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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Blue Beetle Copper Age Key Issues Part 2

While still key issue pertaining to Blue Beetle, many of these keys are pretty minor currently or not all that sought-out. I'll let you decide whether they're worth gunning for or not.

This, of course, is at the time of this writing, so who knows if some of them will get a spark in demand in the near future since a Booster Gold/Blue Beetle flick has been confirmed recently. Not much news since has been slung out there in cyber land.

Missed Part 1? Just click the link to go back. This will be the last of the Blue Beetle Copper Age keys.

BLUE BEETLE #12 1st DC SERIES (1986)
Curt Calhoun becomes Prometheus
1st cameo of Prometheus
Prometheus joins Hybrid

Like Touch-N-Go, Curt Calhoun was infused with the metal promethium and created by Mento. Actually, Curt was covered with pieces of the metal while trying to save Kord from an industrial accident.

Mento would make Curt into this metal monster Prometheus. He only shows up as Prometheus at the very last full page of the story.

I don't think this is the same version of Prometheus that is in Arrow season five. Arrow co-creator Marc Guggenheim stated that the show's Prometheus is not based on any one character in the comics.

Curt Calhoun as Prometheus has very little appearances in comics, so I consider that a minor character.  May, 1987 is the cover date for Blue Beetle #12

1st appearance of Maxwell Lord
 New Justice League begins (full appearance?)
Mister Miracle & Doctor Light joins team

While Blue Beetle was a member of various other short-lived groups, the main team he is most remember for is the Justice League. It is in this team that he first meets Booster Gold and becomes best-friends with.

Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, this series would be most known as Justice League International and the title of the comic series would change to that name with the 7th issue. The 1st appearance of Maxwell Lord is an important character for Blue Beetle in DC Comics.

First seen as an ally, it would later be revealed that Maxwell Lord is an enemy and despises all metahumans. Lord would eventually be responsible for Blue Beetle's death.

Under Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, Maxwell Lord was basically a powerful and amoral business man but began developing heroic qualities. While seen as shady in this series, future writers would push this character well into the villain role.

Maxwell Lord is a character in the Supergirl TV series and has already shown his distrust and dislike for metahumans like Superman and Supergirl. He is played by actor Peter Facinelli and was previously played by actor Gil Bellows in the Smallville TV series.

Two characters that were not in Legends #6 was Mister Miracle and Kimiyo Hoshi as Doctor Light. They both join the League in this issue.  

I think that Blue Beetle and Mister Miracle are never in a comic story or panel before this issue, so it could be their first published meeting. They don't do anything formal like shake hands or acknowledge a first meeting or anything.

Justice League #1 has the cover date of May, 1987.

1st appearance of Conrad Carapax as Carapax
1st full appearance of Prometheus?
1st Prometheus cover

Curt Calhoun is shown as the original Prometheus in the very last full page of Blue Beetle #12 and is named as such. Mento of the Hybrid is responsible for Calhoun's change into this metal monster. 

Issue #13 might be considered his 1st full appearance appearance since he is definitely in the story a lot more than just one page. That's if you're trying to somewhat go by whatever standards Overstreet or CGC has for 1st full vs. cameo appearances.

While that might be contested, this issue definitely has the first cover appearance of Prometheus, and the 1st appearance of Conrad Carapax as Carapax. He discovers Jarvis Kord's technology and uses it to transfer his mind into one of the androids that Jarvis Kord invented to take over the world with in Ted Kord's first origin in Blue Beetle #3 1967 series and then later retold in Secret Origins #2.

Definitely some key goodness in this issue, and I do believe there is a newsstand edition for this issue. June, 1987 is the cover date for Blue Beetle #13 from the 1st DC Comics published series.

Blue Beetle meets Booster Gold
1st named Dmitri Pushkin Rocket Red #4

Although Blue Beetle and Booster Gold do not interact in this issue, it is obviously clear that Booster Gold is introduced to Blue Beetle and the rest of the Justice League. Actually, Maxwell Lord springs it on the team that Booster Gold is the new member of the Justice League.

It would be the catalyst that propels the two in creating one of the most fan-favorite buddy relationships in this comic series and later outside of it. In terms of both Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, it's a key that shouldn't be neglected.

The team does discuss it in issue #4, and the next issue is when Booster Gold officially joins the team. In terms of the development of both Blue Beetle and Booster Gold and the friendship they end up creating as team mates for the Justice League International, this issue is a pivotal moment for the two.

The buddy team of Beetle and Gold are referred to as the Blue/Gold team by fans of the characters. Also recent comic movie news has also talked about pairing the two up in a superhero buddy movie that's in the vein of Lethal Weapon but with superheroes.

Recent reports have stated that the Booster Gold flick would not be in the DCeU or DC extended Universe. It would be separate flick outside of it.

