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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Walking Dead Key Issues Part 3

Part 3 is here to this Walking Dead key issues list. Missed Part 2? No problem, just click this Part 2 link to go back and check it out. You'll be able to navigate back.

Alright, let's see what else this series has in store! I'll bet you there will be zombies, new appearances, and people will die!

The Walking Dead #35
  • Death of Otis
  • Rare Error Printings
I'm combining both listings into one. The actual regular version for this comic is already past the $100 mark for CGC 9.8s, but the very rare "error printings" are extremely valuable. At CGC 9.6s, the error copies are going for about $400!

Creator Robert Kirkman explains that about 1,500 copies of the original 25,000 printings had page 21 printed twice and page 22 was completely missing. 

eBay - A few regular CGC Universal 9.8s. Three Error Misprints CGCs. One is a 9.8 Signature Signature series, and another is a regular Universal. There's also a 9.6 Error copy as well. Quite a few unslabbed copies to select from as well.

mycomicshop - Two CGC 9.8s. One is a Signature Series copy signed by Robert Kirkman. There's also a CGC 9.6 copy for sale as well. No unslabbed copies as of yet.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.8 copy located here. Only the one.

ComicLink - $95 for a CGC 9.8 copy here.

The Walking Dead #39 
  • First appearance of Judith Grimes
Rick's wife Lori pops out her kid at the prison in this issue, and it ends up being a girl. This is the first appearance of Judith Grimes, though it's widely believed to be Shane's daughter, not Rick's.

Still an important key and pretty sought after by fans of the series. Rick and Lori name the baby in the next issue #40.

eBay - Only two CGC 9.6s here at the time of this writing. Plenty of unslabbed copies to snag, though. Cheapest CGC 9.6 is $69.99.

mycomicshop - Only one CGC 9.6 copy here.

ComicConnect - Unslabbed 9.2 low NM copy available.

ComicLink - $75 bucks for a CGC 9.8 copy located at ComicLink. Cheaper than eBay? May be.

The Walking Dead #46 
  • Death of Tyreese
  • First appearance of Lilly Caul
Tyreese is captured by the Woodbury soldiers and is used as leverage to try to get Rick's group to allow them into the prison. Outside the prison, the Governor threatens to kill Tyreese if Rick and his party refuse. The group does not budge and the Governor decapitates Tyreese.

eBay - Three CGC 9.8 copies. One is a Signature Series and appears to be the same one on mycomicshop. Two 9.6s and one of them is a Signature Series as well. A few unslabbed copies to select from for this key issue.

mycomicshop - A CGC Signature Series signed by both Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard at 9.8 is here. Also, a regular Universal 9.8 copy is for sale.

ComicLink - CGC 9.8 copy for $85

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.8 available. Only copy and no unslabbed as of yet.

The Walking Dead #47 
  • Death of Axel and Gabe
The Governor's right hand man, Gabe gets shot in the head by Andrea as things start to heat up once the Woodbury soldiers return back to the outside gates of the prison. Axel is shot by an Woodbury soldier as he helps Rick and the group set up defenses against a Woodbury assault led by the Governor.

eBay - Three 9.8 CGC copies, and one CGC 9.6. One of the 9.8s is a Signature Series. No problem in finding raw copies on eBay for this key issue.

mycomicshop - Two CGC 9.8s. One Signature Series and one regular Universal.

ComicConnect - Only one CGC 9.8 copy at the moment and of this writing. Could be gone by the time you read this or not. I make no guarantees.

ComicLink - CGC 9.8 copy here for only $75 bucks.

The Walking Dead #48  
  • Death of the Governor
  • Death of Lori and Judith Grimes
All out war between Woodbury and the survivors at the prison. The Governor launches an attack on those staying at the prison, resulting in the most deaths of known and seen characters within the series. Notable deaths in this issue include Hershel Greene, his son Billy Greene, Rick's wife Lori Grimes, her daughter Judith Grimes, Patricia, and Alice.

Although her appearances are brief in the comic series, Lilly Caul is the person who shoots Lori and Judith after following the Governor's orders. When Lilly discovers that Lori was holding a baby and that she killed it, she is angered and ends up killing the Governor.

eBay - Quite a few unslabbed 1st printings for this issue. Only a few options for CGC. Highest is a 9.8. This issue is catching fire and quickly.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.8 and an unslabbed 4.0 copy. CGC is a Signature Series.

