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Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Ultimate Green Lantern Key Comic Books Part 8


Welcome to Part 8 of this Green Lantern key comic books list and we are quickly winding down to the last of the Silver Age key Green Lantern issues. I know that I said we'd be hitting some Bronze Age in this part, but looks like I found a few more keys that should be listed, so we'll probably see those in Part 9.

Some good ones in Part 8 for sure and a few minor ones as well. If you missed Part 7, just click the link to go back. Otherwise, hope you enjoy Part 8.




GREEN LANTERN #30 VOLUME 2
First appearance of Katma Tui

Not noted in guide but it is on CGC labels, Green Lantern #30 sees the first appearance of Katma Tui. She is from the same planet as Sinestro, and is also part of the Green Lantern Corps.

It was Tui who led a rebellion against Sinestro and testified against him before the Guardians. In Green Lantern lore, this resulted with Sinestro being sent to the Antimatter Universe and imprisoned on the planet Qward.

She was nominated as Sinestro's replacement by Tomar-Re. That does not happen in this issue. It is a back story of the character. In this issue, Katma Tui is already Sinestro's replacement on the planet Korugar and Sector 1417. 

She is a semi-important supporting character in the Green Lantern universe, and I'm betting that this key issue is quite over-looked in the market. July, 1964 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Quite a few raw copies here, but only one CGC 9.2 low NM if you prefer slabbed copies.

mycomicshop - One raw VG+ is the only copy here for the moment.

NewKadia - One one low FN copy here. 

ComicConnect - Six copies here and one is in a comic lot. There's also a CGC 9.2 low NM. The rest are raw copies and one is a high grade VF+. Others are low grade.

ComicLink - Four CGC copies and three raw copies here at the time of this writing. Highest CGC is a 9.2 low NM. 2nd highest slab is an 8.5 VF+. An 8.0 VF and 7.0 FN/VF are the last two CGC options. Highest raw grade is a VF+.




JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #29
First appearance of Earth Three
First appearance of Power Ring
First appearance of Crime Syndicate of America

This issue was already detailed in the Justice League of America key issues list done a while back, but it's still fun to talk about. Taking up with where Justice League of America #22 and the whole Infinite Earths concept, Justice League of America #29 expands on it and introduces the first appearance of Earth Three.

On Earth Three, the members of the Crime Syndicate of America are the Justice League of America's counterparts in that parallel universe, and like the name suggests, they are evil version of Earth One's JLA team. Ultraman is Superman's evil counterpart, Owlman is Batmans, Johnny Quick the Flash's, Super-Woman is the bad girl version of Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern's evil Earth Three counter part is Power Ring.

In terms of a Green Lantern key issue, this comic has the first appearance of Power Ring, and Power Ring's 2nd appearance would be in the following issue, Justice League of America #30. Very cool key issue to own not just for a Justice League of America key, but a Green Lantern key as well. August, 1964 was when this was published.

eBay - Looks to be a decent enough selection for raw copies on the mighty eBay, but no CGC as of yet.

mycomicshop - Six copies here with the highest a FN. Rest are all low grade and most are in stock while two of them on consignment.

ComicLink - One CGC 8.0 VF and a raw 5.0 VG/FN here for now.





GREEN LANTERN #37 VOLUME 2
First appearance of Evil Star

Although there are two DC villains that go by the name Evil Star, this is the Silver Age version. Real identity is unknown, but what is known is that Evil Star was a scientist on the planet Auron. 

Driven to cheat death, Evil Star creates what's known as the Starband, which makes him immortal. The side effect of this invention is that it twists his mind into a more evil version of himself.

Afraid of the Starband, the people of Auron set out to destroy it, but Evil Star relents and a battle ensues that ends all life on Auron except for Evil Star. Seeking new worlds to conquer, Evil Star finds himself constantly in conflict with the Guardians of the Universe and the Green Lantern Corps. The first appearance of Evil Star is in this issue right here - Green Lantern #37 - and was published June, 1965.

eBay - Decent amount of raw copies here so far. PGX 8.0 VF spotted as well. No CGC though yet.

mycomicshop - Three low grade copies in stock at the time of this writing. Highest is only a VG.

NewKadia - Just one FN raw copy here for now.





SHOWCASE #55
First solo Golden Age Green Lantern in Silver Age
First Silver Age appearance of Solomon Grundy
First solo Golden Age Green Lantern in the Silver Age? Well, since the revival of many of DC's Golden Age characters during the Silver Age, Alan Scott was mainly seen with the Justice Society of America as a group.

