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Friday, October 21, 2016

Squirrel Girl Key Issues

Alright, Ace requested this key issues series, and even though I'm working on other stuff behind the scenes, a Squirrel Girl key issues list would be a pretty short and sweet list to quickly get over with. The character really doesn't have many meaningful key issues as she really has been a supporting character and hasn't yet established a wide mythos or supporting cast solely for herself.

This is for fans or those who believe the character will be worth investing in. I will keep out my opinions. Let's get this over with.

1st appearance of Squirrel Girl
1st appearance of Monkey Joe

Squirrel Girl and her side kick Monkey Joe debuted in this issue in which Squirrel Girl ambushes Iron Man in order to impress him enough to consider her being an addition to the Avengers. Iron Man and Squirrel Girl would team up to battle Doctor Doom, so this is her first appearance and team-up.

Squirrel Girl was created by Will Murray and Steve Ditko. Murray intended for the character to be a lighthearted superhero.

Squirrel Girl's initial popularity was not huge among comic fans, but fandom has grown for the character and is moving out of the "guilty pleasure" category of comic characters. The character is also starting to be fleshed out more rather than just being "comic relief" or a joke character.

Whether you love or hate the character, Squirrel Girl is a character being talked about more and no longer under the radar. There are newsstand and direct market editions of this comic. By 1990, newsstand distribution was around 15% of the market.

If this comic had a low print run, then newsstand copies would probably be significantly low and most likely less in super high grades of 9.6 and 9.8. Currently there are 12 listed auctions for sale on eBay. One of them is a newsstand copy.

Data for eBay sales of 9.8s on GoCollect has 44 sales of that grade in a 2 year period. Only 1 newsstand copy out of 44 sold in the last 2 years.

Concerning the 31 sales for slabbed 9.6s in a 2 year period on eBay, only 2 were newsstand copies at that grade. Could be something to be aware of if you think this character's 1st is worth investing in. If you have one, might want to check whether it's a newsstand or direct market edition, especially if you think you have a high grade copy.

Marvel Super-Heroes #8 volume 2 has the cover date of January, 1992.

G.L.A. #1
2nd cameo of Squirrel Girl
2nd appearance of Monkey Joe
1st appearance of Grasshopper
Death of Dinah Soar

After her 1st initial appearance in Marvel Super-Heroes #8 volume 2, Squirrel Girl or Doreen Green did not show up in another comic story for more than a decade. She was slated to join the New Warriors, but Fabian Nicieza had left Marvel before his plan was executed.

It seemed that other writers and even editors didn't see much value in the character, and kept her as more of an in-house joke. She was mentioned in-frequently during this hiatus, and Deadpool was mentioned as having Squirrel Girl Underoos in an issue of his comic book series.

It wasn't until Dan Slott picked up the tab for the Great Lakes Avengers mini-series did Squirrel Girl finally re-enter comics but she is not in the actual comic story in this issue. Actually, she only shows up on the 1st page as a host.

Monkey Joe makes his 2nd appearance in this issue and also hosts. He shows up a lot more in this issue than Squirrel Girl.

Great Lakes Avengers did not make their 1st appearance in this issue. They actually debuted in West Coast Avengers #46 volume 2 back in 1989. Squirrel Girl obviously does not appear in that issue, but Slott saw the character as a good addition to a team comprised of enthusiastic heroes with odd and nearly useless powers who were mainly to serve as comic relief.

This issue also sees the 1st appearance of Grasshopper or Doug Taggert. He joins the team in the next issue and dies as well.

Speaking of deaths. Dinah Soar, original G.L.A member, dies in this issue. The series was to satirize comic book deaths, so every issue of the limited four issue comic series would have a G.L.A. member die. 

Estimated print run for this comic is 35,143, and June, 2005 is the cover date to G.L.A. #1.

G.L.A. #2
2nd full Squirrel Girl
3rd appearance of Monkey Joe
Both joins team 
Grasshopper joins team
Death of Grasshopper

In her 1st debut, Squirrel Girl may have been too young to be an Avenger at 14, but she isn't too young to join the Great Lakes Avengers and does so in this issue. 

Her side kick Monkey Joe is also admitted into the G.L.A. Both Squirrel Girl and Monkey Joe play host and are in the actual story of this comic.

