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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Aquaman Key Issues Part 4

Welcome to Part 4, and you definitely won't be disappointed with this one. We got some important key Aquaman issues concerning 2nd and 3rd appearances that are under the radar or not even that known for their key issue worthiness just yet in the market over-all.

Plus, there's two first appearances you may want to consider as well. I give a bit of a hint in the descriptions and you'll be able to catch them. Alright let's get this going, so if you missed Part 3, just click the link. If not, enjoy this Part 4.

2nd appearance of Ocean Master

Here we have the 2nd appearance of Ocean Master in Aquaman #32. Definitely under the radar in the over-all market currently. Nobody is noting it as such as most don't know that this is the 2nd appearance of Orm (Ocean Master).

This may catch on, but I predict it will be a slow steam up. So far most are gunning for Orm's first appearance. Aquaman #32 was published April, 1967.

eBay - Quite a few copies when it comes to raw ones. As for CGC, only one 9.0 VF/NM that's way over guide.

mycomicshop - Auction starts Jan 3, 2015 for a raw 5.5 low FN. Other copy is in stock and it's a low VG.

NewKadia - Only one low FN minus copy here at NewKadia.

ComicConnect - Four raw copies here. High grade 9.2 low NM is the top one. Also a FN+ and a low FN and a VG copy for sale as well.

First appearance of Aqua-Girl

This is the Aqua-Girl that most fans know of, and her name is Tula and was adopted by one of the royal families of Atlantis. She was given the title of Princess of Poseidonis and was taught in the Atlantean ways.

Tula often accompanied Aqualad on adventures, as well as his missions with the Teen Titans also. Tula and Garth (Aqualad) would share a romance together, but she would die during the Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series.

In the New 52, her and Orm share the same father, making them half brother and sister. Oh, snap! Will she be in the movie? Could be if they're gonna borrow more from the New 52 continuity for the film. Then again, she may not also. Aquaman #33 and the first appearance of Tula was published June, 1967.

eBay - Only saw like two raw copies of this one on the mighty eBay at the moment. No CGC yet.

NewKadia - Three copies here with the highest being a low VF. 2nd highest is a FN and the lowest is a low VG or VG minus.

ComicConnect - Only one VG/FN raw copy here for now.

First appearance of Black Manta
3rd appearance of Ocean Master
First appearance of Manta Men

Of course, the first appearance of Black Manta in Aquaman #35 is getting a lot of play in the market right now. Considering that Black Manta is one of the only cool Aquaman villains, many are speculating that this character just has to be in the Aquaman movie, and I tend to agree.

It would not just be weird if Black Manta isn't fighting against Aquaman on the big screen, it would be plain wrong. Also created by Nick Cardy and Bob Haney, Black Manta would not receive an origin until the Modern Age of comics! Wow! He would get a few other origins as well, including a New 52 one obviously.

Those issues will be covered in this Aquaman key issues list later. Aquaman #35 also holds the 3rd appearance of Ocean Master and the first appearance of the Black Manta's Manta Men. The fact that this issue is the 3rd appearance of Ocean Master is yet not that well-known.

Aquaman and the first appearance of Black Manta was published October, 1967. It is one of the best Aquaman Silver Age key issues to get for sure and should be considered one of the best Aquaman Silver Age comics to invest in.

eBay - Very limited amount of raw copies. No CGC and one raw copy already priced at the value it should be like 8 years from now.

mycomicshop - Low grade GD is here on consignment.

1st Jim Aparo DC work

Jim Aparo is most known for his work on Batman, but the legendary artist got his start at DC Comics with Aquaman and in this issue right here. Although, this isn't a key issue that really pertains to the Aquaman mythos, it is an important key issue that pertains to a legendary artist doing his first ever work for DC Comics.

Aparo would provide pencils for much of the series until it's cancellation. Aquaman #40 was published August, 1968.

eBay - No shortage of raw copies for this key issue on the mighty eBay. Zero CGC as expected.

ComicConnect - Three raw copies with the highest a VF/NM. 2nd highest is an 8.0 VF and the lowest is a FN/VF.

2nd appearance of Black Manta

We have the 2nd appearance of Black Manta, one of Aquaman's most famous villains. We all probably know him from the Super Friends cartoon if you go back that far.

Definitely a comic that should be under the radar. Not that many sellers are noting this as the 2nd appearance of Black Manta on eBay. Perhaps even the majority of comic dealers aren't aware of this one just yet either.

You definitely have an advantage now, so comic con, your local, maybe even eBay may provide a cheap snag for this one. Not sure how long this will last until people start catching on.

The 2nd appearance of Black Manta in Aquaman #42 was published December, 1968. 

eBay - Extremely limited selection. Only saw like 3 copies and they are already over-bloated simply because it's a Black Manta appearance. However, they don't know it's his 2nd appearance.

mycomicshop - FN+ 6.5 raw copy on consignment here.

3rd appearance of Black Manta

Since we're on a 2nd appearances kick, I might as well throw out the 3rd appearance of Black Manta also. Yep, it's in Aquaman #51 and like his 2nd appearance, this Silver Age key isn't all that known in the market yet.

You should be able to get this one raw for under $70 for VF grades. Aquaman #51 and the 3rd appearance of Black Manta was published June, 1970, making this a Bronze Age key issue.

eBay - A few copies here and there seems to be some raw copies available on eBay. I spotted two unslabbers claiming to be VFs. I also see two CGCs in which one is a high grade 9.4 NM. The other is a 9.0 VF/NM.

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

NewKadia - Only one FN+ copy here in stock for now.

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies and the highest is a 9.4 NM and the 2nd highest a 9.2 low NM. There are two raw copies also. One is a VF and the other a FN/VF.

I think Part 4 kicked down quite a bit of knowledge concerning some key issue Aquaman comics. You know now the 2nd and 3rd appearances of Ocean Master and Black Manta. Of course there's the minor first appearance of the 3rd Aqua-Girl known as Tula.

So quite a bit of important Aquaman keys in this Part 4. I could just stop here, but why do anything half-assed. We'll have a few more Aquaman key issues to cover, but not that many more left. 

If you missed Part 3, no worries. Just click the PREVIOUS link to go back and read up on that. Part 5 is ready so click the PART 5 to continue with more Aquaman key comics.


  1. Issue 51 also has a Deadman appearance and Neal Adams artwork (as do issues 50 & 52). So far a great list!