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Monday, January 13, 2014

Superman Key Issues Part 9

And here we are with Part 9 to this long ass Superman Key Issues list series. I don't doubt that we'll go to a Part 10, but at least we're hitting some bronze age Superman key comics in Part 9, and some really good ones as well.

Action Comics #340
  • First appearance of Parasite
 Before there was Rogue from the X-Men, there was Parasite. He's not a mutant, however, and from a completely different comic company,  but he does have the power to absorb powers and mental properties with a single touch.

This first appearance of Parasite is of Raymond Maxwell Jensen. Parasite, in all the character's incarnations, has been an extremely popular foe of Superman. I actually have this issue, and didn't know it was a key issue. It's probably a reader copy, but I'll have to break it out of my vault and take a looksie. Parasite made his first appearance in August 1966.

eBay - Unslabbed copies. No CGC as of yet.

NewKadia - Two copies waiting to be added to someone's comic collection. First copy is a nice VF- or low Very Fine. Other is a FN+. Both are super affordable. 

mycomicshop - Only one copy left here. Solid VG.

Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #74
  • First Bizarro Flash
And if Batman gets a Bizarro then of course Flash must have one also. Of, course, Bizarro Flash is created by Bizarro No 1 as he needed more members to join his Bizarro League. However, Bizarro Flash looked to human and was banished to Earth One, where he falls in love with Lois Lane and tries to woo her. This issue came out in May 1967.

eBay - Two CGC options available. One a gorgeous 9.4. The other a 5.0 VG/FN. A few unslabbed, raw copies if you want to take the risk on eBay.

ComicConnect - Unslabbed solid VF copy ready to get snagged. Way under $100 bucks.

Superman #199
  • First Superman and Flash race
Who is the fastest man alive in the DC Universe?  This is the first Superman and Flash race to determine which superhero is the fastest. A well-loved story with fans, it came out in August, 1967.

eBay - One PGX graded copy at 7.0 FN/VF. All the rest are unslabbed, a few advertising VF grades.

mycomicshop - Lower grade option available. Reader copy.

ComicConnect - Two CGC options are going to go up for auction in February. One's a 9.0 and the other an 8.0 VF. Some unslabbed option as well.

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133
  • First appearance of Morgan Edge
  • First appearance of Intergang
  • Jack Kirby work
 It's true, for a while Jack Kirby came to work for DC Comics and was assigned to to Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen. The legendary Jack Kirby created the Intergang, a well-known organized crime group in Superman comics, as well as the character of Morgan Edge. 

This issue came out in October, 1970, and it is one of the bronze age Superman keys to get.

NewKadia - Gorgeous Low Near Mint 9.2 copy for under a $100 bucks here. Also two copies in the FN range. 

eBay - A very nice CGC 9.0 copy for under a hundred bucks with a best offer option. Quite a few raw copies toting high grades as well.

mycomicshop - Highest is an unslabbed 5.5 low FN. Two lower grade copies available after that. You'll have to scroll down after clicking the link.

ComicConnect - Gorgeous CGC 9.6 copy. HIghest offer bid up to $550 for that copy. Also some raw copies for sale as well.

Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #106
  • First Superman comic book story dealing with racism
Superman may have been the first superhero to battle racism, but it was in the radio show not the comics. While Marvel clearly addressed these social issues during the Civil Rights movement with the X-Men comics, DC Comics and Superman were relatively quiet about the subject in their comic pages. 

In November, 1970, racism was confronted in the pages of a Superman story in Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #106, which Lois Lane uses Supes nifty machine at his Fortress of Solitude to turn herself into a black woman out of curiosity.

Significant key issue, although probably offensive but the heart of it was in the right place. A really tough find as well.

ComicConnect - I could only located a FN copy of this issue, but it's still pretty much a sleeper.

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134
  • First appearance of Darkseid
In December 1970, Jack Kirby unleashed one of the most popular comic book super villains of all time - Darkseid! This issue is the first appearance of Darkseid, and it is one of the most valuable and sought after DC Comics bronze age key issues ever!

There's really not much else to say, except this first appearance is a must-have for any DC Comics fan, and especially Superman fan. Well, okay, even if you're not a Superman fan but a comic investing fan, this is definitely a bronze age investment comic to snag sooner than later.

eBay -  Plenty of CGC copies available for this high demand Superman key issue. One CGC 9.8 and two 9.4s. Nice selection of both slabbed and unslabbed. 

mycomicshop -  Two CGC options for this comic. One is a 8.5 VF+ and the other a solid VF. The VF+ is a CGC Signature Series. You'll need to scroll down after clicking the mycomicshop link above.

Superman #233
  • Classic cover by Neal Adams
  • First Sand Superman
Jan, 1971 was the year, and this issue came out blazing with the classic and beloved cover by Neal Adams. The cover art is basically why this issue is so sought after, but it also has the first appearance of Sand Superman. Also, it's in this issue that Superman becomes immune to Kryptonite. Though, that didn't last very long.

No sleeper, indeed. This is one of the most valuable bronze age Superman issues. 

NewKadia - Two copies here. I'm a bit surprised. Both in the FINE range with the highest a FN+.  

eBay - Nice CGC 9.0 copy. Quite a few of unslabbed copies of this comic as well. 

mycomicshop - Low grade options here for Superman #233 at the time of this writing.

ComicLink - CGC 9.2 low Near Mint copy if a higher grade copy is more your taste. Only one up as of now. 

Looks like a Part 10 will be needed for this Superman Key Issue list, and it's ready so click the blue link at the bottom below to continue.

If you stumbled onto Part 9 without reading the previous parts, you can click the Previous link at the bottom of this post to go backwards, or you can start at the beginning of this key comics list by clicking this Part 1 link.



  1. Hi there, can you offer any wisdom on the first full appearnce of Darkseid. Is the #134 Jimmy Olsen the cameo and Forever People #1 the full appearance?? There are a few camps of thought on this!!!!


    1. I think I talked about this in another key issues list, but not sure. #134 is seen as a cameo first appearance and Forever People #1 as first full appearance of Darkseid. I don't yabber all that much about the 1st appearance wars that seems to be trendy among comic fans in this market.

      Frankly, it gets boring and redundant and there's no real guideline of what constitutes a 1st appearance over another or even what constitutes a cameo over a brief appearance or full appearance, so I think most comic fans who are stirring the pot are just pulling stuff out of their asses and capitalizing off the 1st appearance chaos.

  2. Any grades you recommend on Supes 233? high grades only?

    1. Heya J, depends on the price you can get them for...the cheaper the better. Higher grades are usually more desirable but not necessarily...Superman #233 is in moderate demand currently...not exactly in hot demand. Getting a high grade raw copy shouldn't be too expensive if you find the right deal.