Squirrel Girl appears a lot more than she does in issue #1, and it could be her actual 2nd or a 3rd depending on whatever standards constitutes an actual appearance nowadays. Considering that Wolverine is on one page in 3 panels in Hulk #182 and it's considered a cameo, it would be contradictory to note issue G.L.A #1 the 2nd appearance of Squirrel Girl instead of this one. 2nd cameo in issue #2 maybe.

Grasshopper also joins the team in this issue but dies as well. There would be another version of the character that would take his place pretty quickly.

Estimated print run for this comic is around 29,990 for this issue, and G.L.A. #2 has the cover date of July, 2005.

G.L.A. #3
3rd appearance Squirrel Girl
Death of Monkey Joe

As promised, another G.L.A. member dies in this issue, and this time it's Squirrel Girl's original sidekick Monkey Joe who bites the dust in his 4th comic book appearance. Of course, this might be Squirrel Girl's 3rd or 4th appearance as well.

Oh, well, as most fans know already, Squirrel Girl would get a new squirrel sidekick in the very next issue. Estimate print run is around 28,242, and G.L.A. #3 has the cover date of August, 2005.

G.L.A #4
4th appearance Squirrel Girl
1st appearance of Tippy Toe
1st appearance of G.L.A. as G.L. X-Men

We have the 4th appearance of Squirrel Girl, and the 1st appearance of Tippy Toe, another squirrel sidekick who would replace Monkey Joe. In this issue, the Great Lakes Avengers change their name to the Great Lakes X-Men after they receive a cease and desist order from the Maria Stark Foundation.

Hawkeye was the butt-nugget to first object to the team using the name of "Avengers", but then again, considering the roster of the G.L.A., can you really blame the archer? Also many of the G.L.A. realize that they are in fact mutants, although Squirrel Girl's retconned origin would later dismiss her as being one.

For a little bit, the group operated as the G.L. X-Men, but would also change their name to the Great Lakes Champions despite members of the Champions objecting. The team would also take the name of the Great Lakes Initiative.

In newer comics, they are once again using the name Great Lakes Avengers. Estimate print run is around 25,614 for this comic, and G.L.A. #4 has the cover date of September, 2005.

Squirrel Girl becomes nanny for Danielle Cage
1st meeting of Squirrel Girl & Danielle Cage

I was seriously going to neglect putting this comic in, but everyone seems to talk about Squirrel Girl as the nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones' daughter, Danielle Cage. This move by Brian Michael Bendis seemed to help the character get more noticed and more fans fell in love with the character as a result.

This issue also hints that Doreen Green has yet to meet either Luke Cage or Jessica Jones as well. They seem not to know much about her. 

Although hired as a nanny and lives in the Avengers mansion, I am not sure if she officially becomes part of the New Avengers in this series. She would leave when Luke Cage and Jessica Jones leave the team as well.

Not really the most important of keys, but this is part of the character's arc in the world of Marvel Comics. In the recent New Avengers comic series, she would officially become part of the new team.

This issue came out during the time that Marvel was bought by Disney, so there is a Tron variant for this comic. Cover is done by Mark Brooks and it is a 1:15 retailer incentive.

Regular cover has an estimated print run of 67,840. The Tron variant should have an estimated print run of around 4,500. Not super rare.

New Avengers #7 from the 2nd series has the cover date of February, 2011.

1st appearance of Nancy Whitehead
1st appearance of Tomas Lara-Perez
1st issue to 1st self-titled series

Well, here it is: Squirrel Girl finally gets her own self-titled comic series. This series would start to establish her own mythos and supporting characters. 

Speaking of the characters own supporting cast, this issue sees the 1st appearance of Nancy Whitehead, and she is Doreen's college roommate and best-friend. There is also Tomas Lara-Perez also known as Chipmunk Hunk, and he is the first student that Doreen meets at Empire State University.

Being Squirrel Girl, she develops a crush on Tomas, and Tomas has powers as well and can communicate with chipmunks and has chipmunk-like habits and powers. So we have a romantic interest and the best-friend, although her sidekick Tippy Toe is still in the mix.

Estimated print run for the regular comic cover is around 41,116. I am not sure if the regular cover is a 50/50 split with any other variants and could not find any info on that. There are retailer incentive variants and 2nd and 3rd printings but I could only find info on the two incentive variants and how much they're apparently limited or estimated at.

