INVESTING IN THE “OTHER” SILVER AGE KEY ISSUES

notimelikethepastFor those without deep pockets, but still interested in investing in Silver Age Keys, I thought it might be worth looking at the “2nd and 3rd Tier” Key issues from the Silver Age that are worth investing in. All these books are proven Key Issues, but are not quite Blue Chips.With the tier 2 issues, I would be focusing on the 2.0 to 4.0 range, with a range of 2.0 to 6.0 on the 3rd tier books. Keep in mind some of these issues are far more expensive than others and there is a wide range in pricing in between.

It should be noted that there is another level of Keys I consider the bottom rung, “Tier 4 Keys”. While still technically Key Issues due to smaller character first appearances, classic covers or some other significance, I am not confident in the long-term gain for these issues.

Books are listed below in alphabetical order, broken up in to DC and then Marvel. A simple line listing is applied to each book as a reminder or explanation of the significance of each issue. I tried to avoid the “hot for a minute books” such as Fantastic Four 44, 47 Strange Adventures 187 and others of this nature, as I honestly do not believe in the long-term stability of these books. There are some keys that always will be key and just happen to be experiencing a price spike at the moment like Avengers 57, Fantastic Four 45, 46, 52 and others. I list these in the tier I believe they belong to, as once the hype dies down and the focus of the masses changes to the next hot thing, these books will remain keys, but not be commanding the prices they are currently at..

Anyway, on to the lists:

MARVEL TIER 2 KEY ISSUES

Amazing Spider-Man #5

Amazing Spider-Man #5

Amazing Spider-Man

Amazing Spider-Man #2 : 1st Vulture
Amazing Spider-Man #3 : 1st Doctor Octopus
Amazing Spider-Man #4 : 1st Sandman
Amazing Spider-Man #5 : Dr Doom X-over
Amazing Spider-Man #6 : 1st Lizard
Amazing Spider-Man #9 : 1st Electro
Amazing Spider-Man #13 : 1st Mysterio
Amazing Spider-Man #14 : 1st Green Goblin
Amazing Spider-Man #50 : 1st Kingpin

Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four #2 : 1st Skrulls
Fantastic Four #4 : 1st Silver Age Sub Mariner
Fantastic Four #12 : 1st Hulk Thing meeting
Fantastic Four #48 : 1st Silver Surfer and Galactus

Incredible Hulk

Incredible Hulk #2 : 1st Green Hulk

Journey into Mystery #85

Journey into Mystery #85

Journey into Mystery

Journey into Mystery #84 : 2nd Thor, 1st Jane Foster
Journey into Mystery #85 : 1st Loki

Sgt Fury

Sgt Fury #1 : 1st Sgt Fury

Strange Tales

Strange Tales #89 : 1st Fin Fang Foom
Strange Tales #110 : 1st Dr Strange

Tales of Suspense

Tales of Suspense #52 : 1st Black Widow
Tales of Suspense #57 : 1st Hawkeye

Tales to Astonish

Tales to Astonish #44 : 1st Wasp
Tales to Astonish #35 : 1st Ant Man in costume

X-Men

X-Men #4 : 1st Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch & Brotherhood

DC TIER 2 KEY ISSUES

Action Comics #242

Action Comics #242

Action Comics

Action Comics #242 : 1st Brainiac
Action Comics #252 : 1st Supergirl

Aquaman

Aquaman #1 : 1st Issue

Batman

Batman #121 : 1st Mr Freeze
Batman #181 : 1st Poison Ivy

Brave and the Bold

Brave and the Bold #25 : 1st Suicide Squad
Brave and the Bold #34 : 1st Silver Age Hawkman
Brave and the Bold #54 : 1st Teen Titans

Challengers of the Unknown

Challengers of the Unknown #1 : 1st Issue

Detective Comics

Detective #359 : 1st New Batgirl(Barbara Gordon)

Flash #123

Flash #123

Flash

Flash #106 : 1st Grodd
Flash #123 : 1st GA Flash in SA

GI Combat

GI Combat #87 : 1st Haunted Tank

Our Army at War

Our Army at War #81 : Sgt Rock Prototype
Our Army at War #82 : Sgt Rock Prototype
Our Army at War #151 : 1st Enemy Ace
Our Army At War #168 : 1st Unknown Soldier

Showcase

Showcase #6 : 1st Challengers of the Unknown
Showcase #13 & #14 : Early Flash
Showcase #15 : 1st Space Ranger
Showcase #17 : 1st Adam Strange
Showcase #30 : Aquaman Origin 1st SA app(Argued)
Showcase #34 : 1st Silver Age Atom
Showcase #37 : 1st Metal Men

