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Monday, December 15, 2014

2nd Appearance Comics To Invest In Part 3

Okay, I lied and decided to dish this one off as soon as possible. There's quite a few good ones and didn't want to hold off.

More 2nd appearance comics to invest in as promised, and here we are at Part 3. Many of these have already been listed here before in some kind of key issues list, but there are some I've yet to discover as well.

As stated before, this series will be a mix of over-looked comics, some under-valued, and others that are already pretty expensive but solid key issues. Then again, expensive is subjective.

If you missed Part 2, click the link to head on back. If not, enjoy Part 3 and hope this helps you on your hunt!

2nd appearance of Black Adam
1st Silver Age appearance of Black Adam

Weird that this Golden Age villain only had one Golden Age appearance, none during the Silver Age era, and then pops up in the Bronze Age. Even weirder is that it's noted as his first Silver Age appearance when this comic was published well into the Bronze Age.

Black Adam is revived in this comic when DC Comics finally obtained the licensing rights to the Shazam/Captain Marvel characters from Fawcett during the 70s. This is the character's 2nd appearance in comics ever.

However, prices for this comic has already been over bloated by many sellers on eBay. Not a good time to buy slabbed copies on eBay for this one, but if you can find a good deal on a raw copy at a comic shop or comic con (maybe even eBay) for this issue, may be worth picking up. 

This was suggested a while back in a comment on another post. April, 1977 was when this issue was published.

eBay - Even raw copies are above the $100 mark and dropping above that as well. CGCs are already way over-bloated for this issue, and there's a 9.8 and a 9.6 NM+ spotted. The 9.8 is ridiculously over-inflated.

mycomicshop - Err...a raw FR copy here. No thanks for me, and I wouldn't recommend that low grade of a copy for a Bronze Age hype or not.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.6 NM+ copy here for now.

2nd appearance of the New Teen Titans

Surprise, surprise...guess what show is getting a pilot to be filmed next year? Yep, it's Teen Titans, and this comic was already showcased in the Teen Titans key issues list done a few months ago. Geoff Johns just confirmed the news via Twitter.

Well, a pilot doesn't mean the show will be picked up, but it's a good step towards a Teen Titans TV series. Besides, most every DC fan has been wanting to see a live action Nightwing for a long time. This show just might do well. The New Teen Titans #1 is the 2nd appearance of the New Titans, and is the 2nd appearance of Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire.

As of the industry now, nobody is noting The New Teen Titans #1 as the 2nd appearance of the New Teen Titans, nor the 2nd appearances of Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire. Cyborg is going to get major movie play in the DC cinematic universe. For now, this key is over-looked, but I doubt that will last much longer. The New Teen Titans #1 was published November, 1980.

eBay - Plenty of raw copies, and a lot more CGC copies from the last time I mentioned this key. 9.8 CGC Signature Series signed by George Perez spotted. Also a 9.6 NM+ and a NM 9.4 regular Universal labels as well.

mycomicshop - Quite a few copies. One CGC 9.4 is up for auction with only 2 days left at the time of this writing. Other slabbed copy is a CBCS and is also a 9.4 NM. Five raw copies all in stock and the highest is a FN/VF.

ComicLink - Seven copies here and all are slabbed CGC. Highest is a 9.8 and there are three of them. 2nd highest is a 9.6 NM+ and there are three of those as well. Lowest is a 9.0 VF/NM.

2nd appearance of Nick Fury
2nd appearance of Howling Commandos
Going way back here and with a Nick Fury key. Okay, so the Howling Commandos already debuted in the first Cap movie, but with the Peggy Carter TV series still being stuck during World War 2 times, I'm sure these cats will be in the fold as well.

Also, Nick Fury has been a player for both phase one and phase two of Marvel's cinematic universe for quite some time. Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos isn't a cheap buy in NM grades for sure, but I'm betting 7.0s to VFs might be reasonably priced. 2nd appearance of Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos may be one to consider before the Peggy Carter TV show hits. July, 1963 was when this Silver Age comic was published and is definitely a more solid comic investment.

eBay - Only a few copies here, but not many and most are low grade. Two CGC copies though. Highest is a 7.0 and still quite cheap, under the $250 mark. Has a Best Offer for it as well. Other copy is a 3.5 and even more cheap.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies and one raw copy. Highest is a 7.5 followed by a 6.5 FN+. Raw copy is a VG. The 7.5 low VF is below the $500 mark.

2nd appearance of Gamora

More Guardians of the Galaxy 2nd appearances, and Strange Tales #181 has the 2nd appearance of Gamora. But this is being disputed, and some are calling this the first true appearance of Gamora since her identity is actually revealed in this issue. Some are even listing this issue on eBay as the first appearance of Gamora. CGC nor guide notes this as being a key at all.

However, industry still notes Strange Tales #180 as the first appearance of Gamora. Whether they change this or not, this is a currently over-looked key issue to get whether it changes from a 1st appearance or remains the 2nd appearance of Gamora.

