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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Crisis On Infinite Earths #1 CGC 9.8




This is my first purchase of 2014 back in January. This is another comic I got using the Double Dip strategy. This time it was the eBay Bucks left over from my Amazing Spider-Man #129, first appearance of The Punisher, at CGC 8.0 that helped to fund this comic.

I only garnered $13 measly eBay Bucks back from the ASM #129 purchase, so since it wasn't really enough to knock off the price of any worthwhile silver or bronze age key issues in decent grades, I decided I'd Double Dip and get a Copper Age key issue comic that was on my want list.

Once again, if you're not sure about the Double Dip strategy, you can click the blue link to read about it.

Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 was originally priced at $44.99 with $10 shipping, so all I really paid for it was $41.00. It was not my first choice, though. My first choice was an Uncanny X-Men #283, but I realized that I already have that issue. Not sure if it's a 9.8, though. So, the next in line was something from the Crisis On Infinite Earths series.

I really wanted either Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 or #8, but all they had at the time were fixed priced listings that were pretty over-priced. So, Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 it was. The funny thing is by the time I got my Incredible Hulk #181, there was a rash of Crisis on Infinite Earths #8 selling around the $49 mark on eBay. The friggin' irony.

With the exception that Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 is the first issue to one of the most important story lines in the DC Comics Universe during the Copper Age, this key issue has the first appearance of the Blue Beetle. Ok, actually that's not entirely true.

The character of the Blue Beetle is actually a Golden Age comic hero. The original is Dan Garret and published by Fox Comics. He first made his debut in 1939 in the comic Mystery Men #1.

During the Silver Age of comics, Charlton Comics obtained the rights to the Blue Beetle character and revised him. Instead of the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty, the new Dan Garret was an archaeologist who got his super on from a mystical scarab he discovered in Egypt.

Ted Kord, the most popular version of the character,  was created and published under Charlton Comics, and later by AC Comics. However, the Ted Kord Blue Beetle's first appearance in DC Comics is considered Crisis on Infinite Earths #1. So, when they say it's the first appearance of Blue Beetle, they actually mean the first appearance in DC Comics.

I've always liked this story line, as it was the attempt by Marv Wolfman to clean up DC Comics continuity problems. If you read my Superman key issues list, or Flash key issues list, I get a bit into that mess. 

Never had the actual comics to this series, but did have the graphic novel that came out in 2000 something. I ended up selling that a while back. 

Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 has moved up a bit since then. It's average value based on the two copies that sold at CGC 9.8s in March is $64.97, so you can still get this Copper Age key issue for under a hundred bucks if you catch it at the right time.

 


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