Hey fellow CHU’ers Welcome back to this weeks edition of weekend specs. With little movie/TV comic news to cover I’m going to dive into some undervalued villain 1st appearances for your back issue hunting this weekend. Some issues are well known, some are long forgotten but all still have good growth potential and are fairly easy to pick up. If you love villains, 1st appearances, and good deals this weeks write up is for you. Let’s jump in!
Tales of Suspense #65 1st SA Red Skull. 1st Silver Age appearance isn’t really the proper title for this book as its far more important then that. I’m going to go with 1st Marvel comics appearance. Appearances of Red Skull prior to this issue were published by Timely comics which later turned into Atlas comics which is the predecessor to the start of Marvel Comics in 1961. Red Skull is one of the most iconic villains in the Marvel universe just as important as Doctor Doom, Loki, Thanos, Magneto, Galactus, Etc. This book can be found at $20+ depending on condition, would have to say this is one of the most undervalued Silver age comics left out there. Tales of Suspense #66 is a good buy as well, like the Copycat/Domino debate Tales of Suspense #65 has someone impersonating Redskull and is on cover, issue #66 would be Johann Shmidt as Red Skull + origin and again around $20 and up. TTales of Suspense #65‘s price should be on par with Fantastic Four #5 1st Dr. Doom and Journey into Mystery #85 1st Loki, maybe one day it will in the meantime while its cheap it is definitely worth a place in your personal collection.
Tales to Astonish #62 1st appearance of Leader. Leader is the main antagonist to Hulk like Red Skull is to Cap, Magneto is to X-men, etc. Again another undervalued villain silver age key that can be found for $10 on up. Just because Leader has yet to appear in a film doesn’t take away his importance to the story of the Hulk . For the price why is this not in your collection? Tales to Astonish #63 is also worth a mention as his 2nd appearance.
Tales to Astonish #90 1st Abomination. Hulk villains get no love 🤔 Abomination even has a silver screen appearance and this book can again be found for $20 on up. Can’t beat silver age 1st appearances for a twenty spot it’s not going to lose any value that’s for sure. Tales to Astonish #91 is a good pickup as well 1st Abomination cover and its a pretty iconic Hulk cover.
Superman Pal’s Jimmy Olsen #134 1st Darkseid cameo. Not any breaking spec news with this book as its probably been written up by someone or another 1000+ times. I hate this book, back when I was looking to buy Darkseids 1st appearance it was considered Forever People #1 and no mention of this book. Can’t complain back then Forever People #1 was $10 NM so that book has done well itself. News of this book broke and instantly became more sought after then FP#1 even though it’s a one panel cameo of Darkseid on a monitor screen not in his normal color scheme. It’s still worth a pickup because of its supposedly extremely low print run. I’ve read estimates as low of only 1000 copies in existence. Can find poor copies $40 and VG-fines $100 on up. There’s still a lot of room for this and Forever People #1 to grow over the next 10years and for that this book is worth another mention to make it 1001 times you’ve read this.
Tales of Suspense #94 1st MODOK. Found at $10 on up solid mid grades around $20. Books almost 50 years old! MODOK is still around and a villain that crosses into many different characters story lines, not to mention the character is created by Jack Kirby. Why wait for movie or TV news of MODOK in the future and pay more when this book is at a good spec price now. Tales of Suspense #93 is worth a look as well with a one panel cameo teaser.
X-men 1991 #53 1st Onslaught. Onslaught is probably my favorite of the modern Marvel villains. Can’t lose on this find it $1 and on up.
New Gods vol3 #17 1st Yuga Khan. If you can find it buy it. This can be found for cheap $5 on up and worth putting away to see what happens in future DC movies. The problem is finding it.
New Mutants #25, #26 1st Legion. Shows green-lit but has been talked about forever now so should of already picked these up. You can get these 1st appearances of Legion for $1 on up starting to go around $10. Might be worth digging his different personalities 1st appearances out of $1 bins as well.
Fantastic Four annual #6 1st Annihilus also 1st Franklin Richards. Can be found $10 up. All Fantastic Four books are being neglected but this won’t always be the case. Good choice for a non Dr Doom villain for future Fantastic Four films. Also while Fantastic Four books are being overlooked you might be able to pull a Fantastic Four #481st Silver Surfer, 1st Galactus for cheaper then normal due to the lack of F4 interest as of late.
This past week showed us a $10 first appearance of a villain like Black Flash, Flash vol2 #138, or Ayesha, Hulk annual #6 can be a $100 book in the blink of an eye. So best to get these low priced villain books now while they are still cheap because they won’t ever be any cheaper. I hope you enjoy the list this week thanks for reading and happy hunting CHU’ers