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Friday, January 31, 2014

Nod To Adam Warlock In Thor The Dark World

Despite what you may have thought about Thor The Dark World, the end credit scene where we get the first glimpse of Benecio Del Toro as the Collector also gives a nod to none other than Adam Warlock. You may have missed it like I did, but there's the scene above.

In the scene, we see a cocoon form encased, and as most comic fans of the character knows, Adam Warlock's first appearances in the comics have him in cocoon form starting with Fantastic Four #66. It's only until issue #67 when the character comes out to briefly reveal himself as his first incarnation HIM and we discover the first origin of the character.

This has been exciting news. Many who have speculated before that Adam Warlock would be getting some screen time because the character is deeply linked with The Guardians of the Galaxy are now hastily confirming that Adam Warlock is primed to make an onscreen appearance on the big screen.

I've also been encouraging that Adam Warlock will inevitably see the big screen when Guardians was announced, and I have no doubt that he will. However, does this end credit scene definitely confirms the character will be introduced soon?

It could be. He could be introduced in the first Guardians flick or the sequel. Nobody's really sure just yet. Nevertheless, the film could just be giving a nod to the character, much like how the original android Human Torch was given a nod to in Captain America The First Avenger.

While I don't think the android Human Torch will be seeing an onscreen debut aside from what he received in the first Cap film, I do think it's more likely Adam Warlock will bust out and start kicking some cosmic butt in the very near future.

So for all of you who have gotten the many first appearances of this cosmic comic character that stretches across The Fantastic Four, Thor, and Marvel Premiere comic titles, just hold tight and relax. Prices for CGC copies are already seeing a nice bump in value and demand. Unslabbed copies not so much.

What does this mean? It means those key issues are simmering, just waiting for confirmation before they start to boil. It also means you still got a little bit more time to snag these Adam Warlock keys if you haven't yet, but not too long. They're not hard finds.

I know I've detailed Adam Warlock's key first appearances already but let's briefly recap for some of those who may have just chanced upon Total comic Mayhem.

 Fantastic Four #66

Fantastic Four #66 is part one, or the beginning, to the origin of Adam Warlock as HIM. In this issue, the Fantastic Four first discovers the character in cocoon form, but we do not see HIM at all. The character does not make an appearance. So, technically this issue is not considered a first appearance, but it is still a very important issue concerning the character of Adam Warlock's origin.

  Fantastic Four #76

In part two to the origin of Adam Warlock as HIM in Fantastic Four #67, the Fantastic Four finally discovers what's inside the cocoon, and the character of Adam Warlock as HIM is revealed to all. Consequently, this issue is, at least for now, regarded as the first brief appearance of HIM (Warlock) in the comic industry, not the first full appearance of the character. Both the Fantastic Four issues 66 and 67 comics were published in 1967.

Thor #165

For some reason this appearance of the character of HIM is regarded as his first full appearance in the world of comics. It was published nearly two years after Fantastic Four #66 and 67 in 1969. The next issue, Thor #166, is considered the second appearance of Adam Warlock's short-lived career as HIM in the Marvel Comics universe. He also battles The Mighty Thor in issue #166.

Marvel Premiere #1

The origin of HIM being reborn as Adam Warlock. Here is where the character of HIM is revamped as the famous cosmic character we are more familiar with today. In a sense, it is the first appearance of Adam Warlock as Adam Warlock and not HIM, but the industry doesn't agree since Roy Thomas and Gil Kane consciously revamped the character from HIM and pointed to who Warlock was originally in the comics. Nevertheless, it's an important key issue for the character. This issue came out during the bronze age in 1972.

You can find super affordable unslabbed copies on eBay of Fantastic Four #67 as well as a few CGC graded copies. There's also a few copies of Marvel Premiere #1, mostly unslabbed copies as well. Just visit the links to check out the eBay search results for those two key issue comics.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Comic Collectors Tools Pt. 1

By: Gerry D.

Every serious comic collector wants to keep track of his or her collection and the value of their books, so I've decided to make a list of some comic book resources like price guides, online databases and libraries, and organization software.

Overstreet Price Guide

The Overstreet Price Guide is considered the bible of comic book price guides and is wildly used by collectors and shop owners everywhere. These are the prices that the shop owners will use when either selling comics to you, or buying comics from you. It's a nice guide to have. There is only one guide issued per year and they don't have an online real time price guide, so if there is a sudden demand for a certain comic then Overstreet won't be updated for a year or until the next issue is out.

