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Sunday, March 29, 2015

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.

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