Star-Spangled War Stories #90

Star-Spangled War Stories #90

Star-Spangled War Stories

Star-Spangled War Stories #84 : 1st Mad. Marie
Star-Spangled War Stories #90 : 1st Dino Issue

Strange Adventures

Strange Adventures #180 : 1st Animal Man
Strange Adventures #205 : 1st Deadman

Superboy

Superboy #68 : 1st Bizarro

Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane

Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #1 : 1st Issue

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman #98 : 1st Silver Age issue

MARVEL TIER 3 KEY ISSUES

Amazing Spider-Man #20

Amazing Spider-Man #20

Amazing Spider-Man

Amazing Spider-Man #17 : 2nd Green Goblin
Amazing Spider-Man #20 : 1st Scorpion
Amazing Spider-Man #25 : 1st MJ Watson
Amazing Spider-Man #28 : 1st Molten Man
Amazing Spider-Man #31 : 1st Gwen Stacy
Amazing Spider-Man #41 : 1st Rhino

Avengers

Avengers #2 : 2nd Issue
Avengers #3 : 3rd Issue
Avengers #6 : 1st Baron Zemo
Avengers #8 : 1st Kang
Avengers #55 : 1st Full Ultron
Avengers #57 : 1st Vision

Captain America

Captain America #100 : 1st Solo Issue
Captain America #117 : 1st Falcon

Daredevil #7

Daredevil #7

Daredevil

Daredevil #7 : 1st Red Suit

Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four #3 : 1st Fantasticar
Fantastic Four #18 : 1st Super Skrull
Fantastic Four #25 : 1st Hulk Thing Battle
Fantastic Four #26 : 2nd SA Cap America
Fantastic Four #36 : 1st Medusa
Fantastic Four #45 : 1st Inhumans
Fantastic Four #46 : 1st Black Bolt
Fantastic Four #49 : 2nd Silver Surfer and Galactus
Fantastic Four #50 : 3rd Silver Surfer and Galactus
Fantastic Four #52 : 1st Black Panther

Incredible Hulk

Incredible Hulk #3-6 : Early Hulk apps

Silver Surfer #4

Silver Surfer #4

Iron Man

Iron Man #1 : 1st Solo Issue

Journey into Mystery

Journey into Mystery #86 : 1st Odin, Thor Origin
Journey into Mystery #109 : Magneto vs Thor
Journey into Mystery #112 : Hulk vs Thor
Journey into Mystery Annual #1 : 1st Hercules

Marvel Superheroes

Marvel Superheroes #12 : 1st Captain Marvel

Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer #1 : 1st Issue
Silver Surfer #4 : Thor Classic Cover, htf in grade

X-Men #14

X-Men #14

Strange Tales

Strange Tales #101 : 1st Superhero Issue of the series
Strange Tales #134 : 1st Nick Fury AOS

Tales of Suspense

Tales of Suspense #50 : 1st Mandarin

Thor

Thor #126 : 1st Issue
Thor #165 : 1st Adam Warlock

X-Men

X-Men #2 : 2nd Issue
Xmen #3 : 1st Blob
X-Men #12 : 1st Juggernaut
X-Men #14 : 1st Sentinels

DC TIER 3 KEY ISSUES

Aquaman #11

Aquaman #11

Aquaman

Aquaman #11 : 1st Mera
Aquaman #29 : 1st Ocean Master
Aquaman #35 : 1st Black Manta

Batman

Batman #171 : 1st Silver Age Riddler

Doom Patrol

Doom Patrol #99 : 1st Beast Boy

Flash

Flash #107 & #108 : Part 2 and 3 of Grodd Trilogy
Flash #110 : 1st Kid Flash

Green Lantern #16

Green Lantern #16

Green Lantern

Green Lantern #7 : 1st Sinestro
Green Lantern #16 : 1st Star Sapphire

My Greatest Adventure

My Greatest Adventures #80 : 1st Doom Patrol

Mystery in Space

Mystery in Space #53 : 1st Adam Strange in title

Showcase

Showcase #10 : 2nd Lois Lane Try Out
Showcase #20 : 1st Rip Hunter
Showcase #23 : 2nd SA Green Lantern
Showcase #24 : 3rd SA Green Lantern
Showcase #27 : 1st Sea Devils
Showcase #60 : 1st Silver Age Specter

Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane

Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane #70 : 1st Silver Age Catwoman

Teen Titans

Teen Titans #1 : 1st Issue

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