Squadron Supreme

sinko

Just a few days ago Marvel announced the New ongoing series Squadron Supreme from Fantastic Four creative team of James Robinson and Leonard Kirk. Having not been too familiar with this particular team, the speculator in me immediately wanted to know what 1st appearances I needed to race out and get. After five minutes, man, was I confused. Each character has three to four versions and since this team has never proven its financial viability on the secondary market, a mistake can be costly. So let's first look at what we know.

Avengers 69: Introducing Squadron Sinister

Avengers 69: Introducing Squadron Sinister

Squadron Supreme first appeared in Avengers #85. Many of the characters actually appeared as their sinister selves in issue #69.

Avengers 85: Introducing the Squadron Supreme

Avengers 85: Introducing the Squadron Supreme

Squadron Supreme #1

Squadron Supreme #1

Squadron Supreme got its first self-titled series in 1985. If this version of the team takes off (a big if) then all three of these books should see a bump. I would buy Avengers #85 if I saw it below market value and be looking for Squadron Supreme #1 in dollar boxes.

James Robinson said he was using Hyperion from Jonathan Hickman's avengers run, Blur from New Universe's DP7, Nighthawk from Squadron Supreme, and a new Doctor Spectrum from Hickman's Avengers run.

So now we know enough about each character to figure out which version is most likely used and which key issue Squadron Supreme readers will be searching for in back issue boxes.

Hyperion

Avengers v5 #1 McNiven Variant

Avengers v5 #1 McNiven Variant

Avengers #34.1 Bachalo Variant

Avengers #34.1 Bachalo Variant

Hickman's new version is a Superman type of character with a similar back story. He is actually the son of a race of Eternals. He first appears in Avengers vol. 5 #1. There are a ton of variants for this book (Deadpool Gangham Style anyone?) but the most limited would be the Steve McNiven 1:150 sketch variant. Another issue of note that can be had on the cheap is Avengers 34.1 from the same volume. This is essentially a one off solo story written by Al Ewing which serves as a origin story. Great dollar box pull. Also be on the look out for the Chris Bachalo 1:25 variant.

Blur

D.P. 7 #1

D.P. 7 #1

Since we know it is the DP7 Blur then it must be Jeff Walters. Jeff first appears in DP7 #1 from 1986. This is a $1-$3 book with potential. The character will look more like a later version of Blur but that first appearance will be covered next anyway.

Nighthawk

Supreme Power #1

Supreme Power #1

Supreme Power #4

Supreme Power #4

The Squadron Supreme version of Nighthawk first appeared in Marvel Max's Supreme Power #1 from 2003 (Also the 1st app of the other Blur just in case). This book comes in two covers and cover 2 or B seems a bit more scarce. There is also a Marvel's Greatest Edition. Another book that's interesting is issue #4 of the same series which features Nighthawk on the cover.

And finally the most bankable character……

Doctor Spectrum

New Avengers #16 Morales Variant

New Avengers #16 Morales Variant

New Avengers #16

New Avengers #16

This is a female version of the character which first appears in New Avengers #16 from the 3rd volume and features a Mike Deodato Jr. cover. The book to get would be the Rags Morales 1:50 variant which I can't see having too high a print run.

Now while we know nothing is guaranteed until we see issue #1, this should give whoever wants to get ahead of the market on Squadron Supreme a leg up.

5 comments

  • Lillington

    All of you should pick up the SUPREME POWER books. 1) Because they are a GREAT read and 2) Have great Gary Frank art. The story does go off the rails in the last volume because I think it was getting cancelled, BUT I can’t count the number of people I’ve lent my trade copies too or tried to turn them on to it.

  • Avatar

    Another interesting Squadron Supreme key book is the 1st edition of the 1997 tpb. It has the ashes of the creator, Mark Gruenwald, mixed in with the inks.
    Also, I have to agree with the above comment. Supreme Power was excellent!

  • Ben C

    Great read, in depth, informative and about vintage books! Good job and thanks for sharing it!

  • Yroc

    Loving the column John – quickly becoming one of my favorites.

  • Avatar

    If your going the Avengers 69 route I actually would consider Avengers 70 instead – 69 is just a one panel cameo

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.