Also recent reports have yet to mention if a team up between Booster Gold and Blue Beetle is still happening or if Booster Gold will be a solo adventure.

Though not being part of the DCeU is a let down, the Blue & Gold team up being dismissed could even be more of let down as fans do love the dynamic between the two characters. We will have to see about this.

Issue also sees Rocket Red #4 named as Dmitri in this issue. He would join the Justice League International later, and did appear in the Green Lantern Corps #208 & #209 in brief cameos along with the Rocket Red Brigade.

This issue has a regular white cover and a newsstand edition of the regular cover. It also has a variant that has an estimated quantity of 5,000 copies. 

The yellow Superman logo variant aren't overly expensive just yet, but they aren't cheap anymore either. A CGC 9.4 sold for $79 bucks recently. With the cover date of July 1987, Justice League #3 could be one to consider if the Blue & Gold finally do end up in a flick, but it might be a short-term hold despite whether they use the Jaime Reyes version or not

It was this duo that first established the fan-favorite humor the two brought to the pages of the Justice League. The yellow cover variant might be a better long-term hold in higher grades.

BLUE BEETLE #14 1st DC SERIES (1986)
1st cameo appearance of Catalyst
1st appearance of Klaus Cornelius

Within the 1st Blue Beetle comic series, the villain Catalyst is worth mentioning since he has gone up against Jaime Reyes as well. This guy is a junkie's wet dream as he can create the effect of any drug he chooses into any one he touches.

If illegal drug trades are billion dollar industries separately, imagine how much this dude is worth. Junkies could stand in line to see this guy and pay the man per touch.

Money in the bank. Well, Catalyst didn't go that route, but he does something to do with drugs. He's a covert agent for the Cornelius/Krieg pharmaceutical corporation which has secret illegal ventures on the side.

Klaus Cornelius is the villainous owner of Cornelius/Krieg pharmaceutical corporation. Catalyst was created by Len Wein and Paris Cullins and only shows up in 2 panels in this issue. His cameo debut in Blue Beetle #14 holds the cover date of July, 1987.

BLUE BEETLE #15 1st DC SERIES (1986)
1st appearance of Overthrow?

Created by Len Wein and Ross Andru, the character of Arnold Beck that would become the villainous Overthrow was once a bitter and former employee of Ted Kord that was let go. He is a very minor villain in the grand scheme of DC Comics, but first made his appearance in the DC Comic's Blue Beetle series.

For that reason alone, I'll throw this one in here. Although a menace in a few scarce appearances here and there, Overthrow's career as a super-villain would meet his end in The OMAC Project comic series.

Overthrow only shows up on one page in six panels. Might not be considered a 1st and just a cameo. His 1st full might be in Blue Beetle #17, where he actually meets Blue Beetle and fights him for the first time.

Blue Beetle #15 has the cover date of August, 1987.

1st full appearance of Overthrow?
1st battle with Overthrow
Dan Garrett Blue Beetle returns

Whether this is Overthrow's first full appearance or not, I have no idea. The villain over-all is so minor that I don't think collectors at large really even care all that much either way.

This issue does have the first battle between Blue Beetle and Overthrow, and it even has the surprise return of Dan Garrett as the Blue Beetle. Not in flashback, but in the actual story.

Well, his return is on the last page of this comic story in a glorious full page.

Welcome back from the dead Dan Garrett! Round one begins in the next issue. Blue Beetle #17 has the cover date of October, 1987.

BLUE BEETLE #18 1st DC SERIES (1986)
Blue Beetle vs. Blue Beetle 
Death of Dan Garrett

I'm not even sure what to make of this issue or what the point to it is. I guess it was a gimmick issue and for a bit of fun, but it seems that the Blue Beetle Scarab somehow brought Dan Garrett as the Blue Beetle back to life. He's also pissed that Ted Kord stole his identity as the Blue Beetle and is intent on fighting him.

So, this issue sees a pretty interesting battle between Dan Garrett as Blue Beetle and Ted Kord as Blue Beetle. We later find out that the Blue Beetle Scarab is manipulating Dan Garrett into this maddening state of mind.

Later in the tussle, it's revealed that the Scarab wants either Ted Kord or Dan Garrett to prove who deserves it's power and the Blue Beetle mantle. It starts to egg on Ted Kord to destroy Dan Garrett, which further pisses off Garrett.

In the end, the Scarab is shattered and Dan Garrett dies, once again making Kord promise to carry on the mantle. 

Even though the Scarab is seen being destroyed in this issue, Jaime Reyes would come into possession of it. How that is undone, I have no idea and don't really care. 

Guess this battle was bound to happen and the fans probably asked for it. Having the cover date of November 1987,Blue Beetle #18 was released or on sale around August 11th.

