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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Power Girl Key Issue Comics Part 2

Part 2 to this Power Girl key issue comics list is definitely comprised of more sleepers. During much of the period in which these comics came out, DC Comics didn't really know what to do with the character. She would be shifted around in a lot of different titles and in a lot of different issues where nothing of importance happens for the character.

This list will only focus on some of the important Power Girl key issues, and there aren't really that many. If you missed Part 1, just click the link to go back. If not, continue on and enjoy Part 2.

Origin continued
Power Girl Kryptonian name revealed

That's right, in her earlier appearances, Power Girl wasn't given an alias other than Power Girl. It wasn't until this issue do we discover that her Kryptonian name is Kara Zor-L, basically missing one letter from her Earth One counter part, Kara Zor-El, also known as Supergirl.

Not surprising since they did the same with Earth Two Superman and Earth One Superman. Earth Two Superman is Kal-L and Earth One Superman is Kal-El.

March, 1978 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Not that many unslabbed copies to choose from and zero CGC copies as of this writing for this key.

mycomicshop - Highest copy here is a raw low VF. Two other raw copies in stock as well.

Origin continued
Power Girl civilian name given
Continuing Power Girl's origin and discovering her Kryptonian name, Showcase #99 finally sees Power Girl adopt the Earth name of Karen Starr. This detailed origin story written by Paul Levitz that runs from Showcase #97 through #99 was provided to give Power Girl more of a back story and are important key issues to the character.

This short run in the Showcase title was a try-out to see if Power Girl could be spun off in her series, but sales would prove not to be a factor as DC Comics cut it's number of titles shortly after. Even All-Star Comics was cancelled again after issue #74.

Showcase #99 was published April, 1978.

eBay - Much better selection at the moment for this issue, at least for raw copies. Only one CGC copy though, and it's a super high grade 9.8.

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.8 here and three raw copies. Highest raw copy is a VF.

Power Girl joins team

Although Power Girl does show up in Infinity Inc #1, issue #2 is where she officially joins the team along with Star Spangled Kid and Huntress. Actually those three members joined Infinity Inc to protest the Justice Society rejecting the new heroes and proclaiming them too inexperienced to join their ranks.

Many of the members of Infinity Inc were children of the JSA or the kids of friends of the JSA. They are the Earth Two counterpart of Earth One's Teen Titans, who were basically a young junior superhero team of the JLA.

Anyways, Power Girl makes her home in this title for a brief time. May, 1984 was when this comic was published.

eBay - No CGC yet and extremely limited selection of raw copies at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - Only one raw copy and it's a VF.

Superman vs Power Girl

It had to happen and not like anyone knew it wouldn't. Yep, this issue sees the first time Earth Two Supes and Power Girl go at it to see who is the supreme Kryptonian.

In this issue, the Justice Society of America is turned evil by the Stream of Ruthlessness brought forth by the Ultra-Humanite. Of course, Superman goes and takes over Metropolis and was about to level it in order to build a Kryptonian City in its place before he's confronted by his cousin, Power Girl.

Power Girl battles Supes in order to stop him, but he proves that he is stronger. In the end, Power Girl uses Kryptonite to defeat her cousin, proving that she is smarter.

This epic battle in Infinity Inc #7 was published October, 1984, and it is pretty much a sleeper.

eBay - Not that many raw copies so far and no CGC copies for this issue at all at the moment.

mycomicshop - Only one VF raw copy here so far.

Power Girl origin revamped

The famed storyline and limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths presented quite a few problems for most Earth Two characters since the story wiped out DC Comics multiverse. Power Girl was no exception, so they revamped her origin in the Secret Origins title that was relaunched to explain how she survived the crisis though she was directly tied to the defunct Earth Two universe.

So, on DC's New Earth, Power Girl was no longer the cousin of Superman nor a refuge from the planet Krypton. Nope. Her revamped origin revealed that she was actually the grand-daughter of Arion, a sorcerer from Atlantis and she was instead the last daughter of Atlantis instead of Krypton.

Her powers were gained as a result of magic due to Arion messing around with her genetic makeup. I know, pretty lame, and this key issue is notorious for being one of DC's major missteps post Crisis. This issue was published February, 1987.

eBay - As expected, not that many copies for this issue either. Limited selection for raw copies and only one CGC copy that's a 9.2 low NM available.

mycomicshop - Two raw copies here. Highest is a VF and the lowest is a FN.

First self-titled series

After Power Girl's terrible revamp, she continues on and finally gets her own self titled series. Well, it's a limited series that consists of four issues, but, hey, most Bronze Age heroes all started this way including Wolverine and the Punisher.

This is definitely a key issue worth mentioning, and still pretty much a sleeper. Raw copies in the high grade are pretty affordable. Power Girl #1 was published June, 1988.

eBay - Few unslabbed copies here at the moment. No CGC yet.

mycomicshop - Only raw copies and only two of them. One is a VF and the other is a FN.

Some of these comics may be good finds in the back issue bins if your local has them. Online will be a bit more of a hunt for sure. Like I said, DC Comics had a hard time developing this character or knowing what exactly to do with her, especially post-Crisis. This will continue even in Part 3.

If you missed Part 1 of this Power Girl key issue comics list, click the PREVIOUS link below to go back. Otherwise, click the PART 3 link below to continue reading.

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