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Monday, September 25, 2017

Marvel Canadian Variant Key Comics & More Part G

Some like Canadian price variants or "editions" and some could care less for them. I am on the side where I do like to pick them up when I come across them, and like U.S. direct or newsstands, it does depend on the price or deal I find them at.

I don't pick up every one I come across and am pretty selective. G.I. Joe A Real American Hero are some that I would actually consider, but would be just as happy with U.S. direct and newsstands.

I grew up on the Joes - from the action figures to the cartoon to the comics. If we're talking about the actual comics, there is a lot of G.I. Joe mythos that was created by Marvel and namely Larry Hama.

Larry Hama got the gig to write the G.I. Joe A Real American Hero comic series after other writers had turned the job down. Wow, are you serious? That would be a dream job for a lot of fans today.

Not only did Larry Hama help to create the stories for the comics, this genius also wrote a majority of the file cards for the toys. Yes, those bios that you saw on the toy packages or "cards".

Hama gave us strong and competent female characters like Lady Jaye, Cover Girl and Scarlett, in which Scarlett's personality was supposedly based on his wife. He also created the back mythos for both Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.

The outro of Part G to this Marvel Canadian price variants list that covers mainly keys and other issues will cover a little more about Larry Hama. This link will bring you back to Part D-F, but if you're read to go, here's more Marvel Canadian price variants.


G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #5

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #5
Direct Market
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #6

1st Oktober Guard

Issue #5 supposedly had both Canadian direct market and newssstand copies. I am not sure how many issues this occurred where there are both Canadian direct and news price variants, but there are apparently Archie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issues that both have Canadian direct market and newsstand price variants.

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #10

1st Doc Venom

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #11
Intro Destro?
1st Airborne, Doc, Gung-Ho
1st Snow Job & Wild Bill
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #13
1st cameo of Destro
1st Torpedo

So, it's widely known that Destro's 1st cameo is in issue #13 according to Overstreet, but the character is actually introduced as a "specialist" in issue #11. Bits and pieces of him are shown, i.e. like a glove, half his body, etc, but he is never revealed and often in shadow.

Still, you know it's him in that issue for sure and he does speak. No idea how Overstreet or CGC or CBCS are gonna change the notations when it comes to issue #11 and #13. 

Safe to say that issue #14 is definitely a 1st full appearance of him though.

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #14

1st full Destro
1st Ace
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #15
1st Major Bludd

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #16
1st Cover Girl
1st Trip-Wire

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #21

1st Storm Shadow
Silent issue
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #22
1st Duke & Roadblock

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #23
2nd Storm Shadow


G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #24

 1st cameo Zartan
3rd Storm Shadow
1st Storm Shadow cover
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #25
1st full Zartan
1st Zartan cover
1st Cutter, Mutt & Junkyard
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #26
Origin of Snake Eyes
Origin of Storm Shadow
1st Hardmaster

You see the 2nd G.I. Joe flick, G.I. Joe Retaliation? Remember the origin of Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes? Well, that was somewhat based on the actual comic issues of #26 and #27.

Issue #26 reveals that Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes met as U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, how Snake Eyes joins Storm Shadow's clan and trains, the rivalry that supposedly starts between the two, and how Storm Shadow is mistakenly the suspected killer of his uncle and head of the clan, the Hard Master.

In the end, it was Zartan who did it and that was revealed in issue #45. Although I didn't like the movie much, I thought that was really cool they threw that in the flick.

Issue #27 reveals that Storm Shadow did not kill his uncle, the Hard Master, and that he only joined the Cobra organization in order to find out who did. In terms of Snake Eyes, issue #27 reveals Scarlett's first meeting with Snake and how he is disfigured and becomes mute while saving Scarlett's life on a mission.

So issue #26 and #27 are must-haves for any G.I. Joe, Snake Eyes, and Storm Shadow fans. Issue #45 is a nice issue to have to round out how Snake, Storm, and Zartan are connected.

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #27

1st origin Snake Eyes & Storm Shadow continues & concludes
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #31
1st Spirit Iron-Knife

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #32

1st Lady Jaye & Blowtorch
1st Recondo & Ripcord

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #37
1st Tomax, Xamot, Flint and Footloose

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #40

1st Shipwreck & Barbecue

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #44
1st Doctor Mindbender
1st Heavy Metal, Airtight, Bazooka, Crank-Case, &
Battle Android Troopers
G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #45

Zartan revealed to be killer of Hard Master

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #48
1st Sgt. Slaughter

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero #49
1st Slipstream, Lift-Ticket, Leatherneck & Serpentor

Who can forget when wrestling star Sgt. Slaughter became a G.I. Joe? I use to watch WWF and remember the character on both fronts. Hell, he was so popular during the time, G.I. Joe even used his persona for an action figure.

Then again, William "The Refrigerator" Perry was another "real life" person who had a G.I. Joe action figure and character based on them. I believe Marvel G.I. Joe's Canadian Newsstand variants began with issue #4 and lasted until issue #50.

Lots of great memories with this comic and the Hasbro toy as well.


Ghost Rider #73
Ghost Rider #74
Ghost Rider #75

Ghost Rider #76
Ghost Rider #77
Ghost Rider #78

Ghost Rider #79
Ghost Rider #80

Ghost Rider #81

Alright, back to Larry Hama for a brief outro. I am a fan of this legend. Hama's likeness was used for the Joe action figure Tunnel Rat. Like the G.I. Joe character of Tunnel Rat, Hama himself was actually a firearms and explosive ordnance expert in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

If you ever wondered why there was a gritty realism to The 'Nam and even some military aspects of G.I. Joe to an extent, now you know. He was one of the editors for The 'Nam comics and was brought in for his knowledge and expertise.

