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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Green Arrow Key Comic Books Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 to this Green Arrow key comic books list. Since early Green Arrow didn't have his own titled comics during the Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age, these Green Arrow key issues will be from various different titles, but will showcase some of the most important, as well as minor, comics pertaining to the Emerald Archer and Speedy.

A lot of these comics are Golden Age heavy hitters! They won't be easy finds, and they will be quite expensive in high grades. However, they will be some of the best comics to invest in ever.

If you missed Part 1, just click the link to go to that and navigate your way back here at a later time. Now that's out of the way, let's carry on with this key issue comics list!

More Fun Comics #78
  • 2nd More Fun comics cover
Green Arrow gets another spot light on a comic cover, and this marks the 2nd time the character is featured on a More Fun Comics comic book cover. Nothing really much to this Golden Age comic pertaining to Green Arrow except for that. At least that I know of for now. 

Comic was published April, 1942, and like most of his early appearances, this comic will be a tough find. Let's see what we can locate though.

eBay - So far only two options here at the time of this writing. One is a raw copy and the other is a CGC graded copy. The CGC graded copy is FN/VF 7.0, which is not bad at all for a Golden Age, early appearance of Green Arrow.

ComicConnect - One CGC 5.5 low FN copy here. This goes up for auction 8/4/2014.

World's Finest Comics #7
  • First Green Arrow in World's Finest title
The further and sporadic adventures of Green Arrow are also placed in the pages of World's Finest Comics as back up stories. Issue #7 sees the first time Green Arrow and his sidekick Speedy debut in this titled series, and their stories will be within the title for quite some time. This comic was published September, 1942.

eBay - Very limited selection. There are some raw copies, but beware of reprints. Only one CGC at a high grade of VF 8.0! It's also a Universal label. Will be an expensive buy, but no doubt a great investment comic to add to your vault.

More Fun Comics #89
  • First Green Arrow & Speedy origin
Here we are finally with the first origin of Oliver Queen and how he meets Speedy, and it will differ from the traditional ones we are use to. In the Golden Age of comics, Oliver Queen grew up alongside Native Americans and grew to admire them. He became proficient with a bow and became an America Indian historian.

Unlike the later revised origins, Golden Age Green Arrow was born in an average family. In an attempted robbery of his prized Indian collection of relics, Oliver Queen prevented the robbery but a fire broke out by accident and destroyed his collection.

Restarting again, Queen went to Lost Mesa to hunt for more artifacts and ended up being kidnapped by the same thieves who tried to steal his collection earlier. Brought back to a cave by his kidnappers, Queen meets another kidnapped victim, Roy Harper

The two arm themselves with a bow and arrow and defeat their captors. They find a rear exit out of the cave and stumble upon a hidden goldmine.

A highly important Green Arrow key issue, it was published March, 1943. 

eBay - Not the least bit surprised but no copies located here at the time of this writing. You can click the eBay link to see if that has changed, but this is a monster key to track down. Hopefully by the time you read this, there will be some copies available, especially some CGC copies if that's more your taste in online purchases.

Adventure Comics #103
  • First Green Arrow in title
After More Fun Comics, Green Arrow moves to Adventure Comics to continue his adventures, once again sharing the spotlight in back up stories with the likes of Aquaman and Superboy. I do believe this is the issue where Superboy begins for the series. April, 1946 is when this golden age key issue was published.

eBay - A very few, really low grade raw copy selection so far on the mighty eBay. Only two CGC graded copies. One is a high grade VF 8.0 Universal. The other is absolutely more affordable at a 3.5.

ComicConnect - Three copies available here. One is a CGC graded 6.5 FN+. The other two are raw copies and in the lower grade.

World's Finest Comics #24
  • First appearance of Bulls-Eye
Okay, despite Weisinger's claim about Green Arrow not being influenced whatsoever by Batman even though he had the Arrow Mobile and Arrow Cave, this Golden Age Green Arrow villain called Bulls-Eye has a striking resemblance to the Joker. He even looks like a clown as well.

I don't know, but it is what it is. Bulls-Eye's first appearance was published in September, 1946, and he isn't really that all well-known.

eBay - Only two raw copies of this issue located so far on eBay. No CGC copies as of yet. Might change by the time you read this.

ComicConnect - Two unslabbed copies available. Highest is a 8.5 VF+.

Adventure Comics #108
  • First appearance of boomerang arrow
More trick arrow appearances, and how fans of the character just loved the concept back then as well as today. This one is the first appearance of the boomerang arrow that Green Arrow used back in the day. Looks like Hawkeye was at least in some small part influenced by Green Arrow. Comic was published in September, 1946.

eBay - Only located two copies for this issue. One is a raw copy and the other is a CGC 6.0 Universal. Seller is in Canada.

A lot of these are tough finds online. Perhaps, they'll be hard finds offline as well since they are Golden Age comics.

If you missed Part 1, you know what to do. Just hit the PREVIOUS link below to go back and read that up.To continue with more Green Arrow key comic books and issues just click the PART 3 link below.

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