However, in Showcase #55, Alan Scott is in a comic without his superhero team mates. This issue also sees the first Silver Age appearance of Solomon Grundy, Green Lantern's old Golden Age foe.

Quite an over-looked Silver Age Green Lantern key issue currently and worth owning just for the first Silver Age appearance of Solomon Grundy alone.

eBay - Plenty of raw copies for this key issue, but only one CGC 5.5 low FN copy for now.

mycomicshop - VG+ and low VG copies are the only ones here for now. Both are on consignment so there is a buyer's premium.

NewKadia - Two copies here and the highest is a low VF. Lowest copy is a VG+.




GREEN LANTERN #40 VOLUME 2
2nd solo G.A. Green Lantern in Silver Age
Origin of the Guardians
Origin of Infinite Earths
First appearance of Krona
Highly important comic not just for Green Lantern, but also for the Pre-Crisis stories concerning all of the DCU. It's in this issue where the origin of the Guardians and of the Infinite Earths is revealed.

Of course, it has the first appearance of Krona as well, and this bugger is tied to it all. On Earth Two, Alan Scott starts discovering that his power ring is taking on the same properties as his Earth One counterpart, so he travels to Earth One to show Hal Jordan what's going on.

However, his ring no longer displays the same effects on Earth One. Suspecting that there might be more going on to the strangeness of Alan Scott's ring, Hal Jordan and Alan Scott probe the ring to find out what's happening.

The ring then tells them of an Oan scientist named Krona that built a device so he could watch the creation of the universe about a million years ago. Although forbidden by Oa, Krona viewed its creation and caused a chain reaction that destroyed his device and created evil in the universe.

Krona was punished and converted into an energy that would be sent to circle the various universes in existence for eternity. The Oans then created the Green Lanterns to police the known universes and protect it from this evil created by one of their own. In the story that the power ring tells the two Green Lanterns, it also establishes that there are a number of infinite parallel Earths, populated by different versions of Earth One's heroes.

It seems that the yellow meteor that Alan Scott tried to stop in the beginning of the story was really Krona, who transferred himself into Alan's power ring and is loose somewhere on Earth One.

Important DC Comic and Green Lantern key issue period. Should be one of the Green Lantern key issue comics to invest in and own in one's vault for sure. October, 1965 is the publishing date for Green Lantern #40. Oh, yes, this is the first appearance of Golden Age Green Lantern in the Green Lantern second series as well.

eBay - No problem finding this on eBay. Looks like there's plenty of raw copies. Only five CGC copies and one of them is Restored. Highest is an 8.0 VF Universal label. 2nd highest slab is a 6.5 FN+.

mycomicshop - Handful of copies here and finally some CGC copies. Highest slabbed is an 8.0 VF and the second highest a 6.5 FN+. Lowest slabbed option is a VG+. Two raw copies and both are super low grade readers.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.0 VF/NM copy located here. Also a 7.0 but it's Restored. Last slabbed option is a 4.0 VG, and there are raw copies as well. Highest raw is a FN/VF.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies and quite a few raw copies here. Highest slab is a very nice 9.4 NM. Highest raw is an 8.0 VF. Low grade options available as well for now.





GREEN LANTERN #45 VOLUME 2
2nd Golden Age Green Lantern in titled series
First appearance of Prince Peril
First appearance of Princess Ramia
Green Lantern #45 has the 2nd appearance of Alan Scott in this title, which seemed to be popular among fans. These Golden Age appearances in their Silver Age counterpart's titles became a common thing during the Silver Age and even Bronze Age as well.

Aside from that key note, this issue also sees the first appearances of both Princess Ramia and Prince Peril. On the planet Mryg, Princess Ramia was indebted to marry the evil Prince Peril, so she fled to Earth and befriends Doiby Dickles.

Of course, the Prince Peril shows up to capture Princess Ramia and battles with the two Green Lanterns, defeating them both and capturing Doiby and Princess Ramia. The prince then returns to Myrg with them both and enslaves Doiby as his court jester.

Alan Scott and Hal Jordan follow them to Myrg and defeat Prince Peril. In the end, Princess Ramia and Doiby end up marrying, and Doiby Dickles becomes the ruler of Myrg. This comic was published June, 1966.

eBay - Seems to be quite a few raw copies here at the time of this writing. Only three CGC copies though and one of them is ending in a few hours of this post being published. There are two 8.0 VFs and the one ending soon is one of them. Both are Universal and the lowest option is a 7.0 FN/VF but asking for a bit much if you ask me.

mycomicshop - Three raw copies, all in stock and the highest is a FN. Lowest are two low 3.5 VGs.

