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Friday, March 28, 2014

Miscellaneous Key Issue Comics To Be On The Hunt For!


Thought I'd change it up a bit and throw out some odd or miscellaneous key issue comics that are on the radar right now. These comics in CGC 9.8 or 9.6 are either on the move or have already heated up. 

They're definitely ones to consider unless you don't mind paying a thousand and up for high grade copies of these comics, and since most are in the copper age, these comics in the NM range are more than plentiful. Alright, let's get this on!




Caliber Presents #1 comic coverCaliber Presents #1
  • First appearance of the Crow
The first appearance of The Crow is in this issue, and if you know, comic artist Tim Vigil did the cover to Caliber Presents #1. No doubt that this character has become quite popular and even more popular since the first The Crow movie starring Brandon Lee came out. 

There's even talks of a Crow reboot in the works. Best time to get this key issue comic before hype kicks it up even more. This comic is already going well above a hundred dollars for 9.8s. CGC 9.6s are already within the two hundred dollar range.

A solid investment comic from the copper age. This came out in 1989.

eBay - Only one CGC 9.8 copy located so far. A few 9.6s decently priced. A few Signature Series worth looking at also.

ComicConnect - One low NM, unslabbed copy located here.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.6 copy still in stock here. Bid is up to $135. 





Warrior Comics #1 image
Warrior Comics #1
  • First appearance of V from V for Vendetta
Alan Moore's V for Vendetta started as a comic strip that first saw publication in this British comic magazine by Quality Entertainment, later known as Quality Comics. Yes, the company was a rival to 2000AD, the company that first published Judge Dredd. 

Unlike Dredd, V for Vendetta did not go over well with comic fans in this comic series, but that would soon change once the character hit a global audience. Regardless, Warrior #1 hold the first appearance of V. This key issue was published in 1982, making it a late bronze age key issue.

Make no mistake, this is a pretty rare comic and no easy find at all. Most do not know about this comic book and that it's the first appearance of V.

eBay - Three unslabbed options located here. No CGC yet, but I'm not surprised by that.





V for Vendetta #1 comic cover picV for Vendetta #1
  • First issue to a 10 part series
When the Warrior comic series was dropped, it would be DC Comics who would pick up the tale. At first, Alan Moore was apprehensive, but was convinced to let DC Comics reprint the early strips in the Warrior comics and to continue the tale in this 10 issue series. 

At CGC 9.8, this comic is selling close to the hundred dollar mark on average. Some copies are already selling above it. 

This comic isn't in high demand, but 9.8s are starting to gain traction. It won't be too long before it will be impossible to get CGC 9.8s under a hundred dollars for this issue unless you steal it. This comic came out in 1988. 

eBay - A handful of CGC 9.8s and a few 9.6s on eBay. Waiting for an auction priced lower than a hundred may be the way to go. This isn't a high demand book, so you may get lucky and be the only one to bid on it. 

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.8 copy available, already priced above $100.  






Swamp Thing #37 image
Swamp Thing #37 Volume 2
  • First appearance of John Constantine
The character already got a movie, and now it seems like television is taking a stab at this character. The first appearance of John Constantine is in Swamp Thing #37 volume 2, and is already selling within the $200 dollar mark on average for CGC 9.6s. CGC 9.8s are already selling way past the $500 mark.

Constantine is another creation by Alan Moore. With the success of shows like American Horror Story, I'm predicting that John Constantine's NBC t.v. series will be a hit as well. This issue debuted in 1985. 

eBay - Loads of CGC 9.6s, and about three 9.8 Signature Series that are selling for ridiculous prices. Will be a hunt for regular CGC 9.8 Universal copies. 

mycomicshop - Two PGX 9.2s for those who don't mind PGX graded comics. Unslabbed options available in the mid grade range for this DC Comics first appearance.





Hellblazer #1 pic
Hellblazer #1
  • First issue to series featuring John Constantine
Those who are listing this comic on eBay as the "1st Constantine" are wrong. This issue doesn't hold the first appearance of John Constantine. This is the first issue to the comic series that stars John Constantine, however. 

Like I said, a t.v. series is ready to hit prime time and a movie's already been done about this character. I admit, I actually liked the movie, more for Rachel Weisz than Keanu Reeves, but it wasn't terrible. At least, I didn't think so. If you ask Alan Moore, he'll probably say it was horrid.

CGC 9.8s are selling within the $100 mark, still making them a deal to get before they start dropping near or after $200. This is still one of the more affordable key issue comics from 1988 or the copper age. 

eBay - More of a hunt for this issue concerning CGC copies. Only one 9.8 spotted.  

mycomicshop - A few unslabbed copies in the mid-grade range. Definitely not investment comic worthy for this copper age issue, but if you don't care about that and just want it to have it, these may be a good option for you.





Watchmen #1 comic coverWatchmen #1 
  • First appearance of Rorschach, Adrian Veidt, Doctor Manhattan, Daniel Dreiberg, Edward Blake, Hollis Mason, Laurel Juspeczyk
  • Death of Edward Blake 
Personally, I liked the Watchmen movie a lot, but regardless of what you think about the movie or not, this 1986 comic is definitely on the move. CGC 9.8s are already closing in or selling a bit past the $200 mark. CGC 9.6s are selling close to the $100 mark.

Another creation by Alan Moore and another comic put out by DC Comics, Watchmen was a 12 issue limited series. No movie or reboot talks, but this comic is still moving up steadily for high grade CGC copies.

eBay - More of a hunt for CGC 9.8s. A few CGC 9.6s, though. A few signature series as well. 

mycomicshop - Only one CGC 9.6 copy. No unslabbed copies.

ComicConnect - Two CGC 9.4 copies located here. One unslabbed VF/NM 9.0 copy in stock.




The Sandman #1 comic pic
The Sandman #1
  • First appearance of Morpheus
Apparently Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a big fan of the Sandman comic series and has taken up the project as director, co-producer, and may possibly star in a Sandman movie. While things are still being discussed, a Sandman movie seems to be moving along.

In the comic market, however, this first issue of Neil Gaiman's famous Sandman series is starting to heat up. CGC 9.8s are selling over the $300 mark. Although they have yet to near the $400 mark, they are slowly but surely heading there, but if you buy at the right time, you may get one fairly cheaper.

As more excitement builds for the movie, this 1989 comic written and created by Neil Gaiman will definitely get way out of reach for many. 

eBay - No problem finding slabbed copies. One CGC 9.8 is up for auction and going for $199.95 with about a day left, but I doubt it will drop for that cheap. Still worth a look, though.

mycomicshop - Three CGC copies located here. Highest are two 9.6s and one 9.4. Unslabbed copies in the VF/NM range as well.  


There we are. A few key issue comics to definitely take notice of now. Hope this helped bring more potential comics to add to your want list and hunt down. Thanks for reading and there's more in Part 2! Just click the link below to carry on!



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