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Friday, March 27, 2015

Showcase Key Comics Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 to this Showcase Key comics list. This one definitely has a few important keys and early appearances of another Silver Age DC Comics superhero introduced in this title.

More early DC Silver Age key comics, so click this Part 2 link if you missed it. If you're good to go, let's get this on.

First appearance of Hal Jordan
First appearance of Silver Age Green Lantern
First appearance and death of Abin Sur
First appearance of Carol Ferris

Without a doubt, this is the more popular version of Green Lantern, and Hal Jordan, the second Green Lantern and known as the Silver Age Green Lantern came during the revival of superhero comics during this era after the Flash proved to be a huge success.

As I've been saying, you can't keep superhero comics down for long. However, this revival did need to revamp a few characters. The Flash was revamped into another reincarnation, and so would Green Lantern. This new GL was Hal Jordan, a test pilot who comes across a dying alien named Abin Sur, whom was a Green Lantern.

Hal Jordan is selected by the ring to be the next successor, and is also given a battery to recharge the power ring to protect all life in Sector 2814. Created by John Broome and Gil Kane, this inter-stellar space cop revamp from the original Green Lantern gave the character a more Science Fiction feel, and would the character a much better base to expand the mythos, back story and Green Lantern universe in a more broader direction than Alan Scott's could.

The first appearance of the Silver Age Green Lantern Hal Jordon is also considered the Holy Grail of Green Lantern key issues to own, and Showcase #22 also has the first appearance of Carol Ferris, a love interest for Hal Jordan and an important supporting character. 

This solid comic investment is one of the more important of Showcase key issues and it was published October, 1959.

eBay - No problem finding a slabbed copy or raw copy on the mighty eBay for this one. High grade is a different story though, and the highest CGC copy is a 6.5 FN+, and it's of course asking for quite a lot. Most are lower grade slabs. Quite a few raw copies and they aren't much cheaper.

mycomicshop - Only one copy and it's a raw PR.

ComicConnect - No surprise that there are a few copies here as well. Most are low grade, even for the slabbed copies and three are up for auction as I write this. The third one starts Dec 8th  and is a PR but a CGC copy. Highest copy there is a CGC 5.5 low FN.

ComicLink - Only two copies here and both are CGC slabs. One is a 7.5 low VF and the other a 3.0 GD/VG.

2nd appearance of Green Lantern
2nd appearance of Carol Ferris
First appearance of the Invisible Destroyer

Showcase #23 has the second appearance of the Green Lantern Hal Jordan as well as Carol Ferris. In the first story of this issue called, Summons from Space, Green Lantern gets a distress call via his power ring from the Guardians claiming that a danger on Venus needs to be stopped.

Green Lantern travels there and fights with, uhmm, dinosaurs, whom are terrorizing a tribe of humanoid aliens.

In the second story of this comic simply called The Invisible Destroyer, we see one of the first appearance of one of the first villains for the Silver Age Green Lantern. However, the Invisible Destroyer is a very, very minor one.

Aside from the first appearance, this issue is mainly sought for being the 2nd appearance of the Silver Age Hal Jordan. It is a solid comic investment and already highly valuable. This Silver Age key issue was published December, 1959.

eBay - No problem finding raw or slabbed copies for this one at the moment. Highest slab is a 6.5 FN+ though. 2nd highest are two 6.0 FNs, and one is a PGX. Lower grade copies are also available as well.

ComicConnect - Four copies here with only one being a slabbed CGC. The CGC is a VG and is up for auction at the time of this writing. There's also a raw VG+ up for auction as well. A VG copy is in stock also.

ComicLink - A few copies here for this one, both raw and slabbed. Highest slabbed is a 7.5 low VF. Lowest slabbed is a 3.5 low VG. Highest raw copy is a 5.0 VG/FN.

3rd appearance of 2nd Green Lantern
3rd appearance of Carol Ferris

The last issue to his try out run in Showcase, this comic holds the 3rd appearance of the 2nd Green Lantern known as Hal Jordan, and despite being a 3rd appearance, this comic is still quite valuable. Note that the Fantastic Four #1 hadn't even been published yet when this comic came out.

