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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Plastic Man Key Comics Part 2


Stretchin' into Part 2 of this Plastic Man key comics series, and we have finally got to the DC side of things with this character. You are going to have to bear with me now since this isn't such an easy transition.

If you haven't read up on other characters like Captain Marvel (Shazam) who originally came from a different publisher and how he integrated into DC Comics, this might be even more confusing for ya. If you've been following this site for a while, it might make more sense.

Click this Part 1 link if you missed that and want to see his Golden Age keys, or continue reading if you're ready for more Plastic Man.



HOUSE OF MYSTERY #160
1st Plastic Man in DC Comics

Okay, the OPG notes this, and this is a strange one here. Well, at least for me and probably a few others.

The Plastic Man presented in this issue isn't technically Plastic Man really. It's actually the featured character of House of Mystery, Robbie Reed, who turns into Plastic Man.

As most comic fans know, Robbie Reed can turn into any superhero just by dialing H-E-R-O. Most of the time these heroes are completely new, but this issue has Reed turn into Plastic Man who is an already known super-hero.

So, not really Plastic Man or a character all that associated with the stretchy one. It gets a bit complicated concerning Plastic Man when we get into the DC stuff. 

So what's correct? Is a character just a costume with certain abilities or is there more like personality, motivation, etc?

Plas definitely has a unmistakable look and personality like most comic characters. This issue will probably be debated for years to come on it's validity.

Going by what DC wiki has with Plastic Man's 1st comic series and how that Plastic Man is suppose to be the son of the original Plastic Man of Earth-12, it does all get extremely whacky. Then you have all the multi-verse stuff, right?

I may just skip trying to understand and explain all that together. We'll see what I am able to uncover, but until then here's the CGC Census for this bad boy.



Ah, I might as well since this is a pretty important moment for Plastic Man during the Silver Age. Here's how the "character" of Plastic Man kinda enters the world of DC Comics. 


Clearly states that Robby Reed turns into Plastic Man and he knows of the character. I don't know if there's a point I'm trying to make or what.

Then he fights some baddies in this Dial H for Hero story using Plastic Man's abilities and powers. Should we do some Overstreet values? Alright, but just for the 46th Edition.

9.2 - $160
9.0 - $108
8.0 - $56
6.0 - $24
4.0 - $16
2.0 - $8

Real Plastic Man or not, the comic character enters the world of DC Comics even if it's really Robby Reed. Apparently, the next time Plastic Man is in DC Comics, it's a different version of the character as well.

First artist under the DC Comics banner to draw Plastic Man is apparently Jim Mooney. Next would be Gil Kane. July, 1966 is the cover date to House of Mystery #160.







PLASTIC MAN #1 VOLUME 2
1st Real Appearance of S.A. Plastic Man
1st appearance of Doctor Dome
1st DC Plastic Man comic series
1st Gordon K. Trueblood



Oh, man, the hairiness of when these other characters from other publishers cross into DC Comics after they acquired the rights. So Overstreet says this is the "Real" 1st appearance of Silver Age Plastic Man in DC Comics.

I suppose that's technically true. This is not the original Plastic Man though, but it's Eel O'Brien Jr. as Plastic Man. Yep, this is the son of the original Plastic Man, but these stories in the volume 2 series happened on Earth-12.

The series was written and drawn by legends Gil Kane and Arnold Drake and this, of course, is all explained in a later issue. This Plastic Man makes his Earth-12 connection by associating with the Inferior Five comic team and apparently existing in their realm.

Plastic Man is mostly unnamed throughout the comic series except for issue #2 in which he is referred to as "Eel" in the story "The 3 faces of Plastic Man". This issue deals with 3 different origins and one of them is suppose to be the true origin as the beginning splash states.


From Plastic Man #2 volume 2

Like the original, Plastic Man is seen as a crook but immediately is identified as an undercover agent of sorts. Note that the origin is changed in issue #7 of this comic series.

Doctor Dome is the closest thing that Plastic Man has to an arch nemesis. He makes his debut here in this issue. Crisis on Infinite Earths wiped out the existence of Earth-12 and it's inhabitants, but then Convergence retroactively saved all these other realities.

Oi! One hot mess when it comes to some DC stuff, at least to me. 


So, 1st "Real" appearance of S.A. Plastic Man (whatever that means, but at least he's related to Plastic Pops), 1st appearance of Doctor Dome, and 1st DC Plastic Man comic series. I am just sticking to that, and this is supposedly the Earth-12 Plastic Man.

Plastic Man did appear in Inferior Five #2, and the comic that reveals all the Inferior Five adventures to have taken place on Earth-12 is in Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew: The Oz–Wonderland War #3 in 1986. 

