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Showcase Comics Price Guide #30-#60

Showcase Comics Price Guide For Issues #30 to #60
by Christopher Tanis and Ashley Cotter-Cairns

Part two of this series shows you values for issues #30 to #60 of Showcase. Click here to see values for #1 to #29, and here to see values for #61 to #104.

In the first part of this series of comic book price guides, we learned how the Silver Age of comics had basically been created when The Flash was rebooted, as Showcase #4 relaunched superheroes into the 1950s.

There were many super-key issues in that run of 29 issues, including first Silver Age super-team (Challengers of the Unknown in Showcase #6), and the Silver Age relaunch of the Green Lantern in Showcase #22.

Along the way, Showcase comics also gave Rip Hunter, Space Ranger, Adam Strange and the Sea Devils their debuts.

Here are values for the next 30 issues.

Showcase Comics #30 (February 1961): Aquaman and Aqualad

Aquaman had never really gone away, but he hadn't ever been the superhero with the greatest presence in the DC universeShowcase #30 relaunched the character.

Aquaman was always hovering in the "third tier" of DC heroes, along with the likes of Green Arrow, Hawkman, J'onn J'onnz or the Red Tornado.

Showcase #30 (February 1961): Aquaman and Aqualad. Click for values

Aquaman had been appearing in Adventure Comics, pretty much continuously, as one of the regular features in that comics anthology format, since 1955.

He would continue to do, along with regular monthly appearances in the Justice League of America comic, even after this Showcase attempt to create a new buzz for him, until he got his own title the following year. Aquaman and Aqualad's four-issue run (through #33) in Showcase clearly had the intended effect. 

Written by Jack Miller and penciled by Ramona Fradon (and in the next three issues by Nick Cardy), Showcase #30 is worth a good sum, even in worn condition.

While Showcase didn't really reboot Aquaman or change the character in any way, it did give him a wide audience, wide enough to support a ten-year run with his own title.  

Record sale: $6,900

Minimum value (poor but complete): $20

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Showcase #31: Aquaman and Aqualad appearances. Click for values

Showcase #31

Record sale: $1,700
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #32: Aquaman and Aqualad appearances. Click for values

Showcase #32

Record sale: $3,500
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #33: Aquaman and Aqualad appearances. Click for values

Showcase #33

Record sale: $630
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase Comics 34 (October 1961): First Appearance of the Silver Age Atom (Ray Palmer)

Ho-hum, another issue, another reboot. Following immediately on the heels of the successful reintroduction of Aquaman to a wide audience, DC gave The Atom the same treatment they'd given The Flash and Green Lantern, and in so doing created a very valuable comic book.

The Golden Age Atom, Al Pratt, had been a non-super-powered "98 lb. weakling" who had been trained by a top boxer until he was a fearsome foe in terms of fisticuffs.

The new Atom, Ray Palmer, was a scientist who developed a shrinking device with a piece of "white dwarf star matter" (oh, 1961!) that had the unfortunate side effect of making whatever it shrunk explode within an hour. Ray is forced to use it on himself to rescue his girlfriend and a group of students after a cave-in puts a stop to their spelunking expedition.

Luckily, he does not explode, owing, apparently to some mysterious and unknown quality (that he alone possesses) which allows his body to remain stable as it shrinks. Bit of good fortune, that.

Showcase #34 was written by Gardner Fox, and illustrated by the always-wonderful Gil Kane, who was making quite a name for himself at DC after revamping Green Lantern a few years before.

He also supplied the cover, which is typical early-60s Kane work: dynamic, fresh, energetic, and futuristic. No one can render arm muscles like Gil Kane, as the cover for Showcase #34 should amply prove.

The same team would continue the work in Showcase #35 and #36, spring boarding the Atom into his own title by June of 1962, which would run until 1968. Poor sales resulted in the addition of the equally-hapless Hawkman, which didn't help much. Atom & Hawkman only lasted a year.

Record sale: $24,000

Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Showcase #35, second Silver Age appearance of The Atom. Click for values

Showcase #35

Record sale: $10,000
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #36, third Silver Age appearance of The Atom. Click for values

Showcase #36

Record sale: $8,000
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase Comics #37 (April 1962): Metal Men

Showcase was making a pretty hot run of it at this point. Coming off three months of The Atom, and before that, four issues of Aquaman, it seems like some pretty important and ground-breaking stuff was happening in the pages of Showcase every month.

Showcase #37 saw the first appearance of the Metal Men.

Showcase #37 (April 1962): Metal Men first appearance. Click for values

What's that? Oh, yes, the Metal Men. Well, the Metal Men are important, every bit as important as, say, the Doom Patrol.

Oh, all right. Sure, the Metal Men were always misfits at DC, but their weirdness made them great, and it all begins here, from the typewriter of Robert Kanigher and the pencils of Ross Andru.