NewKadia - Three copies here with the highest being a VF+. 2nd highest is a VF and the last option is a VG+. 

ComicLink - One CGC 9.4 NM copy here and two raw copies. Unslabbers are an 8.5 VF+ and a VF.


Three listed here in Part 8 of this Green Lantern key comic books list are solid investments. The first Silver Age appearance of Solomon Grundy is pretty over-looked in the market right now. I'm sure it will catch on in the near future though.

Ok, definitely Part 9 will be wrapping up the last of the Silver Age Green Lantern key issues and heading into the Bronze Age. If you missed Part 7 to this keys list, just click the PREVIOUS link below to read that. Part 9 is ready so just click the PART 9 link below to carry on with more Green Lantern key comics.




Friday, November 28, 2014

The Ultimate Green Lantern Key Issues Part 7


Here we are with Part 7 to this Green Lantern key issues list, and we're still in the Silver Age. Some minor key issues here and must admit that the first appearances in Part 7 are pretty much less than thrilling.

Anyways, let's get down to it and get this one over with. If you missed Part 6, click the link the head back. If not, here's Part 7.




GREEN LANTERN #21 VOLUME 2
First appearance of Doctor Polaris
Origin of Doctor Polaris

Green Lantern #21 from the 2nd series sees the first appearance of Doctor Polaris. His real name is Neal Emerson, and he was raised by an abusive father, though later retconned to be an abusive aunt. 

He became a medical student who was fascinated by magnets, believing that exposure to magnetic fields could provide health benefits. Over exposure gave him the power to control and channel magnetic fields. 

Neal Emerson dies in the Infinite Crisis storyline and was succeeded by John Nicol.  Perhaps a minor key but still a Green Lantern key issue, June, 1963 was when the first appearance of the original Doctor Polaris was published.

eBay - Only raw copies here and no CGC. Highest raw grade claims to be a 9.2 low NM.

mycomicshop - Four raw copies with one of them on consignment and the other three in stock. They are all low grade copies though and the highest is only a VG.

NewKadia - One NM copy for this key issue here. It is raw.

ComicConnect - Three raw copies here. Highest is a 9.0 VF/NM. Other two options are a FN and VG+.





JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #21
1st meeting between Hal Jordan and Alan Scott
1st meeting between JLA and JSA
Crisis on Earth One story
An important comic considering the entire DCU during the Silver Age, Bronze Age and a little bit into the Copper Age. The Crisis on Earth One story was one of the firsts to establish the multiverse in DC Comics that explained how the Golden Age and Silver Age characters stories were able to exist separate from each other.

They existed in parallel universes of course! The Silver Age DC heroes belonged to Earth One and the Golden Age heroes to Earth Two. This comic would not only build on this concept, but it would hold the first meeting between the Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America.

Though other sources say that Green Lantern #40 is the first meeting between Hal Jordan and Alan Scott, I'd have to say that it's Justice League of America #21 instead. According to issue #40 story canon, Alan Scott is well aware that Hal Jordan is around and even realizes that his ring has the same properties as Hal Jordan's. August, 1963 was when Justice League of America #21 was published.

eBay - Raw copies galore, but no CGC at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - All low grade copies here and there's about five at the time of this writing. None are really worth mentioning. The two highest 3.0 GD/VGs have the centerfolds detached at one staple.






JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #22
First G.A. Green Lantern & S.A. Green Lantern team up
Crisis on Earth Two story
Also, as some sources say that Green Lantern #40 is the first Golden Age and Silver Age Green Lantern team up, I'd have to disagree and believe that Justice League of America #22 is the first Golden Age and Silver Age team up for the Green Lanterns.

In this issue, the two Green Lanterns do team up together to save the Golden Age and Silver Age Flash while their other team members pair up with other JSA members.

Like issue #21 to this title, I've mentioned this issue #22 quite a bit in other DC Comics key issues lists for a reason. Quite important since the Silver Age did establish DC's multiverse and made it possible and a bit reasonable for their Golden Age heroes to exist in the Silver Age.

I've also said that issue in one of the best Silver Age key comics to invest in or own, and now I'm saying it's an important Green Lantern key issue as well. It was published September, 1963.

eBay - Two CGC copies with the highest being a 7.5 low VF. Other option is a 5.0 GD/VG. Both are Universal. Seems to be quite a few raw copies here for now.

mycomicshop - Highest here are only two VGs. Both are going up for auction December 6th of 2014. The rest are lower grades and are in stock, not on consignment.

