The Showcase series featured characters in either one-shot appearances or brief two- or three-issue runs as a way to determine reader interest, without the financial risk of featuring "untested" characters in their own ongoing titles. The series began in March-April 1956 and saw the first appearance of several major characters including the Silver Age Flash, the Challengers of the Unknown, Space Ranger, Adam Strange, Rip Hunter, the Silver Age Green Lantern, the Sea Devils, the Silver Age Atom, and the Metal Men.
The Metal Men are fictional characters that appear in comic books published by DC Comics. The characters were created by writer Robert Kanigher and penciller Ross Andru Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the characters have appeared in comic books and other DC-related products, such as animated television series, clothing, figurines and trading cards.
Created by scientist Dr. William "Will" Magnus, the six robots were field leader Gold, strong man Iron, slow-witted and loyal Lead, hot-headed Mercury, self-doubting and insecure Tin, and Platinum (also called "Tina"), who believed she was a real woman and was in love with her creator. The group's personalities mirrored their namesake metals, being dictated by devices called "responsometers". Each Metal Man also possessed abilities that reflected the traits of their namesake metal: Gold could stretch his form almost infinitely, Iron was super strong, Lead could block harmful radiation by morphing into thick shields, Mercury could melt and pass through small spaces before reforming, while Platinum and Tin could stretch, flatten or spin into fine filaments.
Offered here is a higher grade copyof Showcase #37.The Metal Men, as well as Will Magnus, make their first appearance in Showcase #37, making it quite valuable to collectors.
Incredible Hulk 181
Offered here is a high-quality copy of The Incredible Hulk #181 with value stamp. This is a whole and uncut comic. Hulk #181 is significant and valuable because it’s the first full appearance of Wolverine. Wendigo makes a cover appearance as well.
Wolverine is a fictional superhero appearing in Marvel Comics, and commonly known as Logan. Wolverine is a mutant who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, and a healing factor. He has been depicted variously as a member of the X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the Avengers.
Wolverine first appeared in the last panel of The Incredible Hulk #180, with his first full appearance in #181 (cover-dated Nov. 1974). He was created by writer Len Wein and Marvel art director John Romita, Sr., who designed the character, and was first drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe. Wolverine then joined a revamped version of the superhero team the X-Men, where eventually writer Chris Claremont and artist-writer John Byrne would play significant roles in the character's development. Artist Frank Miller collaborated with Claremont and helped to revise the character with a four-part eponymous limited series from September to December 1982 in which Wolverine's catchphrase, "I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn't very nice," debuted.
He has appeared in most X-Men adaptations, including animated television series, video games, and the live-action 20th Century Fox X-Men film series, in which he is portrayed by Hugh Jackman in all seven films, although Troye Sivan plays the young James Howlett in the 2009 film.
In May 2008, Wolverine was ranked #1 out of Wizard magazine's Top 200 Comic Book Characters of All Time and was ranked as the 4th Greatest Comic Book Character by Empire magazine in July 2008. On their list of the 100 Greatest Fictional Characters, Fandomania.com ranked Wolverine at #21. In May 2011, Wolverine was ranked 4th on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.
This is a rare highly sought after, very collectible, Bronze Age classic.
Who knows what the value of this key Silver Age could rise to?
This copy is a comic book that is above average in appearance. Good eye appeal on the cover, and intact Marvel value stamp.
Voodoo #14 (April 1954, Ajax-Farrell) Pre Comic Code Golden Age Classic Farrell is particularly known for its pre-Comics Code horror comics, mostly produced by the S. M. Iger Studio. Farrell's horror line consisted of Fantastic Fears, Haunted Thrills, Strange Fantasy, and Voodoo. All four books were produced by the Iger Studio and featured a consistent "house style." Like many horror comics, all four titles fell victim of the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency and were cancelled by the end of 1954. This gem from the Golden Age of Comics was pre-Comic Code, published in April 1954 by Farrell Publications, and produced by the S. M. Iger Studio. Voodoo #3 is special because there is the visual depiction of a person being stabbed in the face. Remember this was printed and published in the early 1950's before the Comic Code curtailed illustrated violence. Offered here is a mid-grade copy of #14 of Voodoo (April 1954, Ajax-Farrell). This early Golden Age classic from April 1954, by Ajax-Farrell, contains five (5) stories: "Witch or Widow," "Heads of Horror," "Morgue Bait," "Assignment Terror," and "Corpses...Coast to Coast!" The final story has zombies taking over America, making it very collectible and topically hot.