The Metal Men were six artificially intelligent robots, created by scientist Dr. Will Magnus, with super-powers that reflected the properties of the six metallic elements for which they were named.

Gold was the leader, and had great ductility and stretching powers. Iron was super-strong and heavy. Lead was heavy and strong, but slow-witted, and could form a radiation shield. Mood-swinging Mercury could turn to liquid and pass through the tiniest openings. Tin was insecure and lightweight. Platinum was beautiful, and could stretch or flatten herself at will, like Gold.

Their appearances in Showcase #37 and for the next three issues (through Showcase #40) gathered enough response to justify their own title, which ran for six years and 41 issues as a bi-monthly. Showcase #37 is worth a good amount even in mid-grade.

Record sale: $1,700

Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Showcase #38 (1962): Metal Men appearance. Click for values

Showcase #38

Record sale: $6,500
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #39 (1962): Metal Men appearance. Click for values

Showcase #39

Record sale: $575
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #40 (1962): Metal Men appearance. Click for values

Showcase #40

Record sale: $2,700
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #42: Tommy Tomorrow. Click for values

Showcase #41

Record sale: $950
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #43: Tommy Tomorrow. Click for values

Showcase #42

Record sale: $830
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase Comics 43 (March 1963) Dr. No, featuring James Bond

Showcase #43 (March 1963) Dr. No, featuring James Bond. Click for values

DC jumped on the James Bond craze in 1963 (even President Kennedy had said he loved reading Ian Fleming's James Bond novels) with this loose adaptation of the 1962 film, Dr. No with Showcase #43.

DC licensed the American comic book rights to publish James Bond comics, and purchased the American publishing rights to a British Classics Illustrated adaptation of Dr. No that had been printed the previous year.

It was the first time that James Bond would appear in an American comic book, and pretty much the last for ten years.

DC decided not to run an ongoing Bond comic, although that must have been a consideration, given that Showcase was a "tryout" comic.

The pencils are by British artist Norman Nodell. Showcase #43 is surprisingly valuable considering it is a reprint of a British comic.

Record sale: $4,700

Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Showcase #44: Tommy Tomorrow. Click for values

Showcase #44

Record sale: $475
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #46: Tommy Tomorrow. Click for values

Showcase #46

Record sale: $700
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #48: Cave Carson appearance. Click for values

Showcase #48

Record sale: $1,200
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #45: Sgt. Rock appearance. Click for values

Showcase #45

Record sale: $2,600
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #47: Tommy Tomorrow. Click for values

Showcase #47

Record sale: $450
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #49: Cave Carson appearance. Click for values

Showcase #49

Record sale: $1,250
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #50: I-Spy. Click for values

Showcase #50

Record sale: $375
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #51: I-Spy. Click for values

Showcase #51

Record sale: $325
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #53: GI Joe appearance. Click for values

Showcase #53

Record sale: $700
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #55: first Silver Age appearance of the Golden Age Green Lantern and Solomon Grundy. Origins of Dr. Fate and Hourman. Click for values

Showcase #55

Record sale: $2,800
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #52: Cave Carson appearance. Click for values

Showcase #52

Record sale: $1,150
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #54: GI Joe appearance. Click for values

Showcase #54

Record sale: $650
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #56: Dr. Fate and Hourman appearance. Click for values

Showcase #56

Record sale: $1,000
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #57: Enemy Ace, 4th appearance. Click for values

Showcase #57

Record sale: $1,250
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #58: Enemy Ace appearance. Click for values

Showcase #58

Record sale: $800
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #59: third appearance of the Teen Titans. Click for values

Showcase #59

Record sale: $1,400
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase Comics #60 (February 1966): The Spectre

The Spectre was, and remains, one of the most unusual heroes in comic books. He turns up in unusual places at unusual times.

Showcase #60 (February 1966): The Spectre. Click for values

At present, he's been retconned into a sort of personified embodiment of the wrath of god, but back in 1966, he was still no more than the avenging spirit of the murdered police officer Jim Corrigan.

However, it should be noted that the avenging spirit of Jim Corrigan was far more powerful than he'd been in his early 1940s heyday, so powerful as to approach omnipotence.

Showcase #60 and Showcase Comics #61 are a two-part Spectre story, written by Gardner Fox and penciled by Murphy Anderson, in which the Ghostly Guardian (weren't those DC editors slick with their superhero nicknames?) combats the evil Azmodus and the eternal villain Shathan to save the earth from destruction.

Do they sound devilish enough? Just take the letter "h" out of Shathan's name and you'll get the idea. Julius Schwartz spared no expense.

The Spectre has always been cool. The bad guys fear him with good reason.

Record sale: $3,100

Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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