Guess I'll throw in some Overstreet values for this one. This is the 46th Edition:

9.2 - $210
9.0 - $138
8.0 - $66
6.0 - $30
4.0 - $20
2.0 - $10


Recently a CGC 9.2 sold and it was a Best Offer. Original price was $225. 

GoCollect hasn't logged that CGC 9.2 in yet, but it obviously sold for less than $225. The sale happened June 4th.

Gordon K. Trueblood is this Plastic Man's sidekick for some of the series and debuts in this issue. November, 1966 is the cover date for Plastic Man #1 volume 2.






PLASTIC MAN #7 VOLUME 2
True origin of Earth-12 Plastic Man II
1st appearance of Earth-12 Plastic Man I


Did I mention that issue #2 of the series basically rehashed the original Plastic Man origin? Well, it did and here's where it gets all changed around.

So it's revealed in this issue of #7 that Plastic Man has played around with Gordon K. Trueblood when it came to revealing his real or true origin. Here's how this strangeness unfolds:



The mother of this Earth-12 Plastic Man is so far unnamed. In actual DC mainstream continuity, Plastic Man does have a son and the mother's name is "Angel" McDunnagh.



Then we finally see poppa Plastic Man and he calls the Plastic Man starring in this comic series "Junior".


And there it is! Plastic Man II is junior and issue #10 would actually be the last appearance of this Earth-12 Plastic Man. Yes, the series does continue after issue #10, but there was an 8 year gap between issue #10 and issue #11.

Anyway, here's the CGC Census for this DC Comics key issue.


 
Should we see how Overstreet looks? Hell, might as well! 46th Edition values below:

9.2 - $60
9.0 - $44
8.0 - $27
6.0 - $12
4.0 - $8
2.0 - $4


Overstreet notes this as the 1st Silver Age appearance of Golden Age Plastic Man and Woozy Winks. I am not sure if that notation is all that correct but CGC notes this as the first S.A. appearance of G.A. Plastic Man also.

It would be established later that most of the original Quality Comics' characters were from Earth-X but then retconned to have been originally from Earth-2. That's in DC Comics lore.

November, 1967 is the cover date for Plastic Man #7 of his 2nd self-titled comic.






BRAVE & THE BOLD #76
1st Earth-One Plastic Man
1st meeting of Plastic Man & Batman


Just to be clear that the number #10 issue of the 2nd but first DC Comics Plastic Man series has the cover date of June, 1968 and this comic has the cover month of February of the same year. That means that this comic came out before Plastic Man #10 volume 2, and that Plastic Man from the Plastic Man volume 2 comic series is from Earth-12 from issues #1 through #10.

When it picked up again after #11, that issue starred the Earth-1 or this Plastic Man? How do we know? Robbie Reed is in issue #13.

So let's try to break this down again. Logic says that since the Inferior Five was from a different Earth (Earth-12) and that Plastic Man is from the same world as that goofy and zany team, this Plastic Man that appears in this 76th issue and first meets and teams up with Earth-1 Batman has to be the Earth-1 Plastic Man, right?

I suppose, so. This may very well be the first Plastic Man in actual DC mainstream continuity, and it's very much like Shazam or Captain Marvel or even Harley Quinn's first debut outside continuity in comics and then in DC's mainstream continuity. 

If you're new here, that might confuse you if you don't know DC Comics all that well or how that works. May want to read the Shazam key issues series on here as it details how the Marvel characters were designated to be on Earth-S before they entered DC mainstream continuity.

So, let's see how Batman and Plastic Man meet in this here issue:






It's looking like Bats might just be the first DC super-hero that Plas meets and teams up with in mainstream continuity also. Could be a big deal for Plas fans or something they might want to consider a bit more.

The two would have another strange story in Brave and the Bold #95 in 1971. Don't think that Earth-1 Plas would have that many appearances in the Bronze Age or during the 70s, but the Earth-1 version had his own comic feature in the pages of Adventure Comics beginning with issue #467.

As mentioned prior, his 2nd self-titled series would restart again with issue #11 in 1976, and apparently that is the Earth-1 Plas. We shall get to that.

An Earth-2 version of Plastic Man was a member and supporting character of the All-Star Squadron team and comics during the Bronze Age also. Confused yet? Welcome to the club.

Still, it's fun to know about. Brave and the Bold #76 has the cover date of February, 1968.






PLASTIC MAN #13 VOLUME 2
Plastic Man vs Plastic Man
2nd Robbie Reed as Plastic Man


We already covered Robbie Reed turning into Plastic Man in House of Mystery #160. In that issue, the real Plas wasn't in it.

