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Monday, May 5, 2014

Marvel Premiere Key Issues Part 2

We're zipping through this Marvel Premiere key issues list, and to tell you the truth there really isn't much. However, there are going to be some surprises and key comics you probably never considered to consider. So, should be a lot of fun discovering these out and some are lesser known ones.

Of course, if you missed Part 1, you click this blue PART 1 link to go back. Don't worry, you'll be able to navigate your way back.

Let's get crackin'!

Marvel Premiere #16 comic book
Marvel Premiere #16
  • 2nd appearance of Iron Fist
  • Origin continued
The origin of Iron Fist continues in Marvel Premiere #16, an this issue also contains the 2nd appearance of Iron Fist. Not a well-known key issue so I cannot say it's one of the hot bronze age key issues to gun for. Not extremely sought after at this moment, but that will change.

It is, however, an Iron Fist key issue to gun for and get before it blows up worse in value. 9.8s are a bit up there (still below the $500 mark), but 9.6s are still pretty affordable, cheaper copies dry up fast now, though. 

NewKadia - Lots of copies for this issue here. Highest is a VF+ and has a pic of the comic so you can check it out.

mycomicshop - No CGC copies as of this writing. Highest raw copy is a FN/VF 7.0 so far. Could change.

eBay - Quite a few CGC options. Only one CGC 9.8, though. There are three CGC 9.6s located at the time of this writing. Unslabbed copies no problem finding, of course. Click the blue eBay link to take you to the comic's search results there.

ComicLink - CGC 9.6 and 9.4 copies available for sale here. 

ComicConnect - CGC 9.8 and 9.6 copies are here. There's also a 9.0 CGC copy and a few raw copies.

Marvel Premiere #19 picture
Marvel Premiere #19
  • First appearance of Lee Wing
  • First appearance of Colleen Wing
The first appearance of two more important supporting characters within the Iron Fist mythos, this issue holds both the first appearance of Lee Wing and his daughter Colleen Wing. Lee Wing is also known as Professor Wing and is a professor of oriental studies at Columbia University.

Apparently, Prof. Wing has mad knowledge as well as secret books that put him in danger with the Cult of Kara Kai. This is how he and his daughter Colleen meets Iron Fist and procures the hero's protection and friendship.

Colleen Wing is often partners with Misty Knight, and is part of a group called the Daughters of the Dragon.

NewKadia - Unslabbed goodness here. Highest is a solid VF for under $20 bucks, but only one copy at that grade. Other two are mid-grade copies. You'll need to scroll to the bottom to find this issue after clicking the NewKadia link above. 

eBay - No CGC copies yet, and only a handful of raw, unslabbed copies.

Marvel Premiere #20 comic book cover
Marvel Premiere #20
  • First mention of Misty Knight
This issue is a minor key that first mentions an important supporting character in the Iron Fist mythos. That character is Misty Knight, who has had roles in Powerman and Iron Fist. She is most associated with Iron Fist and Luke Cage in the comics, but does show up in various other titles as a supporting character. A key issue comics from the bronze age era, but so far pretty much a sleeper.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.8 located here. Only one CGC copy so far. Highest raw copy is a solid VF. Lots of other raw copies as well.

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

eBay - CGC 9.8 and a CGC 9.6 located on the mighty eBay. CGC 9.6 is super cheap, under $100 dollars. No problem finding raw copies either.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.2 Low Near Mint copy. Only one CGC copy. The rest are unslabbed, raw copies.

Marvel Premiere #21 pic
Marvel Premiere #21
  • 1st published appearance of Misty Knight
Ok, hopefully I can clarify this up. This is technically the first published appearance of Misty Knight, a supporting character of the Iron Fist mythos. That means it's the first time the character is actually seen by name.

However, here comes another retcon. In Marvel Team Up #64, it would be revealed that Misty Knight previously appeared as an unnamed character in Marvel Team up #1. The industry recognizes Marvel Team Up #1 as Misty Knights first appearance, but much like Hulk #271, I'm recognizing it as her first appearance historically (Marvel historical timeline).

Misty's partner is Colleen Wing and both have been members of the Daughters of the Dragon group. She was also romantically linked to Iron Fist for a while. There's a very good chance she will be a supporting character in the upcoming Iron Fist television show. 

mycomicshop - No CGC comics, all raw copies. Highest raw copy is a FN/VF 7.0.

NewKadia - No problem finding a copy here. Highest is a VF+. 

eBay - If unslabbed copies is your game, plenty of those here. As for CGC graded copies, I didn't locate one at the time of this writing. That could change, however.

ComicConnect - One CGC 8.0 VF...super cheap! One solid FN raw copy also located here.

Marvel Premiere #25 image
Marvel Premiere #25
  • Last Iron Fist issue in title

Not one of the more extremely important key issue comics of the era, but it is a key that sends Iron Fist off into his own short-lived first titled series. His trial in Marvel Premiere must have proved successful enough. However, he was found to be more of a better supporting hero than one in the spotlight. Maybe the new television show that Netflix and Marvel are working on will change that. This comic debuted in October, 1975.

mycomicshop - All unslabbed, raw copies. No CGC as of yet. Highest grade is a VF.