So, onto the first variant cover of this issue that's a retailer incentive. Limited 1:25 Arthur Adams cover variant, and it should be limited to or around a 1,600 estimated print run.
The 2nd one that I could find any info on is the limited 1:20 cover variant by Siya Oum. This variant should be or estimated at around 2,000 copies. 

Despite most news reports claiming that Squirrel Girl is a character rising in popularity,  print runs dropped pretty steeply from the 1st issue afterwards.

The 2nd issue's print run dropped pretty low to 24,621 and the 3rd issue rose slightly to 26,586. The 4th issue's estimated print run then dropped again to 20,987. By the 8th and last issue of the series the estimate print run was around 19,134. 

However, a volume 2 series was recently launched starring Squirrel Girl, so creatives must see value or growing potential in the character. In terms of importance for the character, this issue is such as it is establishing her own mythos and cast of supporting characters.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 has the cover date of March, 2015.

1st appearance of Tomas as Chipmunk Hunk
1st full appearance of Ken Shiga
1st Ken Shiga as Koi Boi

 Well, Tomas gets his superhero on and first appears as Chipmunk Hunk in the 6th issue of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. We also get the debut of Koi Boi, or Ken Shiga. 

Continuing the quirkiness, Ken Shiga can communicate with fish. I believe he does show up in issue #2 of the comic series, but he is only in 2 panels and is unnamed.

If that is him in issue #2, it might just be labeled a cameo. I do not think the character shows up much or if at all between #2 and this comic.

If so, this could be his 1st full appearance, and definitely his 1st appearance as Koi Boi. Ken Shiga is a recurring character in this series as well as the volume 2 series. 

I do not think there are variants for this issue and the regular cover has an estimated print run of about 19,341. Definitely a low print run comic and August, 2015 is the cover date for Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6.

1st appearance of Maureen Green
Retconned origin of Squirrel Girl

Squirrel Girl's self-titled comic series continues with volume 2, and this series does keep her main supporting cast of Nancy Whitehead, Chipmunk Hunk, and Koi Boi. This issue also sees the first appearance of Doreen Green's mother Maureen Green.

It's revealed in this issue that Squirrel Girl isn't quite a mutant. She's "medically" and "legally" distinct from the label.

This has brought some kind of controversy as to this recent change. In her 1st appearance, she claims she is a mutant, but this recent change may have to do with live-action rights. Well, that's what is being speculated by some.

So, Squirrel Girl continues to get fleshed out in this series and her character continues the humor and poking fun at superhero genre tropes. Once again, this issue #1 had an estimated print run of around 43,155.

There are retailer incentive variants for this issue obviously. The 1:25 cover by Ben Caldwell may have an estimated print run of around 1,700 or 2,000.

Chris Bachalo's 1:10 Kirby Monster variant may be around 2,800 to 3,000. I am not sure how limited the Hip Hop variants are.

Ben Caldwell 1:25 variant | Chris Bachalo 1:10 variant | Phil Noto Hip Hop variant

Apparently a few comic retailers have complained about being able to purchase these Hip Hop variants as Marvel or Diamond had some funky order requirement to be eligible to order them. Some highly popular titles had a stipulation tied to a store's issue order.

For example, if a store had previously ordered 40 copies of Stupid #1, they'd have to exceed 175% of that number when ordering Dumb #3. So, they'd have to order 70 or so copies of Dumb #3 to be eligible to order the Hip Hop variant for Ridiculous #0.

Some of the titles had different percentages that needed to be exceeded as well, and, yes, the above is just an example. If I'm reading this report correct, I think that's the basic gist of how the order system worked for the Hip Hop variants.

So, these weren't a buy 20 regular cover and get 1 variant. Retailers had to exceed a certain issues order by a certain percentage in order to purchase the hip hop variants, which were around $3.99 for comic retailers.

Since these were quite costly to order for comic retailers, I do not think the Hip Hop covers have a high print run. I could be wrong though. Then again, I don't have any real data when it comes to the Hip Hop Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 variant.

Issue #2 of the series dropped to an estimated 23,064, and Issue #3 bumped up to 25,350.

