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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

World's Finest Comics Key Issues Part 4


We are heading out the Golden Age and into the Silver Age in Part 4 to this World's Finest Comics key issues list. A lot of these still won't be easy finds and CGC copies will be even tougher to locate. If you don't mind unslabbed copies then this list will help you a lot quicker than those who prefer CGC. 

There's a few minor keys and a few good ones to consider. Click this Part 3 link if you happened to miss it. If not, carry on and enjoy!





WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #75
1st Code approved issue in series

And here we are with the first Comics Code Authority approved issue within the World's Finest Comics titled series. A pretty historical time for the comics industry at the time, and self-censorship will last quite a while for the industry as well.

Despite this fact, nothing much else of importance happens in this comic issue. March, 1955 was when this comic was published. Only one more year before we hit the Silver Age of comics.

eBay - Two copies at the moment on the mighty eBay. Both are unslabbed and one is a VG+ and the other is coverless.

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





WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #77
Superman loses powers/Batman gains them

Remember how I was talking about some hokey stories after the Comics Code Authority was established? Well, have to say this is one of them. Blasted by a Kryptonite ray, Superman loses his powers and Batman magically inherits them.

Of course, the effects wear off and Superman is able to do everything super again while Batman returns to normal. I think this is the first and only time this has ever happened for Supes and Batman, where Batman gains the Man of Steel's powers, but I could be wrong. Not like it makes it any less hokey if it was for this Golden Age key issue.

eBay - Seven copies available at the moment of this writing. All are unslabbed. No CGC yet.

ComicConnect - Four copies here. Highest is a low FN 5.5, and one of the copies is in a comic lot of 16 World's Finest Comics.





WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #84
1st Silver Age issue in series

We have now moved out of the Golden Age for World's Finest Comics and head into the Silver Age with this issue. Yep, it's the first Silver Age comic in the series. Not much else to say about this issue except for that, but it's listed here for those of you who like gunning for these type of keys. 

The Silver Age would see the revival of superhero comics, and fans would once again make them popular. This comic was published September-October, 1956.

eBay - Same story here at the moment. Only a few unslabbed copies and no CGC yet. Highest is a mid-grade copy. All others are low grade.

ComicConnect - Two unslabbed copies available. Both are low grade. One is a 3.0 GD/VG and the other a 2.0 GD.

ComicLink - One CGC copy located here. It's a 7.0 FN/VF copy and it's a Universal label.





WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #88
 1st Lex Luthor and Joker team up

Who said that only superheroes could team up? That's right, Superman and Batman's greatest foes Lex Luthor and The Joker combine forces and team up for the first time ever against the forces of good in this issue. 

It would not be the last time either for the two most popular DC Comics' villains ever. This momentous issue was published May, 1957.

eBay - Unslabbed options only for now. Highest is supposedly a 7.5 low VF.

ComicConnect - Only one 3.0 GD/VG copy here at the time of this writing.





WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #89
2nd appearance of Batman Club of Heroes

Okay, this was formerly known as The Batmen of All Nations, a group of superheroes from different countries whom were inspired by Batman to dress up in tights and go fight evil. This is the groups 2nd appearance in comics, but the name was changed to just Club of Heroes

Some of these heroes were The Knight, Man-of-Bats, Wingman, El Gaucho, The Ranger, and The Legionary.

eBay - Two CGC copies found on eBay at the moment. Highest is a 6.5 FN+ and the other is a 3.5 low VG. Some unslabbed options as well. 

ComicConnect - Only one unslabbed 3.0 GD/VG copy here so far.

ComicLink - Two unslabbed copies here. Highest is a VG+ 4.5. Other copy is a 2.5 GD+.




WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #90
1st appearance of Batwoman in title
3rd appearance of Batwoman ever

Here we have the 3rd appearance of Batwoman and the first time she appears in World's Finest Comics. If you didn't read the Batman key issues, you wouldn't know that Kathy Kane was actually created because of Fredric Wertham's claims that Batman and Robin were gay lovers.

So to try to circumvent that issue, DC Comics thought it best to create a love interest for Batman and Bruce Wayne. Thus, Kathy Kane as the original Batwoman was created. The move may have covered for Batman but still doesn't for Robin, though. Homeboy didn't have a love interest for the longest time.

eBay - Only unslabbed copies on eBay at the moment. No CGC and no CGC copies have sold in the last three months.

ComicConnect - Same story again for this issue. Only one 3.0 GD/VG copy available at the time of this writing.

ComicLink - Only three unslabbed copies here. Highest is a 4.0 VG.




CGCs are pretty scarce online for most of the key comics now in Part 4 to this World's Finest Comics key issues list. Even the selection for raw copies are pretty limited at the moment. Not too sure why that is, but I suspect more comic investing enthusiasts are digging into early DC Comics a lot more.

If you missed Part 3, you can click the PREVIOUS link to go back. If not, just click the link below to continue with Part 5!





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