NewKadia - If you're into unslabbed copies, then NewKadia brings the goodness. Highest is a VF+.

eBay - Lots of unslabbed copies. Only a few CGC copies. Did see a CGC 9.6 and a CGC 9.6 Signature Series.

ComicLink - CGC 9.6 and 9.2 copies are here.

ComicConnect - Three copies here. One is a CGC 9.6 and the rest are raw copies. Highest raw copy is a 9.2.

Marvel Premiere #47 comic pic
Marvel Premiere #47
  • 1st appearance new Ant-Man (Scott Lang)
  • 2nd appearance of Scott Lang
  • Origin of new Ant-Man

Another comic I've mentioned more than enough on here already. As we all know already, this is the first appearance of Scott Lang as Ant-Man, but what people tend to forget is that this is the 2nd appearance of the character of Scott Lang in comics. If you don't know which issue Scott Lang's first appearance is, you can click the blue link to find out.

Also, this comic has the origin of Ant-Man, which I'm sure they will show in the up and coming Ant-Man movie. This is one of the hottest Marvel Premiere key issues right now. Published April, 1979.

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.6 for sale here. Others are unslabbed copies at mostly lower grades. 

eBay - No problem finding this issue in CGC 9.6. CGC 9.8s are becoming more of a hunt at decent prices for obvious reasons. Lots of unslabbed, raw copies to choose from also if CGC isn't your thing.

Marvel Premiere #48 comic pic
Marvel Premiere #48
  • 2nd appearance new Ant-Man (Scott Lang)
  • 3rd appearance of Scott Lang

Double whammy of key issue appearances. Of course, this issue is the 2nd appearance of Scott Lang as new Ant-Man, but it's also the 3rd appearance of the character of Scott Lang in the comics. 

This is a sleeper for sure. Not that many CGC 9.8s out there. Not because they're rare. More like because most have yet to bother submitting them to CGC. This sleeper was published June, 1979.

mycomicshop - Cheapest and only CGC 9.8 option. Same copy is on eBay, but the cheaper buy even with the buyer's premium is here. There is also a CGC 9.4 that's extremely affordable as well. Unslabbed high grade copies in the VF range also available for sale.

eBay - Only one CGC 9.8 in the search results and it's the same one at mycomicshop (cheaper on mycomicshop as well). No problem finding raw copies to choose from in the eBay search results. There's also a 9.6 CGC copy and a 9.4, which is probably the one from mycomicshop also.

NewKadia - Two copies here. Highest is a solid VF. Second copy is a low very fine. 

Alright and there we have it. A relatively short list, but some key issue comics were featured on the lesser known side as well. If you missed the first part to this Marvel Premiere key issues list just hit the PREVIOUS link below to magically go there. If you missed the Doctor Strange Key Issues, just visit the link to check that out. Thanks for reading and have a good one all.


  1. thanks for this key issues list, I was wondering if you could make a how to blog on how to find upcoming movies, finding the info you need to decide what comic books to look for and where to start looking for those comic books if you know nothing about them!

    1. Good Call! I second

    2. Kinda sounds like what I already provide on this site.

  2. Nice list! Misty Knight was a cool character. I hope she's on the show.


    1. Thanks Jeff, I hope she does as well, would be a bit weird if she doesn't at least make some kind of cameo.

  3. not really what you provide are key issues lists, hot comic books that are heating up, investment advice and other things but you even said yourself that you should find and pick up hot up and coming books before other people get in on it and having a guide like the one I mentioned would help me and a lot of other people out because it would teach us how to look for specific information and how to use they to find they comic books that are going to be used in the movies.

    1. Just did a post on the subject. Not quite sure if it covers what you're specifically asking, but there's a reason I write details about a comic in my key issues lists instead of just listing the title and issue number, which is to provide information about that particular key issue, including whether it's backed by rumor of a possible onscreen debut or a confirmation of it.

      Since we're on the subject, though, is there any other comic related information you or anyone else would like to see more on Total Comic Mayhem?

    2. Could you please do a article on the current comic book market.I don't know if it's booming cuz of comic book movies. or if it's down to the world wide economics fairing much better. I personally think it's latter. In simplier terms no sellers and loads more buyers.

      What ever is going on, it's making it harder and harder to find good books for a good price. Also could you do a undervalued comic book list. i'e sleepers list

      many thanks from the u.k

    3. Sure I could do a post about the current market concerning comic investing. As for the sleepers list, I could do that also, but I have to warn that what I consider a sleeper and the price range a sleeper is at could be vastly different than yours.

  4. I have to say Mayhem. You do an amazing job on this site. Very informative ad entertaing as well
    I have to make a point. I've been though these lists a number of times now and unless I go through them all again I'm not quite sure if other charters or issues have been added to the previous ones. Is there some way you can list newer key issue lists or additions so I dot have to keep searching the previous lists I have already read? Thanks