ComicConnect - A FN/VF and a VG+ copy here. Both are raw. No CGC here just yet.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies here and one is a high grade 8.5 VF+. Other slabbed copy is a low grade 2.5 GD+. There are three raw copies here at the time of this writing.





GREEN LANTERN #23 VOLUME 2
First appearance of the Tattooed Man

A sailor with tattoos that become real after he touches them? Either pretty awesome or pretty hookey. Abel Tarrant is the first and original Tattooed Man, and Green Lantern #23 has the first appearance of this version of the Green Lantern villain.

Another pretty minor key issue and villain in the DC Universe, and this comic was published September, 1963.

eBay - Only one CGC copy and it's a 6.5 FN+. Other copies available are all raw.

mycomicshop - Five copies here so far. All are raw and the highest copy is a FN/VF. 2nd highest grades are two VG+s.

ComicLink - Two copies here with one being a CGC and that copy is a high grade 8.5 VF+. Other is a low VF and it's a raw copy.





GREEN LANTERN #24 VOLUME 2
First appearance of the Shark
Origin of the Shark
Before there was King Shark, there was the Shark whom is to no surprise a pretty minor Green Lantern villain. He is a Tiger shark that was mutated into a highly evolved humanoid form by radiation from nuclear tests.

Becoming more highly intelligent and gaining telepathic powers The Shark decides regular humans are too easy prey and wants a challenge. He telepathically challenges Green Lantern, in which Hal Jordan brazenly accepts.

A key issue nevertheless, but a pretty minor one. Green Lantern #24 was published October, 1963.

eBay - One CGC 7.0 FN/VF copy and a low grade PGX spotted. Raw copies available as well but doesn't look like much of a selection at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - All raw and all low grade. At least most are in stock though and not on consignment.

NewKadia - Only one copy here at the time of this writing  and it's a low FN. Will need to scroll after clicking the blue NewKadia link to find the issue.






GREEN LANTERN #29 VOLUME 2
First appearance of Black Hand

If there's a Green Lantern villain that I think would interesting in a movie other than Sinestro, the Black Hand is definitely one of them. William Hand is an inventive genius, in which comic books have no shortage of, and hates his prominent and well-known family in Coastville, a suburb of Coast City.

Feeling the best way to distance himself from the other famous Hands is to embark on a life of crime, William Hand does just that, and dons a super villain get up and calls himself the Black Hand. Because the dude is a super genius, he realizes he'll have to go up against the hero and protector of Coast City, Green Lantern. For this inevitable clash, William creates a device that is able to absorb the residue energy of a Green Lantern power ring from any object it touches, and the device can then be used in the same way as a Green Lantern ring.

I think that's pretty cool and a definite menace to the Emerald Warrior. Green Lantern #29 sees the first appearance of Black Hand and was published June, 1964.

eBay - No CGC and mainly raw copies. Selection for raw copies even looks quite limited but who knows since eBay's search has everything pop up nowadays.

mycomicshop - Only one raw VG+ copy here at the moment.

NewKadia - One raw low VF is the only copy here so far.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 8.0 VF copy here for now.




Not all that thrilling in terms of first appearances as I mentioned above, but they still are key issues of Green Lantern. Only two or three worthy key issues in this part. 

In Part 8, it looks like we'll be wrapping up the Silver Age and heading into the Bronze Age.

A few more parts left to go with this Green Lantern key comics list. If you missed Part 6, just click the PREVIOUS link below to head on back. If not, just click the PART 8 link below to continue. Thanks for reading.



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Ultimate Green Lantern Key Comics Part 6


We've got some minor Silver Age Green Lantern key comics in Part 6, but some important ones as well. If you're a Flash fan and Green Lantern fan, you may know or already own two of the issues on here.

All in all, pretty interesting stuff. I'm loving this lore for sure, and any early Silver Age Green Lantern issue is pretty awesome to have in one's vault. Alright, enough babble...let's get the goodness going.

Click this Part 5 link if you missed it. If not, hope you enjoy Part 6 and more of these Green Lantern key issues.




GREEN LANTERN #8 VOLUME 2
First 5700 A.D. story
First appearance of Pol Manning
First appearance of Iona Vane
First appearance of Korlian Dasor

This one is a doozy for sure, and I'll try to explain it as best as possible. In 5700 AD, the Solarite Chairman Korlian Dasor believes that the new Solar Director should be somebody chosen from the past and that somebody should be Green Lantern from the 20th century.