In this issue, Steve Skeates thought it might be fun to revisit that concept of Robbie Reed turning into Plastic Man but having the real Plastic Man in the story also. Well, this time Reed turns into an evil version of Plas, and the real one just has to lay a smack down on the pretender.

And a fight ensues between the "real" Plastic Man and the fake one that Robbie Reed turned into.



Robbie Reed in this issue is the only indicator that this Plastic Man is the Earth-1 version. In his stories in Adventure Comics, there is an indicator of which universe those Plastic Man stories are set in.  

Sources say Earth-1, and apparently the Earth-1 Plas was an agent of the National Bureau of Investigation instead of the FBI. Earth-2 Plas is still an agent of the FBI.

Working for the NBI instead of the FBI is an indicator of Earth-1 Plas during this time. This Plastic Man series would ultimately last until issue #20 before it was cancelled.

Fun issue and fun read. Only 22 total submissions in the CGC Census currently and not gonna bother with the screen shot. There are six 9.8s and thirteen 9.6s if you're curious. Only one 9.4 so far.

Artist Ramona Fradon penciled the remaining issues of this Plastic Man volume 2 series and issue #13 has the cover date of July, 1976 with a really cool Ernie Chan cover as well.







JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #107
1st appearance of Earth X
1st appearance of Freedom Fighters
Cameo of Earth-2 Plastic Man


Okay, bear with me here and let's see if I can explain this or fail miserably. So some other Quality Characters were bought by DC Comics and the task was introducing them into DC Comics that somehow made sense.

How is this done? Alternate Earth, of course. This alternate Earth is Earth-X and supposedly Nazi Germany won World War II on this parallel Earth.

The Freedom Fighters are a group that started out battling Nazi Germany on this Earth-X. I mean, "started out" in terms of DC Comics.

As usual shiz gets messed around with when the multi-verse collapses. I'm not going to get into that because things change from Earth-X to New-Earth and whatever. No expert on how many different Earths these cats crossed over into.

So these Freedom Fighters were all Quality characters such as Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady, Doll Man, Human Bomb and the Ray. Plastic Man is seen in Uncle Sam's telling of events that happened on Earth-X, and here's how that goes down.




Supposedly, all this is retconned and Quality's characters such as this version of Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters were later written to have originally come from Earth-2 and migrated over to Earth-X. Jeez, man!

Hell, I think I'll just have Roy Thomas explain it,  

"The Rod Reilly (Firebrand) introduced in ALL-STAR SQUADRON is, of course, not the one from Earth-X who appeared in FREEDOM FIGHTERS, nor is our Plastic Man the same as any other who has appeared in comics since his original title folded in the mid-50's. In our view, all 1940's DC and Quality Comics Group stories occurred on Earth-Two, even though some of these events were duplicated on Earth-One." 

On that note, this Plastic Man was a member of the All-Star Squadron. I suppose this counts as a debut cameo of Earth-2 Plastic Man and in flashback.



Why important? Well, Freedom Fighters set up the All-Star Squadron stuff in DC Comics. Plastic Man was a member of All-Star Squadron, and thus had an Earth-2 counterpart.

Going by what Roy Thomas said (other writers have also confirmed the notion of Golden Age heroes existing on Earth-2), this means that the Earth-2 Plastic Man is actually the Golden Age Plas from Quality Comics.

Earth-2 Plas does have another cameo in a Justice League of America issue before making a full appearance. As usual, we shall discuss that a tiny bit later.

Justice League #107 has the cover date of October, 1973.





SUPER FRIENDS #36
Super Friends meet Plastic Man


So far we have Earth-12, Earth-1, and Earth-2 Plastic Man, why not room for one more, right? Obviously, the Super Friends cartoon and accompanying comics are not set in the mainstream continuity of DC Comics.

In the comics, they are set in the Super Friends universe. Well, in this universe, this is the first appearance of Plastic Man and his first meeting with the Super Friends.

Huge key? Not really, but a fun one to know about if you grew up on this cartoon or love the character. So many Plastic Men!

Eh, I suppose you could say this is the first Super Friends Universe Plastic Man. Why not, the first appearance of Supergirl of this universe shows up in the next issue. 

Not gonna bother with the CGC Census on this one. It's very low and only has 2 over-all submissions at the time of this writing. 

1 is a 9.8 and the other a 9.4 copy in the census. Super Friends #36 has the cover date of September, 1980.






JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #193
1st appearance of All-Star Squadron
Cameo Earth-2 Plastic Man
Real origin of Red Tornado

This is considered the 1st appearance of All-Star Squadron, although they really don't form anything just yet in this preview, but the story is entitled All-Star Squadron. Oh, yes, this story was a preview story in this comic and it leads up to issue #1 of All-Star Squadron.

It's not part of the Justice League of America story contained in this issue. It's a Special Preview as shown in the beginning splash page below.




As for Plastic Man in the 2nd story to this comic? It's another one panel deal but homeboy is clearly in shadow as shown below and is still connected to the FBI.


While Plas is only seen in one panel in this issue, it's an important set up as Plas gets instructions from the President and then is later seen in All-Star Squadron #1 tracking down Hawkman. The 1st issue of that comic series is where things really heat up and come together concerning the All-Star Squadron team.




Not hugely or remotely in-demand at the time of this writing and would say it's pretty under the radar currently. How's it look on the Overstreet values? Well, they only list 9.2s as having any value and that is $6 whole whopping dollars. 

This issue has direct market copies for those interested in that kind of stuff. No idea if there's a hint of rarity between either or of the editions concerning high grade copies. Slabbed copy amount is too low and not enough sales on GoCollect to somewhat gauge it.

Overstreet notes this as debut of All-Star Squadron and so does CGC. August, 1981 is the cover date for Justice League of America #193.






ALL-STAR SQUADRON #1
1st full Earth 2 Plastic Man in DC Comics
Origin of All-Star Squadron


Okay, some say this should be the first full appearance of All-Star Squadron. Don't know about that, but it's clear that the All-Star Squadron do form in this issue. CGC pegs this as the origin of the team which is true and they do form at the end of issue.

Dunno if Overstreet clearly states whether this is an origin issue or not. Oh, well, it is though.

With that in mind, Plastic Man is a liaison for the team, and I do think this could be considered the 1st full appearance of Earth 2 Plastic Man, as the All-Star Squad stories take place on Earth 2 and clearly stated by creator Roy Thomas.

So clearly continuing from the Special Preview seen in Justice League of America #193, Plas takes the Presidents instructions and goes to find Hawkman. Here's how it plays out.




What did F.D.R. want? Well, it's revealed at the end of this issue and the All-Star Squadron is officially formed.



 
Pretty neat. CGC Census is a bit more impressive but not hugely impressive. One thing to note though: For the amount of total submissions, this comic does already have a pretty high amount of 9.8s.





Late Bronze Age comic and may not be exactly rare. However, this comic doesn't really seem to be on the radar of most collectors at large, and there are direct market copies and newsstands for this issue. 

Not hypin' up or anything for sure and just makin' some simple observations is all and that's all. I guess, I'll throw in the direct market cover for reference purposes, and I'll list the 46th Overstreet values for those interested in some possible over-looked Plastic Man keys in the DC realm of the character.

9.2 - $9
9.0 - $7
8.0 - $5
6.0 - $3
4.0 - $2
2.0 - $1

Take from that data what you will, but this comic was a pretty fun read over-all. Is this the 1st full Golden Age Plastic Man in DC Comics, since it is considered that the events in Quality Comics happened on Earth-2 in DC Comics continuity?

Not too sure, but Roy Thomas did imply they were with his statement about 1940s DC and Quality stories happening on Earth-2. All-Star Squadron stories were on Earth-2, but whatever. 

I'm sure that could be a fun debate for some comic fans out there. That was written with sarcasm as well. September, 1981 is the cover date for All-Star Squadron #1.






Okay, so let's iron some things out in a more compact manner. So, Earth-1 Plastic Man worked for the N.B.I. instead of the F.B.I. He is the first version to actually meet Batman or step inside mainstream continuity.


Earth-1 Plas had his own self-titled comic, beginning with issue #11 of that series. The first 10 issues were Plastic Man in the Earth-12 realm and was the son of Plastic Man in that world.

Adventure Comics also had Earth-1 Plas in a comic feature that ran for a little bit. It started with issue #467 for the character and clearly shows him working for the National Bureau of Investigation like issues #11 through #20 of his self-titled DC Comics Plastic Man series.

Earth-2 Plas in DC Comics lore would be a member of the All-Star Squadron and the Freedom Fighters. Some sources say that the original Quality Comics Group Plas is not the Earth-2 Plastic Man in DC Comics and never met nor joined the All-Star Squadron or Freedom Fighters.

However, "In our view, all 1940's DC and Quality Comics Group stories occurred on Earth-Two," said by Roy Thomas, and that sounds like to me that the Golden Age Plas' adventures published by Quality Comics happened on Earth-2 in DC Comics' continuity. Not sure why some sources say the Earth-2 Plas is not suppose to be the original Golden Age Plastic Man.