There is also a grading scale with an explanation of each grade. If you wanted to try to grade your own books, then use this guide to get a more accurate idea of the grade they might be in. The Overstreet grading system has pretty much become the standard for comic book grading.

If you'd like to get the latest issue of Overstreet, go to your local book store or go to the link above.

Comics Price Guide

This is one of my favorite resources for collecting comics. The site has pricing for graded AND ungraded books and also an online database and library, so you can add your books and keep track of your collection, easily being able to see whether your comics go up or down in value. I'm not sure how accurate the prices are compared to Overstreet, but it's a pretty handy tool to have.

 The site is free to use when you sign up, but they do offer premium services as well. You are limited to adding only 30 books to your library at the free, or Bronze level membership. For the collector that's just starting out, or if you only have a few books that you want to keep track of, this is the way to go. If you have more comics you'd like to add to your library or would like to sell your books through the site, you can upgrade to either the Silver or Gold level memberships.  

Comic Book Realm

Comic Book Realm is another online price guide and database. Unlike Comics Price Guide, this site is 100% free. They do accept donations to help keep the site running, but you don't need to donate to use it.

I like this site because you add your entire collection into your library for free. They have over 34,000 titles in the database so you comics will probably be in there. As for the price guide, the prices are a lot higher compared to Overstreet and Comics Price Guide. I wouldn't put much stock in their price guide, but to use this site for organizing your library is great.


You can now keep your entire comic book collection with you where ever you go. Zap-Kapow is a price guide and database available for the iPhone and iPad. Have you ever gone to a comic shop or a convention and wondered if you already have a certain issue or not? I have, and that's where this app comes in handy. You can quickly look through your library to find out.

The database is grat. There are pics of most, if not all, the covers, artist and writer credits, and will point out if it is a key issue. You can also add comics to your want list, so you'll always have a list of those key issues you're looking for right at your finger tips.

This app isn't prefect though. The prices are a bit inflated and adding books to your library is very time consuming, especially if you have a large collection like I do. Also, you can't change the quantities if you happen to have some dupes. 

Zap-Kapow is $2.99 and can be downloaded from the app store. There is also a small fee if you want to keep the price guide up to date. I don't recommend using this app as a price, but using it solely for the database and library.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Rock N' Roll and Comic Books!

No, this post isn't about Rock N' Roll comic books, although I'll be giving a nod to some. This post is about two of my many favorite subjects - Rock N' Roll and comic books -  and how they've linked together in my childhood as well as, most likely, many of yours also.

I should actually say Metal instead of Rock N' Roll. I pretty much grew up with Hard Rock, Metal, Glam Rock, and what was called Thrash at the time (now just known as Metal). As a kid, I didn't much care for New Wave or Madonna pop crap that the preppies listened to, although I did geek out on Aha's "Take On Me" video because it was comic book-esq. 

But aside from that, there was one band back in the day that had pretty much all awesome covers that reminded me of comic book artwork and that was Iron Maiden. Maiden's The Number of the Beast was one of the very first album cover my wee eyes laid upon, and just like some of the comic covers at the local comic shop I'd later browse through, this album cover definitely got my attention. My older brother even let me listen to a few songs, and I liked them enough to bring it to my 5th grade music appreciation class, where the teacher assigned each of us a day to bring in a song from a musical artist we liked to play for the whole class.

I chose to play the song "Number of the Beast" off that album. Needless to say, few of my other peers liked it. Then again, those pansies were bringing in like Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. Later I would bring Motley Crue's Shout At The Devil and play the album title track for the class. After that, my music teacher stopped assigning me music appreciation days.

Back to the subject at hand, the horror character of Eddie The Head was almost like a comic character himself, and every Iron Maiden album cover had their mascot in a different scene with a completely different theme. It was hard not to capture one's imagination with just the cover alone, and each album cover was very much like a comic cover. 

The cover art for Iron Maiden's albums went beyond just looking cool. It captured a story and presented the album's theme in one panel, giving you a glimpse of what to expect when you popped that sucker open and played it. Very few musical artists from that time era did that, or had such kick ass album cover art. Derek Riggs was the artist who provided most of the illustrative work that would become some of Iron Maiden's famous album covers from the 80s to 92, and I'm pretty sure his work inspired many comic book artists then and probably still even now. 

