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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Flash Key Issues List Part 11

And finally we are winding down to the last Flash key issues in this list. We've hit some copper age Flash key comics, and I shouldn't have to remind one that when investing in copper age comics, 9.8s should be sought after. If you just want to read them, lower grade, unslabbed copies are perfect.

Came upon this post and missed Part 8? No problem, just click this blue Part 10 link to check it out, or if you completely missed the series, you can start at Part 1 by clicking the link.

If you've been following along, thanks for reading and hope Part 11 helps you in your search for more Flash key issues to hunt down.

Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 comic cover
Crisis On Infinite Earths #8
  • Death of Barry Allen

Due to the messy multiverse and inconsistency of the DC continuity, comic legends Marv Wolfman and Len Wein decided to clean up it with the famous 12 issue series Crisis on Infinite Earths. Artist George Perez drew for the series, and it saw the deaths of two important DC characters, one of them being Barry Allen the Flash.

This comic is still under a hundred bucks for a CGC 9.8 if you shop around, and it's one of the key issues to get in this copper age series. If you just want to buy it to read it, there are plenty of complete runs for unslabbed comics that are still quite affordable. This series is a good read and highly recommended. This issue came out November, 1985.

eBay - A few CGC 9.8 copies pop up every now and then under a hundred dollars on eBay. If you're gunning for this key issue, it's best to constantly be on the look out for new listings to see if any cheaper copies arise. You can also try to get a super cheap one unslabbed and submit it to CGC, hoping that it comes back a 9.8.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.8 already above the $100 mark and a CGC Signature Series 9.6, but the case has a 1 inch crack. There are some unslabbed options if you just want to read this comic. I, however, suggest a more affordable option for CGC and unslabbed books will be found on eBay.

NewKadia - Two copies in stock. Highest is a low near mint 9.2. Second copy is a very fine.

Crisis on Infinite Earths #12 comic image
Crisis On Infinite Earths #12
  • First appearance of Wally West as Flash
Just when you thought they were going to bring Barry Allen back, the last and final Crisis On Infinite Earths saw his side kick Wally West agree to take up the mantle as the new Flash. That's right, no more Kid Flash for Wally. He graduated to the majors, and he would forever be known as the third and modern age Flash in the world of comics.

This first appearance of Wally West as the Flash should be one of the copper age Flash comics to gun for who are fans of the Wally West version. Won't be easy finding CGC graded copies for this issue, at least online. May have better luck at a comic con or comic shop.

I do recommend reading the series as well as investing in the key issues this series has also.

eBay - No individual CGC copies for this issue, but a lot of CGC complete comic lots that are way too expensive for my taste. Personally don't want the entire run of this series, but the important keys. Some unslabbed options, as well as complete run raw comic lots if you want to take the risk. This copper age book should be snagged at a 9.8.

NewKadia - Two copies available and in stock. Highest is a VF+ and the other a FN. Good for reading.

mycomicshop - More unslabbed copies for this key issue. Highest is a solid VF.

Flash #1 image
The Flash Vol 2 #1
  • 1st issue to series with Wally West as new Flash
Just when you thought they were going to bring back Barry Allen, Wally West headlines as the new Flash in an entirely new series. Like the Man of Steel comic, Flash volume 2 was a rebooted DC universe often referred to as Post Crisis. Superman's power was down-powered, and Wally West was never as powerful as Barry Allen. However, they did race again (not in this issue), and Wally West as the Flash beat Superman, proving that the Flash and the Speed Force is faster than Supes.

This #1 issue isn't an easy find in CGC grades, regardless if it's a copper age issue. However, CGC 9.8 can still be snagged for under a hundred bucks if you can find them. 

eBay - Quite a few comic lots this issue is in. Quite a few individual unslabbed auctions for just this key issue. One CGC 9.8 located here, but that seems to be it.

NewKadia - Only one copy. It's advertised as a VF+.

mycomicshop - Affordable unslabbed copies in stock at mycomicshop. Highest is a solid NM.

Alrighty, that's all for now concerning Flash key issues and Flash key comics. I may update this list in the future with a Part 12 or not. Hope you enjoyed and hope this helps with your search for more key issue comics. If you missed the Superman key issues list, there's a lot of good ones in that list also, so be sure to click the link below to check that out! 

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