The character of the Baroness - the most awesome, sexy, and badass villainess in the world of G.I. Joe - was created by Larry Hama and Don Perlin.

Baroness actually debuted in the comics (1st issue of G.I. Joe A Real American Hero) prior to ever becoming an action figure. Baroness is my favorite Cobra character.

Hama worked closely with Hasbro in creating many of the beloved characters that we are fans of today. In fact, Hasbro had little to no idea about story, so they called in Marvel to handle that end. As mentioned prior, he was the last writer Marvel asked because all the others turned it down.

He is the mastermind behind the actual "story" behind G.I. Joe and it's world and cast of characters.

Some of the characters he created were even named after men he served with and died in the line of duty. As I already mentioned, he is the reason why there was a large female fan base for the G.I. Joe comics.

He is the mastermind behind the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow connection. If you ever happen to have Larry Hama at a local con, I'd be damn sure to stop by his table and meet this living legend.

Anyone know if G.I. Joe Special Missions had any Canadian price variants? Special thanks to Angelo Virone and Nate for their support and help with this.



  1. GI Joe #24 is also the 1st appearance of Firefly. Looks like you missed GI Joe #37. Which is the 1st appearance of Tomax, Xamot, Flint and Footloose. As far as I know there no Canadian Variants for GI Joe: Special Missions.


    1. Thanks Nate! Just added that issue and cover and added your name with the special thank you at the bottom of the post.

  2. No problem man. Just helping a fellow brotha out. I really like the Marvel GI Joe series. As an 80's kid, the nostalgia kicks in. I need to try to get the Canadian Variants for #16, #26 and #27. Those are the only key issues I have left to get from that series.


  3. Great job once again! Just to answer your question, there are no Canadian price variants for G.I. Joe Special Missions :)

  4. Hey Mayhem-san,

    it' s September and I' m flippin' through
    the market report of the new Overstreet
    Guide again. These reports are really
    priceless, a great gain for every collector.
    I just read that the first appearance of
    Killer Croc is not in Batman 358 but
    in Detective Comics 524 (3 panels plus
    face shown). What do you think, Mayhem -
    is this something for your DEBUNK


    1. I saw this too Ace after I bought the newest Overstreet. He actually appears on 7 pages with his face shown for the 1st time on 3 panels. I liked how he explained the whole story in that report. I would have to agree. I think this book has been lost in the early appearance shuffle of the character. Maybe now the market will pay more attention to it.


  5. Hi Nate,

    great to hear you are studying the reports as well.
    Anything else there that was a surprise to you in
    terms of key issue goodness or collector' s inte-


    1. Nothing really surprises me much anymore Ace with the comic market since I'm constantly on EBAY all year long. The one that stood out to me was about Detective Comics #184 - 1st appearance of Firefly. Not a major key but more of a minor Golden Age key that rarely shows up for sale on EBAY. I've checked several times since I read that report and there are still no copies for sale on there. That does somewhat amaze me.


  6. Hey M.,

    what do you think about the first pictures to the
    runaways tv show? Looks promising to me. Did
    you allready do a runaways key issue list? Not
    sure who these kids are who are staring in the
    show. Help would be recommended...

    Max Rebo

    1. Hey Max.
      I don't see a Runaways key issues listing but the there are some Runaways keys on an old Key Issue Investments Under $100 post that Mayhem did last year. I'm sure he would probably do one though since you requested it.


  7. Hey Nate,

    what' s cookin'? Latest investments? I
    have to admit, there have been no top
    investments in my bag lately. I snagged
    a first Weapon H for cover price in my
    comic book store, bought V for Vendetta
    2 & 3 on ebay for a buck each. I also
    got a first Darkhawk 1 in 8.0 for 13 bucks
    (bad buy) but I just longed for some 90' s

    See ya

    Max Rebo

    1. My two latest buys are Captain America #117 1st Falcon and Aquaman #42 2nd Black Manta app. w/ classic Black Manta cover. Both are raw 6.5 range. If I was going to get a Darkhawk issue it would be the final issue #50. I would look for a newsstand copy.


  8. Great! First Falcon and Darkhawk 50 are allready
    in my collection. As for 2nd appearances, I don' t
    know about the long term collectors interest. Same
    goes for number 2' s. I got a GOTG 2 for nearly
    nothin' cause everbody just looks out for number
    1. And now I don' t know for how much I can sell
    my Iron Man 2 (Vol. 1) which is probably a 9.0 raw.
    Any suggestions?

    Max Rebo

  9. There are several key issue #2's in the Silver Age, but some are not. Depends on the importance of the issue. I would just check EBAY sold listings to see what the current market value of that issue in the grade you have. What GOTG series are you talking about VOL.1 or Vol.2? I have #1 for each series but bought the 2nd print of the Vol. 2 series because it was a lot cheaper and rarer with a print run of only 1,999 copies.


  10. Hey Nate,

    talkin' about GOTG Vol. 2 of course.
    Great reading, by the way. If the writing
    or art of a comic wins me I sometimes
    say, "collectability to hell, I' m gonna
    buy issues 2, 3 and 4 as well", allthough
    I might never be able to sell' em.

    Max Rebo

    1. I think that series and the Nova series where both good spinning out after the Annihilation event. I had more appreciation for them later on then I did when they were first released. I think I have around 10 issues from the GOTG Vol.2 series. The only other issue I wouldn't mind having is the Thanos Variant of #8. Speaking of Annihilation. I would not mind seeing an Annihilation type event on the cosmic side of the MCU films.