Trying to start a comic book collection can be an intimidating endeavor. I began collecting at a young age, which has it’s perks. For one thing, I had no idea what was good and what was bad. I just liked comics. I have no sense of values, or CGC grades, I just liked Green Lantern and Batman. Looking back on it now, I wish I could go back and just be jacked to get some torn up old back issue for pennies on the dollar.
But, unfortunately we grow up and so do our tastes, and our knowledge of what is good is and what is bad. Some comics are better that others, just like everything in life…What’s cool is that now we can take our time and figure out why Incredible Hulk #180 is so much better that Incredible Hulk #179. Incredible Hulk #180 is the first appearance of Wolverine by the way. A lot of you guys know that, which is awesome, but you are not my target readers. Sorry, but Collectors Corner is a segment targeted to fans that are either just starting or looking for something cool to add to their collections. Today we’re talking comic books, which is a daunting topic, but lets start somewhere that is both incredibly key and incredibly affordable.
Batman #357 released in March of 1983 and features the first appearances of two key characters in Batman lore. First off, this issue features the first appearance of Killer Croc, one of Batman’s classic foes and second off this issue features the first appearance of Jason Todd, who would go on to become the second Robin later that year. Killer Croc is awesome, but Jason Todd is one of the most interesting characters in Batman history. I’m not going to get into it, but read Death in the Family and Under the Red Hood. You will not be disappointed.
It’s cool enough to find an issue that is a first appearance of a major character, but to find an issue that introduced two major franchise characters is crazy. It’s a solid addition to any collector or a good starter point for someone trying to get into comics. The books is actually very reasonably priced. Bottom line for an certified near mint is usually around $50-$70 and it tops about in the $300-$350 range for a CGC 9.6-9.9 (You can see ebay listings HERE). Very affordable for such a key issue in the comic world. So have a looks and get your collection going!