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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

DC Comics Darkseid Key Comics Part 3

Part 3 of this Darkseid key comics series, and we do have at least one important key issue that is steaming up in the market currently. Actually, there's two important ones in a comic book or New Gods sense.

Movie hype-wise, only one currently. Well, maybe three if the movies are more rooted in the actual comics when it comes to Darkseid.

If you missed Part 2, the link will take you back. Part 3 of this series is below!

1st appearance of Esak
2nd appearance of Black Racer

We have the debut of another New God here, and this New God is Esak. He was one of the most brilliant minds of New Genesis but ended up defecting over to Apokolips.

Not really a huge or overly important character in the Fourth World mythos. He has few appearances, and I'm not quite sure just how much he shows up in this issue here.

Black Racer makes his 2nd appearance in this issue as well. New Gods #4 has the cover date of August/September, 1971.

1st appearance of Big Barda

When it comes to Mister Miracle keys, this one is definitely important. Big Barda was obviously created by Jack Kirby for the Fourth World mythos and broke quite a bit of stereotypes back in the day.

Usually and even in comics, a male is usually the powerful one in a comic book relationship. Big Barda is actually more powerful than her husband Mister Miracle.

Oh, did I give away her importance? Yes, she is the wife of Mister Miracle and even debuts as his lover in this issue. Doctor Bedlam is the villain of this issue.

Big Barda is a New God, but like Scott Free, she was raised on Apokolips by Granny Goodness. She was groomed to be a warrior and leader of the Female Fury Battalion under Darkseid, but she met Scott Free and fell in love. Awe!

Important key issue for Mister Miracle. Big Barda is adoptive daughter-in-law of Darkseid and adoptive sister-in-law to Orion, Darkseid's blood son who was adopted by Highfather, Scott Free's real pappy. Mister Miracle #4 has the cover date of September/October, 1971. It supposedly went on sale in July, 1971.

1st appearance or use of Anti-Life Equation
1st appearance of Lonar 
1st appearance of Thunderer

The Anti-Life Equation was mentioned prior to this issue, but it is seen here in this issue. Actually, it's not really seen but seen performed by Sonny Sumo (1st appearance in issue #4).

Darkseid realizes that Sonny Sumo has the Anti-Life Equation and it's he who needs to be captured. Darkseid has been looking for this equation, and it's a major theme in the these stories.

The Anti-Life Equation is basically a formula that enables one to totally control the minds of all sentient beings. Pretty awesome thing to have if you're a number one comic baddie, right?

Although not seen as since it isn't a physical form, Sonny Sumo does use it on Deesad's goons in this issue. Pretty important in the comics, but whether the cinematic world picks up on this is a different story.

Since the deleted scene in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice does show Steppenwolf with Mother Boxes, the Anti-Life Equation might be threaded into the cinematic universe as well. It might not either.

No strange thing to have movie studios twist things around from panel to screen. Just saying in the actual comics, this is an important Darkseid key issue. After all, he's been looking for the darned thing prior to this issue here.

Sonny Sumo is not a character that lasts long in the Fourth World mythology. He is important only because he is the first seen to carry or have knowledge of the Anti-Life Equation within him or knows how to use it.

Lonar is a minor New God character and first debut in the 4rd story of this issue called "The Young Gods of Supertown". Lonar is a New God that prefers solitude away from the rest of those on New Genesis. Excavating the valleys surrounding New Genesis, Lonar is the first to discover remnants of the Old Gods.

He even frees an Old God steed that he named Thunderer. Not really the most important character in the New God's mythos or even a character concerning Darkseid. Thought I'd just mention it for the hell of it.

Forever People # 5 has the cover date of October/November, 1971 and was on sale in August, 1971.

1st appearance of Slig

I debated about putting this one on here. It is a 1st appearance key, but Slig is a pretty minor character under Darkseid's command. 

Slig is considered one of Darkseid's Elite and is a member of Apokolips aquatic terrorist outfit called Deep Six. He is a foe of both the New Gods and Aquaman as well, so I thought why not feature him.

Infinity Man is the one who ends up taking Slig's life in Countdown #38, but Slig has died often in DC Comics. He apparently dies in this issue as well. New Gods #5 has the cover date of November, 1971. 

1st appearance of Tigra
1st appearance of Heggra
1st appearance of Steppenwolf
Origin of Orion & New Gods collectively

New Gods #7 has a lot things going for it in terms of 1st appearances. It was a sleeper not long ago but is gaining steam really fast.