To be perfectly honest, I was more a fan of the album cover art than the actual band. My brother was a huge fan and had every single album. Oops, I should say cassette!

I'm not sure whether the lads from Iron Maiden ever claimed that they were fans of comic books, but there are two bands I know of while growing up who had at least one or more vocal comic fanatics within their group. The first one that I first heard about was a band from Marvel Comics' home city of New York. Metal fans, can you take a guess?

You got it! It's Anthrax, and this band I was a fan of. Not only did Scott Ian hold up his freshly bought copy of The Killing Joke during a segment of Anthrax's first home video N.F.V.: Oidivnikufesin that came out in 1991, the band also wrote a song about and dedicated to none other than Judge Dredd called "I Am The Law"

Once again my brother would be the one that would introduce me to the ear splitting sounds of Anthrax, and "I Am The Law" would be the first song I ever heard that was actually about a comic character, though I wasn't a fan of Judge Dredd. My brother was a huge Judge Dredd fan, but I still thought it was awesome a song was written about the character. Even cooler was when Anthrax put the character of Judge Death on one of their t-shirts.

The other band is also a native of New York City, and is one of the most popular and recognizable Hard Rock acts in the universe. Yes, it's KISS, and those guys in costume actually look like comic book characters. 

I'm not sure if Gene Simmons got the idea to dress up as these other-worldly characters from comic books or not. I wouldn't doubt it, because the guy has been an outspoken lifelong fan of comics. He, however, admitted to basing his costume off the character of Black Bolt from the Inhumans, which he's a huge fan of. He even wrote, edited, and published a popular comic book fanzine when he was younger. 

I'm not sure whether KISS based a song off of a comic character, because according to Gene, the other members hated comic books. However, they did appear and would later star in their very own comics beginning in 1977. 

Their first appearance in a comic book was Marvel's Howard The Duck #12. The comic was published in May of 1977, and the story was titled "Mind Mush." The band also had an appearance in Howard the Duck issue #13 as well. Although the other members of KISS may have not been too fond of comic books except for Gene Simmons, their first appearances in the Howard the Duck comics was just the beginning for the band in the world of sequential art.

Soon after in the same year, KISS appeared in A Marvel Comics Super Special #1! This is the infamous comic where each member had blood drawn, and then it was mixed in with the red ink used to print the actual comics. The comic was a huge success, and still not an easy find to this day. There's a lot of KISS fans who are hard pressed to let the comic printed in the band's own blood go. However, if you can find a NM copy, they're around $225-250 unslabbed. Lower grade copies are below $50 bucks.

Only a year later, in 1978, KISS would once again be featured in a comic book and appeared in Marvel Comics Super Special #5, but this comic was less successful than the #1 issue. Since then KISS comics would be published in comics numerous times and by various comic publishers. The most notable is the Todd McFarlane's Kiss: Psycho Circus series published by Image Comics. The series ran for 31 issues, and it's no surprise to me that Todd McFarlane opted to do this comic based on KISS. The comic artist is a noted rock fan, and even when he left drawing comics and started McFarlane Toys, he would produce action figures based on KISS, Motley Crue, and Metallica to name a few.

Dark Horse Comics, IDW and even Archie Comics would print comics that featured KISS as well.

And, of course, if KISS has been in comics, then you can be sure that The Beatles have been in comics as well. A lot of comics. Like KISS, they were also in the Marvel Comics Super Special series. 

Here's something I did not know about The King of Rock N' Roll, Elvis "The Pelvis" Presley: He was a huge superhero and comic book fan. In 1971, Elvis was named one of the Jaycees' Ten Outstanding Young Men in 1971, and said, "When I was a child, I was a dreamer. I read comic books and I was the hero of the comic book…So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times."

Apparently Elvis was a lifelong fan and greatly influenced by the character of Captain Marvel Jr. It was rumored that he even got the idea to wear capes during his later career in Vegas from comic books. The Lauderdale Court apartment where Elvis grew up with his parents in Memphis, Tennessee is now a preserved historic spot. Because of his love for the character, a copy of Captain Marvel Jr. #51, cover dated July 1947, sits on a desk in Elvis' old room.

