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Thursday, July 17, 2014

World's Finest Comics Key Issues Part 5

Welcome to Part 5 of this World's Finest Comics key issues list. We are into the Silver Age, and the key issues in this list will be quite depressing for those who prefer CGC copies. At the time of this writing, CGCs for these key comics are pretty scarce online. However, most located will be unslabbed copies for those who don't care for slabbed copies.

As always, you can visit this Part 4 link if you missed it. If you didn't, enjoy Part 5.

Origin of Batman and Superman team up retold

Continuing with more Superman and Batman team ups in World's Finest Comics, this particular issue retells the origin of how Superman and Batman first teamed up through flashbacks. Nothing else really exciting about this issue except for that. 

The Batman and Superman team up origin would be later reprinted in various other comics and a few times retold in later issues of this series as well. This comic was published June, 1958.

eBay - No luck finding CGC for this issue at the time of this writing, but there are a few unslabbed copies. All are low grade copies so far. Hopefully some CGC copies will start popping up for those who prefer their comics slabbed.

ComicLink - Only unslabbed copies here at the moment of this writing.

Jack Kirby work on Green Arrow begins

    Another key comic that was listed on the Green Arrow key issues list. Aside from Adventure Comics, Jack Kirby's work on Green Arrow also appeared in the pages of World's Finest Comics as a back up feature. This is the legendary Jack Kirby's first work in World's Finest Comics. 

    As with Jack Kirby making the move to DC Comics and known for his work mostly with Marvel Comics, this is definitely a key World's Finest Comics issue to consider. This comic was published during the Silver Age of comics in September, 1958.

    eBay - No problem finding unslabbed copies for this issue on eBay. Mostly lower grade copies though. No CGC copies as of yet.

    ComicLink - ComicLink brings the CGC goodness for this issue, but only one copy. It's an 8.5 VF+!

    ComicConnect - Two unslabbed copies. Both are low grade, and highest is a 3.0 GD/VG.

    Tommy Tomorrow begins in series

    Science Fiction comic hero that was created during the era when superhero comics were in decline among comic readers, Tommy Tomorrow is a Golden Age character, debuting in 1949. He was created by created by Jack Schiff, George Kashdan, Bernie Breslauer, Virgil Finlay, and Howard Sherman.

    Although his adventures are in various other titles, most notably Action Comics, he makes his debut in this titled series with this issue. Very, very, very minor key. 

    eBay - All unslabbed copies for this issue on the mighty eBay at the moment.

    ComicConnect - Three unslabbed copies. Highest is a 5.5 low FN, followed by a 4.0 VG. Last copy isn't worth mentioning.

    ComicLink - Two copies, both unslabbed. One is a pedigree from the Cleveland Collection. It's a 9.0 VF/NM copy. Other copy is a low grade 5.0 VG/FN.

    First appearance of Clock King

    Finally, some first appearances in this World's Finest key issues list. This issue holds the first appearance of the Clock King. Well, there are actually two Clock Kings in DC Comics. The first and original was created by Bill Finger, co-creator of Batman. World's Finest Comics #111 is not the first appearance of the original Clock King.

    The second was William Tockman, a villain and enemy of Green Arrow created by France Herron and Lee Elias. Although the original Clock King had no superpowers, William Tockman was able to see 4 seconds or so into the future. He, of course, is also a technological genius who can create teleportation devices, jamming devices, etc to help aid in his extraordinary ability.

    eBay - Oh, where are the CGC copies for these issues? Singing the same tune for this issue: All unslabbed so far, no CGC in sight just yet.

    ComicConnect - Five options here. All are unslabbed copies. Highest is a 9.0 VF/NM with the second highest a 6.5 FN+. There is one that's selling in a comic lot of 4 World's Finest Comics.

    ComicLink - Only one unslabbed copy here. It's a 7.5 low VF.

    First appearance of Arrowette
    First Bat-Mite & Mxyzptlk team up
    This comic was also featured on the Green Arrow key issues list and it introduces the female version of Green Arrow. Yes, this is first appearance of Arrowette and her alter ego Bonnie King. She is the original, but the second to take up the mantle is actually her daughter, Cissie King-Jones.

    Cissie doesn't do so until much, much later. 37 years later from the published date her mother first appeared, and that was November, 1960. 

    However, what wasn't noted on the listing in the Green Arrow key issues list is that this issue also has the first team up of Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk, both hindrances to Batman and Superman. The exception is that Bat-Mite worships Batman and causes trouble so he can see his hero in action, while Mxyzptlk just enjoys torturing the Man of Steel. Both are Imps from the 5th Dimension, but Bat-Mite leaves on his own accord when he realizes he's angered his idol. Mxyzptlk only leaves when someone tricks him into spelling his name backwards.

    eBay - Very limited selection. Only raw copies and little to none. No CGC as of yet.

    ComicConnect - Bunch of unslabbed copies. Highest is a 7.0 FN/VF.

    ComicLink - Only one 7.0 FN/VF unslabbed copy here as well.

    • Last 10 cent issue in titled series

    For those who like first or last price changes in comics, World's Finest Comics #121 marks the last regularly priced 10 cent issue. After this issue, 12 cents would be the normal price until the Bronze Age of comics.

    Other than that, nothing much happens in this book and not one of the greatest of Silver Age key issues to invest in but still a key comic regardless. It was published November, 1961.

    eBay - The unslabbed copies have it. Quite a bunch and no problem to find here, but not the same for CGC copies. If you don't care for CGC copies, then eBay just may have a copy of this key issue for you.

    ComicConnect - Still no CGC here. Bunch of unslabbed copies though. Highest is a 7.0 FN/VF. Second highest is 6.0 FN.

    ComicLink - Three unslabbed copies here. Two are 7.5 low VFs and the last option is a 6.5 FN+. No CGC yet here for this issue.

    These World Finest Comics keys are pretty scarce in the market at the moment, especially CGC copies. Perhaps the selection will get better as we get nearer to the end.

    Not overly abundant with first appearances in this titled series. There are some, but to be honest, most are quite minor characters. I doubt it will get much better on that front as we dig further into this beast.

    You can click the PREVIOUS link below if you missed Part 4 to this key comics list. Part 6 is also ready and you can continue on by clicking the PART 6 link below!


    1. Hey Vic what's up? you know how you asked me how the comic book biz is going? well I sold archie comic that I bought for 25 dollars and sold them for 100 and I'm shipping my jla #1 and tos 39 tomorrow

    2. Awesome, Gabriel, and congrats! Sounds like you're doing pretty good there! Let me know how the JLA #1 and TOS #39 turn out! Doing a video for those?