This has to do with the 1st appearance of Steppenwolf, whom was apparently suppose to be in Batman v Superman but ended up on the cutting floor. As mentioned in Part 1, WB released that deleted scene with him supposedly or speculated to be in it.

However, this issue shouldn't be sought out just because of Steppenwolf, the uncle and military leader of Apokolips. This issue also has the first appearance of Heggra, Darkseid's mother and sister of Steppenwolf.

Furthermore, enter Tigra who is Darkseid's wife. It would be later revealed that Tigra is Darkseid's 2nd wife.

Steppenwolf is revealed in flashback in this issue. He helps Darkseid track down and kill Highfather's wife, Avia, who makes her first appearance and death in this comic as well. This would start a conflict between New Genesis and Apokolips, and the origin of the New Gods are revealed for the 1st time in this issue.

This issue also sees the exchange of Darkseid and Highfather's sons to end the war between both worlds. Scott Free ended up in the care of Granny Goodness and Orion becomes the adopted son of Highfather.

Granny Goodness would vow to torture Scott Free so intensely that the lad would escape from Apokolips and break the pact. So New Gods #7 definitely has potential, and the two other characters besides Steppenwolf do have a great chance of making it into the DC Cinematic Universe.

New Gods #7 has the cover date of March, 1972.

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Superman 1st visit to New Genesis
1st Superman meeting with Highfather
1st appearance of Victor Volcanum

Superman finally makes it to Supertown on New Geneis for the 1st time in this issue. Of course, he is the first DC superhero in mainstream canon to do so.

In this issue, he also meets Highfather for the 1st time and a pretty minor villain named Victor Volcanum. Volcanum isn't the most significant of baddies in the DC Universe as well as the Fourth World.

Not even sure if he's a New God or how he even fits into this story. Not that well-known of a key, but Superman did glimpse New Genesis briefly in Forever People #1 and finally gets to visit it in this issue here.

So far CGC and Overstreet are not noting this comic as the first time Superman visits New Genesis nor meeting Highfather. CGC does note the Victor Volcanum 1st appearance though. Definitely over-looked, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #147 has the cover date of March, 1972.

So in seeing the deleted scene in Batman v Superman, we have what appears to be Steppenwolf and some Mother Boxes New Gods style. Well, some are speculating that it's Steppenwolf and some think it's Darkseid's pops Yuga Kahn.  
I embedded a youtube video of it in Part 1, so just click the link and scroll to the bottom if you have yet to see it. You can decide for yourself about it as I have no clue either way.

I do wonder if the Anti-Life Equation will be thrown in the movie-verse as well. Darkseid does have to have a motive, and in the comics and his early appearances, he is after the Anti-Life Equation. Of course, we all know the movies can easily change motives and they're not 100% faithful to the comics.

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #147 isn't really a Darkseid key at all. It is a New God's key and pretty much not noted and under the radar, but it's not exactly a huge key or anything. Well, unless you like 1st meetings in comics.

New Gods #7 is definitely one to scour the Earth for currently. It will be a hot book or hotter Darkseid key issue comic in the very near future. Actually, it already seems to be a bit hot right now.

Mister Miracle #4 has potential, but I don't know how Mister Miracle, Big Barda and even the New Gods will fit into DC's movie-verse. Seems like a really big complex thing to work out, but who knows?

Part 4 is ready, so click the link below to continue. Good luck on your hunt out there and thanks for reading.

Monday, May 30, 2016

DC Comics Darkseid Key Comics Part 2

We're here with Part 2 to this Darkseid key comics series that also unavoidably includes the New Gods. This one might produce some surprises for those who don't know much about the character.

Once again, I'm not the biggest fan of Darkseid or Kirby's Fourth World, so I'm definitely no expert here. Don't be surprised if most of these early issues of Forever People, New Gods, and Mister Miracle are one after the other.

They definitely have the 1st appearance of someone or something that's tied to Darkseid or the New Gods. Some may be significant and others may be pretty minor characters. Alright, hit this Part 1 link if you missed it, but if you're ready for more, here they are!

1st appearance of Deesad
1st appearance of Mantis 

More cronies of Darkseid are introduced in this issue. Deesad is an important one or a recurring minion of Darkseid.

In later comics, Deesad was responsible for poisoning Darkseid's wife and love, Suli, at the behest of Heggra, Darkseid's mother. When Darkseid found out about Heggra's plan, he had Deesad poison Heggra in revenge. Deesad has since been Darkseid's main henchman.

Mantis is a minor henchman of Darkseid and has occasionally risen up against him from time to time. Needless to say, he isn't the most loyal and Mantis is the leader of a colony of humanoid insects that migrated from New Genesis to Apokolips.

