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Thursday, July 16, 2015

KEY ISSUE ALERT: Raphael #1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle


Raphael Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle #1
1st appearance of Casey Jones
1st one-shot Turtles spin-off
Published: Cover date of April, 1985
Publisher: Mirage Studios
Writers: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird
Artists: Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird


KEY ISSUE LOCATED:

eBay - There are only 3 copies of the original 1st printings of this comic. All of them are raw. Watch out for the IDW reissue variant of this comic. They are not the originals obviously.

mycomicshop - Looks like CGCs and PGXs for this comic are located here. Some over-bloated prices for some of them. Highest are PGX 9.4 NMs. Highest CGC is a 9.0 which is cheaper than the 8.5 there currently. Raw copies as well but the highest is only a FN.


WHY THIS KEY ISSUE?

Ok, everyone knows that Arrow star Stephen Amell will be playing Casey Jones in the reboot sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yes, there is going to be another one.

So, Casey Jones in the sequel. First appearance of Casey Jones is in this comic - Raphael #1, or also known as Raphael Micro Series #1 (Overstreet) or Raphael Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle #1. This comic is already heating up. Not a big bad way yet, but it is heating up.

Not that many sellers are noting it as the first appearance of Casey Jones on eBay. So far it is one of the over-looked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles key issues, so there are still some cheap buys. eBay only has three of the original 1st prints left so they are being snagged up.

You might also be able to find this in your stomping grounds or offline. Not sure how many sellers are keyed into this one just yet, but it doesn't hurt to look. Might be able to find a high grade raw copy for cheap and snag it under a dealer who doesn't know what he or she has.

It's possible. The 1st printings are not exactly rare. There were 60,000 printed up which isn't exactly plentiful either. Just saying don't expect the rarity to be like 3,000 copies like the 1st issue or 15,000 copies for 1st print number 2s either. 


There is a 2nd printing to Raphael #1 with a completely different cover that was printed in four color CYMK. It was reissued in 1987 or something. I included an image of it so you won't be duped and think it's a 1st printing. No clue what the print run is for the 2nd printing.

Also, there is an IDW variant cover that was recently reissued as well. Don't worry, it's not hard to recognize. It has IDW on the cover and there doesn't seem to be a price on it unlike the original $1.50 1st print.

So, if you feel up to speculating while you're out stomping your local hunting grounds or are looking for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle key issues and can find a good deal online for this one, you know about this comic. 

Good luck and best of luck on your hunt, or if you got this one already, may want to be on the lookout for when a bigger peak happens and dish it off. Assuming you don't want the comic that is.

23 comments:

  1. Heya Mayhem,

    got no turtle in my soup, but just bought Green Lantern 16: first Star Sapphire! Super pumped! Could you make a key issue list to this lady? What do you think about GL 16 as a long term investment?

    So long

    Max Rebo

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    1. Heya Mr. Rebo, not sure about 1st Carol Ferris as Star Sapphire as a long term investment. We are in a speculator's market, so pretty hard to judge most over-looked comics. DC silver age keys are starting to get more recognized and gunned down in the market. I think it's a good key to have regardless, especially if you snagged it cheap.

      Will put the Star Sapphire keys list in the pipeline, but there are a few more ahead of that one.

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  2. nice job mayhem love the old skool ninja turtles, my gambit gold (with the three signatures) just got finished grading today, it came back a 9.6!! stoked!!

    Keep up the great work my man

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    1. Heya, Wayne, congrats on that, man! Whose signatures are on it again?

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    2. klaus janson, lee weeks and stan lee. Thank you so much man, can't wait to get it back!

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  3. Hi TCM,

    hope your dad is feeling better and you can both can get some r & r. I remember there was some fun made of someone who demanded a TMNT key issue list - surprised that you now feature a comic of that series. What gives?

    Mr. Chambers

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    1. Hey, thanks for the well wishes for my dad. In terms of my comment when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles key issues list was "demanded", there really isn't much to go on when it comes to TMNT keys.

      Shredder, all 4 Turtles, and Splinter have their first appearance in issue #1. April O' Neil first appearance in TMNT #2, and Casey Jones' 1st appearance in this issue.

