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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

World's Finest Comics Key Issues Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 to this World's Finest Comics key issues list. We're still in the Golden Age concerning this list and quite a few interesting ones. Some won't be easy finds at all, and CGCs may be lacking for a few of these key comics.

If you missed Part 1 of this list, just click the link to go back. If you're ready for Part 2, continue on with the DC Comics goodness.

First Green Arrow in titled series
Green Arrow stories begin in World's Finest Comics

Here we are again with this key issue which was featured on the Green Arrow key issues list done not too long ago. Issue #7 sees the first time Green Arrow and his sidekick Speedy debut in this titled series and kicks off their solo adventures stories within the title for quite some time. This comic was published September, 1942.

 eBay - Only two copies and they're unslabbed. Watch out for the Flashback reprints! Don't be fooled by the price. No CGC copies yet unlike last time this was on the Green Arrow key comics list.

ComicLink -  Comiclink brings the CGC goodness for this issue. Only one though, but it's an 8.0 VF copy. Pretty high grade for an early Golden Age key issue.

Classic Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo cover
Of course comics are going to help spread patriotic propaganda during war time and in March, 1943, which when this was published, America was well into World War 2. This cover shows Superman, Batman, and Robin throwing things at Hitler, Mussolini and the general and 40th prime minister of Japan, Hideki Tojo. It is a classic World War 2 comic cover of the era.

eBay - Only one unslabbed copy on the mighty eBay at the time of this writing. No CGC copies yet, but that could change and most likely will sooner or later.

Last cardboard stock comic cover
Fun fact: A lot of the early Golden Age comics had cardboard or card stock covers that were thicker than the regular paper covers we're use to today. The card stock covers are less flexible and right now are extremely fragile due to age. Bend the cover a little and it will surely crack and split pretty easily.

World's Finest Comics #17 is the last card stock cover for this titled series. This comic was published March, 1945.

eBay - More than a handful but less than two. Only two CGC copies at the moment. Both are 7.0 FN/VF copies, both are Universal, but one is an old label. They're both the same price as well.

ComicConnect - Three copies available here. One CGC 7.0 FN/VF copy and an unslabbed copy at a 9.0 VF/NM are the highlights. Also an unslabbed 4.5 VG+ copy too.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies here. One is a 9.0 VF/NM copy also, and the other CGC copy is a 5.0 VG/FN. Also two raw copies here as well.

Paper covers begin
This is the first issue in the World's Finest Comics title that switches from cardboard stock to the paper covers that we are so use to today. An important key in the history of comics, but not really anything spectacular that happens in the DCU in this issue however.

Still, it's comic book history and a key issue comic regardless. World's Finest Comics #18 was published June, 1945.

eBay - Three copies located so far. One is a whopping CGC 9.0 VF/NM that's up for auction and ends this Wednesday! Other two are unslabbed copies

ComicConnect - Only one 1.8 low GD copy here. It's an unslabbed copy as well.

ComicLink - A whopping beautiful CGC 9.4 NM copy here at ComicLink! Also two very low grade raw copies also. Highest raw copy is a GD 2.0.

Last quarterly issue
Big news for comic fans during this era. During this issue and before it, World's Finest Comics was only published 4 times a year! This issue marks the last quarterly issue and the comic would switch to bi-monthly.

Not really much to say in terms of key issue status for this comic. This key, even if a minor key, is still a Golden Age early World's Finest Comics issue.

eBay - At the time of this writing there are about eight copies on eBay. All are unslabbed options except for one CGC copy. CGC is a 7.0 FN/VF with WHITE pages.

ComicConnect - One unslabbed copy here at the time of this writing. It is a lower grade copy.

ComicLink - One CGC copy available here so far. It's a low VF 7.5! Also there's four unslabbed copies too. Only one worth considering out of the raw copies is a low FN 5.5.

Bi-monthly begins
Classic Basketball cover
World War 2 has ended and World's Finest Comics goes bi-monthly with this issue, bringing superhero goodness twice a month instead of just four times a year. This comic was published March, 1946.

Not much else to say in terms of key issue status for this comic either. It is a historical fact that after World War 2, superhero comics started declining in popularity. Many publishers would start printing comics in other genres like Sci-Fi, mystery, teen, and horror comics. World's Finest Comics would be title that would survive the decline.

eBay - Only one unslabbed copy at the moment. Claims to be a VF/NM 9.0.

ComicConnect - Two copies available at the moment so far. Both are unslabbed, but one is toted as being a 9.0 VF/NM copy.

Some comic investments in Part 2 of this World's Finest Comics key issues list are more on the true historical side of things concerning the comic industry than in regards to what occurs on the panels and pages of these key comics. Still, it's true that any of these early Golden Age key issues are great comics to invest in.

Part 3 is ready so just click the link below to continue on with this key comics list,  but if you missed the beginning of this key comics list, you can hit the PREVIOUS link below to go back. See you soon with Part 3!

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