I believe in DC's "view", he is suppose to be. I dunno, though? Perhaps there is something I don't know about concerning that.

Not a big deal to me really. There will be a Part 3, since there is New-Earth. Yes, that means there is a New-Earth Plastic Man as well.



Monday, June 26, 2017

Plastic Man Key Comics Part 1


Alright, and surprise, surprise! It's another key issues series and this time was requested by Mike R. I thought it would be a fun series to explore for a bit. 

Never touched on this character, and, hey, I remember watching a few episodes of that late 70s and early 80s Plastic Man cartoon. Well, I vaguely remember them.

It was on right after Super Friends. Well, I admit that I never really became a fan of the character so I'm no expert for sure.

So, quite a bit of reading had to be done, and reading Golden Age comics is fun, a whole different experience. Speaking of Golden Age, that's where we're obviously going to begin.






POLICE COMICS #1
1st appearance & origin of Plastic Man


Created by Jack Cole, the original Plastic Man was one of the popular super-hero characters for Quality Comics back in the good ole Golden Age of comics. Yes, character was later acquired by DC Comics.

So the original was Patrick "Eel" O'Brian, a crook who had grown up on the wrong side of the tracks to say the least. Orphaned at 10 years old, Patrick learned the tricks of the trade when it came to robbin' and thievin' and ended up becoming a pretty reputable safe cracker.

To be blunt, he was a well-known crook. So with this in mind, we get the first appearance of Plastic Man and the origin. Jeez, I love when these firsts were so much easier to pinpoint.

Although the villain of Skizzle Shanks is the first villain for the character, he's not really anything major nor appears all that much. For the most part, Plastic Man during the Golden Age did not have a recurring nemesis, and had a revolving door of different villains he encountered.









Plastic Man is one of the first super-hero characters that utilized humor in the super-hero genre of comics. After watching the video, I do remember quite a bit more about his cartoon series and revisted fond memories of watching the cartoon during the early 80s. If you grew up around that time, you may remember it as well.

If not, here's what my generation was geeking out on the TV back in the day as kids. If the video is blank, it got taken down on the youtube.


Oh, man, memories flooding back and remember the show had a real dude play Plastic Man. This is a bit ahead and the show was when DC Comics owned the character.

I think Plastic Man would be a cool character for a live action movie or TV show. Pretty zany and if the DCeU is constantly picked on for being too dark, serious, and gloomy...well, this would be a good character to do an action/comedy like they're planning with Booster Gold & Blue Beetle.

That's just my thoughts and not to hype up this comic or anything. This issue is already pretty up there in price and it's currently pinned at over 17k for a low NM or 9.2 in the OPG.

In terms of sales of slabs at Heritage, this comic is definitely not over-looked for sure. An 8.0 CGC copy sold May 19, 2017 for $11,950. Overstreet has a VF raw at $6,906.

CGC Census for this comic currently is seen below. Judge for yourself and come to your own conclusions.


Police Comics #1 and the debut and origin of Plastic Man (the original) has the cover date of August, 1941 and was released around May of the same year.








POLICE COMICS #2
2nd appearance of Plastic Man
1st Captain Murphey 



Captain Murphey is the first recurring character in the original Plastic Man comics during the Golden Age. Of course, he is a police captain and has no idea that the well-known former criminal Eel O'Brian is also the crime fighting Plastic Man.

Because of that, he constantly desires and attempts to arrest the notorious O'Brian. An interesting twist on the double life gag in super-hero comics.




So Eel continues his schtick to masquerade as a criminal and get the inside scoop in order to take down criminals in this fantastic second tale of Plastic Man. This time, he takes down a drug racket and the drug is opium.

Did our grandparents have an opiate problem also? You've heard of the "French Connection", right? 

As depicted in this Plastic Man story, the dope was being smuggled into the U.S. via Canada which originally came from France and Turkey in the really, real world. As their deal states, Plastic Man did break up the dope racket and led the po po to Eel O'Brian.


In the end of the story, Eel O'Brian eludes capture and Plastic Man is still allowed on the force. Back then, it was good to be a super-hero. 

CGC Census is also pretty low for this issue as of this writing. No 9.8s nor 9.6s for this issue yet.

Pretty interesting stuff. 2nd Plastic Man in comics, 1st Captain Murphey,  and Police Comics #2 has the cover date of September, 1941.





POLICE COMICS #3
3rd appearance of Plastic Man
2nd Captain Murphey
3rd Plastic Man cover


Anything much to talk about here other than the 3rd appearance of Plastic Man and the 2nd appearance of Captain Murphey? Well, now Eel O'Brian is an official undercover lawman and this issues villain is a not so well-known or recurring baddie named Baldy Bushwhack.

