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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.

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