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth admitted to being a comic fan as a kid, and would say that the song Holy Wars  "was based on me putting myself in a situation as a comic book figure based in Ireland." 

As a kid, Mustaine's favorites were Captain America, Iron Man, and, not so surprisingly, The Punisher. In the late 90s, Chaos Comics even came out with a comic called The Cryptic Writings of Megadeth. There were only 4 issues to this series.

Another well-noted Metal musician Rob Zombie is a horror fan and comic fan, actually writing a few comics such as Rob Zombie's Spookshow International. It's not that surprising since most of his earlier albums has featured his own artwork, which a comic book influence is extremely visible. He has also been reported saying he wished he was Stan Lee. 

His love for comics was even more evident in the artwork contained in his Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe, his debut solo album away from his old band, White Zombie. Much of the inside booklet art was done by comic book legend Gene Colan, as well as artwork by comic artist and creator,
Dan Brereton.

Dan Brereton would also be enlisted to work on Zombie's album art for Hellbilly Deluxe 2, along with other comic artists such as Alex Horley of Image Comics and DC Comics. Brereton has also done album artwork for bands like Toto, Fireball Ministry, and Ghoultown.

Remember Tower Records? Remember seeing Rock N' Roll Comics by Revolutionary Comics there? I surely do. 

Yep, there's actually a comic book called Rock N' Roll comics, and they featured the unlicensed and unofficial biographies of some of the most popular music acts from 1989 to 1994. The first to get featured was none other than Guns N' Roses, whose lawyer Peter Paterno sent publisher and Revolutionary Comics founder Todd Loren a cease and desist order. However, they did not sue when the first issue was printed and released.

New Kids on the Block, however, did sue but lost in court, as the verdict gave comic book biographies the same protections as other unauthorized biographies. Why they decided to feature New Kids on the Block for a comic book series entitled Rock N' Roll Comics is beyond me. I even refused to bold the boy band's name cause I didn't like them then and still don't like them now.

Other rock acts that sued the comic book publisher were Motley Crue and Bon Jovi. Major disappointment since I've been a Crue fan for a long time. Bon Jovi I could care less about. Frank Zappa and KISS were some of the only cool musicians who were supportive of the comic book publisher back then. 

I know some of you may be Rock N' Roll and comic book fans alike. I know Gerry is one, and another reader of Total Comic Mayhem is the guitarist and vocalist in a rock band called Zen Kura hailing from Syracuse, New York. You may have seen his comments under the name L.K. or Loren. Zen Kura's music is exactly the sound I grew up listening to, straight up rock! If you're a rock fan, you should check them out and give 'em a listen.

Rock N' Roll and comics have always been a huge part of my life, then and now. I know comic fans stretch across a wide array of musical tastes. Eminem is a notoriously huge comic book fan and collector as well as many Hip Hop artists like Wu Tang Clan, and Public Enemy, but this post isn't about Hip Hop and comics.

But whatever you're musical taste, comics and music are suppose to be fun and they are. So to all the rock musicians and comic artists and creators and comic fans grinding it up out there everyday then and now, I'm holding up this beer and toasting to you, "Thanks for all the great memories and the one's to come. Keep on rockin'!"

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Recent Comic Book Movie News

So what's the latest comic book movie news that's causing waves in the realm of fandom? Quite a bit actually. Some of it is disturbing, some of it is pretty cool, and some borders both.

As you can tell from the banner above, we finally get our first look at how the characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy movie will look. Below is the original promo picture.

Must say that Zoe Saldana as Gamora looks pretty awesome. The costume is pretty far off from the comic book look of the character, but she still looks hot. 

Groot looks pretty cool. Then again, I'm not real big on talking-walking trees. "But they were cool in Lord of the Rings," you may say, and I would retort, "Uh, no, they weren't." For some foreboding reason, I now have the feeling that Groot will probably be my favorite character after watching the movie.

I have to say that I'm a tad disappointed in Star Lord's look and Drax the Destroyer. Star Lord looks unbelievably blah and common. He's wearing a reguar jacket and pants. This is a space epic! Where's the futuristic suit?

As for Drax? I can't tell if the dude is red or green, or red and green. Drax's skin tone has always been green, and if that's changed I would really wonder what twat made that call and why. Doesn't remind me of the character at all.

