Welcome to the second installment of Run Recap. A simple overview of a given run with all the important 1st Appearances and Key issues you should be aware of.   Always considered a classic, yet difficult to complete run, DC's Showcase title has brought us some great characters, has reintroduced characters back into the main stream and has also debuted some less than impressive characters/goups(sorry Angel, Ape and others…).


That said, onto the issues :


1: Scarce first issue, seriously try to locate a copy…


4: 1st Barry Allen appearance, 1st Silver Age Comic


6: 1st Challengers of the Unknown appearance


8: 2nd Barry Allen Flash/1st Captain Cold appearance


9: 1st solo Lois Lane try out issue, successful sales leads to her own series.


13: 3rd Barry Allen Flash, 1st Appearance of Dr Element


14: Final Barry Allen Flash tryout issue, Dr Element becomes Dr Alchemy


15: 1st Space Ranger appearance


17: 1st Adam Strange appearance


20: 1st Rip Hunter appearance


22: 1st Hal Jordan Green Lantern appearance


27: 1st Sea Devils appearance


30: Silver Age Aquaman Origin, try out issue, success leads to Aquaman #1


34: 1st Appearance of Ray Palmer Atom


37: 1st Metal Men appearance


55: 1st Silver Age Appearance of Solomon Grundy


59: 3rd Teen Titans appearance, success leads to #1 issue


60: 1st Silver Age Spectre appearance


73: 1st Creeper appearance


74: 1st Anthro appearance


75: 1st Hawk & Dove appearance


76: 1st Batlash appearance


80: 1st Silver Age Phantom Stranger


94: 1st appearance of the New Doom Patrol


Well, that does it for this run.  Hope you found some of this helpful or at least entertaining.  Thanks for reading!







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    You left out Showcase 79 1st Dolphin

    • Ben C

      Yeah, I also left out Inferior Five, Angel and Ape and a lot of other mediocre first apps that are just not keys in my head.

      Bound to happen every time one of these lists is posted, folks disagree on what should be considered a worthy chase book and what not.

      Not that I am saying you are incorrect, I am just pointing out, like with ASM, this was just my opinion, and Angel, Ape, Bwanaa, Inferior 5, 2nd and 3rd App of Challengers, Green Lantern and so many other books in this run are just not keys to me…

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        Yea I agree the ones you mentioned are not very important but the 79 actually sells for about as much or more than 73, 74, 76, & 80 and unlike those books you can hardly find a copy of 79 because just about all of them sell. I know it wasn’t always the case and it may be thank to the cover art but there seems to be a lot more interest in 79 than there used to be.

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          And just to clarify I’m not saying it’s going nuclear and I’m not saying you’re wrong in not including it because it’s essentially all apples and oranges. Just offering a deferred perspective and explaining why I singled out that issue in the first place. I am saying it seems to have gained a bit on there it was historically valued and seems to be on par with the books I mentioned above by my observation. It’s not quite at the level of 75 which I think is the real stand out of the last 40 issues of the initial 100 issue run.

          • Ben C

            Absolutely my friend, I didnt know it sold that well. You are correct about apples and oranges too, its funny how outside of established top tier keys, folks view books, or what makes a change. I will admit, I havent seen a completed 79 in ages as I dont think to look.

            With all the rises on just about every first app I probably should have checked it out.

            I am a huge fan of the 80 for the later part of the run, though 75 seems a good pick up right now too

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    Great list thanks!

  • natethegreat80

    The cream of the crop title when it comes to DC Silver Age. Even many 2nd appearances sell quite well in this run when some can’t afford the 1st appearance books.

  • Lebednik

    Need all of them

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