The Suicide Squad, also known as Task Force X (the name of a closely related but independent supervisory organization), is a name for two fictional organizations in the DC Comics Universe. The first version debuted in The Brave and the Bold (vol. 1) #25 (1959). The team's concept self-consciously emulated the World War II film The Dirty Dozen and the television series Mission: Impossible. These villains would agree to tackle missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences; thus, the Squad served as a partial explanation for what sometimes appeared to be a revolving-door justice system in the DC Universe.
There have been various incarnations of the Suicide Squad, from the Silver Age of The Brave and the Bold through four volumes of their own title, on into DC's New 52 continuity reboot.
The modern Suicide Squad (created by John Ostrander in Legends #3) is an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences. The group operates out of Belle Reve Penitentiary, under the directorship of Dr. Amanda Waller. The Suicide Squad's existence helps to explain why many convicted villains in the DC Universe roam free without having heroes tracking them down—until they, inevitably, attempt or commit another crime.
Offered here are the fifth and sixth appearances of the Suicide Squad as DC gave them a second three-comic run.
The Brave and the Bold #38 (November 1, 1961): The Suicide Squad is confronted by the spectacle of rampaging pterodactyls in the modern era. And there is a second feature The Suicide Squad is captured by an alien mirage master who sets a test for them with his illusions. If they fail, he will use his mirages to create chaos in the Earth and conquer it. This was the final 10-cent issue.
The Brave and the Bold #39 (January 1, 1962): While investigating the remains of a robot and a dinosaur, the Suicide Squad enter a cave, are swallowed by another dinosaur, and find an entire prehistoric world within it. And again there was a second story: The Suicide Squad is captured by an artist who turns them into golden statues and intends to sell them to a gang boss. This is also the first 12-cent issue.
Tales to Astonish is the name of a comic book series and published by Marvel Comics. Groot (also known as the Monarch of Planet X) is an extraterrestrial, sentient tree-like creature. Groot originally appeared as an invader who intended to capture humans for experimentation. The character was reconfigured into a heroic, noble being in 2006, and appeared in the crossover comic book storyline "Annihilation: Conquest". He went on to star in its spin-off series, Guardians of the Galaxy, joining the team of the same name. Vin Diesel will portray Groot in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy through voice acting and motion capture.
Groot is an interesting character with unique abilities. Groot can absorb wood as food, with the ability to rebuild himself and enhance his strength. He can control trees, using them to attack others, and also appears to be resistant to fire. He is able to sprout, dramatically increasing his mass but also severely inhibiting his movement. Groot has been seemingly killed on three occasions, each time regrowing from a sprig.
This is a rare opportunity to grab a pre-super hero comic. The Atlas label is actually Marvel Comics before they were Marvel. Guardians of the Galaxy is poised to be a blockbuster this summer. Rocket Raccoon is already crazy popular; Groot is his partner. Who knows what the value of this key Silver Age could rise to?
Robert W. Farrell entered the comics field in the late 1930s after a decade spent as an attorney. Farrell begain Farrell Publications in 1940, operating until 1948. After a short hiatus, Farrel founded the Farrell Comic Group in 1951 with the financiasl backing of Excellent Publications. No matter the imprint, most titles contained the words, "A Farrell Publication".
Farrell is particularly known for its pre-Comics Code horror comics, mostly produced by the S.M. Iger Studio. The Iger Studio featured a consistent "house style." Like many horror comics, all four titles fell victim to the Senate Subcommittee on Juvnenile Delinquency and were cancelled by the end of 1954.
