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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Marvel Spotlight Key Issues List Part 1

Good to finally get back to some good ole Marvel! This comic started out as Marvel's tryout series back in the day to see what characters had the chops to star in their own comics, so there's a few first Marvel appearances within this title worth noting. This Marvel Spotlight key issues list will be a quickie though and only covers volume 1.

Marvel Spotlight #1
  • First appearance of Red Wolf
  • First issue to series
  • Origin of Red Wolf (Johnny Wakely)
The original version of Red Wolf is Marvel's first Native American hero. This is not the original Red Wolf. Marvel Spotlight #1 actually has the first appearance of John Wakely, whose tribe was slaughtered and was adopted by a white couple. His adoptive white parents would end up being slaughtered by Natives.

John Wakely would meet the Native American god, Owayodata, who can only manifest his powers through his chosen champions that are called Red Wolfs. He would later be a force of peace between the two races. He would often team up with The Two-Gun Kid, Rawhide Kid, and Kid Colt for a few adventures.

Despite the Western influence, this key issue is an often over-looked one and not really in demand.

eBay - Pretty scarce for both CGC and unslabbed copies at the moment. One CGC 9.2 located and only a handful of unslabbed, raw copies. Not that surprised.

mycomicshop - Only unslabbed copies here as well for the moment. Highest is a VF with the 2nd highest a low VF.

ComicConnect - Wow, quite a few options for this 1st issue, and there's CGC graded copies too! CGC 9.6 and a 9.2 are available here.

NewKadia - Four unslabbed copies here. Highest is a VF followed by a low VF.

Marvel Spotlight #2
  • First appearance of Werewolf by Night
  • First appearance Jack Russell
  • First appearance Lissa Russell
I recommended this key issue a while back, and it's proven to be one of the best bronze age key issues to invest in. Since then, Marvel Spotlight #2 and the first appearance of Werewolf by Night has gone up quite nicely.

This issue also has the origin story of Jack Russell and how he is cursed to become Marvel Comics famous werewolf. We also see the first appearance of Lissa Russell, his sister, who also bears the family curse.

I still think Werewolf by Night would make a pretty awesome television show since DC Comics and Warner have found homes for a few of their horror comic properties on prime time. His story might make a better t.v. show than a movie franchise. Just a thought, though. 

eBay - An easier find than issue #1 for sure. Quite a few unslabbed copies on the mighty eBay at the time of this writing. There's also quite a few CGC graded copies as well. Highest is a 9.6.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.0 available here as well as two low grade, unslabbed copies.

ComicConnect - Onlyy three unslabbed copies here at ComicConnect. Highest is a VF+ though.

ComicLink - CGC 8.5 copy available here. Only one at the moment.

Marvel Spotlight #4
  • Last Werewolf by Night
  • First appearance of Buck Cowan
Werewolf by Night would end up being popular enough for his own titled series and this issue marks the last Marvel Spotlight story he is in. The story is continued in Werewolf by Night #1.

However, this issue does hold the first appearance of Buck Cowan, who becomes a central character in the Werewolf by Night stories. He is Jack Russell's long time best friend, and one of the only people who know about his curse. He often tries to help Jack throughout the series. If they do make a movie or television show for Werewolf by Night, Buck Cowan should be in it as a supporting character.

eBay - Four CGC copies here. Highest are a 9.8 and 9.6. Third highest is a 9.4. Quite a bit of an Unslabbed selection as well.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.4 copy here as well as two unslabbed, raw copies. Highest unslabber is a low VF.

NewKadia - Three copies in stock at NewKadia for the moment. A FN copy is the highest so far. Second highest is a low FN.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.2 here. A few raw copies as well.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies only. One is a VF/NM 9.0 and the other a 7.5 low VF.

Marvel Spotlight #5
  • First appearance of Ghost Rider
  • First appearance Johnny Blaze
  • First appearance Zarathos
  • First appearance Crash Simpson
  • First appearance Roxanne Simpson
Huge key issue and probably the most sought out and in-demand out of all the Marvel Spotlight key issues. Although this comic is more known as the first appearance of Johnny Blaze and Ghost Rider, this issue also has the first appearance of Roxanne Simpson, Johnny Blaze's love interest who was played by Eva Mendez in the 2007 Ghost Rider movie.

This issue also has the first appearance of Zarathos, one of the first villains of Ghost Rider. Zarathos was not featured in the movie, but he is a known recurring villain to most Ghost Rider fans. Crash Simpson, Roxanne's dad, was also not featured in the movie, but in the comics, it's Crash Simpson who takes in Johnny Blaze after his father dies in a motorcycle stunt.

eBay - No surprise that this bronze age key comic is easily available on eBay also. Quite a few unslabbed and CGC copies so far. Highest CGC copies are two 9.4s and definitely not cheap. There's also a 9.2 and 8.5 that are a bit more affordable.

mycomicshop - One CGC 8.5 that's going up for auction July 19, 2014. It is a restored copy though. A FN unslabbed copy goes up for auction the same day as well. A few more low grade, raw copies available on consignment.

ComicConnect - Only one raw 6.5 FN+ copy at the moment.

ComicLink - Quite a few CGC options here for this key comic issue. Highest is a 9.6 NM+ and the 2nd highest a 9.0 VF/NM.

Marvel Spotlight #6
  • 2nd appearance of Ghost Rider
  • First appearance Servants of Satan 
The sought out 2nd appearance of Ghost Rider and a must-have for those looking for some of the best bronze age investment comics or key comics from the era. This issue also has the minor first appearance of the Servants of Satan, but the group seen in this issue aren't integral characters of the Ghost Rider mythos.

eBay - Quite a few unslabbed copies for this 2nd appearance of Ghost Rider. Five CGC copies so far, and the highest are 9.2s.

mycomicshop - Only raw copies here at the moment. Highest is a FN+. 2nd highest is a low FN.

ComicConnect - Four copies here and ComicConnect brings the CGC goodness once again. Highest is a 9.6 and the other CGC copy is a 9.2. Two unslabbed copies if you don't care for graded comics.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.6. A bit overpriced. The 9.6 at ComicConnect is much cheaper.

Marvel Spotlight #10
  • First appearance of Witch Woman
  • Origin of Witch Woman
In the early Ghost Rider stories, Linda Littletree, who becomes Witch Woman, was a pretty central character. She started off as a villain trying to take down Ghost Rider but then an ally and would later teach Johnny Blaze how to better control his powers and how to create his famous flame cycle. She would later fall in love with Blaze and try to seduce him. 

eBay - Three CGC graded copies at the moment of this writing. All are 9.4s. Plenty of raw copies to choose from for now if CGC isn't to your liking.

NewKadia - Only one raw low NM copy here at the time of this writing.

ComicConnect - Two CGC 9.4s here as well. Raw copies in stock in case CGCs aren't your thing.

Got to admit it feels good to get back to some Marvel key issue comics. Also feels good to get away from the Modern Age crappola and get back to some good ole bronze age key goodness.

We got more key comics in Part 2 to this Marvel Spotlight key issues list. It's ready so just click the CONTINUE TO PART 2 link below for more bronze age key comic issues.

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