Magazine issues you want to grab!

by Mike W


shang-240x300 Magazine issues you want to grab!In the comic world, there is an assumption that only key issues come from regular size comics. Well, that is actually not the case. Magazines have been produced for years from companies such as Marvel that are considered key issues. These magazine issues are different from comics, specifically with the size of the book. Magazines are much wider, taller, and sometimes thicker than regular comics. In reality, magazines are not hard to miss in comic stores as the outlook is very different. Below are some magazine key issues often over-looked by comic collectors.





star-1-220x300 Magazine issues you want to grab!Marvel Preview #4:

A magazine issue that depicts the first appearance of Star-Lord. A couple of years ago, this magazine was probably found in dollar bins, but that is not the case anymore. Marvel released two Guardians of the Galaxy movies in 2014 and 2017. The third movie is expected to be released in theatres in 2021 or 2022. These movies raised the popularity of the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy team, Star-Lord. The character portrayed by the very talented Chris Pratt and he has brought a happily, comedic feeling to the character to movie fans. The fans have responded nicely as the movie grossed hundreds of millions of dollars for Marvel.












sat-220x300 Magazine issues you want to grab!Marvel Preview #7:

It is very interesting that the next key magazine is also from the Marvel Preview series. Issue #7 details the first appearance of Star-Lord’s teammate of Guardians of the Galaxy team, Rocket Raccoon. In this issue, the character is first introduced as Rocky Raccoon and later renamed Rocket Raccoon. Rocket Raccoon is a talking animal that wields a gun to eliminate his enemies. The character is portrayed with Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) in the movies and voiced by Bradley Cooper. Cooper does an excellent job of portraying many comedic scenes as the character while saving the galaxy from destruction.













thing-228x300 Magazine issues you want to grab!Savage Tales #1:

Marvel and DC Comics have been rivals for as long as they have been in business. So it is especially common for both companies to introduce characters with similar traits. In Savage Tales #1, the issue introduces the first appearance of Man-Thing. This issue was published in May of 1971. Two months later, DC Comics would introduce Swamp Thing in House of Secrets #92 in July of 1971. These comic companies both decide to introduce very similar plant-like hero characters literally at the same time!

Savage Tales #1 introduces the humanoid swamp monster that protects plant life and fights along with other heroes such as Ghost Rider, Morbius, and Werewolf. This character is another undervalued hero Marvel could introduce to the MCU in the future to add to their supernatural lineup.












shang-240x300 Magazine issues you want to grab!Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1:

This issue is another key book that pertains to another key Marvel character, Shang Chi. The importance of this magazine is it depicts the fourth appearance of Shang Chi and the origin of the character. This book is totally undervalued for this character and could potentially be a great gain when we get more details of the upcoming movie. This issue could detail plot points in the upcoming movie.  If anything, the cover is also worth grabbing! The cover features the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee kicking a guy is pretty spectacular.

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Harry Hustle August 26, 2020 - 6:35 pm

Another magazine that’s all upside and very little downside in my humble opinion would be Deadly Hands of Kung Fu 19. This rarely mentioned gem gives us the White Tiger, the first Hispanic character in comics. With the rise of Miles Morales, another Puerto Rican character, along with other characters of color, this magazine is over due for some attention. White Tiger was often seen along Daredevil and Spider Man in the 1970s. Newer versions wore vibranium and even became the Black Panther. With the upcoming Shang Chi/Black Panther movies, and Miles currently being stuck in animated format, he could become a staple and provide some much needed Hispanic representation in the MCU. Finally, with less than 10 9.8s in CGC, how can you go wrong?

Mike W August 26, 2020 - 11:03 pm

Nice insight. That is a good key comic for that series. Marvel could be pushing for a martial arts scene in the coming future. Also, Marvel does not mind spreading the diversity in its characters.

Pugilisticphilosopher August 26, 2020 - 8:46 pm

Deadly Hands # 1 is a cannot miss ! With the emergence of Shang Chi as a major player in the MCU Iron Fist will not be far behind on the big screeen. This whole series is worth a long look. Plenty of potential for investment. But dont wait too long. They are already getting into triple digits.

Mike W August 26, 2020 - 11:03 pm

I agree. Martial arts is coming to the MCU with Shang Chi and Iron Fist leading the way!

Ewan August 26, 2020 - 8:53 pm

Actually, Deadly Hands of King Fu #2 is the issue that features the origin of Shang
Chi. Deadly Hands of Kung Go #2 is actually a reprint of Special Marvel Edition #15.

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 is still a key issue though, as it features the 1st appearance of the Sons of the Tiger.

There are many key issues in the Deadly Hands of Kung By series, #19 features the first appearance of the White Tiger, #22 is the first cameo of the Jack of Hearts, #23 is the first full appearance of the Jack of Hearts, #32 is the first appearance of the Daughters of the Dragon

Mike W August 26, 2020 - 11:05 pm

Wow, I guess I received the wrong information then. Looks like you are on point on this subject.
The series has plenty of speculation and worth grabbing for the future.

Nick Chatzigeorgiou August 27, 2020 - 5:39 am

Lets not also forget the dealy hands of kung fu 22 which is the first appearance of Jack of Hearts.

Mike W August 29, 2020 - 12:14 am

Good read man. The magazine series has great artwork and many key comics to grab.

Tim September 4, 2020 - 11:43 am

I’d like to suggest that another currently overlooked and undervalued magazine is Marvel Super Special #16 – the true first appearance of Boba Fett. This issue predates Star Wars 42 by a couple of months.

Mike W September 4, 2020 - 11:21 pm

Good read, but if the market does not accept that as the first appearance, it will be hard for collectors to buy in on that issue.
I appreciate your thinking outside the box.


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