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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Green Arrow Key Comic Books Part 6

Yep, here we are with Part 6, and we are ending with bronze age Green Arrow key comics books and heading into Copper Age Green Arrow key issues. Some interesting keys in this part, and CGC copies will be a bit harder to find.

If you missed Part 5, just click the link you passed up to visit it. Otherwise, let's stop wasting time and get this on.

Green Lantern #90
  • First Mike Grell art on series
Mike Grell's Green Arrow artwork follows into the pages of the Green Lantern titled series for the first time. He replaces Neal Adams when Adams departs from the series. Pretty minor key issue unless you're a fan of Mike Grell's Green Arrow work. This issue was published September, 1976.

eBay - Quite a few raw copies to select from at the moment. Only one CGC copy at the time of this writing though. It's a 9.8 Signature Series signed by Mike Grell.

mycomicshop - Only unslabbed copies here. Highest is a low VF copy. Other two are low grade.

ComicConnect - No luck in finding many CGC copies for this issue. Only one raw VF 8.0 copy here at the moment.

ComicLink - CGC copy located here. Only one but it's only a 6.5 FN+ copy.

World's Finest Comics #244
  • First appearance of Slingshot
  • Green Arrow and Black Canary back up features begin
Two important reasons this is a key worth noting. Of course, first is the first appearance of Slingshot, a character who becomes a recurring villain.

The other reason is that Green Arrow once again gets a very limited back up run of stories again. His girlfriend Black Canary also stars in her own back up feature as well starting with World's Finest Comics #244. Issue was published May, 1977.

eBay - Limited selection of both raw copies and CGC copies. One CGC 9.6 available so far.

World's Finest Comics #251
  • First appearance of Count Vertigo
Count Vertigo was created by Gerry Conway, Trevor Von Eeden and Vince Colletta and was a main villain for Black Canary. Because Black Canary was romantically involved, Count Vertigo also became a feared foe of Green Arrow as well. 

Count Werner Vertigo was born with a inner ear defect that affected his balance. After a device was implanted in his right temple, Vertigo tinkered with the device and was able to affect the balance of others. Thus, begins his life of crime. This issu marks the first appearance of Count Vertigo and was published July, 1978.

eBay - Only three unslabbed copies for this issue at the time of this writing.

Green Lantern #122
  • Last Green Arrow team up in series
All good things do have to come to an end. Green Lantern #122 sees the last continuing Green Arrow and Green Lantern team up story within the series. Even the logo changes back to just Green Lantern after this issue.

This issue was published November, 1979.

eBay - No luck for CGC copies at the moment concerning this issue. Quite a bit of unslabbed copies to consider though.

mycomicshop - No luck here for CGC copies here either at the time of this writing. There are a few unslabbed copies. Highest is a FN/VF 7.0. Others are mostly mid-grade copies as well.

ComicConnect - Finally, we find some CGC goodness. Only one CGC copy though. It's a 9.6 and extremely affordable. There's also a 9.2 raw copy.

ComicLink - Pedigree copy here and a high grade NM one at that. It's also a 9.6.

Detective Comics #521
  • Green Arrow back up stories begin
Poor Oliver Queen, they just shift him around like an unwanted child. So this issue marks when Green Arrow first becomes another back up feature in yet another title. This time it's famed Detective Comics, encroaching on Batman's turf and signature comic series. 

Actually, it's a good thing since they didn't just write off Green Arrow completely. This issue was published December, 1982.

eBay - Only one CGC copy here at the moment. It's a gorgeous 9.6 for under $60 bucks. Quite a few unslabbed copies also.

mycomicshop - Definitely not bringing the CGC goodness. Only unslabbed copies at the moment with the highest a VF 8.0. Quite affordable, though.

ComicLink - CGC 9.6 located here. Only one so far.

Green Arrow #1 Vol 1 Limited Series
  • First Green Arrow series
Finally, Green Arrow gets featured in his own self-titled series, but it's only a limited one that spans 4 issues. Written by Mike W. Barr with art by Trevor Von Eedon, this is a huge and first attempt to craft a complete and engaging story solely around Green Arrow. Not an easy task at all.

Still penned as the everyday man and the fighter for the underprivileged, Green Arrow lives in an inner-city apartment and just tries to scrap by. When a friend is murdered, Ollie investigates and finds that her death is linked to Big Oil. 

Once again, taking on a big corporation for a comic hero during the time was quite a radical concept, especially one that's a relevant industry in the really-real world. This Green Arrow limited series was indeed ahead of it's time and is truly a gem that further separates the character as uniquely different from all other superheroes within the DCU. Issue #1 came out in February, 1983.

eBay - Only a few unslabbed copies and one CGC 9.6 copy up for auction that ends pretty soon.

mycomicshop - Only one raw copy available and advertised as a solid NM.

ComicLink - Finally a CGC copy found, and a high grade NM copy at that. Beautiful CGC 9.8 copy at the time of this writing. Only one though.

We're almost winding down with this Green Arrow key comic book list. Only a few more parts to this series to go. Part 7 is ready with even more Green Arrow key issues, so just click the PART 7 blue link below to continue on.

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