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Monday, December 1, 2014

The Ultimate Green Lantern Key Issues Part 9

Here we are with Part 9 to this Ultimate Green Lantern key issues, and we are definitely ending the Silver Age of Green Lantern key comics and heading into the Bronze Age. There are definite quite a few comics to invest in within Part 9, and nearly all are pretty sought out and valuable especially in super high grades.

Lots of key first appearances to be on the hunt for so let's get to it. If you missed Part 8, you can click the link to go back if you feel like, or carry on and enjoy Part 9. Enjoy!

First appearance of Guy Gardner

Guy Gardner, quite a well-known supporting character and Green Lantern as well within the DCU. The highly sought out Green Lantern #59 sees the first appearance of Guy Gardner.

On Oa, Hal Jordan is introduced to the Memory Machine, a device that records all Green Lantern's memories for historical preservation. This Memory Machine also tells Hal that there was another noble selection, yet Hal was the closest.

Being told the Memory Machine could also compute what would've happened if the ring selected the other person instead of Hal Jordan, he asks the machine to do just that. This other person was a physical education teacher in Coast City and none other than Guy Gardner.

The machine tells Hal of the things Guy Gardner would accomplish if he were the one the ring chosen, and when Hal Jordan returns to Earth, he falls victim to his curiosity and meets the real Guy Gardner. They become fast friends.

Solid comic investment? This one I have to say a definite yes since it's had great demand for it for a pretty long time now. Green Lantern #59 was published May, 1968.

eBay - No shortage of copies for the first appearance of Guy Gardner here either, but a lot more limited for slabbed copies than opposed to raw comics. Only four CGC copies so far and the highest is a 9.0 VF/NM.

mycomicshop - Only one raw 3.5 low VG here at the moment.

ComicLink - One CGC 8.0 VF and three raw copies. Highest raw copies are two 8.5 VF+s, and the last raw copy is an 8.0 VF as well.

Green Arrow and Green Lantern begins in series

Another solid comic investment Green Lantern key issue. This is perhaps the most sought out of all the Green Lantern key issues during the Bronze Age, and for good reason.

I've mentioned this one on the Green Arrow key issues list, and it's this issue that sees the award winning and critically acclaimed run by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams. Before this creative team up, DC Comics stories for the most part were not overly social conscious.

In fact, Marvel Comics were a lot more in tune with the times happening around them and incorporated the element of relevance in their characters, themes and stories much, much more than the world of DC. Denny O'Neil wanted to change that and make DC Comics relevant.

The first to go through this were the characters Green Arrow and Green Lantern. Green Arrow was the passionate liberal who fought against social injustice, while Denny O'Neil cast Green Lantern as the conservative who upheld the system. Often Green Arrow would open Hal Jordan's eyes as to some of problems that were going on around him that he completely neglected.

This was groundbreaking in the world of DC Comics, and this Green Arrow and Green Lantern team up would make these two characters often at odds with each other with their different viewpoints. Social themes such as racism, drugs, and poverty gave the comic relevance but strayed further from the Science Fiction roots of the character.

This comic started it all for DC Comics, making their characters more relevant and more relatable to the readers of the time, even though Marvel started this formula nearly 9 years prior. It is a landmark issue for a reason, a turning point in DC Comics, and a definite Green Lantern comic to own. Perhaps, the comic to own out of all the DC Bronze Age comics.

April, 1970 was when this landmark issue was published, and cemented Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adam's legend in the world of comics.

eBay - No problem finding raw copies of this key issue on eBay. Quite a few CGC copies as well. Highest is a 9.6 NM+ and it's a Signature Series though. Quite a few 9.4 NMs and 8.5 and 8.0s.

mycomicshop - Only two slabbed copies here for now. One is a PGX and it's graded a 7.0 FN/VF. The other is a CGC 9.0 VF/NM.

ComicConnect - Three CGC copies up for auction at the time of this writing. Only a few days left. Highest is a whopping 9.8 and the 2nd highest a 9.0 VF/NM. That's for the auctions that is, but there are a few in stock and ready to snag. Two highest available now are a CGC 9.6 and a 9.4 NM. Two raw copies also available here at the moment.

ComicLink - Five copies and all are CGC slabbed. Highest is a gorgeous 9.6 NM+ and there are three 9.4 NMs there. Last two options are an 8.5 VF+ and an 8.0 VF.

Green Lantern reveals identity to Carol Ferris

Nothing like a love interest finding out you're a superhero, right? In Green Lantern #83,  Hal Jordan reveals that he is Green Lantern to Carol Ferris after she is crippled.

