With all the hoopla about an X-Force spin-off movie, the first appearance of Cable is a pretty hot issue right now. Actually, I should say the first Marvel appearances of Cable, since the creators Rob Liefeld and Louise Simonson would retcon the character retroactively later.
This is just a quick review. All these comics were either on the X-Men key comics list or New Mutants key issues list, but I decided to compile them into a very short one for those who aren't aware that there are more than one comic that contributes to the first appearance of Cable.
Uncanny X-Men #201
- First appearance of Cable as baby Nathan
Although this issue had no connection to Cable for a long time, when his character was expanded upon retroactively, Uncanny X-Men #201 became the first appearance of Cable as baby Nathan, whom appears in this very issue. It is considered a first appearance of the character, though not the first appearance.
eBay - CGC 9.8s are teetering on the $100 mark for this copper age key comic. Quite a few unslabbed copies advertised as high grade, but after seeing a few pictures, that will surely be a hunt itself.
mycomicshop - One CGC 9.8 for about $100 including shipping and a buyer's premium. Unslabbed copies in the mid-grade range.
The New Mutants #86
- First brief appearance of Cable
This is key issue is still very much a sleeper, and very much like how Incredible Hulk #180 was for quite a while before people realized that Wolverine did indeed make an appearance in that issue.
eBay - Still a sleeper. CGC 9.6s are still going for under $50 bucks. 9.8 CGC still under a $100 for now. Didn't locate any CGC 9.8s at the time of this writing. There are 9.6s and a lot of high grade unslabbed copies for a lot cheaper.
mycomicshop - CGC 9.6 copy available. Only CGC copy, and only one unslabbed at a FN.
The New Mutants #87
- First full appearance of Cable
This is one of the few copper age key issues worth considering as a comic investment, and it is one of the few important Marvel first appearances from the copper age.
It's still not that in-demand where graded 9.8s are at or over $500, but I wouldn't doubt if they'll be nearing that mark soon in a few years. Despite the X-Force movie confirmations by Fox, this issue isn't as sought out as issue #98, so CGC 9.8s or unslabbed 9.8s should be targeted.
eBay - No problem finding this issue on eBay for sure. Lots of CGC. Quite to choose from concerning CGC 9.8s, and that's a good thing because some are ridiculously priced near $400. There are some decently priced in the $200 range. As always with copper age comics, there's a lot of unslabbed copies. Many seem to be in high grade or are advertised as such. You'll have to look at the pictures very carefully in order to decide on the risk.
mycomicshop - Three CGC 9.8s around the $200 range. Most expensive is a 9.8 for $250, not including shipping or the buyer's premium. Other two options for this copper age key issue at 9.8 are both at $225. Some graded 9.6 copies and unslabbed options as well.
ComicConnect - More CGC options here, but not many. The 9.8 copy is more expensive than those at mycomicshop.
Well, that ends our refresher course for those who are interested in the important Marvel first appearances concerning the mutant Cable. If you've yet to check out the X-Men Key Comics List or the New Mutants Key Issues List here, be sure to click the blue links below to check them out.
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