Either way Strange Tales #181 will most likely heat up and is still under the radar for now. It was published August, 1975.

eBay - Copies are limited and there are some raw that are pretty darn cheap compared to their CGC counterparts. However, the CGC or slabbed copies aren't bad either. Highest is a 9.4 NM and there's a CGC and a CBCS copy at that grade. The CBCS is strangely asking for more than the CGC, but both are still under the $150 mark. There is a CGC 9.6 NM+ copy that's a Signature Series for under the $500 mark. I think it's the same one on mycomicshop.

mycomicshop - Quite a few copies here with three of them being slabbed CGCs. Highest is a 9.6 NM+ and it's a Signature Series. Second highest is 9.4 NM CGC and the lowest option is an 8.5 VF+ Signature Series signed by Jim Starlin, creator of Thanos amongst many others. Raw copies also available with the highest being a VF. All copies are on consignment.

ComicConnect  - Only one raw FN copy here.

2nd appearance of Groot

I am Groot! This one is steaming up and the market is recognizing Incredible Hulk Annual #5 as the 2nd appearance of Groot. Right now, CGC 9.4s on eBay are still below the $200 mark at the time of this writing. Raw copies are still pretty cheap, but are on the up and up.

Just another Guardians of the Galaxy key issue to consider. This comic and the 2nd appearance of Groot was published November, 1976. We are Groot!

eBay - Seems to be quite a few copies for this one when it comes to raw or unslabbers. On the slabbed part, there's about 9 copies. With the highest being a 9.8. Three CGC 9.6 NM+s and I think all are the ones from mycomicshop. So far mycomicshop has the cheapest 9.6 NM+s copies. There are other graded slabs as well and one of them is a CGC 9.4 that's only $165. Of course, this is at the time of this writing and could very well be snagged by the time you read this.

mycomicshop - Wow no problem finding a copy here. Three CGC 9.6 NM+s and for decent prices. One even at the $200 mark not including the buyer's premium fee or shipping fee. Also a CGC 9.4 and several raw copies as well. Highest raw copy is only a FN+ though.

ComicConnect - Only one copy and it's a CGC 9.4 NM Signature Series. Copy is signed by Stan "The Man" Lee.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies only, and both are Signature Series. One's a 9.6 NM+ and the other a 9.2 low NM. Both copies are signed by Stan Lee.

2nd appearance of the Vision
Vision joins Avengers
Origin of Vision

Jessie Ritter mentioned this one in a comment on the first post, and here it is and deserves to be here for sure. With the Vision finally making his debut on the silver screen and in Avengers Age of Ultron, his first appearance went up dramatically. Actually, it had already gone up dramatically during the rumor stage.

This comic isn't under the radar and is in demand. It's in-demand because it's the origin of the Vision and when the Vision joins the Avengers. However, industry and the market at large forgets this is also the 2nd appearance of the Vision in comics. 

CGC 9.4s have yet to hit ridiculous prices yet, though I'm sure 9.8s (if you can find them) have already. Solid comic investment, and this Silver Age bad boy was published November, 1968.

eBay - Boat load of raw copies here for this key issue. Wouldn't doubt that many are lower graded ones. Highest CGC is a 9.6 NM+ and there are some 9.4s. Cheapest slab in the NM range is a 9.0 VF/NM.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.4 NM is the only slabbed copy here, but there are raw ones with the highest an 8.5 VF+. Other mid-grade and low grade copies as well, but all are on consignment.

ComicConnect - Two auctions running right now. One's for a CGC VF and the other is a raw low FN. There are also two other copies with one being a CGC 9.0 Signature Series and the other a raw 8.5 VF+. 

ComicLink - Two copies and both are CGC. One's a super high grade 9.8 and the other is a 9.0 Signature Series signed by Stan Lee.

Part 3 is concluded, and I just want to say thanks for those who have been suggesting 2nd appearances for quite a while now and commenting about them. Some are still under the radar and some have caught on already, but those some are pretty solid comics to invest in.

For those, trickling down the grade scale will be an option but no biggie.

If you missed Part 3, you know what to do. Just click the PREVIOUS link below to catch up on that. To continue with this 2nd appearances comic list just click the PART 4 link below.



  1. I just got a copy of Avengers 58. it would probably be a 9.6 but it has an even overall light tanning on the cover and back cover. Sharp corners, perfect spine, no restoration. I got it on ebay for $130 unslabbed.

    One thing about this issue that is not recognized by the industry yet is that it is Ultron's origin as well. In fact the story almost focuses more on that. Not sure why this isn't included on slabs yet.

    So really, 2nd App of Vision, origin of The Vision & Origin of Ultron! Very important Avengers book!

    I also recently got Fantastic Four #53 (2nd Appearance of Black Panther & 1st Appearance of Klaw). I got it raw too. I would guess it's a 8.5 at the lowest maybe a 9.0 or 9.2 at the highest. Got that one for $283 on ebay.

    Yep, I'm jumping on the 2nd appearance train. Especially for my favorite characters. Gotta get that Thanos 2nd Appearance you mentioned to go with my Iron Man #55!

    1. Heya J_Kandefer...good to hear from ya. Great snag you got there. No, really great snag and I hope it does turn out a 9.6 for you. That would be friggin' awesome no doubt!

      Hey, thanks for pointing that out. I didn't know that! Even better reason to pick that up asap, right?

      Well, despite what the nay sayers say, the market is heading towards these Silver Age and Bronze Age 2nd appearances. Even some moderns like 2nd Deadpool. The 2nd appearance of Thanos is definitely being gunned for. I hope you can get a great deal on it, but I'm sure you'll be able to.

      Thanks for commenting. It's been awhile and hope you and your family have a Happy Holidays!