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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Apocalypse Key Comic Books Part 2

And here we are to Part 2 of this short and sweet Apocalypse key comic books list. Two of the comics presented here are steaming up quite nicely with one of them already being on the hot burner. The other isn't quite as well known but it is gaining traction. 

If you missed Part 1, just click the link to go back. Alrighty, let's get this done with and enjoy!

1st battle between X-Factor and Apocalypse's Horsemen

X-Factor #19 is finally when Apocalypse sends Famine, War, and Pestilence up against the X-Factor team in their first ever battle and meeting between the two. This comic may see a slight bump in demand. Not so sure about value though, since it's reported that the Four Horsemen is in the X-Men Apocalypse script.

eBay - No CGC but there seems to be quite a bit of unslabbed copies to browse through concerning this key issue for now.

1st brief appearance of Archangel as Death

This comic issue just has recently been noted as the first brief appearance of Archangel. He is shown on 2 pages, and this comic like issue #24 is steaming up a bit. Still not that known yet for it's key issue status and CGC 9.8s are a bit hard to find in the online world. 9.6s are should still be highly affordable. 

There is no official confirmation of Archangel appearing in the next X-Men installment, X-Men Apocalypse, but Bryan Singer did leak a photo of the script on Instagram that did show The Four Horsemen in a scene. Don't get too excited, though. As we know with Hollywood, they do change things around. Apocalypse's Four Horsemen could very well be different characters in the movie. Still, there is a very good possibility that Archangel, or the changed movie version of the character, could be making his big screen debut.

eBay - Three CGC copies located as this one starts to heat up. One CGC 9.8 but it is a Signature Series. Other two are regular Universals and the highest is a CGC 9.4. Unslabbers are pretty plentiful for now here.
ComicConnect - Only one unslabbed copy at a low NM for now.


First full appearance of Archangel
First origin of Apocalypse

 This comic has seen a good increase in value and demand in recent months, and although the first appearance of Archangel has always been a fan-favorite, this recent demand has much to do with the announcement of Apocalypse being the main baddie for Bryan Singer's next X-Men movie.

Since then, fans have been speculating that Archangel will most likely be in the next X-Men movie, and it seems even more likely now that a recent Huffington Post article reported a photo of the script that clearly showed the Four Horsemen in it.

X-Factor #24 also has the first origin of Apocalypse, but if confirmation of Archangel actually being one of the Four Horsemen does leak, this comic will definitely see a bigger surge in demand and value for sure.

eBay - No problem finding unslabbed and CGC copies on eBay at the time of this writing. A few CGC 9.8s but quite a few CGC 9.6s. Other graded options also available for now.
ComicLink - Not surprised to find copies of this key issue here. There are two and both are CGC 9.8s. One of them is a Signature Series though and triple signed by Tom Defalco, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson.

ComicConnect - Two copies here at the time of this writing. One copy is up for auction and is a CGC 9.6 NM+. The other copy is a CGC 9.8.

First appearance of Dark Riders

Also known as the Riders of the Dark, this is another army controlled by Apocalypse who believed in strongest of the fittest. This group is comprised of both mutants and Inhumans. X-Factor #65 sees the first appearance of the Dark Riders and they would appear in several X-Men related stories afterwards.

This Dark Riders team comprised of Foxbat, Tusk, Gauntlet, Barrage, Hard-Drive, and Psynapse, and this issue also sees all of their first appearances as well. This comic was published April, 1991.

eBay - One CGC 9.8 spotted at the moment. The rest are unslabbed copies.
ComicLink - A gorgeous CGC 9.8 is available here. Only one copy so far.

ComicConnect - A beautiful CGC 9.8 has been located here. Surprised there's any CGC for this issue now online, but there it is. There's also a raw copy that's an 8.5 VF+.

Detailed origin of Apocalypse

While X-Factor #22 sees Apocalypse give a brief explanation of his origin in true comic book villain fashion, this limited series gives the in-depth and detailed origin of Apocalypse's beginnings. 5000 something years ago, En Sabah Nur was found by Baal, after Apocalypse's parents rejected the child due to his grey skin and blue lips.

Baal named him the first one and raised him as a sandstormer. Apocalypse is thought to be the oldest living being to be born with the Mutant X gene. At the time of Apocalypse's youth, the time traveling Kang the Conqueror assumes the identity of Rama-Tut and rules Egypt. Knowing who En Sabah Nur eventually becomes, Rama-Tut sends his General Ozymandias to hunt down the boy and destroy the sandstormers. 

The first appearance of Baal is in issue #1 of this series and was published October, 1996.

eBay - Plenty of comic lots for this limited series. Some #1s are sold individually. No CGC for any issues just yet.