Having time travel technology but knowing that their time travel device induces the side effect of a memory wipe, the Solar Council make up a false identity for Hal Jordan when he arrives. This false identity is Pol Manning. 

Pol Manning was also programmed by Korlian Dasor to be greatly in love with Iona Vane. The decision to bring Green Lantern into the future as a protector of Solar City was because of the Zegors, an aggressive group of alien monsters that threatened Solar City.

This is the first 5700 AD story in the Green Lantern comics, but it would not be the last. Chairman Dasor would bring Hal back from the past several times. October, 1961was when this early Silver Age Green Lantern comic was published.

eBay - Only saw a few copies here, but only one CGC. Slabbed copy is an 8.5 VF+. There are lower grade raw copies to choose from as well on the mighty eBay at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - Two raw copies here and both are low grade. Highest is a GD.




GREEN LANTERN #9 VOLUME 2
First Sinestro cover
2nd appearance of Sinestro
First appearance of Jordan brothers
Last 10 cent issue

When it comes to the character of Sinestro, this comic is important on two fronts. First, even though CGC nor Overstreet notes it, Green Lantern #9 is the 2nd appearance of Sinestro.

On the 2nd front, this issue is the first time Sinestro is featured on a comic cover as well. If these two were just the only key statuses for this issue, it would still be highly important.

However, this issue does have the first appearance of the Jordan brothers. Hal Jordan is the middle child and has an older brother Jack and a younger brother Jim. Jack is Coast City's D.A. and the most tension between the Jordan brothers are between Hal and Jack.

Jim is the youngest and the mamma's boy of the brothers. He is often the middle man between Hal and Jack's various disputes. His family, especially his mother, were quite unhappy about Hal joining the Air Force, since Hal's father died during a test flight. December, 1961 was when this comic was published, and it's also the last 10 cent issue for this comic.

eBay - Five CGC copies and the highest is an 8.5 VF+. There's also a VF and a 7.5 low VF. Some raw copies located as well, but didn't see too many of them.

mycomicshop - Three raw copies here. Two are VGs and both the same price. Last copy is a GD/VG.

ComicConnect - Only three raw copies here and the highest is a mid grade FN. Other two options are a VG+ and a GD/VG.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 6.0 FN copy concerning slabbers. Three raw copies with the highest a low FN.




GREEN LANTERN #13 VOLUME 2
1st Silver Age Flash cross over
First time Green Lantern and Flash learn their secret identities

Barry Allen as the Silver Age Flash would have his first cross over in Green Lantern #13. Although both are members of the Justice League of America, it's apparent that both superheroes know nothing of their real identities.

This issue does see Green Lantern and the Flash battle it out, and later on Barry Allen and Hal Jordan learn that they are the Flash and Green Lantern. They vow to keep their identities secret, and of course, settle their dispute and team up to save the day.

If you're a Flash fan and Green Lantern fan, Green Lantern #13 is definitely one of the comics to invest in as it is an important one for both characters. This comic was published June, 1962. 

eBay - Quite a few copies here for sure. Saw a bit of raw copies, but the CGC or slabbed selection is quite limited. Only three slabbed copies at the time of this writing on eBay. Highest CGC is a 7.5 low VF.

mycomicshop - Highest copy is a Restored raw copy and it's a low grade GD/VG. Other copy is also a low grade raw and it's a GD+ that goes up for auction December 6th.

ComicConnect - 4 copies here and one of them is a CGC 9.2 low NM. Only CGC copy and the other three are raw. Highest claims to to be a VF+.

ComicLink - Three copies here and two are CGC. Highest is an 8.5 VF+ so far, and the raw copy is a VG+.




THE FLASH #129
First Silver Age appearance of Golden Age Green Lantern

Like the Golden Age Flash and Green Lantern, the Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen, and Hal Jordan would also become great friends and highly connected to each other. It's no surprise that the first Silver Age appearance of the Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott, would be in a Flash comic.

As I mentioned before, Alan Scott would be revived in the Silver Age as readers were gaining re-interest in the Golden Age Green Lantern. Writers would have to later explain just how these Golden Age characters could mix with the Silver Age characters, and I've covered that many of times in other DC Comics key issues lists on here.