      The foot clan's first appearance is also in issue #1, and those are pretty much the main characters and supporting characters. So, when I commented about #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, etc...I actually really meant it. This one I just discovered and it comes before issue #3, so I am willing to dig into it further to see if a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles key issues would be viable or just straight boring for everyone.

      Also, it's starting to irk me that when I'm doing a key issues list and the only thing someone says in a comment is a request for another key issues list that's completely unrelated.

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    2. Hi Mayhem,

      sorry about my inappropriate behaviour. You see, I had the heat for that Star Sapphire girl and disrespected your turtle work. Will not let that happen again.

      Max Rebo

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    3. Hello again Mr. Rebo, this isn't a key issues list or series, and plus you actually did say something about the turtles in a cordial way. I'm assuming you're saying that you either don't have this issue or are not a fan, which is fine by me. It's better than "TMNT are stupid and anyone who likes them are stupid" comment.

      Key Issue Alerts are a lot quicker for me to whip up as opposed to a key issues list, which takes time, especially if I don't know the character all that well. I took no offense.

      I understand people get excited about their snags or their finds and want to share, but suggesting a key issues list and that's all and right in the middle of when I'm doing a keys list and haven't yet finished is just saying, "I'm not a fan of this garbage so hurry up and do this."

      It's not so much disrespectful to me, but the person who requested that keys list. Hey, man, congrats on the snag. What grade did you get it at?

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  4. ANT-MAN ALERT - ANT-MAN ALERT !!!
    Can' t wait for the movie, so here' s another investing tip: First team up of the Wasp and Antman: Avengers 195. At least the cover says so - a little disapointing, the Taskmaster appearance (only on the last page)

    Ace

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    1. Heya Ace, I'm sure the Wasp and Ant-Man teamed up in early Tales to Astonish issues...I'm pretty sure in Wasp's first appearance. It is the first team up of Ant-Man, Wasp and Yellowjacket. Not sure who is in the Yellow Jacket armor though. It is the first appearance of Taskmaster or a brief appearance. Will have to see how many fans will start disputing that 1st appearance.

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    2. I have another Ant Man Alert....The Movie SUCKS!!! I kept looking at my watch just waiting for it to be over. When it was, my wife turns to me and says "Wow! That really sucked!" I just wanted it to be good, but Marvel has been on a roll, so I figured this would be awesome...not so. Mayhem, Let us know what you think of it after you see it. Thanks, LK

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  5. Oh man, thanks for the info. My worst fears have come true. I know that situation you described from quite a few Marvel movies... I guess I' m better up if I rent a copy of The incredible shrinking man - anyone know that film? Great effects for that time.

    Ace

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  6. Wow! I should have read these comments before. I already booked tickets for Ant-man for tuesday.

    As far as the book goes, I think i might have couple of copies of this one. Thanks Mayhem for the info.

    Sid

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  7. Saw it last night, I really liked it!! Funny, amazing effects, good entertaining summer flick.

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  8. Oh lord, there is hope after all. Give us our good antman movie today and spare us of the bad marvel movie tomorrow...

    TMCM (Too much coffee man)

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  9. saw antman and it was what I thought it would be. not great but not to bad. wife actually liked it better than cap 2. JW

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    1. Whoa? Better than Cap 2? That's a pretty big statement. I have yet to watch it, so no opinion of Ant-Man just yet.

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  10. i have the this issue 1st print in good condition and am confused about the whole cgc process picked it up for about 40 bucks at garage sale should i get it slabbed

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    1. Do you mean GD condition as in the actual grading scale? If it's only in GD condition on the comic grading scale, I would not bother CGCing it.

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  11. It has hints of heart, and one or two good sequences, but a rent-a-baddie villainy, a poor storyline and paper thin characters leave it floundering in generic action territory.

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  12. Tries, and fails, to meld grit and froth. Still, at key moments it does possess a perverse sort of brio.

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  13. 25 years after the first Ninja Turtles' movie, the return of the reptilian heroes in a half-shell is surprisingly enjoyable.

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