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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Captain Marvel Key Comic Issues Part Three

Ripping through the cosmos, we are at Part 3 to this Captain Marvel key comic issues list. Still in the Bronze Age, we're venturing into more minor key issues in Part 3. There are still some worth noting and considering in adding to your vault.

We are nearing the end with one more part to this series after this one. If you missed Part 2, just click the blue link to go back, or continue on with Part 3 and enjoy!

Captain Marvel gains more powers
First story Jim Starlin writes solo
Iconic cover by Jim Starlin

Plenty of note worthy things in this issue. In order to defeat Thanos, Eon brings forth a metamorphosis for Captain Marvel's body and conscious. He then becomes Protector of the Universe and his Cosmic Awareness is heightened. Captain Marvel's hair also turns from white to blonde.

This is also the first issue where Jim Starlin writes the story solo without the help of Mike Friedrich, and the cover is considered a classic. John Romita ended up redrawing Captain Marvel's head. This comic was published November, 1973.

eBay - Quite a few unslabbed copies on eBay. Surprised that there aren't any CGC at the moment. A 9.6 NM+ did drop in July for less than $200.

ComicLink - One high grade CGC 9.4 NM copy found here!

NewKadia - A low VF copy and a FN+ copy is in stock at the time of this writing.


First appearance of Nitro
Captain Marvel gets cancer
A pretty important key issue for Captain Marvel on two fronts. First, it's the first appearance of Nitro, which really isn't a big deal concerning first appearances. However, it's the confrontation between Nitro and Captain Marvel that would expose him to the toxins that would later develop into the cancer that would ultimately kill him. 

This issue was published September, 1974, and is a Bronze Age Captain Marvel key issue to consider snagging.

eBay - Looks like there are quite a few unslabbed copies to sift through here. One CGC 9.2 low NM located so far and under $100 bucks.

mycomicshop - Four unslabbed copies. Highest is a VF 8.0 and there are two 7.0 FN/VF copies. Lowest is 4.0 VG.

Origin of the Watcher
First appearance of Aron
I'm not sure if this is the origin of the Watchers or just the origin of Aron, the rogue Watcher who tries to destroy the universe and breaks the commandment of non-interference with other civilizations. Aron is the nephew of Uatu, and Uatu is the first watcher to ever appear in Marvel Comics in Fantastic Four #13

Aron's first appearance is in this issue, and this issue was published July, 1975.

eBay - No CGC at the moment of this writing, but there seems to be quite a few unslabbed copies if you prefer raw copies anyway.

mycomicshop - Five unslabbed copies at mycomicshop. Four are in stock and the highest in stock is a VF copy. 2nd highest copy is on consignment and is a 7.0 FN/VF. Other copies are lower grade.

NewKadia - If you prefer unslabbed copies, then NewKadia has five copies of this issue in stock at the moment. Highest is a VF+ followed by a VF. Last copy worth getting is a low VF.

ComicConnect - Unslabbed copies but high grade. Only two but one of them is a 9.4 NM. There's also a VF raw copy available as well.

ComicLink - ComicLink brings the high grade CGC goodness. One 9.6 NM+ copy is for sale at the time of this writing.

First appearance of Elysius

Elysius is a semi important character in the Captain Marvel mythos. She is an artificially created being that possesses the attributes of an Eternal and later became lovers with Mar-Vell. More importantly, she latre used Mar-Vell's genetic material and impregnated herself with it. 

Genis-Vell and Phyla-Vell were born as a result of this. Genis-Vell goes on to become the third being to take up the Captain Marvel title and his sister Phyla-Vell the fourth. Genis-Vell first appeared in Silver Surfer Annual #6 and Phyla-Vell first appeared in Captain Marvel #16 volume 5.

Captain Marvel #59 and the first appearance of Elysius was published November, 1978.

eBay - No CGC at the moment for this key issue either. Seems to be quite a few unslabbed copies to choose from.

mycomicshop - There's three copies in stock at the time of this writing. Highest is a FN/VF 7.0 and the second highest is a 6.0 FN.

NewKadia - A NM copy is the top one here so far. There are five copies total, and the second highest is a VF.

ComicConnect - A NM 9.4 unslabbed copy also here at ComicConnect. 2nd copy is also unslabbed and a 7.0 FN/VF.

Last issue to volume 1

Even with Roy Thomas's revamp and later Jim Starlin's revamp of the character, sales of the Captain Marvel title were still modest, though Jim Starlin was able to attract a cult following for the character. The last issue to the first Captain Marvel titled series is this one, but Marvel Comics would continue to use the character here and there in order to retain the trademark rights. This issue was published May, 1979.

eBay - Wow, three slabbed copies for this key issue. Two of them are graded 9.6 NM+ and one copy is a PGX and the other a CGC. There's also a 9.8 Signature Series signed by Stan Lee, go figure. Unslabbed, raw copies available as well if those are more your taste.

mycomicshop - More unslabbed copies in stock here. Highest is a mid grade FN/VF. Last copy is a FN for now.

NewKadia - Only four copies here with the highest being only a VF. You will have to scroll down a bit after clicking the link.

First issue to volume 2 series

Not much else except for a 1st issue that kick starts volume 2 to the Marvel Spotlight title and continues the adventures of Mar-Vell as Captain Marvel. This issue immediately follows the last issue of his self-titled volume series which is issue #62. 

I still have this copy from when I collected comics as a kid, but it's been read to death. July, 1979 was when this issue was published and is a late Bronze Age comic.

eBay - Surprised there's no CGC copies on the mighty eBay at the time of this writing. Plenty of unslabbed copies of this key issue, though.

mycomicshop - Two low grade copies in stock at the moment. Both are unslabbed and not really worth mentioning. Basically just-to-have-it copies.

NewKadia - A low NM is the top grade out of four copies in stock at NewKadia. A VF+ is the second highest copy here for now.

ComicLink - CGC 9.8 copy located here at the time of this writing. It's a Signature Series signed by Stan Lee.

Part 4 and the end to this Captain Marvel key issues list is ready so just click the PART 4 link below to continue with more Captain Marvel key comics. If you missed Part 3 just click the PREVIOUS link to back.


  1. A great list for an overlooked, classic character! The only issues I would add would be 30-33 considering that Starlin's run was regarded the highlight of the series by many. #32 contains Drax's origin & 33 has the finale of the first "Thanos War" & sports a classic Captain Marvel vs. Thanos cover. Other than my little nitpick, this is prety much the ultimate Captain Marvel back issue list! Great job sir!

    1. Awesome! Thanks for the 411 on those issues. I didn't know #32 contained Drax's origin!

  2. Marv-Vell always seemed to have much more untapped potential beyond an occasssional reappearance. I wish they'd find a way to bring him back. Always loved his design.

  3. I totally agree with issue #33. Beautiful classic starlin Thanos Cover and also includes his origin if I am correct. How about a full THANOS list. Would be great to see. Thanks Vic. (Mayhem)