Highly important Flash and Green Lantern key issue for sure. This comic is a key for other reasons as well, but they are explained in the Flash key issues list. As for Green Lantern, Flash #129 is the first Golden Age Green Lantern appearance in the Silver Age of comics, and it was published June, 1962.

eBay - No problem finding this one on eBay. Plenty of raw copies and quite a few slabbed ones also. Highest CGC is a 9.4 NM followed by a 9.2 low NM. Two 9.0 VF/NM CGC copies there as well for now.

mycomicshop - Three low grade copies of this one here. All are in stock, but highest is only a GD+.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.2 low NM located here. The rest are raw copies and the highest is a 7.5 low VF. Last two choices are a FN and a VG/FN.

ComicLink - A few copies here for this key issue. Three CGC copies with the highest a 9.4 NM followed by a 7.0 FN/VF. A few raw copies as well and the highest is an 8.0 VF.




GREEN LANTERN #14 VOLUME 2
First appearance of Sonar
Origin of Sonar

The first appearance of Sonar in Green Lantern #14 was the original Bito Wladon from a relatively unknown Balkan nation called Modora. This nation was ruled by Fando the Mad and believed it should be sealed off from the rest of the world and frozen in the past.

Bito, born to deaf parents who were shunned by the Modorans due to the belief that this disability was the mark of the devil, didn't agree. He wanted to make Modora one of the greatest nations on Earth, and invented a nucleo sonic motor which could be powered by any sound source. He also discovered his invention could nullify gravity and concentrate sound into a destructive force.

Later he would fashion this into a Sonic Sceptre that could absorb sound, project illusions, propel sonic attacks, fly, and perform a degree of telekinetic feats. He was an early and recurring foe of Hal Jordan and would later be succeeded by his son, Bito Wladon Jr. This key issue was published July, 1962.

eBay - Only one CGC copy and it's an 8.5 VF+. There are a few raw copies for this key issue as well but not much.

mycomicshop - Only one raw GD copy here for now. It is in stock so no buyer's premium.

ComicConnect - CGC 8.5 VF+ copy is here with three other raw copies. Highest raw copy is a low VF.




GREEN LANTERN #16 VOLUME 2
First appearance of Silver Age Star Sapphire
Origin of Silver Age Star Sapphire
First appearance of Zamarons
First appearance of Star Sapphire Gem

If you didn't know already there is a Golden Age Star Sapphire and a Silver Age Star Sapphire. The Silver Age version of this character happens to be none other than Hal Jordan's love interest Carol Ferris.

Ironically, Star Sapphire would start out as a villain for Green Lantern and they would duel quite often. Looking for a Queen, the Zamarons selected Ferris and brain washed her into thinking Green Lantern was a villain, because she refused to leave Earth for her love of Hal Jordan.

Green Lantern #16 is the first appearance of Carol Ferris as Star Sapphire, the first appearance of the Zamarons as well as the Star Sapphire Gem, a mystical gemstone that holds and channels the violet energy of the Zamarons. This Silver Age key issue was published October, 1962.

eBay - Quite a few copies for the first appearance of Carol Ferris as Star Sapphire. Highest CGC is a 9.2 low NM and there's an 8.5 VF+ and an 8.0 VF to round out the high grade slabbers. Saw quite a few raw copies as well. Some are toting mid-grade ranges.

mycomicshop - Only two raw copies here, and both are low grade. Highest is a VG and lowest is a GD/VG.

ComicConnect - Only one raw 5.5 low FN copy here at the time of this writing.




Part 6 to this Green Lantern key comics list is done. You can see that there are a few over-looked key issues in Part 6...the Flash #129 being one.

Well, if you missed Part 5, just click the PREVIOUS link to go back. Otherwise, happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans who read this site. Part 7 and more Green Lantern key issues are just a click away, so click that PART 7 link below to continue.





Monday, November 24, 2014

The Ultimate Green Lantern Key Comic Books Part 5


Welcome to Part 5 of this more in-depth Green Lantern key comic books list or simply Green Lantern key issues. We are definitely in the early Silver Age of comics for Hal Jordan and moving right along to some keys that definitely expand and build the core of GL's comic book universe.

Don't think I really need to say that most, if not all, listed in Part 5 are important Green Lantern key comics, or that they're great comics to invest in either. You probably already figured this.

So, if you missed Part 4, click that blue link to head back. If not, enjoy Part 5, or at least I hope you enjoy Part 5.





BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28
First appearance of the Justice League of America
4rth appearance of Silver Age Green Lantern?

This one again, and when it comes to DC Comics characters in the Justice League of America, this one will probably be in every key issues lists as it is the first appearance of the Justice League of America. Green Lantern is known to be a founding member, so it is a Green Lantern key comic technically.

