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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

2nd Apperance Comics To Invest In Part 5

Well, we definitely have a few key issue comics that I've yet to list or discuss on Total Comic Mayhem in Part 5 to this 2nd appearance comics to invest in list. A bit more speculative comics here than solid bets and one in particular brought up by Wayne that's definitely undergoing some industry confusion or transition.

So without beating around the bush, click this Part 4 link if you happened to miss it, or continue on with the key issue goodness and hopefully there will be some comic investments you'll consider hunting down.

2nd appearance of Darkseid

Debate is now strong about this being a 2nd appearance or a 2nd appearance cameo or just a cameo, as Darkseid is only shown in 2 panels in this comic book. Overstreet still notes this as a 2nd appearance but also notes it as a cameo.

 Overstreet also notes Forever People #1 as the first full appearance of Darkseid, as he is shown more throughout the book than earlier appearances such as Jimmy Olsen #134.

Disputes about this have also cited that Forever People #1 has the same publishing date as New Gods #1, but FP #1 was released in store beforehand and Darkseid only has a panel appearance in New Gods #1. Overstreet is now noting New Gods #2 as the 2nd full appearance of Darkseid. Jimmy Olsen #135 was published January, 1971.

eBay - Very limited selection here. No CGC but there some raw copies but not many.

mycomicshop - Three raw copies here at the moment and on consignment. Highest is only a FN and lowest is a low VG.

NewKadia - Only copy here left and it's a mid grade FN+.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.4 NM copy is here as well as a raw 5.5 low FN.

2nd full appearance of Darkseid

CGC now only notes Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #135 as a Darkseid appearance, and like mentioned before, Overstreet now notes New Gods #2 as Darkseid's 2nd full appearance. Looks like industry is changing the 2nd appearance of this character.

This hasn't caught on yet in a big way, but sellers are already marking up the prices for raw copies. CGCs have not entered the market in big droves just yet. Once they do, you can expect some over-bloated prices.

A raw copy on eBay or finding this at your local or a comic con may have better luck of snagging it for really cheap if they've yet to catch on to this. New Gods #2 was published May, 1971.

eBay - No shortage of raw copies here on the mighty eBay at the time of this writing. Only two CGC copies and they're a 9.4 NM and a 7.5 low VF. 9.4 is $150.

mycomicshop - Only two raw copies here and one is a VF+ and the other a VF. Both are in stock though.

NewKadia - Only one FN+ copy here at the moment.

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies and they are a 9.2 low NM and a 9.0 VF/NM. Both pretty cheap considering they're slabbed and in the NM range.

2nd appearance of Green Lantern
2nd Hal Jordan

Green Lantern movie is getting rebooted. The character will appear soon on the big screen for what DC has planned. Whether it's John Stewart or Hal Jordan, this is still a very solid key issue comic to get.

Sure, it's in no way under the radar by any means. High grades are pretty up there already, but low grades VG and VG+s as I've mentioned in my latest Vault post can be snagged for under guide if you're on the ball quick enough!

Once more news hits about Green Lantern in the movies, I'm sure this comic just may get a bump in demand as well. I'm predicting lower (VGs to 5.5s) to mid-grades will see some good growth. Showcase #23 was published December, 1959.

eBay - Seems to be quite a few raw copies here, and only five CGC copies. Highest is a 6.5 FN+ and there is a 4.0 VG that's going for $325, which is $55 dollars lower than Overstreet Guide. Lowest slabber is a 1.0.

mycomicshop - One raw PR copy here only at the moment of this writing. May change by the time you read this or not.

ComicConnect - Only one VG raw copy in stock. Might as well get the CGC copy at the same grade on eBay for only 6 bucks more. Both are under guide values.

ComicLink - Quite a few copies here and the highest seems to be a 7.5 low VF. Raw copies as well and the highest for those is a 5.5 low FN. Slabbed and raw VGs as well.