He has the Darkseid Manipulation powers which include Anti-Matter touch, energy absorption, energy projection, flight, and thermokinesis.  He also has super strength, durability, speed, and reflexes. 

Forever People #2 has the cover date of April, 1971 and was released February 2, 1971.

2nd full appearance of Darkseid
1st Darkseid on cover
1st appearance of Brola & Deep Six

And finally we have the 2nd full appearance of Darkseid. Like most early appearances of Darkseid, this comic has taken off as well recently.

The exception is Jimmy Olsen #136. This comic also features Darkseid on a comic cover for the 1st time if you're into that.

New Gods #2 also debuts Brola, a minor early henchman and elite shock trooper for Darkseid. He had very few appearances over-all.

The Deep Six were elite combatants that existed solely to spread terror in Darkseid's name. They were early villains for the New Gods but did not become important villains over-all. They also had few appearances in comics but more than Brola.

New Gods #2 has the cover date of April, 1971 and hit the newsstands February 18, 1971.

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1st appearance of Granny Goodness

I have no idea why some are saying this issue is the 1st appearance of Doctor Bedlam. I just read it and did not see Doctor Bedlam in it whatsoever. Maybe I am missing something here, unless Doctor Bedlam is suppose to be the thing that animates the Mister Miracle costume?

Maybe someone else knows better than I do when it comes to Doctor Bedlam, but as far as I'm reading, I don't see him in this issue. If he actually does appear by some weirdness in this issue, I wouldn't count it as 1st full appearance.

However, this does have the first appearance of Granny Goodness, the evil mistress of Darkseid's orphanage that raises select children of Apokolips in becoming loyal warriors for the evil ruler. This issue definitely is a 1st appearance for Granny Goodness. No cameo, no brief or any of that jazz.
Pretty important character for both Darkseid and Mister Miracle, and thus counts as a Darkseid key issue. Mister Miracle #2 has the cover date of May/June, 1971 and was apparently on sale March 16, 1971.

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1st appearance of Glorious Godfrey 
1st appearance of the Justifiers

One of Darkseid's Elite, Glorious Godfrey is the basically a persuader or brain washer that spreads rhetoric in favor of Darkseid. His personal army are the Justifiers and they are sometimes used as  militaristic forces on Apokolips.

In this issue, they are used to track down the Forever People. They do not have that many appearances in comics.

Glorious Godfrey, however, was used in the Legends limited series and was an integral asset in trying to rid of Earth's heroes. He conducted a smear campaign that was so successful it led to a law that outlawed superhero activities.

Godfrey is a pretty important character for Darkseid, at least in the comics. Forever People #3 has the cover date of June/July, 1971 and on sale April 1, 1971

1st appearance of Black Racer 

Once thought to be DC's first Black super powered beings, it appears that Vykin from the Forever People beat Black Racer to it. I don't really think Black Racer is a major character in the DC Universe of comics, but he is a New God and supporting character in Kirby's Fourth World.

Black Racer takes on the form of Sgt. William Walker from Earth. Walker is a Vietnam Veteran and was paralyzed  in the war.

The Black Racer merges with Walker's body whenever he is needed. His alignment is neutral and he flies across the sky on snow skis.

He is kind of like the skiing version of Silver Surfer. Black Racer has been referred to as representing "death as inevitability", and New Gods #3 has the cover date of June/July and on sale April 22, 1971.

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1st appearance of Doctor Bedlam?

Once again, I'm not sure why some sources out there are saying Doctor Bedlam's 1st is in Mister Miracle #2. I've reread that comic twice and don't really see him.

Maybe he's in some kind of different form or something I don't know about in issue #2, but he definitely is recognizable in issue #2 of Mister Miracle. After all, he was transformed into pure psionic energy and inhabits artificial bodies.

Doctor Bedlam is one of Darkseid's Elite and one of his chief scientists. He is the creator of the Paranoid Pill and is a recurring foe for Mister Miracle. Doctor Bedlam makes a few appearances in comics but not much over-all. Here's the introduction of Bedlam's signature look in this issue.

Mister Miracle #3 has the cover date of July/August, 1971 and was released May 18, 1971.

Yeah, if it seems like this is just going down the issue numbers for Forever People, New Gods, and Mister Miracle that's because that's exactly what's happening. The Fourth World stuff was being built within those three titles, so lots of new characters were being introduced one after the other.

That includes minor and major supporting characters as well as Darkseid minions. Trust me, I'd rather have these 1st appearances and keys spread out more between the issues than having them going right down the line one after the other.