I know, you're probably tired of seeing this one on most every list, just as I'm getting weary of noting it. However, the first appearance of the Justice League of America in Brave and the Bold #28 just may be the 4rth appearance of the Silver Age Hal Jordan at least when it comes to publishing date. Brave and the Bold #28 precedes Green Lantern #1. Actually, Hal Jordan last appeared in Brave and the Bold #30 before Green Lantern #1. When it comes to canon, I'm not sure as canonical appearances seems to mess a lot of things up.

Still, an important comic and definitely on the hot burner.  March, 1960 was when Brave and the Bold was published.

eBay - No raw copies here and a few CGC slabs. Highest CGC is an 8.0 VF and it is a Universal label Second highest is a 6.5 FN+. There is another Restored 6.5 as well. Low grade CGC options also available, including a PGX 2.0.

mycomicshop - Only one copy that's going up for auction Dec 6 of this year, and it's a raw FR/GD.

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies here and one is up for auction at the time of this writing. It's a 7.5 low VF. Other copy is in stock and is a 5.5 low FN Restored copy.

ComicLink - Five CGC copies here and all are Universal labels. Highest is a 8.5 VF+. Second highest is an 8.0 VF. Lowest copy is a 1.5 FR/GD.




GREEN LANTERN #1 VOLUME 2
First issue to 2nd titled series
First Puppet Master
First appearance of Guardians of the Universe
First appearance of Oa
It was not long after when Hal Jordan as the Green Lantern received his own titled comic series. This would be volume 2 and hold the first appearance of the Guardians of the Universe.

Their first appearance was in the first story, The Planet of Doomed Men, to this comic issue. This story retells the origin as Hal Jordan's astral self is transported to Oa, the world where the Guardians inhabit, in order for them to find out just whom the power ring has chosen to take Abin Sur's place.

Hal retells the events that happened and the Guardians deem him worthy. However, they agree that it's too early for him to know of their existence so they erase his memory and send him back to Earth.

The second story, Menace of the Giant Puppet, has the first appearance of Puppet Master or Puppeteer. He is a pretty minor villain in the DCU. August, 1960 was when Green Lantern #1 was published.

eBay - This issue does have a few raw copies available on the mighty eBay. There's also quite a few CGC or graded copies as well. Highest appears to be two 8.0 VFs, both Universal. Quite a few mid-grade CGC copies for this issue also.

mycomicshop - Four low grade copies here. Two are CGC and one raw. CGCs are a 5.0 VG/FN and a 4.5 VG+. Raw copy is a PR.

ComicConnect - Two copies up for auction. One is a CGC and one is raw. CGC copy is a 4.5 VG+ and the raw copy is a VG. Other copies are in stock and the highest is a CGC 8.0 VF. 2nd highest CGC is a 7.0 FN/VF. More raw copy options if you prefer them as well.

ComicLink - Five copies here and only one is a raw copy. CGC copies are an 8.5 VF+, and three 7.0 FN/VFs. Only raw copy is a GD/VG.





GREEN LANTERN #2 VOLUME 2
2nd issue to 2nd titled series
First appearance of Pie Face
First appearance of Qwardians
First appearance of Antimatter Universe
Pie Face is an extremely important supporting character in the 2nd series for Hal Jordan as he is his best friend. He is of Inuit descent (Eskimo family) and an engineer at Ferris Aircraft.

His real name is Thomas Kalmaku, and his nickname of Pie Face hasn't been used for quite some time now, but it was during the Silver Age. Though many fans suspected that Pie Face came from Eskimo Pie, it is actually a 60s American slang for "round face".

The first appearance of Pie Face is not the only important reason this is a key issue. Green Lantern #2 has several DC first appearances that are important that are often over-looked. First is the first appearance of the Qwardians.

During the birth of the universe in DC lore, an Antimatter Universe (or Negative Matter Universe) was also created and mirrored the Positive Matter Universe at least on Earth-One. The planet Qward would be a planet that would be the Antimatter analogue to the Positive matter planet Oa.

The Qwardians, known as the Weaponers of Qward are the main adversaries of the Guardians of the Universe and are the negative dimensional counterparts to the Green Lantern Corps.

eBay - Unslabbed and CGC copies available at the moment. Highest CGC appears to be two 9.0 VF/NMs. Only saw two raw copies though.

mycomicshop - Only one PR raw copy here on consignment.

ComicConnect - Five raw copies and two slabbed copies. They are a PGX 7.0 FN/VF and a CGC 6.0 FN. Highest raw copy is a 5.5 low FN.

