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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Captain America Key Issues Part 9

We are quickly winding down to the last few key comics to this Captain America key issues list. We're still on bronze age key issue Cap comics, and quite a bit of them are sleepers.

The Invaders #14
  • First appearance of the Spirit of '76
  • First historical William Naslund
This is actually the first time comic fans are introduced to the character of William Naslund as the Spirit of '76 in The Invaders #14. His character would be retconned to be the first to replace Steve Rodgers as Captain America during World War 2. 

eBay - This Captain America key issue is so well unknown that only a few unslabbed copies are on eBay. No CGC, but the selection is extremely affordable. Can we say sleeper? 

mycomicshop - Two unslabbed copies available. One is a solid VF 8.0. The other is a GD. 

NewKadia - Five copies left. Highest is a VF+. Super affordable.

What If #4
  • Reveals William Naslund as Cap's first replacement
Unlike most What If comics, this one actually takes place in Marvel's mainstream reality. It is canon and officially accepted that William Naslund and Jeff Mace served as Captain America during World War 2.

It would be this issue and the next one on this list where many of Cap's golden age continuity problems would be explained. So, in my book, they're pretty important to Cap's over-all mythos. However, this is not a widely known key issue. Oh, yes, this is from the What If volume 1 series.

eBay - Okay, when you can get a bronze age key issue at a CGC 9.8 for less than $110 bucks, you know you have a sleeper on your hands. Or, the market just doesn't know that much about this comic. Also saw a 9.4 CGC copy extremely affordable as well. Unslabbed copies are ridiculously cheap. 

mycomicshop - No CGC copies, but there are five unslabbed copies. Highest is VF/NM 8.0.

ComicConnect - Finally, a high grade CGC copy. Only one 9.6 here for under $50! Some unslabbed copies as well. Highest unslabbed is a 9.4.

NewKadia - The fine folks at NewKadia have six copies of this Marvel key comic in stock. Highest grade is VF+.

Captain America #215
  • Reveals William Naslund as 2nd Cap
  • Reveals Jeff Mace as 3rd Cap
Trying to plug up some more holes in the Captain America continuity. This issue starts a story arc that would confirm William Naslund and Jeff Mace did indeed take over after Steve Rodgers was sent into the frozen, icy waters and disappeared in 1945. 

Another not so well known key issue from the bronze age. These are pretty much all sleepers. High grades should sought out, especially unslabbed copies, because they will be affordable in the meantime. 
eBay - No problem finding unslabbed copies for this issue on the mighty eBay. CGC copies is a much different story. Didn't see a single one at the time of this writing. If that changed, I have no idea.

mycomicshop - More unslabbed goodness. Highest here is a VF- (low very fine). 

ComicLink - If you're more of an investment comic guy and high grade is the only meat on your menu, ComicLink delivers the goods. Two copies. One a beautiful CGC 9.8 and the other a solid 9.4 CGC copy.

NewKadia - Six copies here. Highest is a VF+. 

Captain America #233
  • Death of Sharon Carter
I was extremely hesitant about putting this one in, because it's not one of the most important Captain America key comic issues. This is the apparent death of Sharon Carter, but it's revealed in much later issues that Sharon Carter does return. 

I suppose I thought it was worth mentioning on this list. Not the most important event, but still a key Captain America comic. I thought I'd leave it up to you whether this is one of the bronze age key issues worth getting or not for Cap comics. 

eBay - A few unslabbed copies. No CGC copies. If you prefer CGC copies, you may want to check the places listed below first.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.6 copy located here.

mycomicshop - Two unslabbed copies here. Highest is 6.0 FN. Both extremely affordable. 

NewKadia - Five copies available here. Highest is 9.2 low near mint. Most reside in the VF range.

Captain America #275
  • First Helmut Zemo as Baron Zemo
Finally, we get to Helmut Zemo taking over his rightful place as the new Baron Zemo. This isn't the first appearance of the character. He first appeared as the Phoenix. I do have that issue on a previous part to this series.

If you haven't read them, I seriously suggest you start from the beginning. I go over a lot of history concerning Cap's comics. Anyways, Helmut Zemo has become a popular Baron Zemo for most modern audiences. This issue came out in November, 1982, and is a late bronze age book.

eBay - Two CGC copies spotted! One's a 9.8, a grade you should be aiming for since these Captain America keys are sleepers and highly not very well known yet. Also spotted a 9.4. Unslabbed copies? No problem with the selection here.

mycomicshop - If unslabbed copies are more your thing and you don't care about high grade, then there two copies just for you. Highest is solid very fine 8.0.

NewKadia - Only one copy left here at a VF+. Super affordable to add to your collection.

Captain America #282
  • Jack Monroe becomes Nomad
Nomad is back, and this time the guy taking up the mantle is the one we are all now most familiar with - Jack Monroe. This is still a late bronze age comic, and Jack Monroe would end up being quite popular as the Nomad character.

Of course, he is not the first Nomad. Steve Rodgers is and that first appearance of Rodgers as Nomad is also on a previous part to this list. 

eBay - Unslabbed copies galore! Extremely cheap too for high grade copies. CGC copies are missing, but there is a chance you may be able to purchase a high grade raw copy, submit it to CGC and have it come back a 9.8. Then again there is a chance it could come back only a VF also.

NewKadia - Two copies available here. One's a VF+ and the other a solid VF.

One more left to go! Captain America key issues Part 10 is ready. Just click the NEXT link to proceed. You can also read Part 8 if you missed it by clicking PREVIOUS.

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