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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Walking Dead Key Issues Part 5






Part 5 and still rolling right along. Quite a few more keys and sought out Walking Dead key issues left to go. More and more are realizing certain keys and variants are highly desirable, especially those with low print runs.

Visit Part 4 if you missed it, but if you're ready to continue, by all means do.





The Walking Dead #81 Comics Pro B&W Sketch Variant
  • Death of Tobin
  • Alexandria breached by The Herd
  • black and white sketch variant cover
Although this issue sees the death of Tobin, the B&W sketch variant is more sought after by fans than the actual 1st printing and more valuable. This could change. I didn't list the 1st printing on here, but it could be one to gun for as well. 1st printing 9.8 CGCs are nearing the $100 mark.

In this issue, a portion of the wall is starting to give way to The Herd, and as the Alexandria Safety-Zone prepare to defend against the assault, Glenn and a few supply runners volunteer to run to the tower to give Andrea, who has been trapped in the tower, needed supplies.

The Herd finally breach Alexandria and Tobin fends the zombies off while Holly runs to warn Rick. Morgan helps Rick to fight the zombies, and when they reach the site, they discover Tobin has already been ripped apart. In the fray, Morgan receives a bit to his bicep.

eBay - Five CGC copies for this variant cover on the mighty eBay. All are 9.8s and one is a Signature Series. A handful of unslabbed options available also.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.8 copy for the B&W sketch variant located here. Already past the $200 mark.

ComicLink - CGC 9.8 Signature Series copy here. Double signed by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.





The Walking Dead #83
  • Death of Morgan Jones
  • Death of Jessie Anderson (alive)
  • Death of Douglas Monroe
  • Death of Ron Anderson
Death fest in this issue as quite a few survivors bite the dust when Alexandria is breached by a Herd of zombies. Morgan, one of the longest supporting cast in the Walking Dead series who appears in issue #1, is shot and killed by Michonne so he does not reanimate.

eBay - Two CGC 9.8 copies. Both the same price with free shipping and both only $106. Only two CGC copes so far for this issue. Plenty of unslabbed options, though.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.8 copy available. Only one so far.





The Walking Dead #85
  • First appearance of Witchdoctor (flipbook)
  • Death of zombie Jessie Anderson
Other than Jessie Anderson facing a zombified death in this issue, The Walking Dead #85 holds the first appearance of Witchdoctor #0 in another flipbook type preview or short story. This original 1st printing is more valuable than the Infinity and Beyond variant, and is affordable in high grade CGC 9.8s but nearing the $100 mark.

eBay - Four CGC copies for the original 1st printing of issue #85. Three 9.6s and one 8.5. A few unslabbed copies to select from if CGC isn't your taste. However, the CGC copies for 1st original printings are still below $100 for 9.6.

ComicConnect - Only one copy for the original first printing here at a CGC 9.6. There is the variant copy.






The Walking Dead #85 Variant Cover
  • First appearance of Witchdoctor (flipbook)
  • Death of zombie Jessie Anderson
  • Lukas Ketner variant
A variant cover by Lukas Ketner . This one is the more sought out and valuable one at the moment concerning issue #85 variant covers. Still under a $100 bucks, though. How long that lasts is a different story.

eBay - Only three options available for this variant cover CGC graded. Two are 9.8s, in which one is in a lot, and the other is a 9.6. As always, a few unslabbed options are also available.

ComicConnect - Two copies of this variant cover located here. Both are 9.6s, but one is an unslabbed copy and the other is a CGC copy. No 9.8s. Probably best to check eBay if you're looking for 9.8 copies at the time of this writing.






The Walking Dead #85 Infinity & Beyond Variant
  • Exclusive celebration cover
  • Death of zombie Jessie Anderson
Another variant cover limited to 2000 copies and still highly affordable. This is dropping for under $50 at CGC 9.8s and probably best to get in on super cheap before the market decides this variant is a must-have. This issue is consistently selling so there is demand.

eBay - CGC copies available, with quite a few 9.8s for this Infinity and Beyond variant. Unslabbed options are available for this variant also.






The Walking Dead #87B San Diego Comic Con Variant
  •  Photo variant cover limited to 5,000
This San Diego Comic Con variant photo cover is a mildly sought out variant. Nothing key worthy really happens in issue #87, but fans seem to like this cover.