Eh, okay, this is the 3rd Plastic Man cover but he is not the feature of the cover or the spotlight character. Firebrand is and Firebrand is the comics main featured story or character in the pages of this issue. That would not remain long.

Not making a big deal out of this being the 3rd Plastic Man cover or anything just to make clear. His face also shows up on the side in issue #2. 

CGC Census? Awe, do we have to? Eh, I guess it won't hurt. Besides I want to see five years from now how different the census looks from now, because now they look pretty scarce or just over-looked when it comes to getting these comics graded?


So far not a very high census for this issue. No one really talking about this issue or Plastic Man comics in general. 

Supposedly back in 1996, the Wachowskis were talking about writing a Plastic Man flick. The film didn't gain much traction and the Matrix ended up happening instead.

Overstreet tags this comic at $3,800 for a raw 9.2 copy and $490 for a VG. Police Comics #3 has the October, 1941







POLICE COMICS #4
4th appearance of Plastic Man
1st Madam Brawn


Is Madam Brawn Plastic Man's 1st recurring villain? Not sure, but if she is, it's not like she appears all that much after her debut.

In fact, she dies the next issue. Like I mentioned before, Plastic Man stories during the Golden Age had a rotating door of some pretty unmemorable villains. Nobody that really became iconic when it came to baddies in the comic collecting world.

Plastic Man still isn't the featured character on the cover or the featured story in the comic yet. Alright, what's the CGC Census damage. I doubt it will be heavy since these comics aren't talked about on a large scale which I do find appealing.



Not to say that they aren't up there in price for high grade copies, so some out there still have their eye on these, but they don't really sell that often or at least there aren't that many records of them online. Here's Heritage's archives on this particular issue.




eBay's sold page for this issue is zilch or nil and even for raw copies. As for selling, quite a bit of photocopy copies.

Overstreet has raw 9.2s at $3200 and VG 4.0s at $412. That is from the 46th OPG.

In the 44th, prices at those grades were at $400 for VG and $3100 for low NM or 9.2 raw copies.


Just a bit more information you can use or consider and Police Comics #4 has the cover date of November, 1941.





POLICE COMICS #5
5th appearance of Plastic Man
1st Plastic Man as feature character on cover
Death of Madam Brawn

Not sure what to call this in terms of cover goodness, because this is the first cover where Plastic Man is the main feature for Police Comics. It's obviously not his first cover as his face does show up in those side pictures on the very first issue. He doesn't become the main feature story in this issue either.

Despite not becoming the main feature in the pages of Police Comics, this issue does begin when Plastic Man becomes the main featured character on the covers. I guess you can just note it "Plastic Man covers begin" as well, as Overstreet notes. They also note that Plastic Man is forced to smoke the mary jane also.

I suppose that's definitely worthy of a key issue. Hey, a super-hero smoking pot long before Speedy does smack? Pretty historic. That was written with sarcasm.

So Madam Brawn recurs for only one issue after her debut before she bites the dust. Once again, don't expect too many iconic villains to pop up here during Golden Age Plastic Man.

$5600 for a 9.2 raw according to the OPG. A CGC 4.5 sold on eBay back in March 24 for around $795 and that price is around Overstreet.

Here's the CGC Census for this comic at the time of this writing. Judge for yourself when it comes to the data below.


Dang! Don't wanna express too much surprise or excitement or it will seem like I'm "talking up" this comic too much.

Overstreet prices for this one in the current 46th Edition that's about to be replaced by the 47th Edition soon are as follows:

9.2 - $5600
9.0 - $3920
8.0 - $2240
6.0 - $960
4.0 - $640
2.0 - $320

The 44th Edition of OPG has this comic at these values:

9.2 - $5200
9.0 - $3635
8.0 - $2070
6.0 - $900
4.0 - $600
2.0 - $300

As usual, make up your own mind and conclusions about the rarity or not or the potential concerning this issue or anyother Plastic Man comics. December, 1941 is the cover date for Police Comics #5.





POLICE COMICS #9
Becomes main feature in Police Comics


Plastic Man becomes the featured character and story in Police Comics in this issue. Yep, Plastic Man story is first and front and center beginning with this issue. Well, that's until the super-hero comics fell out of favor during the later part of the Golden Age.

He obviously becomes the star of this comic title, or treated as such. Despite this momentous moment in comics, this issue isn't really all that sought-out by collectors, speculators or even comic investors yet.

CGC Census isn't impressively high or anything, and I think that's a good thing. 



