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Monday, February 23, 2015

Crossover Comic Book Key Issues Part 5

Part 6 of this crossover key comic book series is finally here. I must apologize, but somethings have happened lately that I'm trying to rectify and kept me away from this beast.

I'll call them technical issues. Damn computer-related crap! Anyway, we've got more classic crossovers to go through and there are a few in here worth looking at. 

You can click this Part 4 link if you missed the previous post to this series. If not, break out those want lists and grab a pen or be prepared to thumb through your collection to see if you have any of these. Here's more crossover comic book key issues.

1st Martian Manhunter crossover
1st team up in series begins

Aside from Detective Comics and the Justice League of America comics, Martian Manhunter never ventured out and crossed over into another story outside of those two titles. He finally crosses over into this story featured in Brave and the Bold #50 and teams up with Green Arrow.

This issue also marks the first team up in the Brave and the Bold comic series. It would later became a team up series primarily for Batman and other DC superheroes. Brave and the Bold #50 was published October, 1963. 

eBay - A few options here for this highly over-looked key issue. All raw and CGC as of yet. May change by the time you read this or not.

mycomicshop - Only one raw VG minus copy here for the moment.

1st Dr. Doom classic crossover
2nd Fantastic Four classic crossover
1st Spidey and Dr. Doom meeting

I've always said that any comic within the first 10 issues of Amazing Spider-Man volume one is one of the best comics to invest in, and Amazing Spider-Man #5 is definitely one of them. Not only is this the 1st Dr. Doom classic crossover ever, it's also the 2nd classic Fantastic Four crossover as well.

As most know their first crossover is in Amazing Spider-Man #1. Okay, I know the FF had regular guest appearances in Strange Tales when Human Torch was a featured player in that title, but the Human Torch is still part of the FF mythos and bubble.

So, I don't really count that as a crossover, and I don't think it should be counted as the Human Torch feature was just an offshoot comic to further more Fantastic Four related tales. However, Amazing Spider-Man is a completely different bubble, set in Spidey's world.

Yep, from the pages of the Fantastic Four, this issue has the 1st Dr. Doom crossover, and it's actually the first meeting between Spider-Man and Dr. Doom as well. So, early Spidey key with the first 10 issues, 1st Dr. Doom classic crossover, and 2nd Fantastic Four classic crossover?

No brainer for this one for sure. Oh, yeah, this is the 6th appearance of Dr. Doom also. Amazing Spider-Man #5 was published October, 1963.

eBay - A few copies located. Raw copies seem to mostly be in the low mid to low grade. A few CGC copies as well. Highest spotted at the time of this writing is an 8.5 VF+. Definitely not a cheap buy anymore and not over-looked. However, it is a solid comic investment for sure.

mycomicshop - Two CGC copies here. Highest slabber is a 7.5 VF minus and the lowest is a 6.5 FN+ Signature Series signed by Stan Lee. Last option is a raw FR/GD.

ComicConnect - Three CGC slabs going up for auction in March, and they are a 9.4 NM, a 9.0 VF/NM, and a 6.0 FN. There's also a CGC 7.0 FN/VF and a CGC 5.0 VG/FN available for immediate sale if you're gunning for this issue. Four raw copies here with the highest an 8.5 VF+. Second highest raw is a VG.

ComicLink - CGC 8.5 VF+ with no picture here and is the highest copy available. Three 7.0 FN/VF copies here as well. One raw VG minus located and is the only raw copy at ComicLink for now.

1st Avengers classic crossover (minus Captain America)
1st X-Men classic crossover
2nd appearance of the Watcher

Double whammy 1st classic crossover for two of Marvel's most mightiest superhero teams. Looks like the Angel crosses over into an Iron Man story in Tales of Suspense, and even though the Angel is the primary member of the X-Men, the team does appear briefly in the issue.

Of course, since Iron Man is an Avenger, the full team also makes a brief cameo appearance in Tales of Suspense #49. Aside from boasting the 1st crossovers of the X-Men and the Avengers, this key issue also has the 2nd appearance of Iron Man's new armor, and the 2nd appearance of the Watcher is featured in the second story The Saga of the Sneepers.  

Pretty big issue for any Marvel Comics fan, and it was published January, 1964.

eBay - Appears to be quite a few copies on the mighty eBay of this key issue. NM range comics are already up there in price but CGC 8.0 VFs and low VFs are pretty over-looked, or at least somewhat affordable as far as CGC and an early appearance of the X-Men and Avengers goes. Raw copies are present but they seem to be in the low grade, and the ones that are high grade are pretty over-bloated in price as well.

mycomicshop - Three raw copies here with the highest a GD/VG. Other copies are a GD minus and a FR/GD.

ComicConnect - Two slabbers here and the highest 9.0 VF/NM is going up for auction in early March. The other slab is a CGC 7.5 VF minus, and it's available for immediate snagging. Four raw copies and the highest is a FN/VF followed by a VG/FN.

ComicLink - Two CGC 9.0 VF/NM copies are the top grades here so far. Also one 8.0 VF and three 7.5 VF minus CGC copies as well. Lowest grade is a 2.5 GD+, and there are now raw copies at the moment.

