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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Green Arrow Key Comic Books Part 5

Slinging out Part 5 to this Green Arrow key issues list, and within Part 5 we have quite a bit of key comic books pertaining to Green Arrow. Of course, they're all spread out through different titles, but they're two really important ones concerning the character in Part 5.

If you missed the earlier post before this one, just click this Part 4 link to be shot back so you can read that up. If you already have, continue on and enjoy Part 5!

Green Lantern #85
  • Speedy revealed as heroin addict
  • First DC anti drug story
Continuing Dennis O'Neil's vision of having comic heroes tackle relevant but taboo subject matter that was often censored prior and during the time, the mismatched duo of Green Lantern and Green Arrow headed by the creative team of Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams would tackle the social issue of drug addiction in this famous issue. Yes, Speedy is found out to be a junkie, heroin addict in this key comic, and it's the first time a comic hero has ever been depicted as a drug abuser.

This may not be all that shocking to us now, but during the time this comic was published, it was quite radical and risky. Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man #96 had already depicted the issue of drug abuse, and it was the first comic that was published without the approval of the Comics Code Authority. ASM #96 was published May of 1971 and Green Lantern #85 was published August of 1971.

Still one of the best bronze age investment comics and Green Lantern and Green Arrow key issues out there.

eBay - Not surprised that there's a lot of options for both raw, unslabbed copies and grade copies for this land mark key issue. Four beautiful CGC 9.8s located at the time of this writing. Lots of other high grade CGC options as well.

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.8 copy here. Two other options available are raw copies. Highest raw copy is a FN/VF 7.0 so far.

ComicConnect - Two CGC graded copies and one PGX. Highest is a beautiful 9.8. 2nd highest is a more affordable 9.4. Most affordable graded copy is the PGX at a 9.0. Also one raw copy at VF/NM 9.0 as well.

ComicLink - Three CGC copies here. Highest is a 9.8. Second highest is a 9.4 and the lowest is a still very respectable 9.2.

Green Lantern #86
  • Anti-drug continued
The social issue of drug abuse and addiction is continued in this issue as Green Arrow and Green Lantern attempt to track down the drug traffickers in Star City. Speedy wrestles with his drug addiction and tries to quit cold turkey. This anti-drug key issue is another well-sought out issue and one of the best investment comics within the Green Lantern comic series. This bronze age key and land mark issue was published October, 1971.

eBay - No problem finding this Green Arrow key in raw copies or graded on eBay. Quite a few CGC options. 9.6s located with one being a Signature Series signed by Neal Adams. Also a 9.0 Signature Series double signed by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams, as well as an 8.0 at the time of this writing.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.0 copy up for auction that ends next Wednesday. Four unslabbed copies. Highest raw copy is a 9.2.

Justice League of America #94
  • First appearance of Merlyn
Once an inspiration of young Oliver Queen to pick up the bow, Merlyn ended up becoming a mercenary for the League of Assassins. Since then has become the archenemy of Green Arrow. Like Green Arrow, Merlyn is one of the best archers in the DCU. 

His alter-ego is Arthur King, and he first debuted in November, 1971. Will not be cheap in high NM grades.

eBay - Looks to be a pretty decent selection for raw copies concerning this key issue comic. On the CGC front, there's three graded copies on eBay at the moment. Highest is a 9.6 with the second being a 9.4.

mycomicshop - Only one raw copy here and its a VG+ 4.5.

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies here. One is a 9.6 and the other a 9.4. Two raw copies available as well.

ComicLink - One CGC 8.0 copy only at the time of this writing.

Flash #217
  • Green Arrow kills
Although the Green Lantern and Green Arrow team up in the pages of Green Lantern was cancelled, the duo did have one last very small run the pages of Flash comics. In this back up story that runs up to Flash #119, Green Arrow kills a gang member named Ricky by accident and begins to question his superhero ability throughout the small run.

This is story called "The Killing An Archer", and was published in September, 1972.

eBay - Quite a few raw copies to choose from as of this writing. Only three CGC options though. Highest is a 9.2 and quite affordable for an early Flash bronze age key comic. Second highest is an 8.5 and the third option is a 7.0 Signature Series double signed by Neal Adams and Dennis O'Neil.

mycomicshop - A few unslabbed copies here. Highest is an 8.0 VF. Two FN/VF 7.0 copies and a VG/FN 5.0 copy available. If you don't mind raw copies, these might be for you.

ComicLink - Only one 9.0 CGC copy here at the moment.

Action Comics #421
  • Green Arrow stories begin in series
Once again, Green Arrow gets shifted to yet another title as a back up feature. This time it's in the pages of Action Comics, and this run would produce the artwork from an artist that would become linked to the character and a fan-favorite. This is the first issue to see Green Arrow in back up stories in the titled series, and it was published in February, 1973.

eBay - Pretty limited selection of this comic for both unslabbed raw copies and CGC. Two CGC copies available for now, both are high grade NM. One is a 9.8 and the other a 9.6 still around the $200 range yet pretty far from the $300 mark.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.8 copy here. Also a raw VG+ copy as well at the moment.

Action Comics #440
  • First Mike Grell Green Arrow artwork
Speaking of the artist that would become important to the mythos of Oliver Queen and the character of Green Arrow, this issue holds the first Green Arrow artwork by Mike Grell. As stated before, he has become a fan-favorite during his run in this series and his work on the character has become influential as well. He would also make other contributions to Green Arrow much later, as we'll see in later parts to this Green Arrow key comic books list.

This issue was published October, 1974, and is a definite sleeper and not that well-known for its key issue goodness.

eBay - Some raw copies available for this issue. No luck on the CGC copies as of yet.

mycomicshop - Only low grade unslabbed copies here at the moment.

ComicLink - The folks at ComicLink bring the CGC goodness, but only one copy. That copy happens to be a gorgeous 9.8 however.


Part 5 has been whipped out and concluded, but we still have more key issue comics regarding Green Arrow in Part 6. So, just click the PART 6 link below to continue with the key issue goodness.

Click the PREVIOUS link if you happened to miss Part 4.

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