Not that many people talking about this issue or Plastic Man comics yet, and that may be considered a good thing. Regardless of whether it is, Police Comics #9 has the cover date of May, 1942.






POLICE COMICS #13
1st appearance of Woozy Winks


Wolfgang Winks is the sidekick of Plastic Man and primarily used as a comic relief character. Created by Jack Cole, Woozy's personality was based on the comedy of Lou Costello and his appearance was based on Hugh Herbert.

Much like many comic relief characters in early comic books, Woozy was a bumbling and inept fool but also a former small time crook that often had moments of usefulness also. This character was carried into the DC Universe when they acquired the character.

In terms of this comics desirability at the time of this writing, it's not hugely expensive. OPG has low 9.2 raw copies pegged around $2,900. High grade copies of this issue are cheap at all, but let's get the CGC Census out of the way. 




If we're talking about CGC or slabbed copies, they are not easy finds and do sell for quite a bit. They may even sell for more than what they're going for in any current OPG as of this writing. 

Here's screen shots of past sales at Heritage Auctions:


Zero recorded CGC eBay sales on GoCollect so far, and the most recent Heritage sale was of a raw VG/FN back in November of 2014 that sold for $227.05 smackers. In the 2014-2015 OPG, this comic at VG was pegged at $348 dollars.

Pretty over-looked comic? Once again, leave that up to you to decide. 

If you're looking for alternatives to Marvel and DC keys to invest or collect and somewhat a fan of this character, these Police Comics may be something to consider.

Released around September 9th, Police Comics #13 has the cover date of November, 1942. 





POLICE COMICS #18
Asked to join the FBI

It's war time and the adventures of Plastic Man need an upgrade to represent that. What happens in this issue that's of importance?

Well, it's the fact that the President himself calls ole Plastic Man and requests him to actively serve the FBI. Here's how this plays out and it's seen at the very end of the story.



In the adventures to follow after this issue, we learn that Plas' role is counter-espionage. Perfect, right?

Plastic Man is a natural undercover agent since he can distort his face and features into various different appearances. Anyway, major change for Plas but Woozy is still his sidekick throughout. 


46th Overstreet Guide Values:

9.2 - $1200
9.0 - $847
8.0 - $493
6.0 - $231
4.0 - $154
2.0 - $77

CGC 5.5 sold on eBay for $288 in December of 2016. Still not that much sales data online to go off of. Police Comics #18 has the cover date of April, 1943.






POLICE COMICS #19
1st Plastic Man as G-Man 
Last Eel O'Brian

That's right! Instead of being drafted, the President called upon Plastic Man's service and thought he could do more good here as an FBI G-Man. This issue marks a pretty important change in the Plastic Man story direction during the Golden Age.

Instead of Captain Murphey and a member of the po po, he would be an agent of the FBI. This issue here is his first adventure as an FBI agent.

When it comes to the last Eel O'Brian bit, that's what CGC notes the issue as. I'm not sure why they note it exactly like that, but I think this is the last issue where his identity of Eel O'Brian is mentioned in Quality Comics.

Not sure but I think that's what it means. If not, I have no clue then.



46th Overstreet Guide Values:

9.2 - $1200
9.0 - $847
8.0 - $493
6.0 - $231
4.0 - $154
2.0 - $77


Basically six Universal submissions as 2 of them ended up being Restos in the CGC Census to date or at the time of this writing. 

Overstreet values are the same as issue #18, and a 9.4 CGC sold at Heritage for $1314.50 around May of 2017. Not that much of a price difference between a CGC 9.4 and what raw 9.2s are guided at in the OPG.

Cover date is May, 1943 for Police Comics #19.





PLASTIC MAN #1
1st self-titled comic series
1st appearance of Chief Branner


Okay, technically this comic doesn't really have a number, or it's un-numbered. We all know it's a first issue though.

Issue #2 doesn't have a number either but it's still issue #2. This comic series starts numbering their issues beginning with issue #3.

Now we got that out of the way, this is the first head-lining and on-going comic series for Plastic Man. Yep, he was so awesome back in the day that Quality decided he needed to star in his own comic title.

Other than being a 1st issue to his own comic title, we do get the debut of a Chief Branner. This Branner guy is Plastic Man's superior at the FBI.

Branner is a pretty important supporting character in the world of Plastic Man comics. This Chief Branner would cross-over into DC Comics, and so does Woozy Winks.


Regardless, he is a main supporting character for Plastic Man during this time. With the introductions out of the way, let's take a peep at the CGC Census for this particular issue.




Still pretty low considering. Alright, some Overstreet values?