2nd appearance of Black Widow

Definitely not under the radar or over-looked for high grade NM ranges, but they are still under the $500 mark in the VF range for slabbed copies. Raw copies will also be lighter on your wallet for sure.

This is the 2nd appearance of Black Widow, and yep she is still out of costume. Black Widow key comics are hot and have been for a while now as she is a recurring character in the Marvel movies, and the first Marvel female superhero to make it to the big screen under the Marvel Studios owned movies.

This Silver Age goodie is a more solid comic investment. May, 1964 was when Tales of Suspense #53 was published.

eBay - CGC 9.4 is the highest copy here so far. There's also an 8.5 VF+ and a 9.0 VF/NM CGC copies as well as two 6.0 FNs. One of the FNs is a PGX and the other is a 6.5 FN+ CGC. A few raw copies are also available on the mighty eBay.

ComicConnect - Five copies here with one being a high grade CGC 9.4 NM and quite expensive. Other copies are all raw and the highest is an 8.5 VF+.

ComicLink - Only one copy here at the moment and it's a CGC 6.0 FN.

2nd appearance of Iron Fist

I've mentioned this one before, and it's still over-looked in the market. With the Netflix TV series introducing a live action version of Iron Fist and then later joining up in the Defenders, no doubt the 1st appearance of this character got a huge boost in demand.

This comic is still pretty cheap even for 9.6 NM+, which is under the $250 mark, but I only see two copies of those on eBay at those prices for that grade. One has an old label. However, if the Netflix series isn't a success or they don't more planned in the works of Iron Fist, this 2nd appearance may not sustain and demand could very well fizzle out and quickly.

eBay - No problem finding a copy for this one on eBay. Plenty of raw copies as expected with a few CGC options. Highest are two 9.6 NM+s and one has the old CGC label. There's also a 9.4 NM, a 6.0 FN, and a 7.0 FN/VF for slabbers.

mycomicshop - Quite a few raw copies in stock. No CGC and the highest is a VF/NM that's on consignment. There are raw copies in stock but the highest is only a low FN.

NewKadia - Six copies here with the highest a VF+ and the second highest a VF. There's also a low VF, a low FN, and a VG+ and VG.

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies with one being a high grade CGC 9.6 NM+ and the other a 9.0 VF/NM.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies and one is a CGC 9.6 NM+. Other copy is a 9.4 NM. Both are under the $200 mark.

2nd appearance of Luke Cage
1st appearance of Claire Temple

Another book that's totally going under the radar in the industry as well as the majority of the market. Luke Cage Hero For Hire #1 has already seen a huge boost in demand, but the 2nd appearance of Luke Cage isn't all that much. Raw copies are cheap for this one and CGC 9.6s are still below the $200 mark if you catch the right auction.

This issue holds the 1st appearance of Claire Temple as well, and this is the character that the ever lovely and fellow comic geek Rosario Dawson will play in the Daredevil TV series. Sorry, no Elektra. Claire Temple is a nurse who patches up various superheroes. She was an early love interest for Luke Cage. Had to throw in that 1st appearance note.

Once again, the Netflix TV series has everything to do with this character being hot and in demand, so this is purely a speculation book. We will have to see whether it sustains or the shows catch enough popularity after there released to determine whether the 1st or 2nd appearance will sustain or grow in value in the long-term. August, 1972 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Only a few options here. Definitely pretty limited. Three CGC copies with the highest being two 9.6 NM+s. One of them and the cheaper out of the two is ending in a few hours. Also a 9.2 CGC as well.

mycomicshop - Only one FN raw copy here at the moment. It's on consignment and not in stock.

NewKadia - There are three copies here at the moment and one is a low VF. Other two are a FN and a VG+.

Most are definitely not unknown or over-looked in this part. There's one that's surfacing only because of the new transition of key status it just recently obtained. New Gods #2 hasn't totally caught on just yet, but quickly will for sure as Darkseid is heating up quickly.

Part 6 is ready, so if you missed Part 4 by chance, you can always click the PREVIOUS link to head back. Otherwise, click the PART 6 link below to continue with more 2nd appearance comics to invest in.


