiots like the popular kids I grew up with were? I sure hope not. 

Anyhow, a little bit after me and Gerry submitted our comics to CGC, he mentioned CGC Collectors Society having paid memberships. I dismissed the idea, but after checking it out, they have a promotional offer with a coupon that gives you 4 free "Standard" submissions if you pay for Premium membership.

I used CGC's "Standard" submission at their booth at Big Wow Comic Fest and paid $120 for only two comics. With shipping it cost $160 dollars total! Premium membership costs $125!

I'm definitely going to get a Premium membership to CGC Collectors Society now. To be clear, I did have to use the Standard option when submitting to CGC. The Amazing Spider-Man #6 was silver age and my Giant Size X-Men #1 was a bronze age comic, so I couldn't use the "Modern" option.

Also, both of those comics were valued above $300, so I couldn't use the "Economy" service. So, if I had brought in 4 comics that were valued over $300 to submit to CGC that day, I would've paid a whopping $320 bucks!

I think you'll agree that $125 is a lot better than paying $320 bucks, no? Oh well, I goofed and made a mistake. I should've gotten Premium membership and submitted my ASM #6 and Giant Size X-Men #1 along with two other valuable comics instead of at their booth. You live and learn. As for the comics I plan to submit when I get this Premium membership, here they are:

  1. Justice League of America #2 (1960 series)
  2. Daredevil # 7 (1st Red Costume)
  3. Amazing Spider-Man #40 (Green Goblin revealed as Norman Osbourne)
  4. Fantastic Four #48 (First Galactus and Silver Surfer)

Yep, no modern comics there. I'll save those for the CGC booth at Big Wow Comic Fest next year. Modern comics only cost $18 to submit and Economy service is $35. Along with the four free submissions, Premium membership also gives you 10% discounts on submission services as well. You can also submit directly to CGC instead of having to use their affiliates.

Oh, yes, and NewKadia is giving away $100 gift cards every day this month, so be sure to check out their site and see if you won if you've bought comics from them before. You can still enter to win also, so if you haven't done that be sure to.

Alrighty, that's it for now. Be sure to stay tuned for even more comic goodness on the way. I gotta get my want list in check for the Toy Havoc & Comic Chaos Show tomorrow. Thanks for reading and sharing!