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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Blue Beetle Modern Age Key Issues Part 2

Definitely no surprises here. As expected, we are getting into the Jaime Reyes key issues when it comes to the third Blue Beetle. 

Although I'm not a fan of most Modern characters and would rather seek out the Golden Age and Silver Age versions of Blue Beetle keys, Jaime Reyes does have a more standard and recurring supporting cast that specifically pertains to him.

It does make a key issues list a lot easier. Well, I should say more enjoyable. 

This Part 1 link will bring ya back to the previous post. Anyway, Jaime Reyes takes up the mantle of Blue Beetle and here's his Modern Age key issues.

1st appearance Jaime Reyes
1st cameo of Paco
1st cameo of Brenda Del Vecchio 

Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner, Jaime Reyes is the third character to take up the mantle of Blue Beetle. As much as I don't care for Modern comics, this character did help to expand on the Blue Beetle mythos and did some retcons concerning it.

Reyes is a teenager, and although his relationship with Booster Gold isn't as close nor the same as it was with Ted Kord, Reyes and Booster have formed a working relationship of sorts together. Many have reported that it will be this version of Blue Beetle that hits the silver screen with Booster Gold.

So far I haven't heard of that being confirmed by producers or the studios yet. Either way, like my generation grew up with Ted Kord, a new generation is growing up on Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle.

Reyes shows up in only five panels on two pages in this comic, if you count a panel with only his eyes and another panel just showing his hands. Not sure if that will labeled simply a cameo or not.

Later in this issue, Jaime does find the Blue Beetle Scarab.

Jaime's best friends Paco and Brenda Del Vecchio debut in cameos in this issue. They only show up in 3 panels as you can see, but they would be major supporting characters for Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle.

Infinite Crisis was the biggest and top selling event this year, so regular covers aren't low prints for sure. With the cover date of  February, 2006, Infinite Crisis #3 has an estimated print run of around 188,855.

mycomicshop at the time of this writing states that the 3A, 3B, and 2nd print sketch variant would be shipped with covers by Lee & Hope (approximately 50%) and Pérez (approximately 50%). I'm not sure if they mean the over-all estimated print run would be divided among those three covers or not.

Anyway, I'm just going to assume that this issue and even their variants are no where near rare. 

2nd appearance of Jaime Reyes
1st Jaime Reyes & Booster Gold meeting

Jaime Reyes shows up in 8 panels on one page in this issue. Not sure if that counts as a cameo or a 1st full, but I'm just going to note this the 2nd appearance of Jaime Reyes.

Concerning the Blue Beetle mythos, this comic is somewhat important for two more reasons. First, this is the 1st meeting of Reyes and Booster Gold, although they do not have the buddy-buddy relationship and exploits established with the Ted Kord version. Not like movie studios aren't known for twisting things around though, right?

Second, this issue mentions that the Blue Beetle Scarab has latched onto Jaime's spine prior to Blue Beetle #1.

Brenda nor Paco show up in this issue. Infinite Crisis #4 hit comic shops around January with the cover date of March, 2006.

1st Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle
3rd appearance Jaime Reyes

We finally have the debut of Jaime Reyes as the third Blue Beetle. This comic was hot and recommended by quite a few when reports stated that this version would hit the silver screen with Booster Gold.

This issue only sees Jaime Reyes become the Blue Beetle in three panels. Once again, not sure if that should be considered a 1st appearance or a cameo since other 1st appearances are noted as cameos that show up a hell of a lot more than this.

Then again, it is technically the 1st time we see Jaime Reyes become the new Blue Beetle, so I really don't care to dispute it nor really care over-all. He is shown as the new Blue Beetle a lot more in issue #6 though.

Once again, not a rare comic and the estimated print run is around 201,830. I am not sure if that total includes all three covers or not, and it looks like the same deal that Infinite Crisis #3 had.

April, 2006 is the cover date for Infinite Crisis #5 and was released mid February.

2nd appearance new Blue Beetle

This issue definitely sees Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle a lot more than 3 panels. He actually shows up quite a bit so if 3 panels isn't enough for you then this 2nd appearance of the new Blue Beetle might be more towards your liking.

Not sure if this will be noted as a 1st full appearance of Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle or 1st full appearance of new Blue Beetle, so I'm just gonna go the safe route and note it a 2nd appearance. Once again, this isn't a lower print run comic, and I'm going to assume that all the Infinite Crisis covers and variants are shared or included in the their total estimated print run.

So ComicChron has the estimated North American comic shop sales for this issue at 194,433. By May, Civil War and Infinite Crisis would be the top selling comics.