2nd Submariner classic crossover
1st Submariner & Hulk team up
2nd X-Men classic crossover

Another double whammy classic crossover happens in the Avengers #3. This issue sees the epic 1st team up of the Hulk and Submariner, and the duo dukes it out with the Avengers. Also, this Silver Age key also happens to be the 2nd classic crossover of the Submariner outside of the Fantastic Four comics.

Showing some mutie love, the X-Men also make their 2nd classic crossover in Avengers 3. The full team shows up in one panel, and Professor X in three panels. Also, Iceman, Beast, and Marvel Girl are each in two panels as well.

Avengers #3 has the publishing date of January, 1964.

eBay - Quite a few copies for both raw and CGC. Highest CGC is a 9.4 NM and pretty pricey. 8.0s are also up there as well. Low grade slab options available as of this writing.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.0 located here. Only CGC copy there, but there are three raw copies. Highest is a FN and goes up for auction in March. Others are low grade and one is trimmed and that means Restored.

2nd Avengers classic crossover

Plucked from the pages of the Avengers, it was only a matter of time before the team was plopped into a Thor tale in Journey Into Mystery #101. This crossover is without Captain America as well.

This issue does feature the first time that Thor has acknowledged that he has joined the Avengers or is a member of the team. Other than that, the only key issue status Journey into Mystery #101 holds is the 2nd Avengers classic crossover.

February, 1964 was when this comic was published and is pretty over-looked in the market presently.

eBay - Limited selection here. Only a few raw copies and only a few slabbers. Highest is a 9.6 NM+ and pretty expensive already, but there is a 9.0 that's decently priced for this Silver Age key. Also a 7.5 and one 3.5 VG minus.

mycomicshop - Only one copy here, and it's a VG/FN grade.

NewKadia - Only one FN raw copy here. There is a scan of it so you take a looksie of the actual comic.

ComicConnect - Only one 8.5 VF+ CGC copy here for now.

1st Hulk vs Thing battle
3rd Avengers classic crossover (with Captain America)
2nd appearance S.A. Captain America
1st Avengers classic crossover with Captain America

Once again back to the Fantastic Four title, and it seems they do have quite a bit of other characters that crossover into their pages. This 3rd classic crossover involves Earth's Mightiest Heroes The Avengers, but this time it's with Captain America.

Yep, Fantastic Four #25 has the 1st Avengers classic crossover with America's iconic hero Cap. This issue also happens to be the 2nd appearance of Captain America in the Silver Age. Well, I should say 2nd real appearance of Cap in the Silver Age.

This great key issue also has the 1st Hulk vs. Thing battle, and is definitely one of the more solid comic investments that absolutely has no movie hype pushing demand and value for it. Fantastic Four #25 has the publishing date of April, 1964.

eBay - No problem finding this one on eBay. Pretty expensive comic already as expected. Highest slabs are two 8.5 VF+s. Lower grade and mid grade options available also.

mycomicshop - CGC 8.5 VF+ copy is on consignment here. The last option is a raw PR.

NewKadia - Only one GD raw copy here at the moment.

ComicConnect - A CGC 7.0 is going up for auction early March at ComicConnect. There's also a CBCS 8.0 VF in stock here. Last slabbed option is a 7.0 Signature Series signed by Stan Lee. Only raw copy is a very low grade.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies and both are 7.0 FN/VF slabbers. One of the copies is a Signature Series signed by Stan Lee. The other is a regular Universal label.

Many of these listed in Part 5 to this crossover comic book key issues series aren't over-looked anymore. They are desirable comics and you may have to trickle down the grade scale for sure if you don't have these yet. If you do, awesome!

Still, some pretty interesting stuff going on in this one for sure, and some I've already featured elsewhere. Alright, if you missed Part 4 to this series just click the PREVIOUS link below. Otherwise, click the link below to continue to PART 6 of this crossover key issues series.


  1. Hey Bro,

    just curious: would you recommend investing in Wonderwoman? My favourites are WW 85 (First Deodato Art) and WW 184 (gorgeous Hughes cover!) So long, your bro.

    1. Yep, I would recommend Wonder Woman keys. A lot of the Golden Age keys are already expensive and picked up some heat, but Silver Age ones are pretty over-looked in the market. This won't last long though.

  2. thought you left us after not posting something in awhile. JW

    1. Nope, got some computer related issues that put me out of commission for a day. Also, these crossover keys take quite a bit of digging up and cross checking and mulling over to even decide which one's I should list and as what. How you doing JW?

    2. doing well just saving for some of those mega key issues and sending others off to be graded. how r things out west. JW

    3. I hear ya, most of my budget has been depleted this year and it's only February...puter problems. Can't complain out here, well except for the drought, but other than that...just chugging along JW.

    4. well you have the drought and we have endless snow. hopefully the middle of the country is doing better JW

    5. Well, somebody's doing better for sure lol, but what can ya do? At least the Daredevil trailer looks a bit interesting and that's coming to Netflix next month.