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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Green Lantern #85 Volume 2 Values


Continuing with Green Lantern keys that aren't over-looked, we do have this well-known GL issue by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams. This is historically known as the anti-drug issue of the era (Bronze Age) for DC Comics.

I've talked about this comic several times, but concerning why this comic is a big deal can be summed up with a few points. As already stated above, it is the most known anti-drug issue for DC Comics during the Bronze Age.

That might not mean much for someone who didn't grow up reading comics before this time, but the fact is that the Comics Code Authority put a stranglehold on subject matter after the entire comic industry was in threat of being shut down due to a book published in 1954 called Seduction of the Innocent by American psychiatrist Fredric Wertham.

This little book caused a stir back then and even led to the  Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency, chaired by Senator Estes Kefauver, a representative of Tennessee. So, comic publishers began to censor themselves pretty much.

Drugs was pretty much considered a taboo subject at the time. Amazing Spider-Man's anti-drug issues #96 through #98 were famously published without the CCA's seal of approval. That story line did have the main supporting character of Harry Osborn depicted as a drug addict, and it broke barriers and made comic history.

Green Lantern #85 went a stretch further and actually had a super-hero depicted as a drug addict. The drug wasn't pills or marijuana but it was smack.

Sure, it wasn't the main super-hero either. It wasn't Hal Jordan or Green Arrow but it was his sidekick Roy Harper, also known as Speedy. Still, showing a superhero or good guy in a bad light was a pretty ballsy move at the time.

It was not common before or during the era, and this issue helped to break barriers and push acceptable subject matter in comics. All the doom, gloom, dark age of comics during the 90s would not have happened for mainstream comics if stories like these didn't make history.

Alright, that's my freeze dried version of why this comic is historically important and a key issue worth noting. Now, onto the real question: How has this well-known and sought-out Green Lantern key been doing?

Onward to the Overstreet values.


OVERSTREET GUIDE 82-83 12TH EDITION

Mint $24
Fine $12
Good $4.00



OVERSTREET GUIDE 90-91 20TH EDITION

Near Mint $17
Fine $7.50
Good $2.50



OVERSTREET GUIDE 2002-03 33RD EDITION
 
NM $85
VF/NM $69
VF $53
FN $21
VG $14
GD $7




OVERSTREET GUIDE 2014-15 44TH EDITION

NM- $235
VF/NM $154
VF $72
FN $33
VG $22
GD $11



OVERSTREET GUIDE 2015-16 45TH EDITION

NM- $235
VF/NM $154
VF $72
FN $33
VG $22
GD $11




OVERSTREET GUIDE 2016-17 46TH EDITION

NM- $235
VF/NM $154
VF $72
FN $33
VG $22
GD $11


Wow, talk about this comic being stagnant for the past three years or so. Hasn't moved at all according to Overstreet Guide Prices.

So do Overstreet prices reflect or are near the same for what slabbed comics are going for on ole eBay when it comes to this Bronze Age key comic? Only way to find out is to look right?

Alright, so here's GoCollect's eBay sales for both CGC and CBCS. These are only Universal or Certified Blue stats shown for both grading companies and does not include signatures, restoration or Qualified copies.





Seems like this one has lost a bit of steam in the market. A bit of disparity between 9.8 values and 9.6 CGC values currently.

9.4s and 9.2s are pretty close together as well. Take from the data what you will, though.







2 comments:

  1. Hey,

    interesting fact! Didn' t know that this one has seen no price increase over the years. It fetched a pretty nice price at ebay recently, that' s how I came aware again.

    Ace

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  2. I think a 10-20% increase in Overstreet will more reflect current pricing on this book. Most graded and raw copies sell higher than current guide values. Its the 3rd best book in the Neal Adams run to have behind #76 and #87.

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