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Monday, January 12, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy Key Issues Part 5

We are moving out of the Copper Age key comics and heading into the Modern Age Guardians of the Galaxy key issues or first appearances of past and current team members. Do I back any of these as good comic investments? Not really, but for those who like Modern Age comics or speculate in them, this is basically a reference for you.

There are some interesting aspects of the Guardians of the Galaxy lore though to learn in this part. Click the link if you missed Part 4, or carry on and enjoy Part 5.

First issue to first titled series

A 90s comic and late Copper Age and looks to still be cheap buy, which it should be. Even though this is the first self-titled on-going series for the team, it is still a 90s comic - movie hype or not.

Only reason I'm putting this on here is that it is still a Guardians of the Galaxy key issue, and actually a direct GOTG key comic. Any who, this comic has the publishing date of June, 1990.

eBay - Surprising that this comic has actually seen demand and is going for above the $10 mark for high NM grades. Even more laughable is the 9.8 CGCs are priced just a little below $200 mark. Anyways, no problem finding raw copies and a few CGC options as well. 9.8 and 9.6s located in eBay's market place.

mycomicshop - Quite a few copies here and three of them are CGC. One 9.8 and two 9.6 NM+s. Rest are raw and the highest are a 9.2 low NM and a VF+. Some of the prices here are ridiculous for this Copper Age comic that was considered junk not long ago.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.4 NM Signature Series copy here. It's signed by Stan Lee and is the only copy of this issue here for now.

First appearance of Krugarr
First chronological appearance of Michael Korvac

So Krugarr is the Sorcerer Supreme in Earth 691. Stephen Strange found Krugarr on his home planet Lem and became Strange's apprentice. In this future reality, Krugarr succeeded Strange as Sorcerer Supreme and Strange became the Ancient One.

Not entirely sure if this character will be in the movie, but he is tied to the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange. If they do film that has the original and modern team both in it due to time displacement or time travel, which would make Kang the Conqueror a great villain, it is possible if they totally want to make Marvel's future cinematic phases even more weird.

Anyway, Krugarr's first appearance is in Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1. As for Michael Korvac, this isn't his first published appearance. It is his chronological, meaning he was written later to have an appearance preceding his first published appearance. His first published appearance is in Giant-Size Defenders #3 if you want to know.

Michael Korvac is from the future and has been an enemy of Doctor Strange, the Defenders, and the original Guardians of the Galaxy team. He has also been connected to Thanos and the Collector. He is half man and half machine and acquired the Power Cosmic from Galactus. He is on the scale of other cosmic entities in terms of power.

Sounds like an interesting foe for Guardians of the Galaxy to connect with Doctor Strange as well. This comic was published July, 1991 and is a Copper Age sleeper.

eBay - A few raw copies located at the time of this writing. Not a very  well-known key issue. One CGC 9.2 low NM copy so far, but has a cracked case.

mycomicshop - VF and FN copy here, and both are raw and in stock.

NewKadia - Four raw copies here at the moment. NM+ and a NM minus available, as well as a VF+ and a VF.

First appearance of Talon

An Inhuman from the future world of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Talon should not be confused with the modern age Talon in regular continuity of Earth 616. This Talon is from the original Guardians of the Galaxy's reality of Earth 691 in the 31st Century.

Talon is feline-looking Inhuman and is apprentice to Krugarr. Talon did join the Guardians of the Galaxy and is also connected to Doctor Strange's mythos as well. November, 1991 is the publishing date for this comic

eBay - Very limited selection and not even noted as Talon's first appearance, which really wouldn't make it any more appealing in this speculator market. All copies are raw for now and surprisingly some are already marked up just because it's a Guardians of the Galaxy issue.

mycomicshop - VF and FN raw copies in stock at the moment. That's all though.

NewKadia - Five raw copies here with the highest being a NM+. There's also a NM and NM minus in stock. Last two options are a VF+ and a VF for now.

First appearance of Jack Flag

Can't really say I think Jack Flag will be a character that will join the onscreen Guardians of the Galaxy, but you never know. Marvel has done pretty good in bringing quite a few obscure characters to the silver screen.

Jack Flag was a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy for a time, and is a character that is connected to Captain America. So, anything is possible. Captain America #434 is his first appearance and has the publishing date of December, 1994.

eBay - Pretty limited selection here as well. All raw as no one really sees this comic worth grading as of yet. Still pretty cheap also for obvious reasons.

mycomicshop - Four raw copies all in stock. Highest is a VF followed by two FN copies and a VG.

NewKadia - Three copies here with the highest a NM. Other two copies are VF+ and a FN.

First cameo appearance of Phyla-Vell

Phyla-Vell, yes related and the brother of Genis-Vell, the son of Captain Marvel or Mar-Vell, is a noted member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. She has gone by the name Quasar, Captain Marvel, and Martyr.

Will they use this character and rewrite her to fit in with what's going on in the Marvel cinematic realm? Who knows?

If they do, they would really have to change the character quite a bit. After all, would be weird if Carol Danvers was Captain Marvel and this character was still the daughter of Mar-Vell. Could be too messy, but then again, you never know about the creatives over at Disney and Marvel.

Any who, she is a member of the team and her first cameo appearance goes on this Guardians of the Galaxy key issues list. January, 2004 was when this Modern Age comic was published.

eBay - Will have to wade through eBay's search mess as this key issue is lumped in with volume one and every other Captain Marvel volume as well. Saw a few raw copies, but no CGC as of yet which should be no surprise.

First full appearance of Phyla-Vell

Here we are with the actual first full appearance of Phyla-Vell in Captain Marvel #17 volume 5. Not much else to say except that. Well, as for Guardians of the Galaxy related key issue, this one is pretty much over-looked or not that wanted in the market currently.

You can probably get it cheap as it is a Modern Age comic that's under the radar. If you like Modern Age key issues that is. This comic was published February, 2004.

eBay - Only saw a few raw copies of this one on eBay. Don't expect to find any CGC or slabbed copies. Totally an unknown sleeper that's not in-demand at all in the current market. Could change if this character does join the Guardians of the Galaxy in a future movie.

First appearance of Cosmo the Space Dog
First appearance of Knowhere
Cosmo the Space Dog is a recurring and supporting character in the Guardians of the Galaxy comics. He is a former test animal of the Soviet Union Space Program. Cosmo ended up drifting too far until he reached Knowhere and met Nova, Richard Rider.

This dog is not only super intelligent, he also has telekinetic and telepathy powers. Whether they use this character in the film more seems a bit far-stretched.

There's already been a nod to him or a cameo of the character in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. He was a show piece in the Collector's collection, but then again his cameo wasn't like Howard the Duck, which speculators went bonkers over.

Cosmo is identified or affiliated with the Guardians of the Galaxy, so his first appearance in Nova #8 volume 4 is listed here. Still not an overly expensive buy since it was published January, 2008, but it has seen heat since featured in the movie.

eBay - No CGC but quite a few raw copies in high grade. Prices have been marked up for this Modern Age comic, and I wouldn't even pay the prices listed. That's just me though. If you like Modern Age comics, go to town.

mycomicshop - Seven raw copies with three 9.4 NMs being the highest. Prices are ridiculous for those 9.4s as well as the prices for 9.2 low NMs. All are on consignment and all are high grade copies.

We are winding down to the end of this Guardians of the Galaxy key issues series. Only one part left to go, and it will detail the rest of the Modern Age key comic book issues, but also do a quick clean up job for some earlier appearances I missed during the Silver or Bronze Age. 

Click the PREVIOUS link below in case you missed Part 5. If not, click the link below for more Guardians of the Galaxy key comic books in PART 6!


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