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Suicide Squad 2
Confirmed characters for Suicide Squad 2 As a reminder, when James Gunn released these names, he also said "don't get too attached"
- 1st appearance and origin of The Thinker, a madman with genius level intellect and a degenerative nerve disease
- [Peter Capaldi confirmed for Suicide Squad 2]
- 1st appearance and origin of Peacemaker.
- Back on the list and shooting straight to number 2 is a book that until recently was just a mostly forgotten Charlton.
- No serious collecting conversation is complete without someone uttering the following words: "...but you know what's really undervalued? DC keys man. They're due. And when it happens, it's gonna be big."
- Like an end of the world prediction, the ascension of DC keys has been prophesied for decades but has never materialized.
- Now arguably the two most sought after issues in all of comics are DC Golden Age keys in Detective Comics #27 and Action Comics #1.
- But even in that era books like All-Star Comics #8 (1st Wonder Woman), Flash Comics #1 (1st Flash & 1st Hawkman) and More Fun Comics #73 (1st Aquaman & 1st Green Arrow) are seen as undervalued for their age, rarity and importance.
- Historically, there was a small boom in Superman keys when the Superman movie was released in 1978. This was when Action Comics #1 really started to move out front.
- And then again with Batman keys when the first Tim Burton Batman movie was released in 1989. Which is when Detective Comics #27 sailed past everything else to join Action Comics #1.
- But most of the other books that saw an uplift in that period are considered undervalued today. Batman #181 (1st Poison Ivy) for instance is one of the clearest examples.
- Compare it to another villain 1st appearance from the very same year but from Marvel in Fantastic Four #48 (1st Galactus) which averages $1,500 in CGC 5.5 vs $500 for Batman #181.
- This is a very familiar shortfall when compared to their Marvel counterparts.
- And yes, Marvel has the MCU but even DCU blockbusters seem to have no material impact on back issue prices. Again, Wonder Woman is a prime example.
- Add to that the shockingly small when you actually sit down and look at the numbers population of copies for the DC keys coupled with their older age and it does seem like something is amiss.
- Is it the accessibility of storytelling? DC and Marvel are both guilty of the continuity verging on the incomprehensible. And DC in fact has the far stronger library of standalone entry points in Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns, Kingdom Come, Year One, Killing Joke, Red Son, Death of Superman etc.
- Is it the accessibility of character? Perhaps. DC's characters are harder to relate to. Their relationship to the mere mortals is akin to gods. Marvel's gods at least have clay feet.
- Nevertheless, in all these years and and with all those hit movies and tv shows what happened this week has never happened before with a DC key.
- It happens all the time with Marvel keys (and did again just this month with Avengers #8). But there is no previous comp with a DC key.
- A non-key book that was completely ignored absolutely exploded in interest based on a media announcement with prices at many multiples of what they were pre-announcement.
- Fightin' Five #40 turned heads everywhere with its recent sales.
- This week we saw a flurry of activity and chatter as collectors sought out the rather limited copies of this book that are available.
- On eBay, a CGC 7.5 closed at $2,184 and an 8.5 closed at $2,900. The all-time high for a 7.5 prior to the announcement was $450. And there was no recorded sale ever for an 8.5.
- Remember earlier when I talked about the DC keys being scarer? This book is no exception.
- A look at the CGC census shows us that there only 210 copies of this book have ever been graded.
- Compare that to 5,500 copies of Fantastic Four #48 which came out the same year (I bet earlier you thought I just picked that year at random.
- Oh wait, did I say 210? I meant 21. Twenty one!.
- This is the potential of DC keys. If this book isn't just an anomaly but the first sign of a long foretold awakening of a slumbering giant then the next likely targets are other Suicide Squad 1st appearances.
- Superman #4 (1st Bloodsport) and Batman Adventures #12 (1st Harley Quinn) are the next obvious choices but measuring the volume of conversation shows us that Superboy #9 (1st King Shark), Fury of Firestorm #35 (1st Weasel) and Detective Comics #300 (1st Polka-Dot Man) are close behind.
- And from there, look to major DC keys with few copies avaliable to potentially blow up.
- Which books you ask? Won't your old pals at Key Collector Comics make some suggestions?
- Well, ask real nice (and by that I mean shame, berate and threaten) and KCC head honcho Nick 'what's so special about Hulk 181??' Coglianese might just make such a category.
- In August, DC unleashed a barrage of news during their online convention, DC Fandome including a trailer and behind the scenes video for The Suicide Squad directed by Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn.
- Last month, it was announced that James Gunn would write all and direct some of the episodes of a Peacemaker series for HBO Max.
- The show has already received a straight to series commitment and shows not just the networks faith but the faith of the entire media conglomerate in Cena, Gunn, their portrayal of the character and the movie itself.
- 1st team appearance of Onslaught AKA Jihad: Chimera (Nightshade), Djinn, Jaculi, Manticore, Ravan and Rustam
- 1st appearance of Simon LaGrieve
- *'Trial by Fire' story arc (#1-#8) - teased by James Gunn as the inspiration for Suicide Squad
- 📈 +900% copies sold versus the previous week
- 1st comic book appearance of Harley Quinn
- Introduced as a villain and a romantic interest for the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series
- Along with Deadpool, she is arguably the most popular character created in the last 30 years and this book is a collector blue chip
- 1st appearance of Booster Gold and his sidekick Skeets
- 1st appearance of Blackguard
- [Pete Davidson is confirmed for the role of Blackguard in The Suicide Squad]
- [September 2020 - James Gunn confirms Davidson will also play a role in the John Cena Peacemaker spin-off series for HBO Max]
- 1st appearance of Amanda Waller, director of the Suicide Squad
- [Voila Davis confirmed for Suicide Squad 2]
- 1st appearance of Captain Marvel after Crisis on Infinite Earths integrated the Fawcett characters into the DC Universe
- 1st appearance of Brimstone
- 1st team appearance of the Suicide Squad: Rick Flag, Jess Bright, Karin Grace, Hugh Evans
- [Joel Kinnaman confirmed as Rick Flag for Suicide Squad 2]