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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Captain America Key Issues Part 4

Part 4 to this Captain America key issue list. Still a lot to cover, so let's dig into this one. Once again, it would be a lot easier to understand if you started this key comics series with Part 1. If you missed it, just click the blue Part 1 link.

Tales of Suspense #58 cover
Tales of Suspense #58
  • First Captain America vs. Iron Man
  • First Captain America in this title
This bad ass issue was also featured in my Tales of Suspense key issues list that deal with key Iron Man comics. Not surprising since they did share this comic book for a while.

Regardless, this is the first look we get to see Cap and Iron Man exchange some blows, but even more important, this is the first time Captain America is seen in this title. He does share it with ole Shell Head for quite a while until he finally gets his own spangled comic series once again. 

eBay - No problem finding this silver age key issue in CGC graded or unslabbed. Nice selection and lots of options for any kind of collector, whether you prefer low grade, mid grade, or won't settle for anything but high grade. Just click the blue eBay link above to see the search results for this issue. 

mycomicshop - Five copies here. Two are CGC graded. One is a 3.0 CGC Signature Series signed by Stan Lee. Highest is a CGC 5.5 low fine. The rest are lower grade unslabbed copies. 

Tales of Suspense #63 image
Tales of Suspense #63
  • First silver age origin of Captain America
Because some silver age fans may not have known Captain America's golden age origin, this issue retells the famous story to a whole new generation of fans. It is the first silver age retelling and deserves some merit.

eBay - Another key issue comic with lots of options on eBay. High grade NMs are pretty pricey already, in the thousands. Highest CGC copy is a 9.6. There's also a nice selection of unslabbed copies for this issue.k

mycomicshop - CGC 7.5 low fine and a very good unslabbed copy available. 

NewKadia - A FN unslabbed copy awaits to be snagged and added to one's comic vault.

Tales of Suspense #65 comic cover

Tales of Suspense #65
  • Maxon revealed as first Red Skull
  • First silver age appearance of Red Skull
Out of whack in-continuity. According to retroactive history, this silver age story precedes the golden age Captain America Comics #3, in which we see the death of The Red Skull. It is, however, confirmed in this issue that the first earliest Red Skull appearances before issue #5 in Cap's golden age self titled series was George Maxon. The next Tales of Suspense issue confirms that Maxon was, indeed, an imposter.

mycomicshop - Two copies. One a CGC 7.0 and the other an unslabbed GD- low good.

eBay - Highest located copy so far is a CGC 9.4. There's other great high grade CGC options. No problem finding unslabbed low grade and mid grade copies.

NewKadia - Only one copy here at a VG+.

Tales of Suspense #66 pic
Tales of Suspense #66
  • First silver age appearance of real Red Skull
  • Origin of Red Skull
  • Maxon confirmed as imposter
Though a golden age villain for Captain America, the Red Skull's origin wasn't really explained. Before, there were a lot of impersonators under the guise of the Red Skull.

This issue reveals the real Red Skull, and that George Maxon was just an imposter. In typical comic book villain fashion, Red Skull tells his life story to his heroic enemy, and the origin story confirms that it is the early life of Johann Schmidt. 

Among Cap fans and comic historians, this issue is known as the first silver age appearance of the real Red Skull. Johann Schmidt was retconned to have first fully appeared in the golden age Captain America Comics #7. 

mycomicshop - A lot of high grade love here. A CGC 9.4 solid near mint and a CGC 9.2 low near mint. There's also three unslabbed copies as well. Highest is a FN, lowest is a low very good.

eBay - Wow, a whopping CGC 9.8 for under five thousand dollars for a silver age comic. Of course, there are more affordable options on eBay. Saw four 9.4s, and no shortage of unslabbed, raw copies.

NewKadia - A VG+ copy available for sale at NewKadia. Only one copy left.

Tales of Suspense #75 image
Tales of Suspense #75
  • First appearance of Agent 13
  • First appearance of Batroc the Leaper
This is the first published appearance of the character Agent 13, and the first appearance of Sharon Carter, although her real name was not revealed until later. In this issue, the unnamed Sharon Carter resembles a love that Cap lost during World War 2. This lost love also went by the name Agent 13, and Cap never knew her real name. The operative name Agent 13 was retconned to include Peggy Carter during World War 2 much later. 

This issue also holds the first appearance of Batroc the Leaper and has gained a slight boost in demand since both Sharon Carter and Batroc will both appear in Captain America The Winter Soldier movie coming out this year. The issue hasn't gotten crazy ridiculous in demand just yet. It's still an affordable key issue.

Nevertheless, it is an important key to the overall mythos concerning Steve Rodgers. 

eBay - A few unslabbed copies, but surprisingly no CGC graded copies located at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - Only one low grade copy here. Grade is a solid GD. It is an unslabbed, raw comic. 

Tales of Suspense #77 pic
Tales of Suspense #77
  • First appearance of Peggy Carter
The first appearance of Peggy Carter, who is seen but unnamed in a flash back as a romantic interest of Steve Rodgers as Captain America during World War 2 days. 

The character of Peggy Carter would later go through many retcons in the modern age, one of which she is the World War 2 Agent 13 (although unnamed in the real comic) who appears in the golden age Captain America Comics #1.

I got this issue without even knowing it was a key comic. I bought it in a comic lot on eBay with Tales of Suspense #75. Only reason I got the lot was for TOS #75, but this issue ended up being the best looking book in the lot. Good thing I didn't sell it.

It's pretty much a sleeper for unslabbed, raw copies. High grade CGC copies are still pretty pricey.

eBay - Highest is a CGC 9.6. Only three CGC options. Other two are Signature Series CGCs. Tons of unslabbed copies to check out.

mycomicshop - Two unslabbed copies. Highest is FN+ 6.5. The other is a solid VG 4.0. 

NewKadia - For those more on budget, a very affordable VG+ copy of this issue has been located at NewKadia. Visit the blue link to check out it

Part 5 is ready so go ahead and click the NEXT link below to see even more Captain America key issues. If you missed Part 3, just click the blue Previous link to go back and check it out.


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