9.2 - $8200
9.0 - $5717
8.0 - $3234
6.0 - $1329
4.0 - $886
2.0 - $443

Definitely not a cheap book or that under the radar currently. Let's peep the 44th Edition of OPG has this comic at these values:

9.2 - $7800
9.0 - $5444
8.0 - $3088
6.0 - $1269
4.0 - $846
2.0 - $423


Not super impressive growth but healthy growth for this comic concerning VF and up. Of course, that is according to Overstreet. Not a whole lot of sales data out there for this issue.

So back in 2013, a CGC 5.5 of this issue sold on eBay for $1,151. In January of 2016, a CGC 3.0 on eBay sold for $750. A copy of the same 3.0 grade in 2015 sold for $800.

Not a whole lot of copies of this one make it to market either, and Plastic Man #1 of the first Quality Comics series has the cover date of July, 1943.






POLICE COMICS #102
Last Plastic Man in series


Enter the era of the Golden Age when comic readers got bored of super-hero comics. Yep, I've talked about this many a times, and super-hero comics fell out favor during this time in comic history.

Didn't matter if it was Atlas, or DC or Quality, many publishers began to change formats and switch to other genres like romance, horror, suspense, crime, western, science-fiction, whatever the trend was. Not all super-hero comics were ka-put. 

We all know that Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman comics were still published during the super-hero drought. With that said, this is the last Plastic Man in this titled series. 

No more story feature, no more spotlight character on the cover (his last one in this Golden Age comic title). Plastic Man was cut from this series but still had adventures in his own titled series for an extra few golden years.

Basically, the character was still published all the way up until the very beginning of the Silver Age and then that was it for Plas for over a decade.


Kinda the beginning of the end for Golden Age Plastic Man, but the character would surprisingly survive for the next six years in his own titled series.

Well, five to be accurate. The last year and last couple of issues of the very 1st Plastic Man titled comic series were all reprints of earlier stories.

October, 1950 is the cover date for Police Comics #102.






PLASTIC MAN #52
Last original Plastic Man story in series

Okay, key issue? Kinda, sorta. I wouldn't say it's anything major, but historically this issue does mark the last original story for Plastic Man during the Golden Age. The rest are all reprints and the series did last until issue #64.

Issue #64 had a cover date of November, 1956. That is after Barry Allen as the Silver Age Flash made his debut in Showcase #4 and supposedly kicked off the resurgence or revival of the super-hero genre in comics again.

Plastic Man? This character was on it's way out by then, and "a character" of Plastic Man didn't appear in a new or original story until nearly 10 years after 1956. A bit of semantics here as I did use "a character" and not "the character" wording.

You'll see what I mean most likely in Part 2 when we cover Plastic Man under DC's banner. Okay, per the usual: CGC Census and definitely still low which shouldn't be surprising by now.


46th Edition Overstreet values? Check!

9.2 - $345
9.0 - $249
8.0 - $152
6.0 - $78
4.0 - $52
2.0 - $27

44th Edition Overstreet values? Check again!


9.2 - $360
9.0 - $259
8.0 - $158
6.0 - $81
4.0 - $54
2.0 - $26


Alright, so a 9.2 CGC copy sold at Heritage for $406.30 in May of 2017. Plastic Man #52 of the 1st series has the cover date of February, 1955.




This is a Plastic Man key comics series, but some of the issues do hold key notations for other Golden Age comic characters. One of those characters is Will Eisner's The Spirit.

Police Comics was an anthology comic, and it had a bunch of other characters that had stories and adventures in each issue of Police Comics. The 1st comic book appearance of the Spirit is in issue #11.

The story is actually a reprint from the newspaper comic strip, but it's still technically the first appearance of the character in a comic book or comic book format. Also Ebony White, the sidekick of The Spirit, also makes his 1st comic book appearance a bit later in the Police Comics series.

Furthermore, by issue #15 of Police Comics, Will Eisner's The Spirit character starts sharing the cover spotlight or feature with Plastic Man. No, not just his face at the side of the covers. He moves up to prime time sort of and actually shares the cover feature will Plastic Man as shown to the left over there. 

Big deal? Wouldn't say it's huge but still worth mentioning. Actually, despite the sharing of covers, The Spirit and Plastic Man never crossed-over and shared an adventure together during the Golden Age, and that is surely a shame.

Other than Plastic Man,  there's other key issue stuff going on in Police Comics, but this is a Plastic Man specific series. In the next part we are going to get into the Silver Age and when DC acquired the character. 

Believe me, it definitely gets a bit hairy, but I will try my best to explain it. We shall see how badly I fail. Alright, see ya all soon for Part 2.