1st Blue Beetle in comic series
Apparent death of Michelle Carter

Although the Blue & Gold team established their friendship in the pages of the 1987 Justice League/Justice League International comic series, the two would cross-over into their own comic titles. Not often, though, since Blue Beetle's 1st DC series only lasted 24 issues and Booster Gold's 1st series was cancelled after issue #25.

This is not a solo team up between the two. The Justice League International are also in this comic as well. 

This issue also sees the apparent death of Michelle Carter, Booster Gold's twin sister. She debuted in Booster Gold #6.

Booster Gold #22 has the cover date of November, 1987.

BLUE BEETLE #20 1st DC SERIES (1986)
1st Booster Gold in comic series
1st meeting & battle with Catalyst

This time it's Booster Gold's turn to cross-over into the Blue Beetle's comic series a long with the JLI.  Booster Gold and the Justice League International are only shown in cameo in this issue.

Pretty minor key unless you're a fan of the Blue & Gold duo. No team up in this issue though, even with the JLI.

Blue Beetle does finally meet Catalyst in this issue and they have their first battle. January, 1988 is the cover date for Blue Beetle #20 from the 1986 series.

BLUE BEETLE #24 1st DC SERIES (1986)
1st full appearance Thomas Kord
Last issue to series

Thomas Kord did appear in photos prior, but never appeared in the flesh until Blue Beetle #23 at the very end in a 3 panel cameo. This very well could be the 1st full appearance of Ted Kord's father in an actual story.

So Poppa Kord returns to take back the company before his son can run it into the ground. Actually, Melody Case tipped off Poppa Kord to the plight of KORD Industries.

In this last issue, Ted hands over KORD, Inc to his father and leaves Chicago. Not sure how long that lasts or when Ted Kord gets back the company.

Last issue to the 1st DC Blue Beetle comic series. Ted Kord as Blue Beetle would bounce around as a guest star in other comics, but most of his adventures would be in the pages of the Justice League International.

He and his friendship with Booster Gold would involve the two in several schemes to capitalize and make a quick buck off their membership in the Justice League. Aside from the JLI, Blue Beetle would be a member of other short-lived superhero teams also.

Last issue of the comic series, and Blue Beetle #24 is dated April, 1988.

1st appearance of Ice or Icemaiden

Along with Green Flame, Ice would become lifelong friends with Ted Kord as Blue Beetle. This version of Icemaiden debuted in this issue and was a member of the Global Guardians. 

There are actually two versions of Icemaiden. The first debuted in DC canon or mainstream continuity in Infinity, Inc. #32 in 1984, but the first Icemaiden's historical debut in comics ever was in Super Friends #9 back in 1977. 

The first Icemaiden was named Sigrid Nansen. This version in this issue is Tora Olafsdotter. 

Actually, when Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire decided to put Icemaiden in the Justice League International, they thought that Icemaiden had never been formally named prior. They were mistaken and the character was named in the Global Guardians entry in Who's Who in the DC Universe.

So what was originally suppose to be the same character ended up being two separate characters. The original origin of Tora Olafsdotter was a princess of an isolated tribe of magic-wielding Norsemen.

Sigrid Nansen got her powers as the result of an experiment funded by the Norwegian government that were to duplicate the powers of a a legendary tribe of Ice-people, which were later revealed to be Tora's people.

Both Green Flame and Icemaiden would join the team in issue #14 of the comic series. They would later change their names to just Fire and Ice.

Fire and Ice do not meet Blue Beetle in this issue. They actually first meet in issue #15 of the series. April, 1988 is the cover date to Justice League International #12.

When it came to the Justice League, Mister Miracle, Ice, Fire, and Martian Manhunter were close friends with Ted Kord. Of course, Booster Gold is his best-friend. 

As a pair, the two were often pranksters in the group and caused quite a bit of mischief for the League. Although a wise-crackin' goofball, Beetle was still respected for his scientific genius, but his buddy Booster Gold was often seen as an incompetent buffoon to other members. 

Although Blue Beetle was a long-time member of the Justice League, I'm not going to get into every Justice League International or Justice League America key unless it specifically pertains to Blue Beetle.

I think I'll mosey into the Blue Beetle Modern Age keys next, and that is ready so just click the navigation links below to where you wanna go.



  1. Holy Moly Mayhem,

    did you see what prices a 9.8 Captain America 117 goes for? It almost touched the
    10.000 $ mark! Could you make a little report on the price development of this
    gem? Could be interesting. I hope my copy comes out being a 8.5 to 9.0 book.


    1. This may be a long shot ole Ace, but I think that may have to do with speculation about Falcon or Winter Soldier becoming new Cap when Chris Evans bows out. Also 9.8s of that issue don't make it to market all that often. Only 11 9.8s in the CGC census so far. 22 9.6s. Not all that plentiful in those high grades.

      Could be an outlier also.

  2. Hi,

    thanx for the info. Copy just came in. It' s just a 6.5 I guess but still a beauty. Great Gene Colan art!