Issue #8 dropped to 15,131 and #12 went to 14,379 estimated North American comic shop orders.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 volume 2 has the cover date of December, 2015.

Squirrel Girl joins team
New team
1st appearance of Toni Ho

With the Marvel reboot, the New Avengers also get a new team and a new line up as well. Squirrel Girl is finally and officially a member.

Anyway, this team first comprised of Hulking from the Young Avengers, Wiccan, Songbird, Ava Ayala as White Tiger, Victor Alvarez as Powerman, Pod, Hawkeye, and Squirrel Girl. Tippy Toe is a member also.

This team did have a flash forward appearance in Avengers #0 prior to this comic, but it is only a one panel cameo. This issue is most likely their 1st or 1st full appearance of this new team.

Regular cover has an estimate print run of 71,243. No small print run for sure, but of course, there are variants and retailer incentives for this comic.

There is the Michael Cho variant, and it is a 1:25 deal. It should be around 2,800 or 3,000 estimated copies. There is the Hip Hop variant and chances are not too many comic retailers could afford to purchase a ton of that variant as well. Not sure about rarity, however.

There's also a blank variant for this issue. Cover date for New Avengers #1 volume 4 is December, 2015.

Alright, these aren't featured but if you're a fan, here's two 1st meetings that Squirrel Girl has with other comic characters. The first, of course, is Deadpool since he's such an overly bloated hot character right now.

So, back when Squirrel Girl was a mutant, she first met up with the Merc With A Mouth back in Cable and Deadpool #30. The whole Great Lakes Avengers team is being stalked by Deadpool and Squirrel Girl gets in on the action. Actually, the comic sees the first time the G.L.A appear as the Great Lakes Initiative.

I do believe that this issue might actually be the 1st battle between Deadpool and Squirrel Girl. Unlike the previous mention of Deadpool's Squirrel Girl Underoos in Deadpool #7 of the 1st on-going series, Deadpool doesn't know who Squirrel Girl is. I think the G.L.A. first met Deadpool in issue #10 of Deadpool's 1997 comic series.

The 2nd 1st meeting key issue is that of Squirrel Girl and Speedball. Squirrel Girl is a fan of the New Warriors and has a major crush on Speedball.

If the New Warriors TV show ends up happening, some heat might be seen for I (heart) Marvel Masked Intentions #1. In this comic, Squirrel Girl finds out that Speedball is going to make an appearance at the University of Wisconsin in Madison to promote his show and this superhero groupie will try to get him to notice her.

She ends up not getting his attention but ends up taking out a certain Bug-Eyed Voice who is looking to cause trouble. In the end, Speedball does hear of her heroic act and visits the GLA Headquarters to personally thank her.

Most of the comics here are pretty much below the radar. I think Marvel Super-Heroes #8 and her 1st appearance is already up there in price.

If you think she might be a character worth investing in, I'd snag a Newsstand Edition of her 1st appearance while newsstands and direct editions are not overly distinguished just yet. I think that will change in the near future for many late Bronze Age, Copper Age, and 90s to present key comics.

Alright, that's it for now. I thought I'd be able to whip this one out quick but it took me almost four days to find info about this character and certain comics including variants.

So, if you got anymore Squirrel Girl keys, just let us all know in the comments section below. Happy hunting or dumpin' out there and hope you enjoyed.


  1. Thanks, appreciate your research on that character. Really crazy material (Chipmunk Hunk - nuts!). I think Squirrel Girl is great for bringing girls into the comic shops. I mean, come on, she' s way better than My little Pony and those Powerpuff Girls. Anyway, looking forward to your big project, which you mentioned.


  2. Thanks for the list. I have a couple copies of marvel super heroes #8, but I am not sure whether I should hold on to them or let them go. You never can tell with this kind of flash popularity.

  3. Hey Mayhem,

    lots of things happenin' in comicdom right now. Just heard that Steve Dillon has passed away. Sad. He definitely made history with Preacher. Plus the first Old Man Logan trailer is out. Liked it. What do you think?

    Max Rebo

  4. Yo,

    Gizmo entering the stage. Just started to collect the old Watchmen series and wanted to ask if there are certain issues between 2 and 12 which are more collectible because of key issue status. So far Overstreet doesn' t mention anything special. 2-12 basically have the same price. Eager to know, your