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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy Key Issues Part 3

Here we are with Part 3 of this expansion of the Guardians of the Galaxy key issues. This will mainly include the first appearances of current and former members of the team. Some of these I've already listed in other key comic issues lists, but I figured it would be best to consolidate them in one list for reference.

If you missed the previous post just click this Part 2 link to go back. Otherwise here's some more Guardians of the Galaxy related key comic books to be on the hunt for or be aware of.

2nd appearance of Star-Lord

Also going to jack this from the 2nd appearance key issue comics list. 

More Guardians of the Galaxy related keys, and we've got Marvel Preview #11 and the 2nd appearance of Star-Lord. This one is barely starting to get noticed for it's key issue worthiness. Raw copies are still cheap. Some CGC are already over-bloated in price. Waiting for an auction might get you a better deal for a slabbed copy concerning this key issue.

With the Guardians movie, it just may be that these key issue will be hot for quite a while. The 2nd movie better be better or just as good or near it. If the trilogy of movies are all pretty awesome, the Guardians being a pop culture phenomenon just may be right on the mark. If that happens, the Guardians key issues may just stay valuable for quite sometime. August, 1975 was when this 2nd appearance of Star-Lord, also known as Peter Quill, was published.

eBay - Still pretty limited selection even for raw copies. Three CGC copies here with the extremely over-bloated 9.2 low NM still there. 9.8 Signature Series signed by Chris Claremont and a 9.6 NM+ still there.
mycomicshop - Both the regular first printing and the variant are here at mycomicshop. The regular printing has two raw VG copies and the variant only has one copy left. Variant copy has a CGC 9.8 Signature Series signed by Chris Claremont, and that's the only copy left here for that variant.

NewKadia - Only one FN raw copy here in stock
ComicLink - Two CGC 9.6 NM+s here. One is a variant cover with type at the lower right cover.

First brief appearance of Starhawk

Starhawk wasn't an original Guardians of the Galaxy member, but he was an early addition to the original group. Defenders #27 holds the first brief appearance of Starhawk, and speculation also has this character as possibility of entering the GOTG movie franchise.

Who knows? Defenders #27 should not be an overly expensive buy yet. Even in high grades this comic should be affordable, especially for raw copies. If prices on eBay are too ridiculous, try your local or a comic con. September, 1975 when the first brief or cameo appearance of Starhawk was published.

eBay - Pretty limited selection at the moment for this key issue. No CGC. Prices for high grade have already been bloated even for raw copies.

mycomicshop - Six raw copies all on consignment here. Highest is a VF and quite over-bloated already for a comic that was a bargain bin find quite recently. 2nd highest is a FN/VF.

First full appearance of Starhawk

Defenders #28 is listed or noted as the first full appearance of Starhawk. The character does not reside in Marvel mainstream continuity of Earth 616. Instead he is of an alternate future of Earth 691.

He is a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy of the 31st century, in which the original Guardians of the Galaxy are active. He is the son of Quasar and Kismet, but was adopted by an Arcturian couple after he was kidnapped shortly after birth and deposited on Arcturus IV.

His adoptive parents were soon slain by the Reavers, not to be confused with the same one's depicted in the X-Men mythos, and he was adopted by Ogord and raised by him.

Fast forward, Starhawk and his adoptive sister Aleta Ogord awakened the Hawk God while exploring the deity's ruins. Both were transformed and took turns occupying the same space while the other stayed in a type of limbo.

Of course, the Hawk God gave both tremendous power, but they would later petition the deity to temporarily separate them as was granted. Of course, they fell in love and had kids, but this is just the character's mythology.

It would be later revealed that it was Starhawk who manipulated events to eventually bring the original Guardians of the Galaxy members together. Pretty interesting. Defenders #28 was published October, 1975.

eBay - Bit more of a selection for this one on the mighty eBay. Some high grades are over-bloated, but there's still some decently priced. No CGC for this one yet here either.

mycomicshop - Wow quite a few copies here, but all are raw and on consignment. Highest is only a low VF minus.

2nd appearance of Starhawk
Starhawk joins Guardians of the Galaxy

This issue has the 2nd appearance of Starhawk, and The Defenders #29 also sees Starhawk join the team. So a double whammy key issue. If Starhawk does indeed end up in the movie franchise, these key issues will probably get a huge boost in demand.

