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Monday, March 30, 2015

Jubilee and Angel In X-Men Apocalypse

Recent X-Men Apocalypse movie news has exploded on the internet, and it appears that casting for a certain fan-favorite character is confirmed and that another is sorta confirmed. Well, let the craziness begin.

With all the hoopla about Silk being the first Asian American female superhero to headline her own comic title, some cranking the hype machine were wrong about that, and an Asian American female superhero to get her own comic series before Silk was just recently cast in the upcoming X-Men movie.

Yep, it's Jubilee, and her self titled comic came out in 2004. Oh, snap! Well, now this favorite X-Men who started off as a Robin-type sidekick to Wolverine will be part of the X-Men Apocalypse cast in hopefully a bigger role than her previous X-Men movie cameos.

If you didn't know, Jubilee has made cameos in the X-Men movie-verse since the very first one. Katrina Florece first played the role. Jubilee also showed up in X-2 and played by another actress by the name of Kea Wong.

Now it seems the character has been recast again, and Lana Condor will be the actress to step into the role of this pyrotechnic mutie. However, how big a role Jubilee will be getting in this film is questionable.

After all, Bishop, Warpath, and Sunspot in Days of Future Past were pretty much just filler and quite insignificant in the film. I wonder if Jubilee will just be used as another cardboard cut-out character in X-Men Apocalypse as well.

The other big news is that concept art that Bryan Singer tweeted on Twitter recently and shows Angel in a scene. You can clearly see him in the artwork.

Recently Ben Hardy was cast in an unspecified but significant role, and many were speculating that he may play a young Angel. While this hasn't been confirmed as of yet, we do know now that Angel will be in the film.

Everyone has been on pins and needles to know whether Angel will become Archangel since the character is deeply tied to Apocalypse in the comics. The release of this concept art just may bring further confirmation that Archangel will be one of the Four Horsemen.

Time to watch X-Factor #24 and see if the hype is affecting Archangel's first appearance again or not. I'm pretty sure Jubilee's first appearance in Uncanny X-Men #244 is gaining heat.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Showcase Key Comics Part 7

Here we are with the last and final part to this Showcase key comics series. Must say that the keys in Part 7 aren't really all that impressive, but, hell, you never know.

Two of them are pretty over-looked right now, and one I would consider snagging. Alright, let's wrap this up.

If you missed Part 6, you know what to do with that link. If not, enjoy Part 7, or I hope you enjoy Part 7.

1st appearance of Dolphin

Although Dolphin was not originally linked or created to be a supporting character of Aquaman, she has crossed paths with the King of Atlantis. Aquaman even named her baby, so there is a strong enough link between them.

Dolphin is one of the first superheroes to use sign language in comics. She is mute and rarely verbally speaks. She does understand languages.

Dolphin was a member of The Forgotten Heroes. Not that overly popular yet, but if she does appear in an Aquaman movie for some obscure reason, this first appearance will probably take off also.

Showcase #79 was published December, 1968.

eBay - Pretty limited selection and not very surprising. Only four copies here and no CGC as of yet.

1st appearance of S.A. Phantom Stranger

The character of the Phantom Stranger makes a come back very late in the Silver Age. He is a Golden Age character, but after his first appearance in Showcase #80, the character became recognized as a supernatural assistant to many heroes in the DCU, especially the Justice League.

Very powerful character in the DC Comics Universe, Phantom Stranger has an omniscience and seems to know everything about everyone including situations and events. Not much is known about this character. February, 1969 was when this first appearance of the Silver Age Phantom Stranger was published.

eBay - Selection is pretty limited for this one also, but there are slabbed copies present on eBay. Only two and they are a CGC 9.4 NM and a PGX 8.5 VF+.

mycomicshop - One VF raw copy here on consignment. Only copy there for now.

1st appearance of Night Master

Didn't even know if I should've bothered putting the 1st appearance of Night Master in here, but I relented. A pretty minor character for sure in the DCU.

He doesn't really make that many appearances, but you never know if DC/WB is gonna plan to use some obscure character in a movie or television show. Night Master is Jim Rook, lead singer of a rock band called the Electrics.

He ends up being teleported to the dimension Myrra, and he quickly finds out that he is a descendant of the mighty Myrran warrior named Nacht. He picks up the Sword of Night, a weapon with the ability to warn of danger and force a person to speak the truth. It's also a sword that was handed down from ancestor to ancestor.

