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Current Grail: Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

Almost There on Completing Bob's Silver-Age Super-Hero Collection...

When I recently snagged Amazing Fantasy #15 it was not only my personal "grail comic" from the past 40 years or so, but it also completed my run of Amazing Spider-Man and pretty much all major appearances of Peter Parker's masked identity.  I also realized that I was pretty close to complete on most of the major Marvel super-hero series, though granted, the ones I'm missing are mostly key issues and are not particularly cheap.   If I can score one key a year, that would be awesome, but it will likely be less frequent than that, if at all.

In Marvel, I'm quite far away from complete on the Western and Romance titles, as well as pre-hero mystery books (Journey Into Mystery, Strange Tales, Tales of Suspense, and Tales to Astonish) for issues from before the super-heroes came along and took over these books.  In the hero realm, I'm much weaker on X-Men than anything else, to the point that I'm going to put them on a separate counter, I need more X-Men than all other Marvel heroes combined.

I've been tracking the Marvel hero books I need very closely and I'll tick them off the list on this page as I acquire them.  I'll typically post pictures on Facebook of any of these books as I get them.  I'm chipping away at the ones that aren't super-expensive as I find them for a price that seems right to me and with good "eye appeal".


For the "super keys" that are >$1000 for even a copy in terrible condition, I'm going to need to go to a "grail" system and work on those one at a time, though if a deal comes along that is too good to pass up I'll figure those out as I go along.  I added in Sgt. Fury; while not really a super-hero comic it does have the 1st appearance of my favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. Commander, Nick Fury, and I was only 10 issues away from a complete run when I started the countdown.  It's also very light-hearted for a war comic when compared to the war books DC put out.


As I buy books, they'll be taken off the list when I get them physically in my hands!
The Countdown started at 110 books away from complete on Marvel "super-hero era" comics when I started this page.

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DC Countdown

Lest the impression come across that I'm only a fan of Marvel, I am pretty close on my DC collection outside of Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman, just not as close as with Marvel.  I do have several complete runs of super-hero stuff, but
I'm missing lots of DC's War, Mystery, and Romance comics from the Silver/Bronze Ages and continue to keep an eye out for these in addition to the super-hero stuff listed here.

  • Action Comics [x] - Numerous issues from #220 (Sept 1956) thru #287 then #291  #293  #304  #309  #314
  • Adventure Comics [x] - Numerous issues up to #247 (1st LSH) then a bunch from there to #267 (2nd LSH)  #269 (1st Aqualad) then a bunch up to #283  #284 #285  #287 #294  #296 #299 #302  #303  #305  #308
  • Aquaman [2] - #8  #9
  • Batman [x] - Numerous issues from #100 (June 1956) thru #167 then #181  #227  #232 (1st R'as Al Ghul)
          Annual #1  #2  #3  #4  #6  #7 
  • The Brave & The Bold [28] - #1  #2  #4 thru #17  #19 thru #24  #25 (1st Suicide Squad) #26 & #27 (Suicide Squad)  #31 (1st Cave Carson) #32 & 33 (Cave Carson) 
  • Detective Comics [x] - Numerous issues from #225 (1st J'onn J'onzz) thru #299 then #301  #302  #303  #304  #306  #307  #311  #314  #318  #321  #322  #323
  • Doom Patrol [1] - #99 (1st Beast Boy)   (Note: I have My Greatest Adventure #80-85)
  • Flash [10] - Showcase #4 (1st SA Flash, start of Silver Age)  #8  #13  #14 (2nd, 3rd & 4th Flash)
                           Flash #105 (1st Mirror Master)  #106  #107  #110 (1st Kid Flash)  #112 (1st Elongated Man)  #113 (1st Trickster)
  • Showcase [20] - #1 thru #3, #4 (1st Flash)  #6 & 7 (1st & 2nd Challengers of the Unknown), #8 (2nd Flash) #9 & #10 (Lois Lane) #11 & 12 (3rd and 4th Challengers) #13 & 14 (3rd & 4th Flash), #15 & #16 (Space Ranger) #17, 18, & #19 (1st - 3rd Adam Strange)   #20 (1st Rip Hunter)  #29 (Sea Devils)  
  • Superboy [x] - #1 thru #78, #80 #81 #82 #84 #85 #88  #89 (1st Mon-El)  #90  #91  #94  #96  #97  #98 (LSH, 1st Ultra Boy) #99  #102  #104  #105  #109  #111  #115  #117  #119   Annual #1
  • Superman [x] - Numerous issues up to #145 then #147 (7th LSH)  #148  #149 (8th LSH)  #150  #152 (LSH) #153  #154  #157  #158  #159  #160  #161 (1st time Ma&Pa Kent die) #162 (LSH)  #166  #167     Annual #1, #2, #3, #5
  • Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane [x] - #1 thru 17, 19-26, 30-34, 37, 38, 39, 44, 45, 51, 53, 54, 55, 59, 60, 62, 64, 66, 67, 68, 78  Annual #1  #2 
  • Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen [x] - #1 thru 59, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 80, 82, 85, 86, 87, 89, 90
  • Wonder Woman [x] - Numerous from #85 (Oct 1956) thru #153 then #155 #158 #160 #161 #162 #163 #165 #167 #173  #174  #178 (1st "New" WW)  #179
  • World's Finest [x] - Numerous from #84 (Sep/Oct 1956) thru #116 then #118 #119 #120 #122 #123 #125 #127 #129 (Joker/Luthor) #131  #133  #138  #139  #146


