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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Suicide Squad Key Issues Part 12

Welcome to Part 12 to this Suicide Squad key issues list, and we are wrapping up this entire list with the last few remaining first appearance key issues for both the volume 4 team members and the newest incarnation of the team that came out just this year. Most on this list only include the first appearances of staple members of the squad.

If you missed Part 11, just click the link to go back. If not, let's get this list over and done with!

First full appearance of King Shark

This is the first full appearance of King Shark, and was a notable Superboy villain during the 90s. A humanoid shark, it was not known at first whether King Shark is a mutation or a mystical being of legend. This was finally uncovered in the Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis series which firmly placed King Shark as the son of the Shark God, the ruler of all sharks.

He was born Nanaue in Hawaii, and King Shark was forced to help the Suicide Squad when Superboy was assigned to the team briefly. King Sharks' first full appearance was published November, 1994.

eBay - No CGC and a few raw copies on the mighty eBay at the moment. Some of the copies are in cheap comic lots.

mycomicshop - Only one NM copy here for now.

NewKadia - High grade NM+ copy here. Also a low NM, a VF, and FN+ copies in stock also.

First appearance of Chato Santana as El Diablo

This is the third incarnation of the character, El Diablo and the one used in the volume 4 Suicide Squad team. So maybe a good idea to know the first appearance of Chato Santana as El Diablo just in case this version of the character does hit the big or small screen.

El Diablo #1 was published Novemeber, 2008, and it's not a very sought after key issue at the moment.

eBay - Saw only a few raw copies. Some are in comic lots where you can buy the entire 6 issue complete set of this series. No CGC and no surprise.

mycomicshop - Only one NM copy available at mycomicshop.

NewKadia - Four copies here and all are high grade but not super high grade. Highest is a NM followed by a VF+. The rest are in the VF range.


The newest incarnation of the team only has the staple members of Deadshot, Black Manta, Harley Quinn, Duela Dent (Joker's Daughter) and Deathstroke the Terminator. Here are their first appearances excluding Deadshot.

First appearance of Black Manta

Despite whether they use Black Manta in a Suicide Squad movie or an Aquaman solo movie, the first appearance of Black Manta is a great comic investment regardless. Black Manta has been the most notable of Aquaman foes and it would be strange not to have him in at least one Aquaman flick.

For those growing up in my generation, we all remember him from the Super Friends cartoon as a Legion of Doom member. Black Manta has repeatedly clashed with Aquaman over the dominance of the Atlantic.

Definitely a key issue comic investment to consider, and it was published October, 1967.

eBay - A few raw copies located here at the moment. Only one CGC 8.0 VF though.

mycomicshop - Two raw copies. Highest is a GD+ and lowest is a GD.

First appearance of Joker's Daughter (Duela Dent)

Duela Dent, the daughter of Harvey Dent, first made her introduction into comics as the Joker's Daughter. She would become a member of the Teen Titans and would later change her name to Harlequin.

She is now a member of the New Suicide Squad team, and this issue is sought out more than most of the others in this Suicide Squad key issues list. Guess she's a bit more popular to DC comic fans.

Publishing date for this key is February, 1977.

eBay - Quite a few copies and raw copies in the high grade are pretty up there in price. One CGC 9.6 NM+ and it's the only slabbed copy at the moment.

mycomicshop - Four copies here and all are raw and in the lower grades. Highest so far is a VG/FN copy.

First appearance of Deathstroke the Terminator

This comic again, and in the newest incarnation of the Suicide Squad team, Deathstroke is a member to give the team even more badassness.  Deathstroke has been a long time foe of the Teen Titans, and is quite popular.

His character has already been on the small screen in Arrow, and there may be plans to use him in the Flash and the Titans TV series that's still in negotiations with TNT. This year has seen a nice demand for this Copper Age key and first appearance of Deathstroke.

If Warner Bros. decides to use the character on the big screen, forget about it. This comic may sky rocket even more, but once again, who knows if he will debut on the big screen? Right now there's nothing that's implying he will.

eBay - Absolutely no problem finding raw copies for this hot key. Appears to be plenty of CGC slabs as well. 9.8s are available as well as other graded options.

mycomicshop - Two CGC copies and both are 9.8s. One is a Signature Series though. Six raw copies and the highest are four VF+s.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.8 Signature Series copy goes up for auction in December.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.8 Signature Series copy here as well. Wonder if it's the same one at ComicConnect that's going up for auction.

First comic appearance of Harley Quinn

Last and certainly not least and the one that everyone is on pins and needles hoping that she joins the Suicide Squad in their first movie debut is Harley Quinn. One of the most popular villains to come out during the 90s, Harley Quinn first appeared in the Batman cartoon series, but made her first comic book appearance in Batman Adventures #12.

A huge fan-favorite, the psychiatrist that falls for and becomes obsessed with the Joker has had fans clamoring for her first appearance for quite awhile now. This is already a sought out and highly valuable book, and if the character does end up being in a Suicide Squad film, I can only imagine this key issue comic will become even more ridiculously expensive.

September, 1993 was when the first appearance of Harley Quinn in a comic book was published, and this character has been in both the volume 4 and the New Suicide Squad teams.

eBay - No surprise that it's no problem finding copies of this extremely hot key issue on the mighty eBay. Plenty of raw copies and a few CGC slabs. High grade 9.8s and 9.6 NM+s available at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - Two super high grade CGC 9.8s and one raw copy that's a VF. This book is still hot!

ComicConnect - All CGC copies here. One is a 9.8 and the other a 9.2. Both of those copies are going up for auction in December. Only one for immediate sale is a 9.6 NM+.

That concludes this Suicide key issues list, and as you can see, there are a lot of minor keys that hardly anybody wants concerning the Suicide Squad in this entire key issues list. Call them sleepers, under-valued, over-looked, or whatever - I just call most of these "not really wanted".

However, I added all the extra volumes to the self-titled series and most of the members' first appearance as a later reference. I'm pretty sure there will be characters dying in the movie and new ones being added in future films if the first proves to be successful, so now you have a Suicide Squad resource or reference guide in case new movie announcements are made that add new characters.

Definitely one of the hairier key issues list to complete and sorry if the entire list is a bit confusing. Once again, if you came late to the party, I highly suggest you start at Part 1 and the beginning of this Suicide Squad key comics list. If you missed Part 11 to this series, hit that PREVIOUS link below to go back. Other than that, this key issues list is finished.

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