  1. Definitely gotta pick up that New Gods #2 now!! Thanx!! I think it's very ironic that Kirby ended up getting the shaft at D.C., with "New Gods and Forever people" getting canceled very early, only to create one of the most badass super villains in in the D.C. universe!!! Talk about a cliché, lol. I just picked up a "Mister Miracle #15" and as i finished reading I noticed a little section in the back where fans can write to Kirby. One jackass stated in his letter more or less that "Mister Miracle" was going to fail like "Forever people and New Gods." I was like WOW……. ehh anyways, keep up the great work and keep on trucking!!!

    1. Actually, I have to correct myself here. 2003 Overstreet has noted that Forever People #1 was the first full appearance of Darkseid and also notes New Gods #2 as the 2nd full appearance of the character, so it isn't anything new. My bad and want to clear up that the changes or key statuses have been in effect for a while.

      Jimmy Olsen #134 and #135 are noted as first appearances (cameos) way back in 2003 as well. Completely missed that as well, so I apologize about the confusion. Thanks for bringing up that issue though Wayne, as I was completely oblivious to all this as well.

      Gotta admit Darkseid isn't exactly on my radar and don't know much about that character. Yeah, some comic fans can be brutal sometimes...just look at some criticisms of comic book movies and the changes Hollyweird feels they have to make that I blabber about.

      I get quite a few emails stating what a jackass I am for not recommending more of this or that as well and oh well. A lot of good series get the shaft really early and some do get them for good reason and some just don't fit into the direction the editors want. So, poof! There it goes. It was the same for Green Lantern Mosaic, which had good sales but was given the shaft early as well.

    2. Meyhem……. This site got me hooked on books!!! I'll put my input in occasionally, but for the most part….. Im the student eager to learn and expand my knowledge. Please don't hesitate to correct me, Hell I was 16 back in 2003. Obviously I'm the green been, ready to learn.!!!

    3. Sorry gotta say, Kirby is King!!! Those fantastic four books are AWESOME!!

    4. Input is surely welcomed, and we are all students and still learning in this market as it constantly changes, especially with this 1st appearance challenges and such. I don't think I was overtly correcting you, because you're still correct about JO #135 being the 2nd appearance of Darkseid ever in comics. It's still valuable and sought out and will remain so.

      Even I was shocked to find out all of this hoopla about the appearances of the character and I do have the 2003 Overstreet Price Guide so wow! No excuse really on my part. Completely went over my head. I always thought that JO #134 was still the first appearance of Darkseid, and it still is...just not a full appearance like I thought it was.

      Naturally, I also thought #135 was his 2nd full appearance as well. I'm glad you brought it to my attention though or else I would've never caught onto it.

      And, I agree...Kirby is King!

    5. Love it!! you are the man!!! keep up the awesome work!!!!

  2. just copped showcase #23 cgc 4.0 for $325...under guide! also how do i reach u by email mayhem?

    1. I got your email, Andy, and am working on your request pronto. Congrats on the snag! Just for extra measure, my email is I apologize for not getting back to you via email.

    2. sorry, i sent from my phone and had bad service on the train. wasnt sure if it went thru.

  3. Is it "dark seed" or "dark side"? Very confused on pronounciation. Especially since I always pronounced it Th-Ay-nos, not Th-A-nos like in GOTG movie.

    1. It's pronounced Dark Side, and I think you're correct on the pronunciation of Thanos.

  4. I just got TOS 53 for $350 for an 8.5 cgc slabbed book. i think it was fair.
    question, in your last paragraph you state
    This Silver Age goodie is a more solid comic investment. April, 1961 was when Tales of Suspense #52 was published

    im assuming #52 was a typo and you mean #53?

    1. Heya Andy, great snag! Congrats...opps thanks for bringing that typo and date is's actually May, 1964, but I changed it on the post and yes, suppose to be TOS #53. My bad!

  5. Got the 135 today, a VF copy for $40