The coolest looking one is Rocket Raccoon so far. At least he looks like the character the most, but then again, he is all CGI.

Ant-Man movie news. Well, not too long ago they cast Paul Rudd in the Edgar Wright directed Ant-Man, but it was unsure if he would be playing Scott Lang or Henry Pym.

Just last week this question was answered when Marvel and Edgar Wright confirmed that Michael Douglas has been cast for the role of Henry Pym. Say what? What you talking about, Willis?

It's true, and apparently Paul Rudd is Scott Lang. Although, a bit disappointed because I'd really rather see an Ant-Man film more about Henry Pym being tied into the Avengers, since he is an original member, it's pretty apparent that the Ant-Man movie will center around Scott Lang.

But that brings the question of what role Henry Pym has in the movie. Of course, he'll be the one that invents the technology to talk to insects and shrink or grow, but is he just going to be a scientist with no real link to the Ant-Man superhero character other than creating the formula?

Speculators have suggested that Michael Douglas as Henry Pym just may be a bitter scientist and the villain of the movie. I surely hope this doesn't end up true, though Douglas can play a pretty damn good, arrogant villain.

Despite the age factor, Douglas is a great choice to play Dr. Henry Pym. He plays an arrogant, snotty character perfectly. It's going to be interesting in how they completely rewrite this character. My main question is since Henry Pym would be too old for superhero action as Ant-Man, what does this mean for the Wasp? Does Janet Van Dyne hook up with Scott Lang?

Now for the last bit of comic book movie news which is a complete disappointment but not surprising at all. At last years San Diego Comic Con, Warner and DC Comics announced the big Superman/Batman movie for a 2015 summer release.

This was, of course, after they announced prior that a Justice League movie would be released to go head to head with the Avengers 2.

Now it seems they are once again changing their tune and pushed the Superman/Batman flick to summer of 2016. The reason is because of too many comic book movies being released in the summer of 2015. That's what their reps have said anyway.

However, there's a lot of buzz about a lot of disorganization concerning the project, and that's not hard to believe either. Some fans are also speculating that DC Warner do not want to compete with Marvel's Avengers 2, and would rather have their Superman/Batman with a clearer field to make the ka-ching. After all, we are talking about a studio that confirmed a Justice League movie immediately after the success of the Avengers movie and then retract their own confirmation a few months before Man of Steel was released in theaters, saying that further development of a Justice League movie depends on the success of Man of Steel at the box office.

However, they did announce that Wonder Woman will also appear in the Man of Steel sequel and even cast the character, so I'm pretty excited about that. If you've been under a rock somewhere and don't know who that is yet, be sure to click the blue link to find out who is playing Wonder Woman.

So the sequel's release is now 2016 instead of 2015. I wonder if next year DC and Warner will push the release date to 2017.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Mutants #98 Value

It's true that a few copper age key issues rarely breakout, and there's only a few where the demand for them well exceeds the amount of copies floating around. New Mutants #98 is one of those rare exceptions.

A lot it has to do with the extreme popularity of the Rob Liefeld creation, Deadpool, and this issue is the first appearance of the mutant character. Let's take a look at the New Mutant #98 value how this first appearance of Deadpool has performed in the last two decades.

Overstreet 2002-03 Guide 33rd Edition:
Near Mint: $5.00
Very Fine: $0
Fine: $0
 Very Good: $0
Good: $0
Overstreet 2013-14 Guide 43rd Edition: 
Near Mint (low): $100
Very Fine: $38
Fine: $18
 Very Good: $12
Good: $6

A little over a decade and this copper age key issue has gone up at least $9.50 at a low NM. Not too bad for a comic that came out in 1991. As you can see in the 2002 Overstreet Price Guide, only solid NM 9.4 copies were of any value. All grades lower weren't even listed, meaning they weren't worth even listing ten years after publication.

Now, it's a different story, though having a mid-grade copy of New Mutants #98 isn't really that great of an investment comic. Or are they? Here's where you may get baffled.

