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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Captain Marvel Key Comic Issues Part One

Alright, still bringing on the Marvel goodness. This time around it's Captain Marvel, and even though he's not hugely popular character, he does tote some pretty important key issues as you'll soon find out. This Captain Marvel key comic issues list will only cover Silver, Bronze, and Copper Age. This list will start off looking like the Marvel Super-Heroes list, but I promise it will be different.

Let's get the cosmic goodness going.

First appearance of Captain Marvel
First appearance of Una
First appearance of Yon-Rogg
First appearance of Zarek

In the Marvel Super-Heroes list, I only listed Captain Marvel's first appearance, but since this key issues list solely pertains to the Captain Marvel mythos, you can see that Marvel Super-Heroes #12 is jam packed with first appearances. Yep, there's a boat load of Kree characters that may or may not pop up in a Marvel movie since the Kree are already introduced in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

So let's explain some of these characters if you don't already know. Yon-Rogg was the commander of the Helion, the Kree space ship that Mar-Vell was assigned to that first went to Earth. Yon-Rogg had a deep seated hatred for Mar-Vell and was the character's first main nemesis. This hatred had much to do with the jealousy he felt towards the romantic relationship between Mar-Vell and Una, the ship's medic. Yon-Rogg plotted to take Una as his.

Zarek is, or once was, the prime minister of the Kree Empire. He would later be thwarted by Captain Marvel and The Supreme Intelligence in his scheme to seize control of the empire by posing as the god-like Zo. He is a bigot and despises less pure bred Kree who have pink skin instead of blue. Thus, he has a hatred for Captain Marvel as well.

As I've mentioned before, this is one of the later Silver Age key issues to start considering. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has already been announced and some of these Kree characters may be further introduced.

eBay - No problem finding unslabbed copies on the mighty eBay at the moment. Quite a few CGC copies also. Highest CGC so far is 9.2 low NM.

mycomicshop - Same deal as the last time this was listed in the Marvel Super-Heroes key issues list. There's three graded copies here. Two are CGC Signature Series with the highest being a low NM 9.2. Other one is an 8.0 VF and the last copy is a PGX 7.0 FN/VF.

ComicConnect - VF+ CGC 8.5 copy located here. There's also an unslabbed copy but it's really low grade and not even worth mentioning for a late Silver Age key issue.

ComicLink - Two CGC options found here. Highest is a 9.0 followed by an 8.0 VF.

First appearance of Carol Danvers

Back to this one, and I've mentioned and recommended this a few time already. A lot of hype and rumors surrounds this character either making a big screen debut in Avengers 2 or Phase 3 of Marvel's cinematic plans.

Ms. Marvel #1 from the Bronze Age has already seen a huge surge in demand and value, and it's only a matter of time before collectors start gunning for the first appearance of Carol Danvers like piranhas to a piece of meat. If you didn't know, Carol Danvers does become Ms. Marvel later, but before this happens, her character is greatly linked to Captain Marvel.

Not an easy find in high grades right now, because this comic is such an over-looked one and not that highly known yet. Not even easy to find slabbed.

I searched all through Stockton Con and only found one vendor with a copy of this comic, but it was dirt, low grade and extremely over-priced.

eBay - Still not an easy find for high grade copies with this issue. Plenty of lower grade unslabbed ones. One CGC 8.5 VF+ up for auction and ends in 3 days. Only one so far.

mycomicshop - Tons of unslabbed lower grade copies. Highest is a 5.0 VG/FN. This comic is steaming up and quick.

First issue to self-titled series
3rd appearance of Captain Marvel
No longer a cheap find in high grades like it was a few years ago, this is the 3rd appearance of Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) and the first issue to the character's self-titled series. Although the series would endure quite a few slagging sales throughout it's run, it did go all the way to issue #62.

Quite a bit of interesting things happen in this series, and who knows what characters Marvel and Disney may pull from it and introduce in their cinematic universe. Since Ronan the Accuser and Thanos are greatly linked to the character, there's a high possibility that some minor supporting characters just may have an on-screen debut coming up.

eBay - A few unslabbed copies with some being high grade or advertised as such. A few CGC options as well, but high grade slabbed is pretty limited.

ComicConnect - Only one CGC copy here and it's a low NM 9.2. There are quite a few unslabbed copies for this key issue and the highest is also a 9.2 low NM.

ComicLink - Two copies found here at the moment. One is a CGC 8.5 VF+ and the other is an unslabbed  6.5 FN+.

Captain Marvel gains superpowers
Death of Una
Once again Zarek plays a huge role in the Captain Marvel mythos, and in this issue Captain Marvel's love Una dies after a skirmish with the Aakons, who were order to execute Mar-Vell by the Kree for being a traitor. Mar-Vell is cast into space by Yon-Rogg and lands of a planet that is home of the god Zo, who is actually Yon-Rogg but learn that in later issues. 

Zo grants Mar-Vell him the super powers of super-strength, illusion casting powers, and the ability to teleport in order for him to take revenge on Yon-Rogg, with the condition that Mar-Vell will have to return the favor at a later time. With his new found powers, Captain Marvel seeks out Yon-Rogg to exact revenge.

eBay - Only a few unslabbed copies on eBay at the moment. No CGC as of yet.

mycomicshop - Two unslabbed copies in stock. Highest so far is a VG+. The other option is a VG.

First appearance of Nega-Bands

And here they are the first appearance of Captain Marvel's famous Nega-Bands is in this issue. Created by the Supremor of the Kree, the Nega-Bands use the power of the Negative Zone and grant the wielder the following abilities: increased physical strength, interstellar flight, absorption & manipulation various types of energy, heightened invulnerability to physical attacks, survival in the vacuum of space, no need for food, water, air or sleep,  Cosmic Awareness for some users, and interdimensional travel. 

There are four Nega-Bands and this one was awarded to Captain Marvel by the Supreme Intelligence and Mar-Vell discovers he was being manipulated by Zarek and Ronan the Accuser to overthrow the Kree Empire. It's in this issue where Mar-Vell learns that Zarek is actually Zo. 

eBay - Only one CGC copy located. It's an 8.0 VF and Signature Series signed by Stan Lee. A few unslabbed copies available but pretty limited.

mycomicshop - Only one copy here available at the time of this writing. It's an unslabbed copy and only  a VG+.

New costume and revamp

Slagging sales and the old Captain Marvel just didn't really stick with readers. Enter Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, whose creative collaboration does a revamp on Captain Marvel. Of course, the first to overhaul is his costume, and Gil Kane redesigns and creates the iconic Captain Marvel costume that we're familiar with. The second was the introduction of Rick Jones, who was Bucky at the time.

Being trapped in the Negative Zone, the Supreme Intelligence informs Captain Marvel that there is a way to escape it, but he must temporarily switch places with an Earthling. Luring Rick to the Kree station that holds the Nega-Bands on Earth, Captain Marvel tells him of his plight.

Rick, just rejected by Captain America, whom was really the Red Skull, agrees and puts the Nega-Bands on, therefore starting a new era for Captain Marvel.

eBay - Pretty limited selection for this key issue as well on eBay. Raw copies are present but not many. Only one CGC 9.6 NM+ copy but it's a Signature Series and signed by Stan Lee.

mycomicshop - Three copies here. No CGC as of yet. Highest are two FN/VF 7.0 copies and one will be up for auction. Last copy is a FN.

We're not done yet with this Captain Marvel key comic issues list. Believe it or not, there's still quite a few more to go through and some pretty important ones as well concerning two characters of interest. Just click the link below to head on over to Part 2 to this key issues list!


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