ComicConnect - Only one CGC 9.4 copy available at ComicConnect.

ComicLink - CGC 9.8 copy located here. Asking price is $175. It's only bid up to $100.

The Walking Dead #50 
  • First issue to have a variant cover 
  • Milestone issue
  • Erik Larsen cover
Not only is this a milestone issue, this is the first issue of The Walking Dead comic series to have variant covers. The most popular and sought after is the Erik Larsen superhero style variant.

As for the original printing, nothing momentous happens in that issue to really call it a key, except that it is the 50th issue.

eBay - Quite a few CGC options for the Erik Larsen variant. A few CGC 9.8s as well as Signature Series for the grade. Also 9.6s as well. There's quite a few options for the 2nd Print variant, not by Larsen, as well as a few of the 1st Print original.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.8 for the Erik Larsen variant found here. Asking price is $300.

The Walking Dead #53
  • First appearance of Eugene
  • First appearance of Abraham
  • First appearance of Rosita
The group are reunited with Glenn and Maggie, and Rick tells Maggie that her brother and father are dead. They leave the prison and return to the Hershel farm. 

The next morning is when they meet Abraham, Eugen, and Rosita, who claim they are on their way to Washington D.C. Eugene reveals he was a scientist in contact with Washington officials when the zombie epidemic occurred and knows exactly what caused the zombie plague. 

Pivotal key in The Walking Dead story arc that introduces three important characters to the overall story. This key is just blowing up big time.

eBay - No problem finding this copy in CGC high grades, nor unslabbed copies either.

mycomicshop - Two CGC 9.8 copies. Rest are unslabbed with the highest being a 9.6 NM+. Definitely, one of the more sought out key issues in the series.

ComicLink - One CGC copy for $350.

The Walking Dead #59
  • First appearance of The Herd
Back in Rick's hometown, he meets Morgan again and finds out his son Duane had turned into a zombie. After thinking that Morgan put Duane down, Morgan joins the group and continue to head to Washington D.C., but are met by a Herd of zombies blocking the road.

eBay - Only two CGC options. Both are 9.8s. Plenty of unslabbed 1st printings to choose from.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.8 to sink your teeth into for this key issue. Under $100 as well.
ComicLink - Another CGC 9.8 well under a hundred bucks also. 

The Walking Dead #61
  • First appearance Father Gabriel Stokes
  • Death of Billy and Ben
This issue sees the first appearance of Father Gabriel Stokes, who comes to the group after Billy is murdered by Ben. The group contemplate whether or not to kill Ben for his crimes, and Billy's parents Andrea and Dale are, of course, against this.

Later, Billy is found dead. The group do not know who killed him but suspect Carl. Definitely one of the more sought out key issues and first appearances. High grade CGCs are already getting up there in price.

eBay - Quite a few CGC graded options to choose from. Also some unslabbed copies. This key issue is becoming more recognized and blowing up.

ComicConnect - Only one copy, but it is a high grade CGC 9.8 nonetheless. $150 is what the fine folks at ComicConnect are asking for this Walking Dead key issue.

ComicLink - CGC 9.8 copy for $200?

The Walking Dead #63
  • First appearance of The Hunters
  • B&W flipbook reprint of Chew #1
In the previous issue, Dale is revealed to be missing when they stop for the night before reaching Gabriel's church. The next day they reach the church and decide to stay for awhile, but realize they are being watched.

Later, the mysterious group is revealed to be eating when Dale awakens and discovers that this group called The Hunters, lead by Chris, are eating his leg. Not one of the cheaper keys in the series, partly to do with the black and white flipbook of Chew #1 that comes with the comic.

eBay - Quite a lot of CGC 9.6s. Limited amount of CGC 9.8s, but this comic is starting to catch heat. Unslabbed copies available as well in case you're not into graded comics.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.8 copy here for a $100.

ComicConnect - Another CGC 9.8 copy located here for $150.

Definitely more The Walking Dead key issues in Part 4. Just click the blue link below continue with this key issue list. As always, if you missed Part 2, you can click the PREVIOUS link below to catch up on that.


  1. thanks for making this key issues list, some of them I wouldn't have even thought to write down!

  2. you forgot the death of Carol