Not strictly super-heroes, But fun

  • Challengers of the Unknown [x] - Showcase #6, 7, 11, 12  own title: #1 - 13, #15-28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 44, 45, 47, 51 (w/ Sea Devils), 57, 65, 66, 70
  • Mystery in Space [x] - #1 thru #52, #53 (1st Adam Strange) #54-69, #71 #72 #73 #74 #76 #77 #81 #91 #96 #99 #100
  • Rip Hunter, Time Master [10] - Showcase #20 (1st Rip Hunter) own title: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 14, 16
  • Sea Devils [19] - Showcase 29 (3rd appearance) own title:  2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 32, 33, 34, 35 
  • Strange Adventures [x] - Numerous thru #177 then #179 #181 #182 #183 #184 (2nd Animal Man) #185 #188 #189 #190 (1st Animal Man in costume) #191 (2nd Enchantress) #192 #200 #202


Silver Age DC Complete Runs

These extend into the Bronze and Modern Ages...

  • The Atom(including Showcase #34-36)
  • Justice League of America(including Brave & The Bold #28-30)
  • Green Lantern (including Showcase #22-24)
  • Hawkman(including Brave & The Bold #34-36, 42-44 + Mystery In Space #87-90)
  • Metal Men(including Showcase #37-40)
  • Metamorpho (including B&B 57, 58, 66, 68)
  • Teen Titans(including B&B #54 & 60 + Showcase #59)

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DC Grail: Showcase #4 (1956)

Marvel Countdown:  50 

  • Fantastic Four [5] - #1 (Origin/1st App)  #4 (1st SA Sub-Mariner)  #5 (1st Dr. Doom)  #12 (Thing vs. Hulk)  #25 (Avengers guest)
  • Hulk [6] - #1 (Origin/1st App)  #2  #3 (1st Ringmaster)  #4  #5  #6
  • Journey Into Mystery (Thor) [3] - #83 (1st Thor)  #84  #85 (1st Loki)    
  • Marvel Tales [1] - #1 (says "72 Page Annual" on cover)
  • Sgt. Fury [1] - #1 (1st Nick Fury)  
  • Strange Tales (Human Torch, Dr. Strange) [2] - #110 (1st Dr. Strange)  - Annual #1 (aka 1st Annual Marvel put out)
  • Tales of Suspense (Iron Man) [2] - #39 (Origin/1st App)  #57 (1st Hawkeye)
  • Tales to Astonish (Ant-Man) [1] - #27 (1st Hank Pym, not in costume) 
  • X-Men [29]- #1 (origin/1st app)  #2  #4 (1st Quicksilver/Scarlet Witch)  #5  #6  #8 (1st Unus)  #10 (1st SA Ka-Zar)  #12 (1st Juggernaut)  #13  #17  #18  #26  #27  #28 (1st Banshee)  #32  #33  #35 (Spider-Man)  #40 (1st Marvel Frankenstein)  #52  #54  #63  #64 (1st Sunfire)  #65  #68  #71  #73  #75   #83   #89


Silver Age Marvel Complete Runs

These extend into the Bronze and Modern Ages...

  • Amazing Spider-Man(including Amazing Fantasy #15) - run begins Aug/Sept 1962
  • Avengers - run begins Sept 1963
  • Captain America(including Avengers #4 + Sgt. Fury #13 + Tales of Suspense #58 up) - run begins Mar 1964
  • Daredevil - run begins Apr 1964
  • S.H.I.E.L.D.(Strange Tales #135 up) - run begins Aug 1965
  • Silver Surfer(including all FF appearances) - run begins Mar 1966, Silver Surfer series runs Aug 1968 thru Sept 1970
  • Captain Marvel (including Marvel Super-Heroes #12-13) - run begins Dec 1967, Captain Marvel solo series begins May 1968 and runs thru 1979 

--> and here we start bumping up against the Bronze Age as far as  Marvel 'runs' go

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