    Apocalypse refuses adamantium to Wolverine
This issue was in the Wolverine key issues list, and I guess it can also be regarded as an Apocalypse key. We find out in this issue that Apocalypse kidnapped Wolverine and pitted him and Sabretooth in a match against each other. The winner would become his new Death. Wolverine won and earned the title, but he also earned his adamantium skeleton back, which Apocalypse took from Sabretooth and refused it to Wolverine's body. December, 1999 when this comic was published.

eBay - Pretty limited selection for the 1st printing. As it was last time I listed this, there are a few error printing associated with this issue on eBay. No CGC for the regular 1st print. 

2500 estimated copies

I only mentioned this variant issue in the Wolverine key issues list, but this time I'll highlight it since their aren't really that many Apocalypse key issues that are worth least yet. This is the Nabisco variant and could only be attained by cutting out a certain amount of barcodes on Nabisco products and sending them in before a specified date.

Only 2500 copies are estimated to be in existence for this variant. If you like the variant thing and are a fan of Wolverine or Apocalypse, this may be one to hunt for. Like the 1st printing, this comic was published December, 1999.

eBay - Only one unslabbed copy for the Nabisco variant, but there are some CGC options. Two CGC 9.8s and four CGC 9.6s. One of the 9.6s is a Signature Series copy.
ComicLink - Four high grade copies of the Nabisco variant at ComicLink. Two CGC 9.8s and two CGC 9.6 NM+s.

Although there are plenty of appearances of Apocalypse in the comics, these are the ones that I'm stopping with for now until more news of the X-Men Apocalypse movie surfaces. There is the Age of Apocalypse story arc, but it's not certain whether or not the new X-Movie will be based on that story arc or not. So far it does look like the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse will appear in the follow to Days of Future Past if that script report is correct. 

If you missed Part 1 to this Apocalypse key comics list, just click the PREVIOUS link below to go on back. You can also check out the Wolverine key issues list by clicking the link below if you missed it as well. Thanks for reading and hope this helps you on your hunt.


  1. I collected all these a few years ago in NM at about $3 an issue just becuase I love Simonsons art and Apocalypse in general. My collector friends all said they would be worthless because the print numbers are so high in the 80s. Little did they know that with all these films coming out demand would change everything. Great list as usual!

    1. Nice, J_Kandefer! You thinking bout keeping them or selling them now that there's actually demand for them?

  2. Well, I'm really more a collector of my favorite artists and characters. Characters like Apocalypse, Kang, Thanos and the like are just historic to me. I'll probably hang onto them for a long time. Having said that, my whole growing collection of high grade keys is part of my retirement plan... If I can part with them when the time comes! :)

    1. Very cool! Who else are some of your favorite artists and characters?

  3. Thanks for asking! I collect a lot of obscure characters like High Evolutionary, Ego the Living Planet, Terrax but big baddies like Galactus, Kang, Annihilus and Thanos are my favorites. Silver Surfer and the Avengers are my favorite you can tell I am a Marvel guy. As for artist Kirby is my favorite but I love Simonson, Cockrum and Byrne to name a few. For new artists I like Oliver Coipel, Chris Samnee and the guy who does Hawkeye Aja I lthink. All those artists have a great sense of design composition. How about you?

    1. Pretty cool group of artists and characters you dig. Definitely you love yourself some of the more cosmic characters in the MU. My favorite artists are still the artists I grew up reading. Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri, Tim Vigil and Ron Lim are some of my favorite artists I would collect just to collect. I love me some John Byrne as well as I'm an X-Men guy. Cannot deny Jack Kirby and Ditko or John Romita Sr. Angel Medina has some really great artwork also, or at least I think so.

  4. Very Nice! Great list as well! Love the On The Hunt Series so much! Keep up the great work on this awesome, helpful site.

    1. Thanks J, to be honest though, key issues lists are probably one of my least favorite things to write about on here, but I am glad they help.

  5. Recently read somewhere that Apocalypse's first appearance was Revenge of the Living Monolith as he gave the Living Monolith his powers. Not sure about the validity there as I don't own that GN. Any idea if this is true?

    1. Marvel Graphic Novel #17 has Apocalypse behind the scenes and in disguise, which was later retconned way after his first brief appearance in X-Factor #5. He does not appear as Apocalypse or identified as such in that Marvel Graphic Novel.

      So, yes, it's true, but it's not technically his first appearance. It may be noted as his first cameo unnamed first appearance.

    2. Ah, I thought it might be something along the lines of Venom's arm in Web of Spiderman.

    3. It's the same to me. I'm not getting excited over Marvel Graphic Novel #17 like some are.

  6. I've got to say that APACOLYPSE is an epic billion with a very rich history. I knew it was just a matter of time befor his key issues would be in demand. He is on par with big baddies such as Thanos and Darkseid and a homage to those 2 characters paving the way for others such as Apocalypse. There is much to explore about this character with roots going back to ancient Egypt and having ties with the Celestial not to mention having fights with Imortus and Dracula. Very interesting indeed!

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