One could argue that a 9.2 and higher are copies worth really having. If you have a CGC 9.8, then you definitely have a great investment comic in your vault. However, according to eBay, even lower and mid-grade unslabbed copies are selling above their guide values.

eBay: $165.15 (CGC 9.2 NM- ) Jan 2014
eBay: $335 (CGC 9.8 NM/MINT) Jan 2014
eBay: $114.49 (unslabbed 9.4 NM) Jan 2014
eBay: $404.69 (CGC 9.8 NM/MINT) Jan 2014
eBay: $110 (CGC 9.0 VF/NM) Jan 2014 eBay: $215 (CGC 9.6 NM+) Jan 2014
eBay: $140 (CGC 8.0 VF) Jan 2014
eBay: $129 (unslabbed 8.0 VF) Jan 2014 
 eBay: $87 (unslabbed 4.0 VG) Dec 2013
eBay: $134 (unslabbed 5.0 VG/FN) Dec 2013 
eBay: $90 (unslabbed 6.0 FN) Dec 2013 
eBay: $152 (unslabbed 7.0 FN/VF) Dec 2013  
Pretty amazing that mid-grade unslabbed copies are selling for so much. An unslabbed 7.0 FN/VF selling only $13 dollars less than a CGC 9.2? I've been scratching my head on that one. Why wouldn't you just buy the CGC 9.2?

Then again, that's the roller coaster ride of fluctuating prices. It's obvious that the first appearance of Deadpool was in higher demand during December of last year than in the month of January of this year.

Still, we can see that Overstreet is way behind on values for this copper age goodie. The Merc with the Mouth and his first appearance needs to get some New Mutants #98 values majorly bumped up. After all, if it's selling way over guide on eBay of all places, a major overhaul on values should be in the works and fast.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Daredevil Key Issues Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 to this Daredevil Key Issue List, and we are still in the Silver Age. If you missed Part 1 to this series, just click the link to go back. Otherwise, here's more Daredevil key comic books to consider.

1st appearance of Stilt Man
Origin of Stilt Man

Stilt Man...not exactly the most revered or deadliest of Marvel villains, but the guy has been nuisance for Daredevil and the likes of Captain America and Spider-Man. Wilbur Day is his real name and his suit was invented with telescopic metal legs to give him the ability to tower above his adversaries.

Still, this is an early Daredevil key issue and it is in the Silver Age. Daredevil #8 was published June, 1965.

eBay - Doesn't appear to be any problem finding this one on eBay currently for both slabbed or raw copies. Highest CGC or slabbed is a 9.6 NM+ followed by three 9.4 NMs. Also 9.2 NM minuses and some lower graded copies as well.

mycomicshop - Seven copies here and all are raw and in the lower grade realm. Highest is only a FN minus and all are on consignment and not in actual stock.

1st appearance of Deborah Harris
1st appearance of the Ani-Men
1st appearance of the Organizer
We got more minor Marvel villains, and it's no surprise they're introduced in the early Daredevil comic series. However, the first appearance of Deborah Harris is a semi-important character in the Daredevil mythos.

Deborah Harris is Foggy Nelson's high school sweetheart. She would become a romantic interest for Foggy in the Daredevil comics as well.

As for the Ani-Men, this group consisted of Ape Man, Cat Man, Bird Man, and Frog Man. Yeah, not exactly stellar villains, but some of the villains in the Ani-Men would later join up with the Masked Marauder and other villains in the Daredevil comics.

The Organizer is an extremely minor villain and doesn't have many appearances at all. Still this one is an early Daredevil key issue and was published October, 1965.

eBay - Seems to be a few copies here of this key issue. Looks to be plenty of raw copies and a few CGC copies. Highest located so far is an 8.5 VF+ Signature Series. There are some lower grade Universal copies also.

mycomicshop - Only one CGC 8.5 VF+ here at the moment. It's a Signature Series signed by Stan Lee.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.2 NM minus and a few raw copies here. Highest raw copies are a VF+ and a VF.

1st appearance of Plunderer

Pretty minor key for Daredevil, but an important key concerning Ka-Zar. This has the first appearance of the Plunderer, also known as Parnival Plunder. His father was the man who discovered the Savage Land and sent Parvinal and his brother to live there.

This issue would set up the secret origin of Ka-Zar, and the character of the Plunderer would be a recurring foe for Ka-Zar.

Daredevil #12 was published January, 1966.

eBay - A few copies here. Some are raw and only a few slabbed copies currently. Highest spotted is a CGC 8.5 VF+.

mycomicshop - Only one copy here and it's a CGC 8.5 VF+ on consignment.

