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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Justice League of America Key Issues

Excited to be getting back to silver and bronze age key issues dealing with superheroes, even if it's DC Comics. So with all signs leading towards a Justice League movie, it seems that a Justice League of America key issues list is appropriate to finally throw down.

This list will only deal with volume 1 of the titled series. No New 52 modern crap or the umpteen other volumes for this title either. Just mainly good ole silver age and bronze age with a tinge of Copper Age if that era has any goodies in volume 1! Alright, let's rock this bad boy out!

The Brave and the Bold #28
  • First appearance of the Justice League of America
  • First appearance of Snapper Carr
If we're talking about the most important superhero team in silver age comics, the Justice League has to be one of them. This team of DC Comics' most popular silver age comic characters actually inspired the creation of Marvel's The Fantastic Four due to the Justice League of America's immediate success and popularity.

The Brave and the Bold #28 is a silver age holy grail comic investment and features the first appearance of The Justice League of America. Even low grade copies of this DC Comics key issue is a worthy investment comic and extremely valuable.

This issue is one of the best comics to invest in period, if you can afford a copy. I've listed this issue quite a few times on here and for obvious good reason.

eBay - Wow, plenty of options for this comic, especially CGC. Quite a lot of Universal slabs as well, with a few restored copies. No cheap buy at all. Saw a CGC VF 8.0 for the price of a new KIA. There's a CGC 5.0 with a Best Offer option priced near 6 grand. As of this writing, no problem finding this super key on eBay. Being able to afford it is an entirely different problem.

mycomicshop - One restored copy here. It's graded at a 3.0 GD/VG and is unslabbed. Another FR/GD 1.5 raw copy goes up for auction the 7th of June also.

ComicLink - Wow, quite a lot of CGC options here. Highest is a VF+ 8.0. Also have mid-grade and lower grade CGCs as well.

The Brave and the Bold #29
  • 2nd appearance of the Justice League of America
  • First appearance of Weapons Master
Even though this is only the 2nd appearance of The Justice League of America, The Brave and the Bold #29 is an extremely valuable investment comic to own. Just like issue #1, even lower grade copies are deemed investment worthy. 

This early silver age key issue also sees the first appearance of Weapons Masters, known as Xotar, who is one of the earliest super villains to face off with the Justice League. That fact is pretty much the only importance for the character.

eBay - No surprise that this key is an easy find on eBay as well for both CGC and unslabbed copies, if you want to chance those. Lower grades in the 4.0 to 5.0 range are still affordable considering the caliber of this issue. 4.0s are below the $500 mark for CGCs. Highest is a 7.0 and that's well above a grand already.

mycomicshop - PGX 5.5 copy here on consignment. There's also a VG+ 4.5 CGC copy available as well as some really low grade raw copies.

ComicLink - One CGC 7.5 copy available. Also some raw copies to choose from.

The Brave and the Bold #30
  • 3rd appearance of the Justice League of America
  • First appearance of Professor Ivo
  • First appearance of Amazo
This is the 3rd appearance of The Justice League, and this early silver age key holds the first appearance of Professor Ivo and Amazo. Professor Ivo and Amazo are actually quite important characters to the origin of another DC Comic superhero. 

Amazo is DC Comics' official first android ever, created by Professor Ivo. Amazo has the ability to replicate any super powers he encounters. Professor Ivo became the project director of the A-Maze Operating System at S.T.A.R. labs. Sound familiar? Ivo's technology was used by Dr. Silas Stone to help turn Silas Stone's son Victor Stone into Cyborg.

eBay - A few CGC and unslabbed copies. Mostly lower grade copies for CGC. Highest so far for CGC copies is a 5.5 low FN.

mycomicshop - CGC 5.0 and a 1.8 copy on consignment at mycomicshop.

ComicLink - Three graded options. Two are CGC and one is PGX. Quite a lot of unslabbed copies here for sale.

Justice League of America #1
  • First issue to self-titled series
  • First appearance of Despero
Another holy grail of silver age key issues to own, Justice League of America #1 is the first issue of this superhero team's own self titled comic series. Extremely valuable for that fact alone, this issue also sees the first appearance of Despero, who has become a mainstay and popular villain in the DCU.

