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Monday, June 23, 2014

Green Arrow Key Comic Books Part 7

And here's Part 7 to this Green Arrow key comic books list. We're definitely still covering the Copper Age in this part concerning Green Arrow keys. 

Click this Part 6 link if you missed it, but if not, enjoy Part 7 and the related key comics pertaining to DC Comic's most liberal and socially political superhero character!

Green Lantern #165
  • 1st team up with John Stewart
No, this team up doesn't become a regular thing like it did with Hal Jordan, but this is the first time Green Arrow and Green Lantern John Stewart team up and kick some butt. Quite an over-looked book and pretty much still a sleeper. 

This issue was published June, 1983 and makes it an early Copper Age key issue. Still a minor one for now.

eBay - Two CGC copies at the moment on the mighty eBay. One's a CGC 9.8, extremely affordable and the other is a 9.6. The 9.8 is cheaper than the 9.6, both are Universal, and the 9.8 has a Best Offer option. Quite a few unslabbed raw copies to peruse.

mycomicshop - If you're looking for more unslabbed copies, there's two here. Highest is a VF and the other is a FINE. No CGC as of yet.

Detective Comics #549
  • Alan Moore scripts Green Arrow
Who can deny the genius of Allan Moore? This is the first issue where Alan Moore takes up penning this story called, "The Night Olympics" for Green Arrow, and it only lasted two issues.

This is the most reprinted Green Arrow story from the Copper Age and was published in April, 1985.

eBay - Four CGC options for this key issue. Three 9.8s and one 9.6 at the time of this writing. A few unslabbed copies but not many.

mycomicshop - Two unslabbers here only. Highest is a NM. The other is a VF.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies. One's a beautiful 9.8 and the other a gorgeous 9.6.

Crisis on Infinite Earths #12
  • Death of Earth Two Green Arrow
Although it's highly unclear where the transition of Earth Two Green Arrow or Earth One Green Arrow took place in the comics or if it ever did, Crisis on Infinite Earths #12 does have a panel that shows Green Arrow in his classic costume with the red gloves and boots dying.

Not strange that this mini series written by Marv Wolfman with art by George Perez continually keeps popping up on most DC Comics key issues list on here. The series was to clean up the multi-verse messiness and just have one streamlined DCU. 

Still a very under-valued series one of the most under-valued key issues during the Copper Age. This was published March, 1986.

eBay - No problem finding this Copper Age key for unslabbed copies or CGC graded. CGC 9.8s are still cheap if you catch an auction.

mycomicshop - Only unslabbed copies here. Two so far and the highest is only a VF.

NewKadia - Quite a few raw copies available for sale here. Highest is only a low NM however.

Batman The Dark Knight Falls
  • Green Arrow helps take down Superman
Extremely influential Frank Miller story line concerning Batman The Dark Knight even though it is not cannon and is an Elseworld's story. It actually takes place on Earth 31.

Oliver Queen is a big part of this story, which is part 4 to The Dark Knight Returns limited series. Green Arrow loads a kryptonite arrow and wounds Superman during the famous battle between the Man of Steel and Batman

Not just one of the best Batman key issues during the Copper Age, but one of the best Green Arrow keys during the era as well. This was published June, 1986.

eBay - Quite a few copies here. Some CGC options located as well. 9.8 is there, but pretty expensive. Also saw a 9.6 as well.

mycomicshop - One CGC copy here and it's a 9.6. Probably same one on eBay. Also raw copies. Highest is a FN/VF 7.0.

ComicLink - CGC copy located here also. It's a 9.4.

Green Arrow The Longbow Hunters #1
  • New costume redesign
Hugely popular 3 issue limited series, Green Arrow The Longbow Hunters brings back Mike Grell to the character, which he pens and also does the art for. Yes, Mike Grell was influential to the character before, but in this limited series he redesigned the Green Arrow costume to a more modern look, most noticeably the hood and revamped the character.

Also, Grell cast Oliver Queen as an urban hunter, taking on real world bad guys like serial killers, gangs, terrorists and mobsters. Grell did away with the trick arrows and showed the character deliberately killing someone for the first time in this series. Mike Grell brought a grittier, more realistic Green Arrow to the pages of comics. 

After Longbow Hunters, no story Mike Grell ever scripted about the Emerald Archer ever referred to Oliver Queen as Green Arrow. Grell actually thought the name "Green Arrow" was stupid. Issue #1 to this limited series debuted August, 1987.

eBay - A few copies of issue #1. There are two comic lot auctions that have entire series. Watch out for 2nd prints. I only saw one CGC 9.6 at the time of this writing available.

mycomicshop - Only one copy located here so far. It's unslabbed and a VF copy.

NewKadia - Two copies for issue #1 to this limited series here. Highest is a NM and the other a low NM or NM-.

Green Arrow The Longbow Hunters #3
  • First appearance of Eddie Fyers
This issue marks the first appearance of Eddie Fyers, and he would be an important ally to Oliver Queen and would later look after Conner, the 2nd person who would take up the mantle of Green Arrow.

This character has already been introduced in the Arrow television show during season 1 and veered from his comic book relationship with Ollie for the show. In Arrow, Fyers is a nemesis of Oliver Queen and the first person Ollie kills with a bow and arrow.

eBay - Quite a few unslabbed copies, but no luck on CCG copies at the time of this writing.

NewKadia - Three Near Mint copies here. Highest is a 9.6 NM+ and second highest is a solid NM. Lowest is a low NM copy.

Alright, we're getting closer and closer to wrapping up this Green Arrow key comic books list. Part 8 is ready with more Green Arrow key issues, so just click the blue PART 8 link below for more key issue goodness.

If you missed Part 6, just can also click the PREVIOUS link below. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.

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