The first appearance of Night Master in Showcase #82 was published May, 1969.

eBay - No problem finding raw copies here at the moment. Only one PGX 7.0 FN/VF copy though.

mycomicshop - Two raw copies and they are a VF minus and FN/VF. The VF minus copy is in actual stock.

1st appearance of new Doom Patrol
Origin of Doom Patrol
Out of the original line up, Robotman is the only one from the Silver Age to become a member of the new Doom Patrol. This comic also sees the first appearances of Celcius, Tempest and Negative Woman.

The team is formed by Arani Caulder and Showcase #94 explores the origins of how Robotman meets the new Doom Patrol. He would eventually join up.

Showcase #94 was published September, 1977.

eBay - Spotted a few raw copies,  but no CGC or slabbed copies for this one just yet.

mycomicshop - Three raw copies in actual stock and they are a FN+, a FN, and VG/FN.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.2 NM minus copy here for now.

Origin of Celcius
2nd appearance new Doom Patrol
Arani Desai, better known as Celcius, may be the first South Asian superhero character created by DC Comics. Showcase reveals the origin of Celcius and her history with Niles Caulder.

Caulder met and treated Arani while working for the Red Cross in India, but he could not take her back with him. Leaving her with a religious sect over there, Arani discovers her powers.

Celcius is the wife of Niles Caulder, and she helped form the new Silver Age Doom Patrol to guard herself against General Immortus. This Bronze Age key issue was published November, 1977.

eBay - No CGC and a few raw copies on eBay at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - Only low grade copies in stock here. Highest is a VG.

Power Girl origin detailed
First appearance and death of Zor-L
First appearance and death of Allura In-Z
We have the famous first detailed origin of Power Girl. While other issues just talked about her origins, this issue showed it more.

Apparently, the origin isn't much different that Supergirl's origin on Earth One. In this issue we see the first appearance of Zor-L and Allura In-Z, Power Girl's parents back on Krypton. Zor-L is one of the few who believe Superman's father Jor-L about Krypton exploding and sends baby Kara into space via a symbioship.

Strangely, this ship that Kara was in was slower than the ship her cousin Kal-L was in. While traveling through the galaxies in a sort of suspended animation, Kara received projected imagery into her unconscious mind that taught her about Krypton and Kryptonian culture.

That effect was also used in the Superman The Movie starring Christopher Reeves when baby Kal-El is traveling through space in his Kryptonite ship, but in the comics, Superman's ship was much faster and reached Earth quicker. He did not come out of his ship with as much Kryptonian knowledge as Kara had, whom reached Earth in her early twenties.

February, 1978 was when this comic was published, and it's probably the one I'd consider most snagging out of all the Showcase key issues in Part 7.

eBay - Only a few copies here concerning unslabbers. There is only one CGC 9.6 NM+ at the moment.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.6 NM+ copy here and only one raw low FN so far.

ComicLink - Only one copy and it's a CGC 9.0 VF/NM.

Alright, that concludes this Showcase key comics series. Some minor characters in this last part and some minor key issues as well, except for the origin of Power Girl that is.

Time to take a breather a little bit. I've pumped out quite a bit of key issues the last few weeks and haven't even had a day off from this beast, but I do guarantee more key issue comics are on their way.

If you missed Part 6, just click the PREVIOUS link below to read that. Thanks and hope you enjoyed this series.

Showcase Key Comic Book Issues Part 6

Here we are with Part 6, and I must admit that most of these are minor keys for some pretty minor characters. Only one of these Showcase key comic book issues has gotten heat due to a certain television series in the works.

Other than that, not much going on for these key issues presented in Part 6. Well, at least, for now that is. 

Click this Part 5 link if you missed it, but if you're ready to continue, I hope you enjoy Part 6 of this Showcase key issues list.

1st appearance of the Creeper
Origin of the Creeper
1st appearance of Professor Yatz

Jack Ryder, also known as the Creeper, makes his first appearance in this issue. The character has debuted in other titles sporadically throughout his career.

Due to a serum invented by Professor Yatz, Creeper has enhance strength and agility. He also has a healing factor which can heal virtually any wound he may acquire during combat. His laugh is painful to the ears of his victims as well.

