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Monday, June 9, 2014

Justice League of America Key Comic Issues Part 8

Finally, here we are with the end of this Justice League of America key comic issues list. We've finally hit a smattering of Copper Age key comics within the series. Some pretty valid keys, but most will most likely be sleepers and not that sought out. Therefore, expect few CGC copies and mostly raw copies for the keys in Part 8.

You can click this Part 7 link if you missed the previous posting concerning this list. If not, let's finish this last part up.

Justice League of America #179
  • Firestorm joins JLA
  • First appearance of Satin Satan
Superman finally inducts Firestorm as the newest member of the JLA in this issue. When searching for a missing classmate, Ronnie Raymond turns into Firestorm and meets the villainess Satin Satan. Of course, Satin Satin proves too much of a match for Firestorm alone, so he calls in the aid of his JLA team members.

Though a minor villain, this is Satin Satan's first appearance. This issue was published in June, 1980, and has Whitman variants as well.

eBay - Three high grade NM copies located. Highest is a 9.8. Other two copies are both gorgeous 9.6s. All still extremely affordable for CGC and late bronze age keys. Decent selection of raw copies to choose from also.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.8 copy here also. There's also three raw copies as well. Highest unslabbed copy is a FN+.

NewKadia - Three raw copies with the highest being a low NM 9.2. Second copy is a VF followed by a FN+ copy.

Justice League of America #193
  • Real origin of Red Tornado
  • First appearance of All Star Squadron
The real origin of the Red Tornado is revealed in this issue, but more importantly, this issue has the first appearance of the All-Star Squadron. This team was comprised of almost every character owned by DC Comics during the Golden Age. Their first appearance is in a back story in this issue, and wanted to spotlight the ignored or underplayed characters from back in the day.

This issue was published in August, 1981.

eBay - Unslabbed copies galore. Definitely no problem finding any of those at the moment. Six CGC options available, all high grade. Two CGC 9.8s and one 9.6. All three really cheap for high grade CGC copies. Also some Signature Series here. One SS is a 9.2 and the other is a SS 9.0. Both are signed by George Perez and Rich Buckler. There's also a regular Universal 9.4 as well.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.8 copy here, along with two raw copies. Highest raw is a VF. Other copy is a solid FN.

NewKadia - Highest copy here is a VF+ followed by a FN+ and a solid FN.

Justice League of America #220
  • True origin of Black Canary
Wow, some crazy stuff going on in this issue. Apparently, Johnny Thunder's pink magic genie named Thunderbolt has the dish on the Black Canary. Dinah Drake was the original Black Canary, and after the JSA disbanded in the 1950s, Dinah Drake got married to Larry Lance. They also had a child named Dinah as well.

It's revealed that the original Black Canary died shortly after Larry Lance died. Larry dies in issue #74 of the Justice League of America volume 1. The Black Canary that joined the Justice League of America is in fact their daughter, Dinah Lance, who has her mother's memories embedded into her by the T-Bolt.

eBay - No CGCs as of yet. Limited selection of raw copies as well for now.

NewKadia - Three copies here that include a NM, low NM, and a low Very Fine.

Justice League of America #261
  • Last issue of JLA volume 1 series
Last issue of volume 1. Actually, a pretty valuable comic for a Justice League of America Copper Age issue according to Overstreet Guide.  However, you can still get this issue dirt cheap on eBay for raw copies.

This series would be immediately rebooted in the Justice League series. This issue debuted April, 1987.

eBay - No luck with CGC as of the time of this writing. A decent selection of raw, unslabbers.

mycomicshop - Nothing but unslabbed copies for this issue here also. At least, at the time of this writing.

NewKadia - Five copies here with the highest being a NM+. Second highest is a low NM followed by two in the VF range and a FN+.

Justice League of America Annual #1
  • 1st Justice League of America Annual
Not really much to say except this is the first Justice League of America annual for the series. Well, okay, kinda strange that this is their first one and why so late to have annuals? This annual was published in August, 1983.

eBay - One CGC 9.8 copy. Only CGC on there so far. A smattering of raw copies in the eBay search.

mycomicshop - Only one CGC 9.8 copy here also for this key.

NewKadia - Only one low NM copy here.

Justice League of America Annual #2
  • Intro of new JLA team
  • First appearance of Justice League Detroit
  • First appearance of Gypsy
  • First appearance of Steel
  • First appearance of Vibe
A lot of firsts in this annual. First is the first appearance of Justice League Detroit, which many fans did not like this incarnation of the Justice League of America. Despite whether they liked it or hated it, this issue introduced the first appearance of Gypsy, who has become a pretty popular character.

Also, Steel's first appearance is in this issue, as well the character of Vibe. This is an early Copper Age issue, debuting October, 1984.

eBay - Definitely a more limited selection of both raw and slabbed copies for this issue. At least, at the time of this writing. No CGCs just yet, but that can change as always.

NewKadia - Highest is another low NM. The two other copies are a FN+ and low FN.

Alrighty, this is the end of this key comic issues list for now. I may or may not expand on this at a later date. Thanks for reading and hope this helps to shed some light on some well-known and not so well-known Justice League of America key issues from volume one!

If you happened to miss Part 7, you can always click the PREVIOUS link below. You can also click this PART 1 link if you missed the entire series and want to start at the beginning.

More key comics lists and to continue just click the GREEN ARROW KEY ISSUES link below.


  1. i don't know if you would conisder these key jla comics

    7 last 10c
    23 orgin and 1st queen bee
    35 1st silver age killer moth
    37 1 st sliver age mr terrfic
    40 third silver age penguin
    41 Orgin and 1 st apperance of the key
    43 1st apperance of the royal flush gang
    45 Orgin and first apperance of shaggy man
    51 1st sliver age Zatara
    69 wonder woman resigns
    97 orgin reltold. 1st sliver age saragon the sorcerer

    1. Yep, I do consider those JLA keys. Some were actually on my list originally but I opted not to include them. Wonder Woman quitting was one, as she ends up rejoining again anyways so a pretty useless key.

      Thanks for throwing down those keys anyways, just in case others are interested in them.

  2. I've been meaning to ask you this question, since you are well versed in submitting comics through CGC. The Premium membership comes with 4 free standard coupons, which is for comics valued at 300 or more. I know your thoughts on buying raw books, and I agree that are some big risks. So if I don't have any books at that value right now, would you recommend submitting what I have regardless of value, or pick up some un-slabbed books (like giant size xmen or ASM 121, 129 etc) and see how it goes?

    1. I believe Standard Service allows comics up to $1000. answer your question. I do not think the service is worth it if you have comics from 1980 and up, as you can submit them through their Modern Service for much cheaper. Standard Service is best if you have:

      A. Comics valued over $300.
      B. Comics pre-1980s.

      If you have quite a few books that meet those requirements above, it's best to get Premium Membership and use the 4 coupons, as it is cheaper than submitting without the membership. If you don't, you don't really need the membership in my opinion.

      You can plan to pick up some raw copies of those super keys, but it's an extremely large gamble you're willing to take, depending on the grade you're gunning for.

  3. Thanks for your advice. I have about 20 copper books and two pre-80s. I'll have to do the math and figure out the cost. There's a $39 membership too. That might be the route to go. I can't afford to gamble with $300-1000 raw ungraded books right now. Anyway, awesome blog man. Thanks again.

    1. Thanks for the kudos and I hear ya about not being able to afford gambling with $300 to $1000. The $39 membership doesn't get you the four only has 10% off submission services. Not sure if that's really worth it unless you have a lot to submit.