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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

World's Finest Comics Key Issues Part 3

Back to more World's Finest Comics key issues. This is Part 3 to the series, and I do have to warn that although the key comics in this part are technically keys, they aren't really all that important key issues. The most they have going for them is that they are still in the Golden Age era of comics, and therefore pretty rare. 

There is one on this list that's an extremely important key and highly sought after. Another one is important in a historical way concerning the comic industry.

Of course, you can click this Part 2 link if you missed it, but if not and are ready to continue with Part 3, let's get this one over with.

First appearance of Bulls-Eye
Another key issues that was featured in the Green Arrow key issues list recently, this is the Golden Age Green Arrow villain called Bulls-Eye and the character's first appearance in this issue.

Bulls-Eye's first appearance was published in September, 1946, and he isn't really that all well-known, nor was he utilized very much in the Golden Age and thereafter.

eBay - Only two raw copies of this issue located so far on eBay. Highest is a VF+ 8.5. No CGC copies as of yet.

ComicConnect - Two unslabbed copies available. Highest is a 8.5 VF+. Might be the same copy on eBay.

ComicLink - Quite a few unslabbed copies here. 5.0 VG/FN is the highlight so far.

Wyoming Kid begins in titled series
Comics reverting back to the Western theme once superhero comics became out of fashion during this particular time in the Golden Age of comics. This is no the first appearance of the Wyoming Kid as some earlier Overstreet Price Guides claimed. 

His first appearance was in Western Comics #2, and this issue is nothing but his introduction into the title and where his adventures begin in World's Finest Comics. This was published September, 1949.

eBay - Only two unslabbed copies here. One claims it's a VF+ 8.5 and the other is a 4.0 VG.

ComicConnect - Two unslabbed copies and the highest is a FN+ 6.5.

Tom Sparks Boy Inventor begins in comic series
A key issue for a pretty unimportant character. Tom Sparks Boy Inventor begins in this issue, but he only lasted for a few adventures. Published in December, 1950 this is about the time when the popularity of superhero comics were in major decline and comic publishers were trying their best to keep readership by publishing every other genre imaginable in comics. 

Not exactly the cream of the crop of key issue comics to get, but is still a Golden Age key issue and World's Finest Comics key nonetheless.

eBay - Only one unslabbed copy at the time of this writing. It's a FAIR low grade. Hopefully there's more other options for this comic sooner rather than later.

Origin of Superman retold
Tomahawk begins
The thousandth time Superman's origin is retold is in this issue. Also Tomahawk's adventures begins with this one. 

Seriously was leaning towards not even listing this issue, but here it is. This was published July, 1953.

eBay - Only one unslabbed copy at the moment. It's a low VG or 3.5 copy.

ComicConnect - Only one low FN 5.5 copy here at the time of this writing.

Superman and Batman team up begins
1st Superman and Batman team up in title
First 10 cent issue

This key issue is one of the best and most sought after in the World's Finest Comics series for volume 1. No surprise since it's one of Superman and Batman's early team ups ever. It's the 2nd one ever in comics and the first in this titled series, which also begins the famous team up that this comic title is so well-known for.

World's Finest Comics #71 was also featured in the Superman key issues list on here also. This key issue has seen even more demand since Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice was announced last year, and it is one of the best key issue comics to invest in from this titled series.

This issue also marks the first 10 cent issue for this titled series. Before, the cost of World's Finest Comics was usually 15 cents. Will not be an easy find at all for this key issue either!

eBay - Scarce on eBay at the moment. No copies unslabbed or slabbed available at the time of this writing. Last copy July, 13th...yesterday and it was an unslabbed. Best to keep checking the search results if you're gunning for this key issue. It's extremely hot right now.

Last pre-code issue
Gonna lay some more fun history for you. Before the Comics Code Authority came into existence, there was a psychiatrist named Fredric Wertham who dealt with the mental examination of convicted felons. When he began to examine the younger felons, he soon found out that most liked to read comic books.

Fredric Wertham began to study comics and came to the conclusion that they were violent, filled with sex, drugs, and basically a danger for the mental stability of America's youth. In 1954, published Seduction of the Innocent condemning comic books and superheroes. 

In this book, he alleged that Batman and Robin were in actually gay partners and promoted homosexuality. Wonder Woman also came under attack. Wertham said that Wonder Woman's strength and independence made her a lesbian and was not a positive role model for young girls.

Superman was a fascist according to his findings, and the hero helped to perpetuate a sadistic behavior in children to enjoy seeing someone punished over and over again. The book even got the attention of the United States Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. Hearings on the damaging influence of comics on America's youth were held and gained much media attention at the time.

Before parents were writing into the comic companies thanking them for giving their little Johnny a positive role model with Superman and how little Ricky ate all his vegetables because Supes told him so, but after all the hoopla, parents began condemning comics. Comics were burned by parents and many did not allow them into their homes. 

The book and the Senate hearings almost completely destroyed the comic industry at the time. In order to survive, the remaining publishers created the Comics Code Authority to self-censor their comics. This move actually kept the comics industry a float, it appeased the general public at large enough to where they backed off enough to allow comic books to be printed and circulated in the U.S. 

Although, the Comics Code Authority did save the comic book industry at the time, it undermined the quality of many characters like Batman, producing hokey stories and toning down such characters like The Joker so they were in essence just cheesy clowns.

This issue was published January, 1955.

eBay - Only unslabbed copies on the mighty eBay. Four to be exact, and they're all pretty much lower grade copies. Highest are two VG+ copies at the moment. Hopefully some CGC copies are listed soon if you prefer slabbed comics.

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies and one unslabbed copy. Highest slabbed copy is a 7.0 FN/VF followed by a FN. Unslabbed copy is a low GD.

Wow, talk about not having much of a selection for the key issue comics listed in Part 3 to this keys list. Not surprising, though. We are still in the Golden Age but will be heading out of it in Part 4, which is ready so just click the link below to continue onward. 

As usual, if you missed Part 2, you can click the PREVIOUS link below to head on back and see those World's Finest Comics key issues. 


  1. need to look into these worlds finest very cool comics. just looking through past on the hunt list and didn't see any wolverine key list. I know you got that in you. hugh

    1. Hey Hugh, thanks and I'll keep a Wolverine key issues list in mind.