The character of Jack Ryder was suppose to appear in the movie Man of Steel, but DC put the kabosh on that. He was once a Gotham TV host, so there is still a possibility the character Jack Ryder could make a cameo in an upcoming film or maybe on the Gotham television show if he hasn't already. Whether he gets his creeper on is a different story.

April, 1968 was when Showcase #73 was published.

eBay - No problem finding a raw copy on eBay currently. Some slabbed options as well. PGX 9.2 low NM, and the highest is a CGC 9.4 NM. CGC VF 8.0s also spotted.

mycomicshop - Raw and lower grade, there's two copies here at a GD+ and a GD. Centerfold in detached for the GD+ copy.

1st appearance of Anthro

The first Cro-Magnon boy born to Neanderthal caveman, Anthro is a very minor character in the DCU, but according to the mythos of this character, he is the first to start the human race.

Anthro was created by writer and artist Howard Post. He did receive his own titled comic but it only lasted six issues. Showcase #73 was published March, 1968.

eBay - No hard find for this one, and it's no surprise that it is cheap even in high grade NMs. Highest is a 9.6 NM+ for slabbers located.

mycomicshop - Two raw copies here in actual stock. Both are low grade and the highest is a VG minus.

NewKadia - VF minus copy and a FN+ and a FN minus in stock currently.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.4 NM copy here and five raw copies. Highest raw copies are a NM, NM minus, and VF.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies and they are a 9.4 NM and an 8.5 VF+. Four high grade raw copies available as well.

1st appearance of Hawk and Dove

Featured the 2nd appearance of this super duo, but never talked about the 1st appearance. This is the original Hawk and Dove, and Dove will be the female version in the Teen Titans live action television series.

However, I still think Hawk will be the same character presented here in the TV series. This one had speculators jump on it quite quickly after the Teen Titans roster was leaked. Hawk is of course the hot head and Dove is the calming influence.

Once an over-looked comic, this one has heated up fast for the first appearance of Hawk and Dove. Hank Hall and Don Hall are the originals and they are brothers. When Don died, Hawk's rage actually consumed him to the point that he was more trouble for other heroes than the villains were.

That dynamic was carried over when Dawn Granger took up the mantle of Dove. Her first appearance is in Hawk and Dove #1 volume 2 if anybody wants to know. Showcase #75 was published June, 1968.

eBay - We got some of this issue on eBay. Prices have moved up since the announcement. CGC 9.4 NM has been located. Only CGC copy there though. Last 9.4 NM CGC dropped in February for $495.95, and the copy currently available does have a Best Offer feature on it.

ComicLink - VF/NM and a VF+ here, and both are raw copies.

1st appearance of Bat Lash

Bring on them Western comics, uh huh! Bat who? Never even heard of this character until now. Bartholomew "Bat" Aloysius Lash, is a self-professed pacifist, ladies' man, and gambler.

Showcase #76 sees his first appearance, and he even starred in his own titled comics that only lasted seven issues. He does make an appearance in Jonah Hex comics as a supporting character. Anyways, this comic was published August, 1968.

eBay - Quite a few copies but most are raw. Zero CGC for this one on the might eBay at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - Three raw copies here. Highest is a FN minus and is in stock. Other two are a VG/FN and a VG+.

NewKadia - Only one GD+ copy here in stock at the moment.

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

1st appearance of Angel and Ape

Showcase #77 proved that zany comics were not quite done with in the Silver Age. Angel and the Ape debuted in Showcase #77. Angel O'Day and her partner Sam Simeon are both investigators and detectives.

Yes, Sam is a talking Gorilla that's also a comic artist. This odd duo would also get their own title, but it only lasted seven issues. They would be revived twice in the comic industry. The first was in the 90s where Angel was revealed to be the half-sister of Dumb Bunny from the Inferior Five.

The 2nd revival of this zany duo was perpetrated in 2001 and gave the characters a different spin. Showcase #77 and the first appearance of Angel and the Ape was published September, 1968.

eBay - Definitely not a very sought out comic even though the selection is a bit limited on eBay at the moment. There is a CGC 9.4 NM for pretty cheap.

ComicConnect - Three copies here with a CGC 9.6 NM+. Raw copies are a FN/VF and a VG.

1st appearance of Jonny Double

Created by Len Wein and Marv Wolfman, Jonny Double is a down on his luck private investigator in the San Francisco area. Not a huge character in the DCU, Jonny Double has appeared in some issues of the Challengers of the Unknown and Wonder Woman.