Recent CGC 9.8 dropped for $46 bucks. It was an auction, so still pretty affordable if you're into variants. This comic was limited to 5,000 copies at the 2011 SDCC comic convention. I'm predicting once knowledge spreads about that, this variant issue just may be even more sought out.

eBay - No problem finding this variant cover on eBay, or in CGC 9.8 grade for now. This could change quickly as more people learn the limited number of copies this variant has in existence.

mycomicshop - Two unslabbed copies. One is a low NM 9.2 and the other a a VF/NM 9.0.

ComicConnect - Three copies of this variant cover found here. One is a 9.8, the other is a 9.6, and the last is a 9.4. All are CGC graded. No unslabbed raw copies as of yet.





The Walking Dead #88 Fan Expo Canada Variant
  • Variant cover by Charlie Adlard
This is another variant cover that's steaming up nicely in the market for CGC 9.8 copies. So far this is the best variant to have for issue #88. There is another variant by Lukas Ketner. Issue #88 is another issue where nothing key worthy really happens in the issue.

eBay - No CGC copies for this Fan Expo variant, but there are unslabbed copies to snag.

ComicLink - CGC 9.8 Signature Series copy located here. Signed by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore.





The Walking Dead #91
  • Cameo of Paul "Jesus" Monroe
Still at the Alexandria Safe-Zone, the community is finding it harder to find food and supplies. At the end of this issue, an unnamed person is seen watching the community through binoculars. 

This unnamed person ends up being Paul Monroe, and this issue is becoming known as the first cameo of the character in The Walking Dead series. I'm putting this one on here in case this issue happens to end up like the first appearance of Wolverine in Hulk 180.

eBay - Four CGC copies here. All are 9.8! No problem finding unslabbed copies for this issue on eBay either.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.8 copy here.






The Walking Dead #92
  • First appearance of Paul "Jesus" Monroe
In this issue, the unnamed watcher reveals himself. Abraham and Michonne are the first to meet him and a scuffle ensues and the mysterious figure ends up getting the best of Abraham. Holding him hostage, the man asks to see the leader of the community. Michonne fetches Rick and the man reveals himself to be Paul Monroe from a community of around 200 members.

Paul wants to establish a trade route with Alexandria. He also says he knows of two other communities near Alexandria as well.

This key issue is becoming a sought out key and quickly. It's nearing the $200 mark for CGC 9.8s. Paul has become another fan-favorite of this series. This issue is known as the first appearance of Paul Monroe, and it's steaming up!

eBay - Very limited amount of CGC copies available on eBay for this issue at the moment. Only two 9.8s with one being a Signature Series. There is a CGC 9.6, and a few unslabbed copies for this issue.

mycomicshop - VF+ copy here and near the $100 mark.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.8 copy for under $200.





The Walking Dead #94 Image Expo Variant
  • Variant cover
After finding out that Paul's story checks out, Rick and few others agree to visit Paul's community called Hilltop. Nothing really key issue worthy about this issue, but the Image Expo Variant cover is fairly sought out. This variant is one of the best ones to obtain for this issue. 

eBay - CGC graded copies here for this variant. A few 9.8s and Signature Series.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.8 copy available here. Still under $100.




The Walking Dead #94 Image Expo Sketch Variant
  • Sketch variant cover
AIf you want to try and track down the best variant for issue #94, it's this one - the sketch version of the Image Expo variant cover. This bad boy is limited to only 200 copies and an extremely hard find. Expect to pay quite a few dollars in order to add this to your vault, but it hasn't gotten crazy just yet. When more people discover this gem, I'm pretty sure prices will get a lot more crazy for this variant.

eBay - Three CGC options for this limited variant. All are CGC 9.8s and one is a Signature Series copy, adding even more rareness to the already limited 200 copies out there. Double signed by Kirkman and Adlard.

ComicLink - Bringing the goodness, ComicLink has a CGC 9.8 copy. Only $200.



Part 6 is ready with more The Walking Dead key issues. Just click the PART 6 link to continue. You can also hit the PREVIOUS link below if you missed Part 4 to this series.




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