Secret origin of Ka-Zar

In this issue, it's revealed that Ka-Zar and the Plunderer are actually brothers. Their father, Lord Robert Plunder, had discovered the Savage Land and sent him and his brother Kevin to live there.

However, the two were split up and Parnival thought his brother Kevin to be dead. The Plunderer established himself lord of the Castle Plunder in the Savage Land.

Kevin ended up growing up to be Ka-Zar, and held the 2nd half of the medallion. Once united with it's missing half, the Plunder children would be allowed the family inheritance.

Of course, Ka-Zar refuses to give his brother the other half, and thus would become his brother's rival.
Pretty over-looked Ka-Zar key issue from the Silver Age, and Daredevil #13 was published February, 1966.

eBay - Decent selection for this key issue on the mighty eBay at the moment. No problem finding raw copies for sure. Only a few CGC, and the highest grades are a 9.2 NM minus and a few 8.5 VF+s.

mycomicshop - Only one CGC 8.5 VF+ and the rest are raw copies. Highest raw copy is a FN/VF at the moment.

1st Spidey crossover in titled series
1st John Romita Spider-Man artwork 

Another one of Daredevil's best comics to invest in, Daredevil #16 is significant in two ways. It's the first Spidey crossover in the Daredevil title, and it's the first Spider-Man artwork published by legendary comic artist John Romita.

Later, Romita would start drawing for the Amazing Spider-Man series, where his artwork on the series cast him into fame and later a legend. If he was not beloved for his artwork on the ASM title, this Daredevil issue wouldn't be as sought out as much.

mycomicshop - Two unslabbed copies. Highest is FN+ 6.5. 2nd copy is a low grade GD/VG.

eBay  - If high grade CGC copies are more preference, there's two 9.4 solid Near Mint copies up on eBay. Also a few other CGC options as well as unslabbed copies. Just visit the link to see eBay's search result for this issue.

1st appearance of the Gladiator
Origin of the Gladiator
When you look at the rogues that were introduced in the early Daredevil comic series, most are pretty forgettable or did not become major villains for the character or in the Marvel Comics Universe. That's not to be mean or a slight against Daredevil as a character. It's just pretty much true.

The Gladiator was a recurring foe for early Daredevil, but he's not exactly the most popular or fan-revered of Marvel villains. Melvin Potter was a costume designer who had a hatred for costumed superheroes. He also fantasized about beating them.

Constructing his own costume with deadly wrist blades, the Gladiator was born. This villain has allied himself with several Daredevil foes.  

Daredevil #18 is not one of the highly sought out Silver Age key issues for any comic title, but it is still one for Daredevil. This comic was published July, 1966.

eBay - No problem finding this one on eBay either. Raw copies galore, but only four CGC copies. Highest two are a 9.4 NM and a 9.2 NM minus.

mycomicshop - Only one copy here and it's a raw VG+.

ComicConnect - Highest CGC is an 8.5 VF+ Universal Label. Others are raw copies and the highest raw copies are a FN and a FN minus.

ComicLink - Three CGC copies and the highest two are 9.4 NMs. Lowest is an 8.5 VF+.

Before, I stopped this Daredevil key issues with Part 2, but since it's been requested, I am expanding this list. So, there is a Part 3 and it will detail more Silver Age key issues from the Daredevil title.

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Daredevil Key Issues List

The last few key issue comic lists were DC Comic characters, but I'm itching to get back to good ole Marvel Comics. With a Daredevil television show in the works, why not pump out a Daredevil key issues list that highlights some of Matt Murdock's best investment worthy comics? It's a pretty short list for the Man Without Fear in his first series, but here it is.

First appearance of Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
Origin of Daredevil
First appearance of Karen Page
First appearance of Foggy Nelson

The holy grail comic to own for Daredevil comic fans. This key issue comic is a whopper of first appearances and tells the origin of how Matt Murdock becomes The Man Without Fear. 

Created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, with some input by Jack Kirby concerning Daredevil's iconic billy club weapon of choice, the first appearance of Daredevil in Daredevil #1 made its debut in April of 1964. 