Not really a big deal, but I have to split the series up into more parts because of it. New Gods #1 has an epilogue that somewhat details the fate of the Old Gods and the origin of New Genesis and Apokolips. It's not really a clear or detailed revelation, but thought I'd  mention it and include the beginning panels of New Gods issue #1.

The beginning of New Gods #2 further and briefly explains the creation of Apokolips and New Genesis as well.

There is an origin that explains the conflict between Darkseid and Highfather or Apokolips and New Genesis. Overstreet notes it as the origin of Orion and all the New Gods as a group. We will be seeing that key issue in Part 3 to this Darkseid key comics series, so just click the link below to continue.

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed. See ya soon.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

DC Comics Darkseid Key Comics

Here we have another request, but I have to admit that this one needed to get done. With all the hype about Darkseid this and Darkseid that and with the new confirmations about Steppenwolf in a deleted scene in Batman v Superman, it's about time we explore Jack Kirby's Darkseid and Fourth World comics.

So this is Darkseid key comics series, but it's pretty unavoidable to bypass the Fourth World characters that were created during the time as well. They are all connected to Darkseid.

This is Part 1, and I wouldn't expect any surprises in this one. They've all been mentioned here and there and elsewhere. Well, maybe except for one. Alright, here we go!

1st cameo appearance Darkseid

In December 1970, Jack Kirby unleashed one of the most popular DC comic book super villains of all time - Darkseid! This issue is the first appearance of Darkseid, and it is one of the most valuable and sought after DC Comics bronze age key issues ever!

There's really not much else to say except this first appearance is a must-have for any DC Comics fan. Well, alright, it is a cameo appearance and considered as such today. Darkseid appears in only one panel in this issue, but it still is highly sought out. 

This is definitely a bronze age investment comic that has been recognized since this villain has become quite popular in the DC Universe. Darkseid's early appearances have gotten a lot of attention in past few years, but I do have to admit that they're a bit screwy if you go by market standards of what constitutes a cameo, 1st brief appearance or a 1st full appearance.

It can be a bit confusing since Darkseid's earliest appearances has quite a few cameos in-between 1st full and 2nd full appearances. It is what it is concerning this key issue though.

Currently there are only 680 total registered copies in the CGC Census with only six 9.8s. There are only eighteen 9.6 NM+s in the census at the time of this writing.

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 has the cover date of December, 1970 and the newsstand date of October 13, 1970.


2nd cameo appearance Darkseid

When it comes to 2nd cameo appearances, it seems that Darkseid is one of the few characters that have the honor of a 2nd cameo appearance. In this issue here, Darkseid is only shown in 2 panels. Overstreet still notes this as a 2nd appearance but also notes it as a cameo.

Overstreet also notes Forever People #1 as the first full appearance of Darkseid, as he is shown more throughout the book than earlier appearances such as Jimmy Olsen #134, this issue, and #136.
Disputes about this have also cited that Forever People #1 has the same publishing date as New Gods #1, but FP #1 was released in store beforehand and Darkseid only has a panel appearance in New Gods #1. Overstreet is noting New Gods #2 as the 2nd full appearance of Darkseid.

Jimmy Olsen #135 has the cover date of January, 1971.

1st full appearance of Darkseid
1st appearance of Forever People
3rd appearance Darkseid anywhere
1st cameo of New Genesis

So, Forever People #1 has 7 panels of Darkseid spread out on 4 pages and this apparently constitutes a 1st full appearance. Forever People #1 has recently blown up in past few years, but Jimmy Olsen #134 is still more valuable.

Other than having the first appearance of Darkseid, this comic is full of key issue notations as it is building on Kirby's Fourth World. 

We also have the first appearances of the Forever People. These include the characters of Beautiful Dreamer, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider, Serifan, Vykin, and Infinity Man. Vykin has been noted as the first Black superhero in DC Comics, and preceded Black Racer by around seven months.

They are all young New Gods and oppose the power hungry, maniac Darkseid. The group can come together and utilize the technology of the Motherbox to summon the hero Infinity Man.

Part of Kirby's Fourth World, this issue was written and drawn by the legend himself. Al Plastino also helped with pencils and Vince Colletta inked.

As of now there are a total of 705 registered copies in the CGC Census, and only twenty 9.8s so far. All are Universals for 9.8s.

CGC 9.6s have 74 registered copies, and all are Universals as well. I have no idea why there's more of this issue in CGC Census than Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 so far, but that's just how it is at the moment.

Forever People #1 has the cover date of February, 1971 and the newsstand date of December 1, 1970.