This gem from the Golden Age of Comics, featuring a pre-Comics Code "hanging panel"—that is, the visual depiction of a person hanging—was published in February 1953 by Farrell Publications.
This book is one of only six copies in the CGC census. This rare comic is CGC-rated at 5.0. The book was edited by Ruth A. Roche and created by Iger Shop employees, and contains five stories: The Weird Dead, Ghoul's Bride, Mrs. Garrity's Shadow, Killer Lady, and She Wanted to Know the Black Future.
Wolverine and Sabretooth are long-time enemies, although conflicting accounts have been given as to the origin of their feud. It is also known that he and Sabretooth were victims of the Cold War supersoldier program Weapon X, and that Sabretooth saw Wolverine as competition and tried to make his life miserable. While Wolverine is depicted as suppressing his more savage qualities, Sabretooth does the opposite and embraces them.
Here we have an excellent copy of Wolverine 310, the long-awaited sequel to EVOLUTION.
How did Sabretooth survive his beheading all those years ago?
Simone Bianchi's art is frequently gorgeous, with inventive layouts and supremely detailed flourishes in every panel. Even the muddy coloring and clarity problems that negatively affect his earliest Marvel work have been ironed out in this issue. Characters pop off the page, action is easy to follow and it all looks brilliant. This is the 1-of-50 McGuinness color cover variant. Signed by Simone Bianchi. CGC Signature Series graded 9.6.
Tales of Suspense is the name of an AMerican comic book series and two one-shot comics by Marvel Comics. The first, which ran from 1959 to 1968, began as a science-fiction anthology that served as a showcase for such artists as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Don Heck.
Tales of Suspense and its siser publication, Tales to Astonish, were both launched with a January 1959 cover date. The early run of the first volume of Tales of Suspense ran from issues #1-38 (Jan. 1959-Feb. 1963), initially under Atlas Comics, the 1950s forerunner of Marvel; it fell under the Marvel banner with issue #19 (July 1961), the first with a cover sporting the early "MC" box. It contained science-fiction mystery/suspense stories written primarily by editor-in-chief Stan Lee and his brother, Larry Lieber.
"Offsetting the formulaic nature of the stories was a dash of invigorating absurdity," wrote one historian. "The tales had Kirby's energy and, courtesy of Lee, confessional, first-person titles typical of sensation-mongering tabloids and comics, such as, "I Met The Thing On Midnight Island!".
A Kirby science-fiction/monster story, would generally open each book. This volume includes: Gor-Kill, the Living Demon!, Those Who Lurk Below!, The Monster in My Cellar!, and I Met The Thing on Midnight Island!
Robert W. Farrell entered the comics field in the late 1930s after a decade spent as an attorney. Farrell began Farrell Publications in 1940, operating until 1948. After a short hiatus, Farrell founded the Farrell Comic Group in 1951 with the financial backing of Excellent Publications. No matter the imprint, most titles had the words "A Farrell Publication".
Farrell is particularly known for its pre-Comics Code horror comics, mostly produced by the S.M. Iger Studio.
Farrell's horror line consisted of Fantastic Fears, Haunted Thrills, Strange Fantasy, and Voodoo. All four books were produced by the Iger Studio and featured a consistent "house style." Like many horror comics, all four titles fell victim of the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency and were cancelled by the end of 1954.
This gem from the Golden Age of Comics was pre-Comic Code, published in February 1953 by Farrell Publications and produced by the S. M. Iger Studio. Voodoo issue 3 is special because there is the visual depiction of a person being stabbed in the face. Remember this was printed and published in the early 1950s before the Comic Code curtailed illustrated violence.
Offered here is a copy of Issue 3 of Voodoo (Sep 1952, Ajax-Farrell), also collectible for the bondage cover.
This early Golden Age classic from September 1952, by Ajax-Farrell contains four stories: The Game Called Dying, Plantation of Fear, Congo Terror, and There's Peril in Perfection.