He also teamed up with Power Girl as well. Any ways, the 1st appearance of Jonny Double in Showcase #78 was published November, 1968.

eBay - Another over-looked Silver Age key issue. Quite a few copies and a few CGC copies as well. 9.6 NM+s are under the $250 mark. There are two of them and one 9.4 NM.

mycomicshop - VF, FN, and VG+ in actual stock at the time of this writing. 

NewKadia - Only one copy here for now and it's a VF minus.

ComicConnect - Five copies and the only CGC copy is a 9.4 NM. There is also a raw NM copy as well. Other raw copies are a NM minus, a VF and a VG/FN.

Alright, we have one more part left to this series. If you missed the PREVIOUS part to this series, just click the link below. Part 7 and the last to this Showcase key comic book issues list is ready so just click the link below to continue if you'd like.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Showcase Key Issues Part 5

Welcome to Part 5, and not surprisingly we have more Showcase key issues to feature here. We're moving a long fast and nearing the end. Still in the good ole Silver Age, and we'll see the first Silver Age appearance of yet another Golden Age character here.

We got two more parts left, so if you missed Part 4, you know what that link does if you click it. Otherwise, here's more key issues from the Showcase comic title.

4th appearance of Metal Men
2nd appearance of Chemo

Showcase #40 has the 4rth appearance of the Metal Men and Dr. William Magnus. This key issue also holds the 2nd appearance of Chemo.

Surprisingly, the character of Chemo has appeared in the in "Journey to the Center of the Bat", an episode of the animated television series Batman: The Brave and the Bold. He was voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.

Chemo is also a character in the multiplayer online role-playing game DC Universe Online. Will he make a movie or television live action appearance? Who knows?

September, 1962 is the publishing date for Showcase #40.

eBay - Quite a few copies and they are all raw copies. Did not see any slabbers for this one just yet.

mycomicshop - Six copies with the highest two a VG+ and a VG minus.

ComicConnect - Two raw copies here and they are a FN and a VG+.

Origin of Tommy Tomorrow

Tommy Tomorrow's first appearance is in the Golden Age issue of Real Fact Comics #6, published January, 1947. The character of Tommy Tomorrow evolved from the everyday future man to a futuristic police officer.

Showcase #41 was the revamped version of Tommy Tomorrow and the origin story is in two parts that extends to Showcase #42. It details his time at the West Point of Space just like the cover notes.

Showcase #41 was published November, 1962.

eBay - Decent amount of copies here for this one on the mighty eBay. As for them being decent copies is a different story. Most are raw and only one CGC 5.5 FN minus.

mycomicshop - Two raw copies here and the highest is a VG minus.

ComicConnect - A FN+, FN minus, and VG are currently here. All are raw copies.

ComicLink - Only one CGC copy here and it's a 5.5 FN minus.

1st solo Golden Age Green Lantern in Silver Age
1st 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+.

3rd appearance of the Teen Titans
2nd appearance of Wonder Girl
The young superhero group makes their way to the pages of Showcase, the legendary title that saw the first appearances of the Silver Age Flash and Green Lantern.

Showcase #59 marks the Teen Titans 3rd full appearance in comic books, as well as the 2nd appearance of Donna Troy as Wonder Girl. This issue isn't yet noted as Wonder Girl's 2nd appearance on Overstreet nor CGC, but it is. December, 1965 is when this issue was published.

eBay - No problem finding unslabbed copies of this one on the world's largest comic market place. A few CGC options also including a CGC 9.4 NM copy and an 8.0 VF. Actually, there are three 9.4s!

mycomicshop - The CGC 9.4 Boston Pedigree was snagged since the last I listed this key issue. Now, there's only a CGC 6.5 FN+. The two raw 4.0 VG copies are still there however. One is in stock with a 1/4 spine split.

1st appearance S.A. Spectre
1st appearance of Azmodus
The Golden Age Spectre is revived in the Silver Age of comics in this issue.I believe this is still Jim Corrigan and his character would be further expanded on during this era. He is a popular DC Comics character, and this issue marks the first Silver Age appearance of the Spectre.