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4th (cameo) appearance of Darkseid
1st appearance of Orion & Highfather
1st appearance of Metron & Lightray
1st appearance of Kalibak
1st appearance of New Genesis & Apokolips

To make clear, there is a very brief glimpse of New Genesis in Forever People #1. It's at the very last page of this issue and it's a blurry or shimmering glimpse.

This comic features more of New Genesis and is considered the planet's 1st appearance. It also has the 1st appearance of Apokolips, the planet that Darkseid is from and rules over.

Yes, this is an important Darkseid key comic for sure and also introduces quite a few characters important to Darkseid's and the Fourth World mythos. Highfather is the chief of the New Gods and is also known as Izaya the Inheritor or The All-Father like Odin is.

He is the adopted father of Orion and father to Scott Free (Mister Miracle). Orion is originally the 2nd son of Darkseid and brother to first born Kalibak. In later comics, it's revealed that Highfather and Darkseid traded their sons Orion and Scott Free to each other.

Despite his lineage, Orion would become a hero of New Genesis, and despite being raised by Darkseid via Granny Goodness on Apokolips, Scott Free would rebel against the system and become the hero Mister Miracle.  

There's a boatload of 1st appearances in this issue. Some other supporting characters that debut in this issue are Claudia Shane, Dave Lincoln, Harvey Lockman, and Victor Lanza.

New Gods #1 has the cover date of February, 1971 and the newsstand date of December 22, 1971.

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5th Cameo appearance

Yes, Darkseid does make a one panel cameo in this issue. According to Mikes Amazing World, Jimmy Olsen #136 hit the newsstands January 14, 1971. New Gods #2 has the 2nd full appearance of Darkseid and hit the stands February 18, 1971 but definitely shows Darkseid more fully than this issue here and Forever People #2.

Here's the panel that has Darkseid in it concerning this issue.
Not a huge key or even considered a Darkseid key in the market currently as it's not being noted. It is an early appearance of Darkseid though and it is currently over-looked.

March, 1971 is the cover date for Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #136 and it supposedly hit the stand January 14, 1971.

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1st appearance of Mister Miracle
1st appearance of Oberon

A deleted scene from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was recently released by WB and revealed what some are thinking is Steppenwolf, the uncle and lieutenant of Darkseid himself. This deleted teaser also revealed the Motherboxes used by the New Gods. 

So, if Steppenwolf and Darkseid are definitely in the plans to hit the DC Cinematic Universe, will Mister Miracle be a good speculative choice as well?

We already have one relative of Darkseid that will be thrown in the mix of future DC movies. Will the son of Darkseid, Mister Miracle, also be thrown into the mix?

Might have a good chance, but I have no idea how Mister Miracle would fit in actually. Needless to say, this comic and 1st appearance of Mister Miracle might have good speculating potential. He is a New God and connected to Darkseid, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll use him on the big screen. You never know though.

Scott Free has a natural talent for escaping impossible traps. He would flee to Earth and became the world's greatest escape artist, taking the identity of Thaddeus Brown known as the original Mister Miracle. 

Oberon is a dwarf and main supporting character for Scott Free as Mister Miracle. He was once the assistant of Thaddeus Brown, and Brown makes his first appearance and death in this issue.

As stated before, Mister Miracle #1 and the 1st appearance of Scott Free has good potential. Mister Miracle #1 has the cover date of March, 1971 and apparently hit the stands January 14, 1971.

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Yes, Forever People #1 has the first meeting of Superman and Darkseid. I didn't note it, because it already has a lot of key notations already, but it shouldn't be neglected if you like first meetings. Okay, first published meetings. I'm sure it was retroactively rewritten that Supes and Darkseid met earlier in a later comic.

The 1st appearance of the Mother Box or boxes also debuted in Forever People #1. They are important items in the Fourth World and to the characters of Darkseid's universe.

Most of these keys are definitely on the radar in the back issues market with the exception of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #136. That comic seems to be completely neglected by both Overstreet and CGC and maybe for a reason. I dunno, I'm not in their think tanks.

If New Gods #1 is seen fit to be marked as the 4th cameo appearance of Darkseid "anywhere", I don't see why Jimmy Olsen #136 should be ignored. It is an early appearance of Darkseid even if just a cameo appearance.

Here's the deleted scene that WB teased on their youtube. I'm sure it will be shown in the DVD bluray or director's cut when it comes out.

Well, we definitely have more DC Comics Darkseid key comics to go through and more will be seen in Part 2 of this series. Just click the PART 2 link below to continue.