This comic has made it onto many key issues lists on Total Comic Mayhem as well. It will always be one of the holy grail of investment comics to own, even in GD grades.  

eBay - Definitely a hot book with less selection on the mighty eBay. A few CGC copies with the highest being a 6.5 FN+ so far. Even 4.0 CGC copies for this silver age key issue is already over a grand. It's still the 2nd most sought after JLA key issue in the market.

mycomicshop - Only one unslabbed copy here. It's a PR copy, meaning POOR!

ComicConnect - One PGX 5.0 copy and an unslabbed low VG. Also a CGC 7.5 copy up for auction but with very little time left.

ComicLink - Highest CGC graded copy is a FN 6.0. There's also a low FN 5.5 and a solid GD 2.0

Justice League of America #2
  • 2nd issue to self-titled series
No real important first appearances in this issue, and it's key status is pretty much only because it is the 2nd issue to the Justice League of America self-titled series. Sometimes that's all it takes.

Not as expensive as previous JLA appearances, this comic is still a bit more affordable in lower grades and mid-grades, even for CGC slabbed copies.

eBay - Even less of a selection for issue #2 at the moment. A few CGC options with one a 7.5 or low VF. That's already past the $1000 mark. Also two 6.5s and a 4.0 located. Raw copies available but scarce.

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies. One is up for auction and is a 6.0 solid FN. Little time left on that auction as of this writing. There's also a low VF CGC copy for sale. Quite a few unslabbed, raw copies.

ComicLink - Only one CGC option available. It's a 6.0 FN. Others are unslabbed copies and one is toted as a 9.0 VF/NM.

Justice League of America #3
  • 3rd issue to self-titled series
  • First appearance of Hyathis
  • First appearance of Kanjar Ro
  • First appearance of Sayyar
  • First appearance of Kromm
A lot of firsts for this 3rd issue of Justice League of America. It seems the JLA get caught in the middle of an interstellar conflict between planetary monarchs of the Antares solar system. 

Hyathis is the queen of Alstair. The ruler of the insect-like peoples of Dhor is Kanjar Ro. Another monarch is Sayyar who is the ruler of the lizard-like people of Llar, and Kromm, a metal skinned ruler of the planet Mosteel

Kanjar Ro is the Justice League of America's main nemesis in this issue. However, all these villains and their worlds make their first appearances in this issue also.

eBay - A handful of unslabbed copies and only two CGC options. Highest is a 7.0 and still under $800, especially since it has a Best Offer option. Might be able to get it under $700.

mycomicshop - Only dirt copies available here at the moment. Could change later, but so far nothing worth looking at.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 4.0 copy. Rest are unslabbed raw copies. Highest raw copy is also a 4.0 VG.

Part 2 is ready so click the PART 2 link below to continue with more Justice League key issues in this series.


  1. I own jla #1 and thanks for making this list, do you think I should hold on to my copy for a bit longer or sell it?

    1. I'd hold onto it for a bit longer. Actually JLA #1 is a good long term investment, but if you want to cash in wait until the Superman sequel is getting close to or has already been released.

  2. thanks for taking the time and making this list for all of us all. I ave been gunning for jsa comics for the last year. I think they are so undervalued compared to marvel aswell. always a added bonus.

    1. Under-valued is quite subjective, and I'm basing my own subjective opinion when I consider a comic to be under-valued as well. Sometimes a comic is under-valued because most collectors don't know about it, but then there are comics or key issues that aren't valuable or more valuable even if the market does know about them.

      I'm more of a Marvel guy and know exactly why I relate more to Marvel characters than DC Characters, but I agree and think that silver age DC comics are surprisingly under-valued as well. I know some would argue and say that most DC Comics are lower in value because quite a lot of collectors just don't like their characters.

    2. I think that will all change when wb's roll out the dc universe on the silver screen. look what it's done for superman/batman comics already.

      The thing is most people never liked thor,captain america and iron man before paramount put them on the silver screen. i know i didn't..Just look what "winter solider" did for captain america.

    3. I have a feeling you may be right, but I did like Iron Man before the movies. He was one of the only characters I thought would be really bad ass to turn into a movie if they could ever come up with the technology back in the day.

  3. Nice list! I hope to get at least one of the Brave and the Bold JLA keys.


    1. Anyone of them would be nice snags for sure!