Azmodus is one of the more notorious villains for the Spectre and makes his first appearance in this issue here as well. Double whammy first appearance key issue. Showcase #60 was published February, 1966.

eBay - Selection is pretty okay. Quite a few raw copies. Five CGC copies with the highest being a 9.4 NM. 2nd highest is an 8.5 VF+ and is probably the best deal there so far. It has a Best Offer while an 8.0 VF CGC doesn't and is near the same price.

mycomicshop - Five raw copies all on consignment. Highest is a VG minus. Others are all lower grade than that.

ComicConnect - Four copies here and the highest is a CGC 9.4 NM. 2nd highest is a raw VF. Lowest copy is a CGC 6.5 FN+.

1st appearance of Inferior Five
Origin of Inferior Five
Okay, not an extremely major key, but this is a parody team that pokes fun at the DC Comic characters as well as parodies some Marvel characters as well. It's all in good fun and a bit humorous.

So the Inferior Five is actually the sons and daughters of a team called the Freedom Brigade, which was a parody of the Justice League of America. The stories take place on Earth 12.

The team consists of Merryman, the leader with a brilliant mind but a weakling's body. Blimp can fly only when propelled by tailwind, meaning he can only fly extra slow. Awkwardman has mad abilities in water but extremely clumsy on land.

Then there's Dumb Bunny, who is super strong but dumb. The character just happens to be a blonde female as well. Hmmmm?

Then there's White Feather, an extremely good archer if he were not overly cowardly and afraid of most everything. This group later got their own short-lived series in which Marvel parodies such as the Kookie Four (Fantastic Four) and Cobweb Kid (Spider-Man) made guest appearances.

June, 1966 was when the Inferior Five made their debut and Showcase #62 was published.

eBay - Actually quite a few copies currently on eBay. Most are raw except for one low NM 9.2 CGC copy.

mycomicshop - FN+ and a GD/VG in actual stock. Both are raw copies.

ComicConnect - Three copies here and two are raw. Only slab is a CGC 9.2 NM minus copy. Raw copies are a VF and FN/VF.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.0 VF/NM and two raw copies here. Raw copies are both VFs.

Some good ones here and some questionable ones. Actually, I think an Inferior Five movie would be cool. It'd be a good way for everyone to laugh at superhero movies for a bit, kinda like how the Scary Movie franchise did with horror flicks.

An intentional comedic film about a group of dysfunctional superheroes might ease the tension to a lot of the backlash concerning the superhero take over in the movie biz, which we are starting to see signs of annoyance from the general population outside of the comic fanatics.

Click the PREVIOUS link below if you missed Part 4 to this series. Click the PART 6 link to continue.

Showcase Key Comic Books Part 4

Showcase key comic books Part 4. Many of these are already quite expensive in NM above, and that even includes characters that aren't majorly popular. Interesting.

If you missed Part 3, just click the link to go back. Other than that, hope you enjoy Part 4.

1st appearance of S.A. Atom
Origin of S.A. Atom
1st appearance of Jean Loring

Al Pratt was the Golden Age Atom, but during the Silver Age, DC Comics revamped the character of Atom and made him Ray Palmer, complete with a different origin. Unlike the original Atom, Ray Palmer would have super powers.

This character has already been seen on the new Flash series. Brandon Routh played the character of Ray Palmer and the Silver Age Atom. Important revamp for a Golden Age character much like Flash and Green Lantern before him? You bet, and Showcase #34 has the first appearance of the Silver Age Atom.

This comic also sees the first appearance of Jean Loring and what superhero during this time is without a love interest? Jean Loring was a major supporting character for the Ray Palmer Atom. This comic was published October, 1961.

eBay - Quite a few copies, but this one already blew up with the announcement of Ray Palmer and the Atom being on the Flash. Plenty of raw copies and a few slabbed. Saw some CBCS copies and CGC and PGX.

mycomicshop - Only one raw PR copy here on consignment.

ComicConnect - CGC 5.5 FN minus and a PGX 5.0 VG/FN. Four raw copies with the highest being a FN minus.

ComicLink - A few copies here, both CGC and raw. Highest CGC copy is a 5.5 FN minus. Selection of grades goes down hill from there.

2nd appearance S.A. Atom
2nd appearance of Jean Loring
We've got the 2nd appearance of the Silver Age Atom in Showcase #35. This issue also sees the 2nd appearance of Jean Loring as well.

