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Saturday, March 28, 2015

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.

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