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Monday, September 22, 2014

Undervalued Comics and Sleeper Key Issues Part 4

Back with another edition of undervalued comics and sleeper key issues to consider. This is Part 4 and all on this list are pretty debatable since "undervalued" is pretty subjective in truth. Actually, a few on here just may be pretty valuable in higher grades.

However, some are definitely worth considering. If you missed Part 3 of this list, just click that blue link to magically transport back. If not, then enjoy!

First appearance of Lobo

If we're talking about a pretty well-known and popular character but his first appearance is highly under-valued, then you'll have to mention the first appearance of Lobo in Omega Men #3. Another character that started off as a villain, Lobo hit mainstream popularity as an anti-hero during the late eighties and even got his own self-titled mini-series in 1990.

Considering this over-looked late Bronze Age key issue, both raw and slabbed copies are fairly cheap, but it's definitely not a sleeper since many know of this issue. CGC 9.8s aren't even dropping near the $150 mark currently on eBay and many high grade raw copies are dropping below the $20 mark.

I'm quite surprised at this actually. Omega Men #3 was published June, 1983.

eBay - Quite a few unslabbed copies here as well as CGC copies. Plenty of CGC 9.8s as well. Only a few are reasonably priced at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - Three CGC copies and five raw comics here. Two of the CGCs are 9.8s and one is a 9.6 NM+ Signature Series signed by Keith Giffen. Highest raw copy is a 7.0 FN/VF.

ComicLink - Six copies here and all are high grade 9.8s. Many are reasonably priced and pretty cheap.

First appearance of Jason Todd as Red Hood

The Jason Todd version of the Red Hood has become quite popular over the last few years and I'm starting to see a bit of heat for the first appearance of Jason Todd as the Red Hood in Batman #635. Yes, this is a Modern Age book and is still not that quite known.

It's getting there, and collectors are starting to seek this issue out. Expect a slow but steady simmer, and this may be one to snag as it's still cheap for raw copies. CGCs have yet to appear in great numbers and the one on eBay is extremely over-priced. February, 2005 is when this comic was published.

eBay - Plenty of unslabbed copies but only one CGC copy. It's a 9.8 high grade NM but the price is a bit unreasonable. At the time of this writing, it's up for auction with about 6 days left. Many of the unslabbed copies you can get in comic lots.

mycomicshop - Raw copies here only and not surprising. Highest are two NMs, one a solid NM and the other a low NM.

Jason Todd revealed as Red Hood

If we're gonna mention the first appearance of Jason Todd as the Red Hood, it's fair to say that this key issue is worth mentioning as well. Batman #638 is when Batman realizes exactly who is under the red hood, and he finds out that it's his former protege Jason Todd.

Yes, that Jason Todd who died in the A Death in the Family story arc. A Modern Age comic that's still pretty much a sleeper. CGC 9.8s aren't even dropping on eBay just a bit above the $50, way below the $100 mark.

Unslabbed copies? Fugged aboud id...Cheap! Cheap! Cheap! If you're looking to take your chances on a Modern Age comic key issue for a character that's becoming quite popular in this generation, this one and Batman #635 are it. This comic also has a variant cover and was published in May, 2005.

eBay - No scarcity of copies for unslabbed comics of this issue. You can get many of them in comic lots, but this issue by itself are also available. As for CGC, only two. One is the regular printing and the other is the variant, but both are 9.8s.

mycomicshop - Only a VF and a FN here at the moment and both are raw copies.

NewKadia - Only one copy here at the moment but it's advertised as a high grade NM+.

First appearance of Etrigan the Demon
First appearance of Glenda Mark
First appearance of Harry Mathews
First appearance of Morgaine le Fey
First issue to self-titled series

A great series created by none other than the legendary Jack Kirby himself. This is a definite under-valued early Bronze Age key issue and holds the first appearance of Etrigan and his bonded host Jason Blood. Overstreet guides this at $150 for a 9.2 low NM.

Demon #1 also see the first appearance of the villain and mythical sorceress, Morgaine le Fey, the half-sister of King Arthur. She is a recurring character in the DCU, so not a minor one.