Perhaps a minor key, and even though there are 9.6s that are up there in price and quite over-bloated, you can get a raw copy for much less. May, 1971 was when this key issue was published.

eBay - Raw copies galore. Whether they're high grade or not is a different story. On the CGC front there's a few available for the snagging. Wow four CgC 9.6 NM+s on the mighty eBay at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.6 NM+ is the top choice here and it's on consignment. There are raw copies in stock however. The highest raw is a 7.0 FN/VF, and the other two are low grade copies.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.6 NM+ here and five raw copies. Highest unslabbed copy is a 9.0 VF/NM. 2nd highest raw is an 8.0 VF.

ComicLink - We got two CGC copies and one of them is a 9.4 NM and the other a 9.0 VF/NM. Raw copy is a low VF.

Speedy revealed as addict
Anti-drug issue

Mentioned this one on here already, and it's still a sought out key issue Green Lantern comic for sure. Written by Dennis O'Neil and trying to capture the rampant drug problem that was sweeping America at the time, this issue addresses the problem by being the first comic to depict a superhero as a drug addict.

Green Arrow and Green Lantern discover that Speedy is a heroin junkie, and the move to do this was quite radical at the time. Amazing Spider-Man had already tackled the dangers of drug use prior and it wasn't approved by the Comics Code Authority. Green Lantern #85 was though, signaling the loosening of restrictions placed by the CCA.

Definitely one of the best Bronze Age comics to invest in for sure, it was published August, 1971.

eBay - A few copies here but kinda limited. Two CGC 9.8s located here for now and one of them is probably the one at mycomicshop. One CGC 9.6 NM+ and two 9.4 NMs as well grades lower than those options. Raw copies are present so far.

mycomicshop - Super high grade CGC 9.8 copy here. Only other copy is a raw VG+.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.4 NM and a raw VF/NM are available here at ComicConnect for now.

ComicLink - Only one copy here available and it's a CGC 9.4 NM.

Anti-drug issue

Continuing this critically acclaimed story arc, Green Arrow and Green Lantern set out to track drug traffickers in Star City while Speedy tries to kick heroin cold turkey.

This key issue is also highly sought out and getting pretty up there. I recommended this in the Green Arrow key issues list. Super high grades are already pretty up there for this classic Green Lantern key. 9.6s are still below the $500 mark. Green Lantern #86 was published October, 1971.

eBay - Tons of copies for this key issue for raw and quite a few options for slabbed comics. Saw at least three CGC 9.8s and one CGC 9.6 NM+. There are other slabbed graded options as well.

mycomicshop - Three copies and the only slabbed is a PGX 9.6 NM+. Last two options are both raw and they are a VG/FN and a VG+.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.2 low NM currently up for auction right now. 2 CGC copies in stock and the highest is a 9.4 NM followed by a 9.0 VF/NM. As for raw copies, the highest is a 9.2 low NM and 2nd highest is a VF.

2nd appearance of Guy Gardner
First appearance of John Stewart
A double whammy of a key issue. Not only does this hold the 2nd appearance of Guy Gardner, but it also holds the first appearance of John Stewart. Created by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams, John Stewart was initially used as substitute Green Lantern when Jordan was unavailable.

Stewart would became a major character in the Green Lantern universe, and even a popular member of the Justice League. There are rumors floating around that John Stewart just may be Green Lantern for the Justice League film and the new Green Lantern movie announced by Warner Bros.

Despite that and whether John Stewart is the Green Lantern for DC's cinematic universe or not, Green Lantern #87 has still been one of the most sought out Green Lantern key issues from the Bronze Age and is a solid investment comic.

2nd appearance of Guy Gardner and first appearance of John Stewart? Winning! Green Lantern #87 was published December, 1971.

eBay - More limited selection for this key issue than the other Green Lantern key comics on this list at the moment on eBay. A few raw copies, and only four CGC copies. Highest is a 9.6 NM+ and the 2nd highest slab is a 9.4 NM.

mycomicshop - Highest and only CGC copy is a 9.0 VF/NM. If slabbed ain't your game, there are two raw copies but the highest is only a VG+.

ComicConnect - Only one CGC 9.2 low NM copy here for now.

As promised, Part 9 probably has the best solid comics to invest in concerning Bronze Age Green Lantern key issues. A lot of them are major first appearances and are already valuable in the NM range, so if you're more on a budget, the 7.0 to 8.5 range might be great snags.

Wow, Part 9 and only breaking into the Bronze Age. We got more Green Lantern key comics to go through for sure. I did say it was an ultimate list, so if you missed Part 8, just click the PREVIOUS link below. Other than that, click the PART 10 link below to continue onward .

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