As for other notable 1st or 2nd appearances for this issue, not really any. No major or even minor villains introduced for the Silver Age Atom in this issue. Showcase #35 was published November, 1961.

eBay - No trouble finding this one on eBay. Quite a few raw copies and slabbed copies as well. Highest CGC are a 9.0 VF/NM and 2nd highest is an 8.0 VF.

mycomicshop - Three raw copies. Highest is a VG+ and goes up for auction next month in April. Other copies are in actual stock and the highest in stock is a VG minus.

ComicConnect - Seven copies and two of them are CGC slabs. Highest is a 9.0 VF/NM followed by an 8.0 VF. Highest raw copy is also a VF.

ComicLink - Highest copies for both raw and slabbed are 8.0 VFs. There are two slabbed VF copies and one raw VF. Rest are mid-grade and lower grade copies.

3rd appearance of S.A. Atom
3rd appearance of Jean Loring
Do we have a notable villain for Ray Palmer in his 3rd appearance in Showcase #36? Nope. Maybe a notable supporting character for the guy in this issue? Nobody worth the salt in this issue.

Looks like this key is just the 3rd appearance of Ray Palmer as the Atom and Jean Loring as his girlfriend. Sometimes that's all it takes.

Showcase #36 and the 3rd appearance of the Atom was published December, 1961, a great year for Silver Age comics if I might add.

eBay - Quite a selection of copies for both raw and CGC. Highest CGC is a 9.6 NM+ and a 9.0 NM+. Other options available as well.

mycomicshop - Three very low raw copies here at the moment. Two are in actual stock.

ComicConnect - Four raw copies and the highest is a VF.

ComicLink - Quite a few copies here and a lot of them are slabbed. 9.0 VF/NM is the highest, and there is an 8.5 VF+ and an 8.0 VF.  Other slabbed and raw options available.

1st appearance of Metal Men
1st appearance of Dr. Magnus
Wow, the Metal Men were actually introduced in this comic as "last minute filler", but became popular enough to warrant their own title. Did not know that about the last minute filler part.

Created by writer Robert Kanigher and penciller Ross Andru, the artificial intelligent robots all possessed abilities akin to their metal type. They were also named after their metal name, so there was the leader Gold, Iron, Lead, Mercury, Platinum and Tin.

Dr. Magnus is the scientist who created the Metal Men, and an important player in the mythos as he repeatedly rebuilt them after they were constantly destroyed.

eBay - Limited selection. Only very few raw copies and two slabs - a 6.0 FN and a 5.5 FN minus.

mycomicshop - All low copies and raw. Highest is a GD/VG.

2nd appearance of Metal Men
2nd appearance of Dr. Magnus
Showcase #38 holds the 2nd appearance of Metal Men, and furthers the adventures for this team of artificially intelligent robots. No villains or other supporting characters are introduced in this issue.

2nd appearance of Dr. William Magnus is also in this issue as well. Showcase #38 was published June, 1962.

eBay - Definitely some copies on eBay of this one, but whether they're decent copies is another story and subjective. Only spotted one FN 6.0 CGC copy so far.

mycomicshop - VG, GD/VG, and GD minus are currently in actual stock here.

3rd appearance of Metal Men
1st appearance of Chemo
Finally, a 3rd appearance of a team with the 1st appearance of a semi notable villain. Chemo makes his first appearance in this issue. Chemo started out as an adversary for the Metal Men, but his mayhem would spread further out into the DCU.

Chemo was a plastic vessel that contained the chemical by-products from scientist Ramsey Norton's failed experiments. When the remnants of a failed growth formula is discarded into the vessel, it accidentally and mysteriously causes the man-shaped vessel to come to life.

I kid you not. That's the origin of this DC Comics villain. The 3rd appearance of Metal Men and the first appearance of Chemo in Showcase #39 was published August, 1962.

eBay - Quite a few copies, but selection of grades above lower grades is kind of lacking. Only one CGC FN+ currently.

mycomicshop - All low grade raw copies in actual stock. Highest is a restored GD/VG.

Apparently DC/WB is gearing up for a Metal Men movie, or at least it's been talked about for a while now. No latest news as far as casting has leaked. Not sure if this is why these early appearances has sky-rocketed or not for higher grades.

I wouldn't doubt it though. Part 5 to this Showcase key comic books list is ready. Just click the PART 5 link below for more Showcase key goodness.

 If you missed the PREVIOUS part, there's more Showcase key issues there as well. Just click the link below to go back.