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Now, this is the SECOND PART (of TEN) of the Top 100 Most Wanted Comic Books by collectors of all ages and from all eras. I could have easily filled the Top 100 with Golden Age and/or Silver Age books, but where would the fun be in that? So if you’re new to the hobby, a veteran like me, or an old timer who remembers the Superman radio show, I hope there’s a few comics on here that would make your list.
So like the list, hate it… print it out and use it as a dart board, but just remember, these are my choices. If you feel your list would be better, go for it. Write a list. I’d love to read it. And chances are, I’ll like it, cause I love reading about comics… as I hope you do too.
So with all that said, here’s the 2nd 10 (Numbers 90 to 81.) ENJOY!
90 – Green Lantern #85 (August, 1971) DC Comics
The Drug Issue! Back in the 60’s and 70’s, America had a dark secret it was trying to ignore —- and that secret was drugs! And because of that crazy Comics Code, Comic books were forbidden to mention anything drug related. But after Marvel and Stan Lee decided to ignore the comic code in order to educate their readers on the dangers of drugs, DC followed suit with this classic issue by Neal Adams in which Green lantern shows the Green Arrow that his ward Speedy is a junkie.
But honorable mention must go to Marvel’s groundbreaking issue of Amazing Spider-Man for standing up to the ultra ridiculous comics code.
89 – Tales of Suspense #52 (April, 1964) Marvel Comics
One of the most well known female heroes around, the Black Widow got her introduction in this Tales Of Suspense issue, albeit, not as the hard core female fatal assassin we all know today. Originally a villain, Natasha eventually wove into the hero fabric and became a member of the Avengers.
88 – Journey Into Mystery #85 (October, 1962) Marvel Comics
Loki, one of Marvel’s greatest villains makes his debut right here in issue #85 of Journey Into Mystery. Brother of Thor, son of Odin, Loki is a top five Marvel villain for sure which makes this book a highly sought after KEY for all Silver Age fans.
And in case you weren’t aware, unofficially, Loki made his Golden Age debut more than a decade earlier in issue #6 of Venus. Oddly, many collectors have largely ignored this fact.
87 – Amazing Spider-Man #121 (June, 1973) Marvel Comics
Amazing Spider-Man #121 was a major milestone during this time for not only the Amazing Spider-Man, but for Marvel Comics as well. To this point, there had been death in Marvel comics, examples being Bucky Barnes and Uncle Ben, but none were at the hands of a Villain. Enter the Green Goblin. He captures Peter Parker’s love interest Gwen Stacy, fights Spidey on top of the Brooklyn Bridge, then tosses Stacy off the Bridge without a second thought. Then Spidey races to save her, shooting his spider-web and grasping Gwen before she hits the water, but SNAP! The stop in her drop snaps her neck and like that, Marvel gave us the death that shook Marvel’s world.
“The Night Gwen Stacy died!”
86 – Vampirella #1 (September, 1969) Warren Magazine
Vampirella is quite possibly the most famous female comic book character this side of Marvel and DC Comics. Her cult following is tremendous. And it seems that every female cosplayer has cosplayed as Vampy at least once during their cosplay career. Vampirella #1 should be on the list of every comic book collector, despite which era of comics you prefer.
85 – Flash #110 (January, 1960) DC Comics
This issue of the Flash is a two for one special. Not only is it the very first appearance of the Weather Wizard, but it also contains the very first appearance of Wally West, the Kid-Flash. As we all know, Wally eventually takes up the Flash mantle after Barry Allen perishes in Crisis #7 and does more than a great job of becoming his own version of the Flash. A book that’s very deserving of its spot.
84 – More Fun Comics #101 (January, 1945) DC Comics
The lowest ranked Golden Age comic on this list is More Fun Comics #101, the debut of Super-Boy! Not only is this book significant for the debut of the younger Supes, but it’s also the first Earth-1 appearance of Ma and Pa Kent as well as Smallville and Krypton.
And on a side not, this is the Spectre’s final solo Golden Age appearance until his solo outing in Showcase #60.
83 – Avengers #57 (October, 1968) Marvel Comics
The debut of the Vision is an issue that every hardcore Avengers fan must have. It’s amazing to think that one of the greatest Avengers ever was created by one of their most deadliest foes, Ultron. So if you don’t have this book, check your couch for change, sell your blood (Or your ass), and then get a small loan, cause this book goes for around a cool grand.
82 – Batman #181 (June, 1966) DC Comics
The first appearance of Poison Ivy. Seriously, when Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff created her, did they imagine how popular this femme fatal would eventually be? She’s the partner to Harley Quinn, a go to for many cosplayers, and one of Batman’s most iconic villains. Poison Ivy’s debut could be ranked higher, but for now, she’s at #82.
And no, her “role” in that crapfest known as Batman Forever did not knock her ranking down a dozen or so spots. Lol.
81 – Showcase #34 (October, 1961) DC Comics
The first appearance of Ray Palmer, the Atom! Pre-dating the debut of Hank Pym (Ant-man) by a few months, the silver age version of the Atom has become a staple hero for DC Comics as well as an important character for the DC television universe.
I highly recommend this book and a nice VG would only cost you between a hundred and two hundred bills.