ComicLink - Seven copies here and most of the are raw. Only one CGC and it's a 9.0 VF/NM. Highest raw copy is a 7.0 FN/VF and most unslabbed are in the low grades.





GREEN LANTERN #5 VOLUME 2
First appearance of Hector Hammond

Yes, you saw him in the movie, and Hector Hammond has been a notable Green Lantern villain. It was radiation from a meteorite that caused his brain to grow and head to swell awfully large, giving him psionic powers.

The radiation unfortunately left his body immobilized and he lost his ability to speak as well, but he could control others with his telepathic powers. Hector Hammond has battled Alan Scott as well as Kyle Raynor.

Green Lantern #5 is the first appearance of Hector Hammond and is a must-have early Green Lantern key issue to own. It was published April, 1961. 

eBay - Only appears to be one CGC copy that's a 9.0 VF/NM. Saw a few raw copies though.

ComicConnect - 4 options available at the time of this writing. One is in a low grade lot of 5. Three are raw and one is a CGC 7.0 FN/VF.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies here and the highest is a 9.0 VF/NM. There are three raw copies available as well.





GREEN LANTERN #6 VOLUME 2
First appearance of Tomar-Re

An alien Green Lantern from Xudor, Tomar-Re is a notable and prominent member of the Green Lantern Corps. He investigated Sinestro's abuse of power and was close friends with Abin Sur.

Tomar-Re protects Sector 2813, and even had a mission that involved the planet Krypton, which was in that part of the sector. In that mission, he was to take a rare compound called Stellarium that could absorb the tectonic pressure that was causing Krypton's core to become unstable. Pretty neat.

He was en route when a solar flare suddenly popped up and blinded him, causing him to drop most of the Stellarium. Blinded, he took what little of the compound he had left and continued towards Krypton. Of course, he did not make it in time, and as his vision started to clear, the first thing he saw was Krypton exploding. This is not in this issue, but is the back story of Tomar-Re.

In this issue, Tomar-Re asks for Hal's assistance in stopping space monsters that threaten his home world of Xudor. After helping his fellow Green Lantern, Tomar-Re explains a few mysteries to Hal Jordan, one of them being that there are obviously other Green Lanterns who protect different sectors within the universe.

Another important Green Lantern key issue to have and was published June, 1961.

eBay - Three CGC copies. Highest is a 9.0 VF/NM and the second highest is an 8.0 VF. One 5.5 low FN copy also available. A few raw copies spotted for this issue as well.

mycomicshop - Only one copy and it's a raw 4.5 VG+ on consignment.





GREEN LANTERN #7 VOLUME 2
First appearance of Sinestro
Origin of Sinestro
Ah, here is an extremely sought-out and important Green Lantern key. It's probably one of the best Green Lantern key issues to own in the volume 2 series besides issue #1.

And rightly so! After all, Sinestro is Green Lantern's ultimate nemesis in the comics. A once fellow Green Lantern who turned bad, the origin of Sinestro was told to Hal Jordan by the Guardians of the Universe, thus implying that Hal Jordan had never met Sinestro before.

However, it would later be retconned that Sinestro was actually a mentor of Hal Jordan before he abused his powers and established himself supreme ruler of Korugar. This retcon of Sinestro's origin in much later comics would have Hal Jordan be the one who discovers Sinestro's abuse of power.

Retcon or not, Green Lantern #7 and the first appearance of Sinestro is an ultimate must-have and solid Green Lantern comic to invest in without a doubt. Not the first time I've recommended this comic. Probably won't be the last either. August, 1961 was when this key was published.

eBay - CGC 8.0 VFs seem to be the highest for this major key and I spotted at least three. There were also quite a few 7.0s in the search results as well. Raw copies are available too for the first appearance of Sinestro on the mighty eBay.

mycomicshop - Three copies located here. All are on consignment and two are CGC. Highest slabbed copy is a 6.0 FN and the other is a low grade 2.0 GD. Raw copy is a FR.

ComicConnect - Only four copies and only one of them is CGC graded. It's a 7.5 low VF. Raw copies are all low and the highest is a VG.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 6.0 FN copy here available for now.



As we can see, quite a few important Green Lantern key issues, and two of them are quite over-looked. Well, at least I think so. Most are still up there in NM range high grades though and that's to be expected. 

Well, we've got several more parts to this Green Lantern key comic books list and more Silver Age keys to deal with as well. If you missed Part 5, click the PREVIOUS link below to catch up on that. Otherwise,  click the PART 6 link below to continue.