Harry Mathews is the long-time friend of Jason Blood who was transformed into a living cushion by Belial, who is Etrigan's father.

Jacky Kirby did not like the horror genre of comics, but created this only because the demand from DC to create a horror character. Kirby was annoyed that this initial issue sold well and DC required him to remain on the series. Etrigan is still a popular supporting character in the DCU and even my brother and I both became fans of the character during the 90s. Etrigan and Jason Blood's first appearance in Demon #1 was published September, 1972.

eBay - No easy find for issue #1 slabbed or unslabbed at the moment on the mighty eBay. Only one PGX 6.5 for slabbed copies.

mycomicshop - All unslabbers here at the moment and there's five so far. Highest two are two FN/VF 7.0s followed by two FNs. No CGC yet but may change in the future.

First issue to self-titled on-going series
Fist appearance of Wanda Five

Another Supergirl issue that may see an increase due to the TV series in the works is the very first self-titled series starting the character. In this series, Linda Danvers is at college and her roommate is Wanda Five, in which this comic has her first appearance.

Of course, no guarantee that the character of Wanda Five will even appear on the show or not. However, this early Bronze Age comic isn't that sought out after for raw copies and not too expensive. Not too many CGC high grade copies so cannot tell you whether they'll be expensive or not. November, 1972 is when Supergirl #1 was published.

eBay - Limited selection here so far. One CGC 9.6 NM+ copy at a pretty high price at the moment.

mycomicshop - Only three raw copies available here at the moment. No CGC and the highest raw copy is a FN+. Other two copies are a VG+ and a GD.

NewKadia - Only one VG copy here at the moment.

ComicConnect - Wow, one CGC 9.8 that's ridiculously priced for this key issue.

ComicLink - Only one CGC copy here and it's a 8.5 VF+.

First appearance of Faust
First appearance of Claire
First appearance of Jade DeCamp
This surprisingly over-looked and under-valued! Tim Vigil's art is absolutely amazing on this series and if you're all about low print runs and shit, this Northstar/Avatar first printing was published during the time when indie publishers were blooming in the Copper Age.

This is an independent gore comic from that era, so it was not mass printed. Although no printing information is out there, you can assume that it's pretty low.

This 1st issue has three important first appearances in the series, and those are Faust himself, the villainess Claire, and Jade DeCamp. High grade CGCs are not easy finds at all, and 1st printings, not the ones that have the Rebel Edition mark on the cover, are still selling pretty cheaply for raw copies. The first appearance of Faust was published January, 1988.

eBay - Not that many copies of 1st prints for Faust #1. No CGC either, but unslabbed copies are pretty affordable.

ComicConnect - Only one raw copy but it's a solid NM.

That concludes Part 4 to this undervalued comics and sleeper key issues series, but I'm sure I'll expand on this at a later time. Once again, undervalued is pretty subjective and subject to debate, so these are just some to consider.

Most of these issues are definitely more affordable unslabbed for sure. If you missed Part 3 just click the PREVIOUS link below. Thanks for reading.


  1. You should add Iron Man #28 to this its the 1st appearance of howard stark and VF copies are selling for $10-20 seems like a sleeper to me

    1. Good one...I'll list it when I get around to these lists again. Till then, I'm swamped with key issue requests.

  2. How much do you think the 9.8 Batman 635 should go for. I tried finding it on the GPA database but no luck.

    1. Between $170 to $200 tops. Current listing on eBay is a way over bloated price.

  3. Hey there Mayhem. I have a DEMON #1 With a PURPLE COVER. Overstreet doesn't evendors list this Rare variant. In all my 40 years of collecting comics I have only seen one other and thst was on ebay for a hefty price. What can you tell me about this rarity. How many copies were printed why the purple cover and is this a printing error or a planned issue? Thanks bud.

    1. I'd have to take a look at this cover, which means I surely don't know what it is. First time I've ever heard of that. Is this Demon #1 from the Bronze Age?

    2. Coming from a printing background, I'd say the pressman hadn't configured the cyan and magenta (blue and red) ink for the run yet. Usually anything that far off is tossed but apparently, yours was bound and sent out. It means that yours was one of the very first off the press and likely the first 1% of the print run.