I must admit the character does sound a bit complicated, but would be pretty cool to do an X-Men Days of Future Past type deal where the future original Guardians of the Galaxy are somehow sucked into the past, or the present Guardians team are somehow transported into the future for the sequel.

How that would play into the whole Marvel phase is beyond me, but the first GOTG movie was pretty much a stand alone film. Anyways, just a thought. November, 1975 is the publishing date for this Bronze Age Guardians of the Galaxy key issue.

eBay - Not that many copies available on eBay at the moment. All raw but high grades are definitely cheaper for this one. Not a surprise that CGC copies are non-existent on eBay at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - Only one GD+ raw copy, but it is in stock.

NewKadia - FN+, a FN minus, and a VG+ here at the moment.

3rd full appearance of Starhawk
First appearance of General Koord
First solo Guardians of the Galaxy

The next in-line is the 3rd appearance of Starhawk and it's in this issue of Marvel Presents #3. In the Guardians mythos, General Koord is a Badoon Governor. I believe he also dies in this issue also.

Well, since the comics is all about time displacement anyways, considering that Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, and the original Guardians of the Galaxy all started in the future to begin with, it would be pretty neat to see this translated on screen and see the two teams collide.

Maybe a long shot, but it would be pretty epic. Marvel Presents also features the Guardians in their own solo stories as well. The 3rd appearance of Starhawk was published February, 1976.

eBay - Decent selection so far. Most are raw and some are already over-bloated. Two CGC copies spotted and the highest is a 9.4 NM and still a cheap buy, cheaper than some of the over-bloated raw copies currently on the mighty eBay.

mycomicshop - Quite a few raw copies only here at the moment. Highest copy is a VF+ followed by a VF. All are on consignment which means a buyer's premium. May be able to get a copy on eBay cheaper.

First appearance of Nikki
Origin of Nikki

Nikki or Nicholette Gold was born on the planet Mercury and would later meet and join the Guardians of the Galaxy in this comic series. She is from the 31st century and the Marvel continuity of Earth 691. This character would also be a prominent member of their first self-titled series starting in the 90s.

Marvel Presents #4 and the first appearance of Nikki was published April, 1976.

eBay - Appears to be a few copies on eBay. Spotted a CGC 9.6 and it's still pretty cheap. Raw copies available as well for even cheaper.

mycomicshop - Only one copy here and it's a CGC 9.6 NM+ still under the $100 mark. It is on consignment however so a buyer's premium will be charged.

NewKadia - We got five copies here at the time of this writing. Highest is a VF minus followed by a FN.

2nd appearance of Groot

Taken from the 2nd appearance key issues list:

I am Groot! This one is steaming up and the market is recognizing Incredible Hulk Annual #5 as the 2nd appearance of Groot. Right now, CGC 9.4s on eBay are still below the $200 mark at the time of this writing. Raw copies are still pretty cheap, but are on the up and up.

Just another Guardians of the Galaxy key issue to consider. This comic and the 2nd appearance of Groot was published November, 1976. We are Groot!

eBay - Seems to be quite a few copies for this one when it comes to raw or unslabbers. On the slabbed part, there's about 8 copies now. Two 9.8s located and two CGC 9.6 NM+s. There are other graded slabs as well and four of them are CGC 9.4s with one of them only $165. Two other 9.4s are Signature Series if you're into those. Of course, this is at the time of this writing and could very well be snagged by the time you read this.

mycomicshop - Wow no problem finding a copy here. Two CGC 9.6 NM+s and one 9.8. Also a CGC 9.4 and several raw copies as well. Highest raw copy is only a FN+ though.

ComicConnect - Only one copy and it's a CGC 9.4 NM Signature Series. Copy is signed by Stan "The Man" Lee.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies only, and both are Signature Series. One's a 9.6 NM+ and the other a 9.2 low NM. Both copies are signed by Stan Lee.

A few more Guardians of the Galaxy related key issues that I've yet to discuss in Part 3. Of course, there are quite a few I've already had on various lists prior. Don't worry, we will get into more Guardians of the Galaxy key issues that aren't already over-bloated to astronomical proportions just yet.

The Starhawk key issues are still pretty cheap and under the radar. Don't know how long that will last since speculators are pretty much driving the prices up for most any key issues of Guardians of the Galaxy or related keys. We shall see.

If you missed Part 2, click the PREVIOUS link below. Otherwise, click the PART 4 link below to continue.

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