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Friday, November 21, 2014

The Ultimate Green Lantern Key Issues Part 2

This is Part 2 to the Ultimate Green Lantern Key Issues list, and we've no doubt got some great key comics from the Golden Age. Yep, we're still on the Golden Age Alan Scott version and will be on it for a while. Besides, this character does end up being revived during the Silver Age as well.

Actually, he's been revived or re-imagined quite often. If you missed Part 1, click the blue link to head on back. If not, let's get Part 2 going and hope you enjoy these next batch of Golden Age Green Lantern key comics!

First appearance of Doiby Dickles

Irene Miller was perhaps the first recurring supporting character for the original Green Lantern, but Doiby Dickles was his first major one, actually being considered G.L.'s side kick. Dolby Dickles was a taxi cab driver with a thick Brooklyn accent and would drive Alan Scott as Green Lantern to a variety of locations.

I find that ironic and strange since Green Lantern could actually fly. Why would he need a cab driver? The great over-looked funnies of many Golden Age comic book traits. The first appearance of Doiby Dickles is an important Golden Age Green Lantern key issue and was published June, 1941.

eBay - Only two copies and both are slabbed. Didn't see any raw copies at the time of this writing. One of the slabbed copies is a Restored 7.0 FN/VF. The other copy is a 3.0 GD/VG.

ComicLink - Three copies here and two are raw. One is a 7.0 FN/VF and the other a .5 PR. The only CGC option at this time is a 6.0 FN.

First issue to self-titled comic series
Origin retold

Green Lantern proved to be a popular enough character back in the day to get his own titled series which is no small feat then and even still today. Make no mistake, but this is another Holy Grail of Green Lantern key issues during the Golden Age of comics.

Great and classic cover too, and uber valuable in the high grades which will prove no easy find for sure. As we all know, the dark cover makes it extremely hard to keep in great condition. This is the first Green Lantern titled series comic ever and Green Lantern #1 was published September, 1941.

eBay - Only saw one raw copy in pretty rough shape up for auction and ending in three days at the time of this writing. A few slabbed located and no surprise. Two highest slabbed are 9.0s and no surprise that they're Restored copies. One 4.5 VG+ and the lowest slabbed is a 2.5 GD+ restored label. Only Universal labels are the 3.0 GD/VG and 4.5 VG+.

ComicConnect - Some options here. Highest CGC is a 9.0 VF/NM, but it is Restored. There's an unslabbed, raw 8.5 VF+ but the cover has been cleaned and they note it so. Also a CGC Universal 4.5 VG+ in stock, and a 5.5 Universal is up for auction as I type this out.

ComicLink - Two copies for this Golden Age #1 issue here. You'll have to scroll to find them, but both are slabbed. Highest is a 3.0 GD/VG and the lowest is a 2.5 CG+. Both are Universals.

2nd issue to first self-titled comic series
1st full-length Green Lantern story

Green Lantern #2 is not only the 2nd issue to the character's very first titled comic series, but it also happens to be the first full-length Green Lantern story also. This was not common at all during the Golden Age and much of the early Silver Age as well.

The full-length story in this issue is titled The Tycoon's Legacy, and this comic was published December, 1941.

eBay - Did not see any copies raw or slabbed for this one on eBay at the moment. That may change in the near or far future.

Dolby Dickles learns Green Lantern's I.D.

Stories with the Green Lantern in them continued in All-American Comics as well as his titled series and his adventures with the Justice Society of America in All-Star Comics.

In this issue, Doiby Dickles discovers that Green Lantern is in fact Alan Scott in the story Doiby Discovers Green Lantern's Identity. Talk about giving away the whole surprise in the title. February, 1942 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Only two copies found at the moment for this Green Lantern key issue. One is raw and the other is a slabbed Universal 4.0 VG. Raw copy is more expensive, implying it's a higher grade.

Classic Nazi cover

Back in the World War II area comics were especially big on depicting beat downs of the Nazi's. This may have to do with patriotism put in high gear during the time, or the fact that most in the comic industry then were Jewish could be a factor as well.

Whatever the reason, covers with Hitler on them or World War II depictions are still very sought out amongst the comic collecting world even today. This is a classic Green Lantern cover done by legendary comic artist Martin Nodell. March, 1942 was when Green Lantern #3 was published.

eBay - No luck on Green Lantern #3 from the Golden Age on eBay at the moment. Probably be a hunt for this one on here, or maybe one of the harder Green Lantern key issues to snag in the market.

First appearance of Vandal Savage

Up until now, Green Lantern mostly beat up on regular human villains, but then came a long Vandal Savage. This character is the first super villain the original Green Lantern encounters at least when it comes to publishing date history.

Vandal Savage was a Cro-Magnon altered by a meteor some 50,000 years ago and became immortal. He has been an enemy of Alan Scott on numerous occasions. The first appearance of Vandal Savage in Green Lantern #10 was published December, 1943 and should be a Green Lantern key issue any fan of the character should have in their vault.

eBay - No copies of Green Lantern #10 from the Golden Age that I could locate. You may have better luck though.

ComicLink - Only one raw copy here with no picture. Pretty stupid not to have a picture, but it claims it's a 7.0 FN/VF.

If there's one thing I really enjoy about these Golden Age comics is the artwork. I feel the same way about the Silver Age as well, and there is such a classic feel to both. It's amazing to see how the comic art has evolved from then to now.

Sure some of the stories may be a bit hokey and some of the villains quite cheesy, but the early Golden Age was in the infancy of American comic books then, and we'll be covering more of it in Part 3 to this Green Lantern key comics list.

As you can see, Green Lantern #2 and 3 are pretty scarce, hard-finds online. They just might be hard-to-find in general.

If you missed Part 1, just click the PREVIOUS link below to fly on back. Otherwise, Part 3 and more Green Lantern key issue goodness are ready so just click the PART 3 link below to continue!

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