Green Lantern was one of the early superheroes to help spearhead their revival during the Silver Age. I keep mentioning the appearances of Carol Ferris as well, and that's because Hal Jordan worked for her and her father's company Ferris Aircrafts. She is vice president of the company, but more important, a long-time love interest for the character.

Nothing really exciting happens in this issue though. Green Lantern goes up against a pick-pocket who steal secret missile plans from him as he is on his way to deliver them to the military. When he tracks the thief down, he discovers its actually a group of thieves who plan to use the plans to build a missile of their own.

In the 2nd story to this issue, GL goes up against some weird creature that's rampaging in Coast City. The 3rd appearance of Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris in Showcase #24 was published February, 1960.

eBay - Quite a few options for the 3rd appearance of Green Lantern in the Silver Age. Highest slabbed is a an 8.0 VF, and there are a few lower grade slabbed copies as well. Raw copies also present and some are advertised as low VFs.

mycomicshop - Two raw, low grade copies here. One goes up for auction Dec 6th and is a low GD. Highest is a measly GD.

ComicConnect - Three raw copies and two CGC copies present at ComicConnect for now. The CGC copies are both high grade and one is a 9.0 VF/NM and the other an 8.5 VF+. Both are glorious Universal labels and the 9.0 is up for auction at the time of this writing. Highest raw copy is a low VF.

ComicLink - About five CGC copies here and six raw copies. Highest raw copy is a 5.5 low FN and the highest CGC copy is an 8.0 VF Universal.

1st appearance of Sea Devils

Another team of conventional heroes, meaning non-powered. The team is leader Dane Dorrance, Biff Bailey, Judy Walton (Dane's girlfriend), and Nicky Walton (Judy's younger brother).

Instead of outer space, these cats have under water adventures. Thus, of course, they have had dealings with Aquaman and Ocean Master before. Not often, but they are in the New 52 as eco-terrorists in Aquaman #17.

Showcase #27 was published August, 1960.

eBay - Only one CGC 8.5 VF+ slab, but there are plenty of raw copies. Highest advertised is a VF/NM copy.

ComicConnect - Four copies and half are CGC and the other half raw copies. Highest is a raw copy at a VF/NM. Highest CGC is a 7.0 FN/VF.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies and they are an 8.5 VF+ and a 7.0 FN/VF. There's also a bunch of raw copies with no pictures. I think that's weird and lame.

2nd appearance of Sea Devils

2nd appearance of the Sea Devils and more under water adventure. Not any minor or major appearances for other characters happen in this issue.

Some pretty unmemorable villains that only make a single appearance in both stories that were dedicated to the Sea Devils in this issue.  So, that's it for this one.

October, 1960 is the publishing date for the 2nd appearance of Sea Devils in Showcase #28.

eBay - Doesn't seem to be a problem finding a raw copy of this key issue on eBay at the time of this writing. Only one slabbed copy spotted though. It's a CGC 7.0 FN/VF.

mycomicshop - Two raw copies with the highest being a VG minus and the lowest a GD. The GD copy is in actual stock.

Origin Aquaman

Adventure Comics #260 has the first S.A. origin of Aquaman. Not sure if this one expands on that or just retells it. However, with all the Aquaman movie appearances, collectors are turning their eye towards this one.

I wouldn't doubt if it's already up there in the market by now. To be honest, I'm not quite sure why this one has even gained so much heat in the market. It's basically a retelling of the origin in Adventure Comics #260. Well, I mean the origin is in a flashback within this Aquaman story, but the story is another and different adventure.

Anyways, I'm still baffled. Showcase #30 was published February, 1961.

eBay - Pretty scarce now in the market and some are advertising this issue wrong. It's not the first S.A. Aquaman. Anyways, there are four or five copies on eBay. There's three CGC copies with the highest an 8.0 VF.

So far there's four key issues in Part 3 that are pretty expensive in the market already. Showcase #30 is a recent heat up. I don't think I have to point out the other three Showcase key comics that are important Silver Age key issues concerning DC Comics.

Part 4 is ready, so just click the link below to continue. If you missed Part 2, click the PREVIOUS link below.

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