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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Marvel Premiere Key Issues

It's been a while since I've done a comic series key issues list, and I thought I'd drop a list of some Marvel Premiere key issues to be on the hunt for. A few important Marvel first appearances within this title, but this key comics list will be relatively short. It looks like there will only be 2 parts to this series!

Marvel Premiere #1 Adam Warlock cover
Marvel Premiere #1
  • Origin of Adam Warlock
  • First appearance as Warlock
Wow, I've talked about and mentioned this beast a few times already. Right now the official key issue status of this comic is the origin of Adam Warlock.

However, there's an argument in the comic community about how this comic should be the first appearance of Adam Warlock. I'm not with that party, but I do believe this should be the first appearance as Adam Warlock. This is no longer an easy find in higher CGC near mint grades.

mycomicshop - Two graded copies at the time of this writing. One is a CGC 8.5 and the other is a PGX 7.0. Lower grade raw copies available as well.

eBay - Not that easy finding high grade CGC copies for this issue any longer. There is one CGC 9.4 I spotted, and only a few unslabbed copies. They're even getting harder to find on eBay as well.

Marvel Premiere 2 Adam Warlock
Marvel Premiere #2
  • 2nd issue
  • First appearance as Adam Warlock

2nd issue to Marvel Premiere and features the first appearance of the character as Adam Warlock. Not as HIM or just Warlock, but Adam Warlock.

If you've followed my blog for a while, you'd know that the character was revamped from the character of HIM. This issue isn't really widely known as of yet, and quite a few fans are pushing for this to be the first appearance as Adam Warlock in comics. Technically it's right, but Adam Warlock's character is still a reincarnation of HIM, which I believe crumbles some fans' argument that Marvel Premiere #1 should be the first appearance of Adam Warlock.

The industry has yet to officially recognize either plea, but it looks like the "first as Adam Warlock" key issue status for Marvel Premiere #2 is heading that way in the future, making this key issue more than just a 2nd issue. CGC only puts "Warlock"  on the notes and on some of them nothing. Overstreet also does not note this issue of any importance as well.

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.8 and two raw copies. Highest raw copy is a VF+.

NewKadia - One unslabbed near mint copy and one very good minus copy. If you're a first time buyer you can use the coupon code new4 and get 18% off this bad boy. The more you buy the higher the discount, so make it count for your first time buying at NewKadia.  

eBay - One CGC 9.8 and two CGC 9.6s. A handful of raw copies to try your luck at higher grades as well.

Marvel Premiere 3 comic book cover
Marvel Premiere #3
  • First Doctor Strange in titled series

After Doctor Strange's first title was cancelled, he made some sporadic appearances in various comics. This is one of them, and it predates his second self-titled comic series.

Not an extremely important key issue, but this information may be useful for Doctor Strange fans who are determined to track down all appearances of the character. That reminds me that I have to add this to the Doctor Strange key issues list I just recently did.

mycomicshop - One CGC graded copy at a 9.6. Already pretty pricey. Two FN/VF 7.0 raw copies and some lower grade copies available.

eBay Quite a few CGC copies. Highest is a CGC 9.6 and there's quite a few. Some unslabbed copies as well. Worth taking a look, but this comic isn't cheap for some odd reason.

NewKadia - Two copies. One is a FN- and the other a VG-.

Marvel Premiere 10 pic
Marvel Premiere #10
  • Death of the Ancient One
Doctor Strange's mentor is finally killed off in this issue, making it a somewhat important key comic within the Doctor Strange mythos. I'm quite sure the Ancient One will have his first big screen debut in the Doctor Strange movie, but not too sure if they will kill off the character immediately in the movies.

Even if they do, I'm not quite sure that will even impact the demand of this key issue comic. Nonetheless, it is a key and makes this list. 

mycomicshop - One low grade raw copy for sale here.

eBay - Only one CGC copy at a 9.8 that I located at the time of this writing. Some unslabbed options as well.

NewKadia - Four unslabbed copies here. Highest is a VF- or low very fine. Second highest is a FN.

Marvel Premiere 14 comic image
Marvel Premiere #14
  • Last Doctor Strange in titled series
As the status says, this is the last Doctor Strange appearance in this tmitle. Shortly after, Doctor Strange goes onto his 2nd self-titled series. Not really much else to say about this minor key issue.

mycomicshop - No CGC copies as of yet. Raw copies available. Highest is solid FN.

NewKadia - Quite a few copies here. Highest is a VF+ and under $20. You'll need to scroll a bit after clicking the blue NewKadia link that will bring you to the comic page where this issue is listed. 

eBay - Two CGC copies. One is a 9.6 and the other a 9.4. A few unslabbed options to take a gander at if CGC isn't your thing.

Marvel Premiere 15 comic cover
Marvel Premiere #15
  • 1st appearance of Iron Fist
Back to Iron Fist. I've already mentioned the first appearance of Iron Fist a few times already. This month of May marks the character's career of 40 years in comic books. As you already know, a television show featuring the character is in the works and this has been one of the key comic book issues to snag for a few months now.

mycomicshop - Three CGC copies. One is a Signature Series 9.6 copy signed by Stan Lee. A bit pricey. Another Signature Series 9.0 copy located here and signed by Stan Lee as well. Only Universal copy is a CGC 9.2. 

eBay - Another comic that's becoming increasingly harder to find at CGC Universal 9.8s and 9.6s. There is a 9.4 on eBay as of this writing.

Quite a few Marvel Premiere key comics, but there's more to come. Part 2 of this Marvel Premiere key issues list is ready so just click the PART 1 link below. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed. Share and comment if you feel social.

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