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Friday, December 26, 2014

Aquaman Key Issues Part 2

Here we are with the 2nd part to this Aquaman key issues, and once again, we have some not so easy finds in the market. Not really any of these are over-looked in the market and one is really heating up. I already mentioned that one just recently.

So, let's do it to it and get it on. If you missed the first Part to this key issues list, just click this Part 1 link to go back and check that out. If not, enjoy more of these Aquaman keys.

First and only appearance of Aquagirl (Lisa Morel)

This is the first incarnation of Aquagirl Lisa Morel and not to be confused with the more well-known Tula. There is actually another version of the character after Lisa Morel and before Tula as well. The Lisa Morel version only has a single appearance, so this is her first and last appearance.

I'm only noting it here, because this technically is the first appearance of the character called Aqualgirl and was actually connected to Aquaman though extremely briefly. This brief and original version was created by Robert Bernstein and Ramona Fradon.

Lisa Morel is an Atlantean child born with violet eyes and was unable to adapt to the watery world. Apparently there are a few Atlantean children like this, and all were sent to the surface world, hoping they would be able to survive there. Lisa was adopted by Dr. Hugo Morel and lived a normal childhood until her powers temporarily awakened when Aquaman was in need of help.

Constructing an outfit like his and donning the name "Aquagirl", Lisa helped Aquaman in this very adventure. However, her powers were short-lived and she once again returned to a normal life, never to be seen again. November, 1959 was when Adventure Comics #266 was published.

eBay - Only some raw copies on eBay right now. No CGC if you're looking for them at the moment. May change though in the near future or not.

mycomicshop - Only one raw GD+ copy in stock at the moment.

ComicConnect - A comic lot of 9 Adventure Comics is here at the moment. #266 is in it. Lot says most are in the FN range.

First appearance of Aqualad

Alright, and kicking off this 2nd part of Aquaman key issues is Adventure Comics #269. Although the character is lame, the first appearance of Aqualad is another element to help distinguish the difference between the Silver Age Aquaman and the Golden Age Aquaman. After all, Aqualad was an original Teen Titan and that team is definitely rooted on Earth One not Earth Two.

Topo the Octopus, Aquaman's pet Octopus, is also a supporting character in this comic, marking that the two characters are definitely in the Earth One realm of the DC Comics Universe. If you have no clue why that's important or what the hell I'm talking about, it's probably best to start at the beginning with Part 1 of this Aquaman key comics list.

Aqualad is also known as Garth and is an amphibious humanoid who was left to die by Idyllists, a colony of Atlanteans that lived in the Hidden Valley. Garth is also a prince and was sentenced to death because he was considered born inferior.

February, 1960 was when Adventure Comics #269 was published.

eBay - Only raw copies for this key issue at the moment on the mighty eBay. No CGC and no surprise. Mostly low grade copies.

ComicConnect - About eight raw copies here at the time of this writing. Highest copy is a FN and the next two highest are both in the VG range. Lower copies also there at the moment.

2nd appearance of Aqualad
First time character is addressed by name
First appearance of Aquacave

Alright, and here's another 2nd appearance of a major supporting Aquaman character. Will Aqualad show up in any movie? That may be doubtful, but you never know. I was wrong about the Enchantress being in the Suicide Squad.

Yep, Adventure Comics #270 is when the character is first addressed or calls himself "Aqualad", and I'm pretty sure this is a minor key notation but this also sees the first appearance of the Aquacave. Haha. Not gonna say anything more about that.

However, I'm pretty sure this is over-looked 2nd appearance. A CGC 9.2 was snagged for lower than $153 bucks at auction on eBay. Raw copies will most likely be even cheaper. Adventure Comics #270 was published March, 1960.

eBay - Quite a few copies here for this one, but they are all raw. No CGC at the time of this writing if you prefer them.

mycomicshop - One raw copy in stock. It's a low grade GD/VG. 

ComicConnect - Five copies here and all are raw. Highest is a VF+ and the 2nd highest is a FN+. Rest are lower grade.

First appearance of the Justice League of America

Okay, this is an important event for Aquaman, and he is a founding member of the Justice League of America. I've talked about this comic many times already since DC/Warner is planning the big JLA movie, and not going to say anything much more about Brave and the Bold #28 and the first appearance of the Justice League of America on here.

This will be the only Justice League of America comic on this key issues list, and like LK has clued us in on, Brave and the Bold #29 is the 2nd appearance of the team. This mega key issue was published March, 1960.

eBay - A few CGC copies and a pretty limited amount of raw copies but not many. Highest CGC copy is an 8.0 VF and is going for a lot of ducats. Some low grade options as well.

ComicConnect - Only one copy and it's a CGC Restored 5.0 VG/FN here at the moment.

ComicLink - Four CGC copies here. Highest is an 8.5 VF+ and the second is a 8.0 VF. The two lowest is a 6.0 FN and 5.0 VG/FN.

First issue to first Aquaman titled series
First appearance of Quisp

Probably the only Aquaman key issue from his first and very own titled series that isn't over-looked and already pretty darn expensive is Aquaman #1 volume 1. As for the first appearance of Quisp, this character did reoccur quite often in the early Silver Age Aquaman comic series.

Quisp is from the 5th Dimension where a group of impish beings ruled. Quisp, also referred to as a water sprite, would become an ally of Aquaman and Aqualad. Pretty minor first appearance. February, 1962 was when Aquaman #1 was published.

eBay - Only saw two copies on eBay and one is a raw and the other is a CGC slabber. The CGC copy is an 8.0 but it is Restored. Not an easy find either.

First appearance of Mera
First appearance of Dimension Aqua (Xebel)

This comic has gained heat as many are speculating that this character will be in the Aquaman movie. Mera is from Xebel, also called Dimension Aqua, and was the former queen there. A criminal named Leron from her world took control over her kingdom, and Mera escapes to Earth and runs into none other than Aquaman and Aqualad.

Aquaman and Aqualad help Mera defeat Leron, and I suppose it was true love. Aquaman asks Mera to stay in Atlantis with him and she abdicates the throne to V'lana to be with him. She would later marry him and become the Queen of Atlantis.

September, 1963 is when the first appearance of Mera was published in Aquaman #11.

eBay - Only two raw copies on the mighty eBay as well. Looks like they're both lower grade.

mycomicshop - One raw low GD copy here on consignment.

Most of these are not so easy finds at least in the online market. May be lucky to find these at a local or a comic con and may get a really good deal as well. Who knows?

Either way, Aquaman keys are heating up for obvious reasons, which is Aquaman hitting the big screen. Could be a huge change for Aquaman key comic issues in the market. They may finally get some lasting love.

Anyways, we still have more Silver Age Aquaman key issue comics to go through. If you missed Part 1 just click the PREVIOUS link below. If you're ready to continue, just click the PART 3 link below!


  1. I'm glad you're doing this! I know my Marvel like back of my hand, am well versed with Batman, good with Supes but was absolutely clueless what to look for with Green Lantern, Aquaman and pretty much the rest of DC! Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks's a pretty small key issues list...hope this helps ya out and I'll try my best.

  2. So is Aquaman 1 also the 1st cover appearance? 21 years before they put him on the cover?!?

    1. Not 100% sure, but I think Aquaman's 1st cover appearance at least in the U.S. and not counting foreign edition just might be Brave and the Bold #28