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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Preacher Key Comic issues

As requested and because some of these comics have already blown up due to news of the AMC t.v. series already green-lit, I'm going to rattle off some Preacher key issues. Of course, I'm going to introduce some less known key issues within the series that may blow up when the series actually airs and characters are introduced. So here's a few Preacher key comic issues to keep on the look out for.

Absolute Vertigo
1st appearance Jesse Custer

Okay, more first appearance confusion. Overstreet Guide has this as the first appearance of Jesse Custer. They also list Preacher #1 as the first appearance of Jesse Custer also. CGC notes this issue as "Predates Preacher #1" but notes Preacher #1 as the first full appearance of Jesse Custer, Tulip, and Cassidy.

When I think of a preview, I think of movie previews or movie trailers, which are basically advertisements. Now, if comic previews count as first appearances, then shouldn't advertisements count as well? Wouldn't the first appearance of Batman actually be in Action Comics #12 since there is a panel ad for Detective Comics #27 that shows the character?

Personally, I don't think advertisements should count as a first appearance, and I see comic previews as basically promotional ads like a movie trailer. This is where the debate begins because some do, and regardless of what I think, Absolute Vertigo may be heating up. However, if you look at actual eBay sales for CGCs, no one is paying the 9.8 prices being asked for.

mycomicshop - Quite a few unslabbed copies here. Highest is a VF/NM 9.0. 2nd is a VF+. May be cheaper on eBay or may not be. Best to shop around.

eBay - Plenty of unslabbed copies. There are CGC graded copies, but mostly 9.8s. Only one CGc 9.6 copy. Cheapest 9.8 at the time of this writing is $225. Only CGC copy to sell in the last 3 months is a 9.2 and for $55 bucks.

Preacher #1
First full appearance of Jesse Custer
First full appearance of Tulip
First full appearance of Cassidy
First appearance of Saint of Killers

Because of a television show that will soon air on AMC, this comic has hit the stratosphere and rather quickly in terms of demand and value. This is the actual comic that first sees the characters, and I mean comic book. Not a book that's basically a bunch of previews for upcoming comics.

Also, this comic has the first appearance of Genesis, the entity that uses Jesse Custer as a host. Some fans were trying to state that Hellblazer #60 is the first appearance of Genesis, but writer and creator Garth Ennis put a stop to that, stating that although the characters are similar, there is no connection between the two. End of debate. Thank, God!

Saint of Killers is a fan-favorite and a major supporting character within the Preacher world and ranked in the top 100 comic book villains of all time. The Saint is so badass that he eventually kills God, the Devil, and all the Angels in this comic series. Overstreet Guide has Preacher #2 as the Saint of Killers first appearance, but everywhere else, including CGC, has Preacher #1 as the character's first appearance.

It is pretty much the same for the first appearance of Cassidy and the first appearance of Tulip as well. Different sources are sighting different comics as their firsts, which includes some gallery pin up book. 

C'mon, really? For sanity sake, I'm noting what CGC and Overstreet Price Guide designates this issue as. If you want to argue about it, this site is definitely the wrong outlet to do so. I don't determine the key status of an issue.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.8 going up for auction June 7th! There's also an unslabbed low NM 9.2 going up for auction on the same day. This comic is surely hot at the moment.

eBay - Quite a few unslabbed options at various grades, and they're pretty much expensive. CGC 9.8 copies are at extremely ridiculous prices right now, and 9.6s are already dropping around the $300 mark.

ComicLink - Two CGC 9.6 copies located here. Both are priced at $299. One is bid up to only $200 and the other bid up to $210.

Preacher #2
First appearance of Arseface
First appearance of Agent Dinnings

Arseface is another major and fan-favorite supporting character in the Preacher world and Preacher #2 sees the character's first appearance. No doubt that this character will be in the television show and Preacher #2 is already commanding some pretty insane prices at CGC 9.8 high grades.

