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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Crossover Comic Book Key Issues Part 9

Zipping along and we've finally made our way to Part 9. Once again, this is the crossover key issues series and deals with mainly guest starring appearances and other important crossovers.

We will mostly cover the major important ones, but that doesn't mean I'll slip in a few that aren't major ones as well. So, let's stop beating around the bush and get to the good stuff.

If you missed Part 8, click the link to head on back. If you're ready for Part 9, carry on and hope you enjoy.

5th Zatanna classic crossover
5th appearance of Zatanna
Ends Zatanna's Search story event

Here we are with the last chapter to the crossover story event concerning Zatanna's search for her father Zatara. Of course, she states that she found him, and Batman doesn't recall ever meeting Zatanna.

So not sure whether to note this as the first meeting between Zatanna and Batman or Detective Comics #336. I suppose this is the first real meeting between Batman and Zatanna.

Other than that, this is the 5th Zatanna crossover and her 5th appearance in comics, and no she is not a member of the Justice League of America just yet. February, 1967 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Not quite as many copies as I thought there would be for this issue. Only a few raw unslabbers up on eBay at the moment. Only one CGC 9.2 NM minus in terms of slabbed copies there at the moment.

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.2 NM minus and two low grade raw copies. Raw copies are in actual stock though.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.4 NM and a raw 8.5 VF+ located here.

1st Inhumans classic crossover

Although the Inhumans did have their own back up stories in Thor's Tales of Asgard, they never really crossed over into another story outside of the Fantastic Four and Thor. Well, not until they landed into Submariner #2.

The Inhumans are featured in this story, but the main confrontation happens between Namor and Triton. On the heels of Destiny (not the X-Men character), Namor runs into the Plant Man and soon finds himself a pawn against Triton.

Submariner #2 and the first Inhumans classic crossover was published June, 1968.

eBay - Raw copies available and some are high grade or claiming they are. CGC 9.8 copy is up on eBay and has the old label. 9.4 NM Signature Series signed by Stan Lee, and a CGC 8.5 VF+ and an 8.0 VF PGX.

mycomicshop - FN minus raw copy goes up for auction in early March. One VG+ copy is in actual stock and another VG copy is on consignment. All are raw copies.

ComicConnect - Only one CGC and it's a 9.4 NM. Rest are raw copies, and they are a 6.5 FN+ and a FN minus.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.6 NM+ and a 9.2 NM minus here at the moment. All slabbed copies and no raw.

2nd Medusa classic crossover

Looks like Medusa gets quite a bit of play outside of the Inhumans team, and in Amazing Spider-Man #62, the wife of Black Bolt gets her 2nd classic crossover in comics. She is the only Inhuman to show up in the main story, and her and the Webslinger do go toe to toe in an epic battle.

Unfortunately, Spidey is made a fool by Montgomery G. Bliss and tricked into fighting Medusa, who was on a good will mission on behalf of the Inhuman nation. Not all that well-known in the market just yet, but this is a classic cover by John Romita Sr.

Amazing Spider-Man #62 and the 2nd Medusa crossover was published July, 1968.

eBay - Doesn't seem to be a problem finding this one on eBay. Plenty in the search results and most look like raw copies. CGC are present as well, and the highest located so far is a 9.8. 9.6 NM+s are present and only one is decently priced. There's also 9.4 NMs and other grade options as well.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.6 NM+ copy here. The rest are all raw, and they are two FNs and a FN minus. The FN minus copy is going up for auction.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.8 and a CGC 9.4 NM located here at the moment. There are also four raw copies, and the highest is a NM minus.

ComicLink - About eight CGC copies here and all are high grade. The high grade goodness starts off with two 9.8s and a 9.6 NM+. There's also a 9.4 NM, two 9.2 NM minuses, and two 9.0 VF/NMs as well.

2nd Inhumans classic crossover
First appearance of Evil Inhumans
Remember this one featured in the Inhumans key issues list? Well, here it is again, and although I did talk about this one before, I did not note it as the 2nd Inhumans classic crossover that it is.

My bad. Since announcement of the Inhumans movie, this issue heated up in demand, and it was more because it held the first appearance of the Evil Inhumans. Not any surprise that speculation has the Evil Inhumans making an on screen appearance in the near future.

As far as crossover key issues go though, this is the 2nd Inhumans classic crossover as a team, and they do go at it with the Hulk. October, 1968was when King Size Special Hulk #1 was published.

eBay - Only a few copies here and most are raw. There are three CGC copies and two of them are 9.6 NM+s. Lowest is a 9.4 NM.

mycomicshop - Raw copies here only at the moment and the highest is a VG+. Lowest is a VG minus.

1st Black Panther classic crossover
1st appearance of Whiplash
Here we go: First Black Panther classic crossover and guess what? He crosses over into a Captain America story in Tales of Suspense #97.

This is the first time the Black Panther is brought into another character's story outside of a Fantastic Four comics and sets up his very first meeting with Captain America. In the Iron Man feature, Tales of Suspense #97 also has the first appearance of Whiplash. So more than meets the eye with this key issue comic for sure.

Tales of Suspense #97 was published January, 1968.

eBay - No problem finding this one on eBay at the time of this writing. Raw copies and CGC copies located. Two 9.6 NM+s are the top grades for now, but there are more affordable options like the 9.4 NMs currently up there. Of course, there are raw copies as well to sift through.

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.4 NM and a raw GD/VG copy here at the time of this writing.

NewKadia - Only one VG+ copy here presently.

ComicConnect - Four CGC copies starting with a 9.6 NM+ and a 9.2 NM minus. Other two copies are a PGX 8.5 VF+ and a CGC 6.0 FN Signature Series. There are also two high grade raw copies, and they are NM minus and a VF/NM.

ComicLink - Four CGC copies here also. Highest are a 9.6 NM+ and 9.4 NM. Other two copies are a 7.0 FN/VF and a CGC 6.0 FN Signature series that's probably the same one at ComicConnect. 

2nd Black Panther classic crossover
1st meeting between Black Panther and Captain America
Definitely fitting to have Black Panther first appear on screen in Captain America Civil War, and yep it is the first time Black Panther and Captain America meet. They go at for it a bit as well, so Tales of Suspense #98 is the first Black Panther and Captain America battle also.

Since Black Panther will make his onscreen debut in the next Captain America movie, this comic should've heated up. However, it's still under the radar and quite over-looked Black Panther key issue.

Historical significance in comic terms? Captain America is the first of the Avengers that Black Panther meets from the superhero team, and it would take Black Panther's 2nd classic crossover for this meeting to happen. Tales of Suspense #98 was published February, 1968.

eBay - Selection is a bit limited. Quite a few raw copies, and only one CGC copy at the moment. The slab is a very high grade 9.6 NM+. 

NewKadia - Only one VG minus copy available at the time of this writing. May change in the future.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.6 NM+ and a raw VF currently available here for now.

Yep, we got some over-looked ones here at certain NM grades. I'm sure you'll be able to spot them, but that pretty much depends on what you think is expensive or not. 

We shall be carrying this to a Part 10 it looks like, but I think I'll be taking a breather from this for a bit after the next part. I think you all are probably getting bored of this series also, but I shall be returning to it.

So if you missed Part 8, the PREVIOUS link below is there for clicking if need be. To continue, just click the PART 10 link below.

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