I'm also not sure how the 2nd printing sketch cover is or isn't factored into that estimated print run or what the print run is around. I do think covers A & B are in that total.

Cover dated May, 2006, Infinite Crisis #6 was released in early March.

1st Milagro, Bianca, & Albuerto Reyes
1st new Blue Beetle comic series

Paco and Brenda do show up again in this issue, but it is in flashback to the moment that Jaime Reyes finds the Blue Beetle Scarab. This telling is supposedly different than depicted in Infinite Crisis #3 as there is no devestation surrounding them.

Not sure just how much they actually show up or not. Jaime's family members do debut in this issue, and there is Jaime's sister Milagro, his mother Bianca, and father. Not sure how much they appear in this comic either.

Estimated print run is around 50,672. There are 2nd and 3rd printings of this issue and not sure the print run estimates on those. 

With the cover date of May, 2006, Blue Beetle #1 was released in late March.

1st appearance of the Posse

Probe first appeared in issue #1 of this comic series, but I have no idea how much she shows up in that one or this one. This issue first sees the Posse, a group of magic based characters that end up befriending Jaime Reyes.

They are recurring characters and do show up in the Rebirth series. The members that 1st appear in this issue are Damper, Thumper, Scour, and Bonita.

This issue sees the first time Probe and his mother and father are named. Jaime's father is called Ernesto in this issue but is later called Albuerto or Berto in later comics.

Estimated print run for this issue is around 43,770. There is a 2nd printing of this issue also.

Some might make a big deal about the white cover for the 2nd printing, but it is a newer comic and nothing that dry cleaning can't handle. If it was from the early Copper Age or even older, I could see why there could be more of a fuss about that.

Blue Beetle #2 2006 series hit the comic shops around April 26th with the cover date of June, 2006. 

1st appearance of La Dama

Definitely a major recurring villain when it comes to Jaime Reyes as Blue Beetle, La Dama is the secret identity of Brenda's aunt, Tia Amparo Cardenas. Unknown at first to Brenda, Tia Amparo is the biggest crime lord of El Paso, Texas. Not sure just how much she shows up in this comic or if it's just a cameo or a 1st full.

La Dama, her street name, is like an urban legend or a boogeyman of sorts. Kinda like the character of Keyser Söze in the Usual Suspects.

When something bad or wrong went down, La Dama must've had a hand in it. Like Jaime's main supporting cast, this character is carried over into the New-52 and is still a big bad for Jaime Reyes.

Print run is estimated at around 41,695, and not sure if there are 2nd or 3rd printings. Can't find any info on that at the moment.

Blue Beetle #3 of the 2006 series has the cover of July, 2006 and was released May 24th.

Definitely no expert when it comes to Blue Beetle, no matter what era. I'm wary about the Infinite Crisis Blue Beetle keys as it was the top selling comic and then the top 2nd selling comic of 2006 when Civil War hit the stands. 

I don't think they're low in print numbers, but as mentioned before, I'm not sure how they worked out their variant covers for that series. A pretty big surge in demand has to happen for Infinite Crisis #3 or Infinite Crisis #5.

If it is confirmed that Reyes will costar in the Booster Gold movie, those issues may see another boost in demand but how much is the question? If it does end up being Ted Kord, I can see those 1st appearances for Jaime Reyes fizzle in demand. How much it does is the question since they're below the $100 mark at the time of this writing even for CGC 9.8s, and if you shop around

I'm pretty sure you can still find high grade raw copies at an local or comic con. Who knows, though? Just my opinion.

Perhaps demand will further hike up for those keys since they are still pretty affordable, but the more affordable, the more speculators can jump on that comic as well. More speculators jump on a comic, the more chance it could drop in value when they start slinging it back into the market in large numbers down the road.

If you're just a fan of the character, his firsts in Infinite Crisis would just be nice to have. I'll leave the decision up to you. Part 3 to this beast is on it's way, and hope you guys enjoy the weekend.

Happy huntin' or dumpin'!



  1. Hey Buster,

    I recently stumbled upon the first appearance of WOLVERINA in WHAT THE...?! 11. I thought just the same. Wolverina!? Don' t we have X-23? Just wanted to know if this is a cornball character or something with investment potential.

    Maxerina Rebo

    1. Seriously don't know about that, but it couldn't hurt. I do have Wild Thing #1-4 from the M2 Universe, daughter of Wolvie and Elektra from the MC2 universe. That hasn't caught on haha.