Agent Dinnings is a very minor supporting character in the Preacher comics. Not sure if this is the character's only appearance or not.

mycomicshop - Unslabbed VF/NM 9.0 copy located here as well as a raw, unslabbed solid FN 6.0 copy. No CGC as of the time of this writing, but since this comic is also hot, I'm sure that will change.

eBay - Not really a problem finding raw copies for this issue. Finding a truly high grade raw copy is a different story. Pretty limited on CGC copies. Two 9.8s located and two 9.6s. Last 9.8 dropped in April for $279.95.

Preacher #5
First appearance of Si Coltrane
First appearance of John Tool
First appearance of Paul Bridges

A journalist and old friend of Cassidy, Si Coltrane makes his first appearance in this issue as well as John Tool and Paul Bridges. Most are minor characters in this series and Si Coltrane actually dies in Preacher #7. Regardless, this key issue is blowing up somewhat in the market.

mycomicshop - Unslabbed solid NM 9.4 for $64 bucks.

eBay - Only a few unslabbed options as well as CGC options also at the time of this writing. Only two CGC copies in fact. Both are 9.8s. Cheapest is $129.99 with a best offer option.

Preacher #8
First John & Christina Custer
First appearance of Jody
First appearance of Marie L'Angell
First appearance of T.C.

 All these characters play important roles in the origin of Jesse Custer. Of course, John and Christina Custer are Jesse's parents and Marie L'Angell is Jesse's grand mother, who was matriarch of the L'Angell clan in Angelville.

The L'Angell clan were highly traditional, extremely cruel and tyrannical, in which the elders arranged marriages and imposed absolute control over the raising of children. Christina ran away from her L'Angell family with no intention of ever returning and met John Custer.

A little after having Jesse, both John and Christina were found by Jody and T.C. Jody was the top enforcer for the L'Angell family, and both men brought John, Christina, and little Jesse back to Angelville.

Since this issue gives pretty good insight to the origin of Jesse's roots, I'm pretty sure there will be an episode on the new television show that will introduce these characters. Still not that all sought out of a key issue just yet, though this key issue details Jesse's origin story.

mycomicshop - Only one copy available. It is unslabbed and it's only a low VF or 7.5.

eBay - Pretty limited selection of unslabbed copies on the mighty eBay for this issue as of yet. Even more limited with CGC options. Only one 9.8 Signature Series found so far.

Preacher #9
First appearance of Billy Bob Bobbs

As Jesse deals with his infamous L'Angell family, he further explains his origin to Tulip. This brings in his childhood friend Billy Bob Bobbs, whose family is inbred. Billy Bob's sister Lorie Bobbs will play a role in the series but is introduced later in the series. Another not so well known key issue or very sought after. This issue continues Preacher's origin.

eBay - Will be a hunt for an unslabbed issue on eBay at the time of this writing. Quite limited in the raw realm as well as CGC copies. So far, as of this writing, there's no CGC for issue #9. That will definitely change in the future.

ComicLink - Only one copy but it is a CGC graded one. 9.8 and Signature Signature series as well.

Part 2 to this Preacher key issue list is all ready to go so just click the NEXT link to continue.


  1. Mayhem, I recently discovered your website and I love it! Here's my current dilemma: I wish I had jumped on the Preacher train a bit earlier but unfortunately I did not. Now I find myself in a situation where there is a Preacher #1 available to me that appears to be at least a 9.6 (I hope). My plan or thought is to purchase it for $200 and have it CGC'd and make a few dollars on it. What would you advise?

    1. A bit are you buying it...eBay? Offline? Can you actually hold it and inspect it or just through pictures? Do you live in the U.S. in terms of shipping it to CGC?

  2. I ended up buying Preacher #1-7 and Absolute Vertigo for $200. I purchased it from a local comic shop (the owner is actually one I'm quite close to and trust). He always throws me great deals for being a loyal and longtime customer of his. The book is nearly flawless. Rather than the long wait for CGC I decided to list it on Ebay and was able to sell Preacher #1 for $300 so I've already made money on it and the rest of the books will just be extra profit from here on out, so I am very pleased!

  3. THANK YOU! THANK YOU !! THANK YOU!! What an valuable resource!