First You May Have Missed: Gang Of Harley’s and Harley Sinn
Hello everyone and welcome back. Harley Quinn is a hot item these days and while her popularity fluctuates between big events we all know she is here to stay. While everyone is talking about the Gotham city sirens lets not neglect Harley's new band of misfits. “Gangs of new first”
Some time during the new 52 run Harley decided that just 1 Harley is not enough. In order to juggle both her real life and secret identity she needed help and here Harley and her partner ivy thought to put out a help wanted ad. The ad was answered by an enormous amount of people and when doing interviews got overwhelming harley came up with the idea to turn off the lights and whomever was left standing was in. So in Harley Quinn #16 we get the first appearance of the gang of Harleys. Bolly Quinn, Carli Quinn, Hanuquinn, Harlem Harley, Harley Queens, Harvey Quinn, the quintuplets, and couch.
The quintuplets were immediately tossed out of the gang when they were found to be under age so the 12 person gang quickly went down to 7. While issue #16 was the first appearance of the gang a few of its members actually debuted in issue #15. Bolly, carli, and Harlem all had a brief back story in issue 15 leading up to them discovering Harleys ad. The whole Gang of Harleys idea was contained in 1 story arc in which they all fought alongside Harley for a few issues wearing red and black outfits making it extremely confusing. This concept could have been left where it was but D.C. decided to flesh the idea out later in a mini series starring the gang of Harleys. The mini series did wonders in establishing some individuality to these character's first by giving them a very power rangers style color theme. With each member taking own their own color version of Harley Quinns costume it made it easier to follow the gang and make them somewhat likeable.
Harley Sinn is the big bad for the Gang of Harleys in their mini. She kidnap Harley forcing the gang to spring into action. While some like to credit Gang of Harleys #1 or #2 as her first and cameo i would like to point out that she appeared long before in Harley Quinn #16. Only in 1 panel but unmistakable with the broken heart tatoo on her for head, she tried to join the gang of harleys spewing out some very alarming dialog. Eventually defeated by Quinn Harley Sinn earned the respect and well wishes of Quinn who hoped she could be reformed. She was last seen admited into an asylum and being propositioned by non other then the joker. Im not sure where the DCU is right now on universe's and jokers etc but the one thing that did get me excited about the gang of harleys is the thought of Sinn teaming up with The Joker as that is a perfect match made in hell. I hope this story is picked up again somewhere.
I don't know what is in store for the gang and honestly i am not up to date or rebirth Harley Quinn to know if they even exist at this point(if you know please drop a comment) but the gang of Harleys are a colourful distraction to the insane Harley antics and i don't mind snatching up a few copies just in case Harley mania drags them along.
Harley Quinn (2013 series) #15 first appearances of Bolly, Carli, and Harlem Quinn. This book has a print run of over 66k across 3 covers. Not very exciting and covers A and B are easy bin fodder but there is a light at the end of this tunnel. Cover c is a 1:25 and these things are going for next to nothing at the moment. Amanda Conner Harley Quinn 1:25 cover with 3 first appearances for $10 or less, im taking these home with me 9 times out of 10.
Harley Quinn #16 this is the actual full first time the gang of harleys are show together and named as well as Harley Sinn. Here is where the madness begins being a harley book and in the spec era this book was ordered in mass. A whopping 72k print run! This being split up amongst 6 covers. So first you have the regular cover which is actually a connecting cover with the 2 1:25 variants of the same issue. The regular cover is the center with the variants being left and right side. Then we have a regular priced jail house rocks variant(shown), a c2e2 variant which is the connecting cover as 1 image, and a wondercon variant which is the same as the c2e2 but with different color trade dress. This one i can not make much sense of and is a shot in the dark. These are not impossible to find and around $5 for the ratio or convention variants im taking it but proceed with caution with the gang of harleys future not looking so bright and the massive print run a lot of other great places to spend money.
Harley Quinn and her Gang Of Harleys #1 this is the gangs first series and where they gain their individual color design's. 52k print run across 2 covers. 25cent bins should be filled with then if you're looking.
Gang Of Harleys #2 first full Harley Sinn(depending on where you stand) And first Harley Sinn cover. Both the regular and the 1:25 feature Harley Sinn but i would definitely go with the ratio variant if possible. The print run here dropped into the 37k rang and i have picked up the ratio for cover.
That does it for today's edition of first you may have missed. Not a gang if information(ha pun!) But something you may add to your list so flipping through that next bin doesn't feel like a complete waste. You can email me at Valiant@comicbookinvest.com until next time remember “It’s better to have first and flip, then to never have first at all” — Valiant Horton