Highly sought after silver age comic, this one will do quite a bit of damage to your bank account in both high grades and low grades. I actually really like Daredevil's original costume. Not better than his classic red costume, of course, but the original costume is still pretty cool, though it did not last very long.

eBay - One gorgeous CGC 9.2 copy. There's also few unslabbed copies for sale on eBay.

2nd appearance of Electro

From the pages of the Amazing Spider-Man, the super villain known as Electro gets his second appearance in Daredevil #2. Electro's first appearance is in high demand as the character is the featured baddie for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie. However, this is the 2nd issue of the first Daredevil titled series, and that alone makes it a highly desirable investment comic to own. 

mycomicshop - Lots of investment worthy copies here for this silver age key issue comic. Three CGC 8.0 VF copies, one CGC 7.5, and one CGC 7.0. 

eBay - Quite a few high grade CGC copies on the mighty eBay. One gorgeous 9.4 and a few VF 8.0 CGC copies. Also a few unslabbed advertised in the VF range.

First appearance of The Owl

Before Daredevil made enemies with the Kingpin, there was the Owl, also known as
Leland Owlsley. The Owl is a notorious crime lord who also menaces other heroes such as Spider-Man and the Black Cat. Although in later stories The Owl ingests a special serum that gives him super powers an all, his humble beginnings was just a typical mafia-type thug. 

Daredevil #3 was published August, 1964.

mycomicshop - Higher mid-grade 7.5 copy available. It's CGC graded also and unrestored. 

eBay - No problem finding this copy on eBay. A few CGC options. Highest grade I saw was a 9.2 low Near Mint. Actually saw two of them. 

1st Daredevil classic crossover
1st Spidey and Daredevil meeting

This is a pretty mighty first crossover for Daredevil, and most know that it's the first time Daredevil and Spider-Man meet in comics. Not too sure if this first meeting was retconned in a later story or comic, but this is the first published meeting of the two iconic superheroes.

Hypnotized by The Ringmaster, Spidey and Daredevil duke it out briefly for the first time as well. Amazing Spider-Man #16 has the publishing date of September, 1964, and is definitely one of the Silver Age Spidey keys worth adding to your vault. Classic cover as well.

eBay - No problem finding a copy of this 1st Daredevil classic crossover on eBay. Plenty of raw copies available and quite a few CGCs as well. Highest CGCs are two 9.4 NMs. Other high grade options and low to mid grade as well.

mycomicshop - All raw copies and the two highest are a FN+ and VG/FN. Other raw copies are lower grade, but everyone copy here at the time of this writing is on consignment.

ComicConnect - Four CGC copies starting from a 9.6 NM+ and ending with a CGC VF. Two go up for auction in March with the other two available for immediate sale. Highest raw copy is a VF and followed by a FN/VF.

ComicLink - CGC 9.6 NM+, an 8.0 VF, and two 7.5 VF minuses are all that's here for now. All are CGC and no raw copies yet.

First appearance of The Purple Man

Zebediah Killgrave, also known as the Purple Man, makes his first appearance in this issue, and although the character isn't on any list of top super villains in comics, he has been a recurring foe of Daredevil for quite some time with his ability to control the will of others. Regardless, this is issue #4 of the silver age Daredevil comics, and one of the definite comics to invest in within his titled first series.

This comic was published October, 1964.

mycomicshop - Two lower grade copies. Highest is a VG+ 4.5. Both are unslabbed, raw copies. 

eBay - Quite a few unslabbed copies. Highest graded CGC copy I saw is a VF 8.0. Pretty reasonable price.

First red costume
An important issue regarding Daredevil, and this first appearance of the character in his classic red costume, gave us all the Daredevil that we identify with now. Wally Wood would be the comic artist who designed the new red costume that hasn't really much since then.

I snagged this issue the very first time I ever bought from NewKadia, and it's on my list to submit to CGC pretty soon. 

mycomicshop - Signature Series VF 8.0 CGC copy. Signed by Stan Lee. A high grade investment worthy copy if you're looking to get an important Daredevil key comic. 

NewKadia - Only one copy left, and it's a lower grade VG-

eBay - Lots of unslabbed copies advertised in the VF range. Not many CGC options, but there are a few Signature Series. Highest one is a VF 8.0 signed by Stan "The Man" Lee. May be worth a look so visit the blue eBay link above to compare prices on this silver age key issue.

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