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Showcase Comics Price Guide #61-#104

Showcase Comics Price Guide For Issues #61 to #104
by Christopher Tanis and Ashley Cotter-Cairns

The final part of this series shows you values for issues #61 to #104 (final issue) of Showcase. Click here to see values for #1 to #29, and here to see values for #30 to #60.

In the first part of this series of comic book price guides, we learned how the Silver Age of comics began with Showcase #4, which not only re-introduced an all-new Flash, but at the same time relaunched superheroes into the 1950s.

In the second part of the series, we looked at some more very important re-appearances, including the Silver Age Aquaman's origin in Showcase #30, and the Silver Age Atom relaunch in Showcase #34.

Metal Men also debuted in Showcase #37, and DC's brief flirtation with an official James Bond comic book in Showcase #43.

Here are values for the final run of Showcase comics.

Showcase #61: Spectre appearance. Click for values

Showcase #61

Record sale: $900
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #62: Origin and first appearance of the Inferior Five. Click for values

Showcase #62

Record sale: $800
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #63: Inferior Five appearance. Click for values

Showcase #63

Record sale: $575
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase Comics #64: The Spectre

Showcase #64: The Spectre appearance. Click for values

The Spectre returned in Showcase #64, a stand-alone story in which the Spectre is pitted against a criminal named Ace Chance who has just died.

His spirit takes over the body of Jim Corrigan while the Spectre is still out of it, and the Spectre must get Chance out of his corporeal host.

The cover of Showcase #64 has the somber and ghostly Spectre, lines of magical force emanating from his hands, telling Chance rather vehemently, "Out of my body, you SQUATTER!"

Record sale: $1,000

Minimum value (poor but complete): $5

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Showcase #65: Inferior Five appearance. Click for values

Showcase #65

Record sale: $400
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #66. Click for values

Showcase #66

Record sale: $250
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #68. Click for values

Showcase #68

Record sale: $380
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #67. Click for values

Showcase #67

Record sale: $180
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #69. Click for values

Showcase #69

Record sale: $775
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #70. Click for values

Showcase #70

Record sale: $200
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #71. Click for values

Showcase #71

Record sale: $130
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #72. Click for values

Showcase #72

Record sale: $300
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase Comics #73 (April 1968): The Creeper

Steve Ditko's Creeper is one of the most underappreciated super heroes of the Silver Age, or of any era.

Showcase #73 (April 1968): Origin and first appearance of The Creeper. Click for values

Steve Ditko was still at the top of his game in 1968, and Showcase #73 testifies to that, with a wildly original story (plotted by Ditko, scripted by Don Segall) and top-notch pencils in Ditko's classically clean, limber, energetic style.

The Creeper begins as Jack Ryder, disgraced TV host-turned-security-guard, hired to look into the case of Professor Yatz, a scientist who has been kidnapped by communists who plan to spirit him away to the USSR. Ryder tracks the professor to the chief mobster's house, where a costume party is underway.

Ryder picks up whatever odds and ends he can find at a costume shop: yellow tights and make-up, green gloves, trunks, and wig, and a shaggy red cape. Thus costumed, he rescues Yatz but is shot by the communist mobsters.

The professor gives Ryder a serum that heals his wound, and gives him healing powers, super strength, and agility. Professor Yatz also implants a device in Ryder's wound (before it closes) that enables Ryder to make his costume appear or disappear at will. Ryder christens himself The Creeper, and the rest is history.

After this one issue, the Creeper got his own comic, which didn't last long, but Showcase Comics #73 is a minor classic.

Record sale: $1,150

Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Showcase #74. Click for values

Showcase #74

Record sale: $425
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase Comics #75 (June 1968): Hawk and Dove

Another late-Silver-Age Steve Ditko creation in Showcase #75, the Hawk and the Dove are a pair of twin brothers who embody opposing attitudes towards war.

Showcase #75 (June 1968): Origin and first appearance of Hawk and Dove by Steve Ditko. Click for values

Ditko had Vietnam very much on his mind when he created the characters Hank and Don Hall, sons of a judge.

Hank is a conservative "hawk" on war and in general, always ready to fight for what he perceives to be the common good, or for revenge. Don is a liberal "dove," a pacifist who thinks violence is never the answer unless there is no other choice, and who tries to think his way out of trouble rather than use his fists.

Hank and Don are accidentally trapped in a closet while tracking down the assassins who critically wounded their father, and are in the midst of an argument when they are interrupted by the voices of a Lord of Chaos and a Lord of Order.

They tell them that they can achieve superpowers by saying the names "Hawk" and "Dove," giving them swell costumes as well as the usual increased speed, strength, and agility, and yada yada yada. They defeat the goons and rescue their father.

One of the more original and timely concepts for a superhero team, to be sure. Hawk and Dove got their own series, but it was too good and too thoughtful to last very long.

Internal strife, including the departure of Steve Ditko, didn't help much, and the series only lasted six issues. This singleton issue, Showcase #75, while quite interesting and a beautiful example of Steve Ditko in his prime, does not bring in as much as The Creeper's debut.

Record sale: $600

Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Showcase Comic #76: First appearance of Bat Lash. Click for values

Showcase #76

Record sale: $500
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #78. Click for values

Showcase #78

Record sale: $260
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #77. Click for values

Showcase #77

Record sale: $725
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #79. First appearance of Dolphin and origin of Aqualad. Click for values

Showcase #79

Record sale: $180
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase Comics #80 (November 1968): Phantom Stranger

Showcase #80 (November 1968): First Silver Age appearance of the Phantom Stranger. Click for values

The Phantom Stranger hadn't appeared since 1952 when DC brought him back in Showcase #80.

Certainly a queer duck, the Stranger was one part supernatural hero, a la the Spectre, one part horror anthology host, a la EC's Crypt Keeper, and one part enigmatic but charismatic spook and spook debunker, a la Barnabas Collins crossed with Dick Cavett, James Randi, and Patrick Jane.

At this point, the Phantom Stranger was in his "hoax debunking" mode, on a mission to show the world the myriad of ways in which it is conned into thinking it is experiencing the supernatural, including one story in which he squares off against Dr. 13.

Showcase Comics #80 was written by John Broome and Mike Friedrich, and illustrated by Jerry Grandenetti, Carmine Infantino, and Leonard Starr. The capper is a beautifully moody cover by Neal Adams, in one of his earliest DC appearances.

Showcase #80 is, like all the other later issues of Showcase, a victim of the lower values of later Silver Age comics in general. Even the Neal Adams cover and the Silver Age reintroduction of the Phantom Stranger can't bring values up.

Record sale: $675

Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Showcase #81. Click for values

Showcase #81

Record sale: $530
Minimum value: $5
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DC Showcase #83. Click for values

Showcase #83

Record sale: $475
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #82. Click for values

Showcase #82

Record sale: $500
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #84. Click for values

Showcase #84

Record sale: $280
Minimum value: $5
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Showcase #85. Click for values

Showcase #85

Record sale: $75
Minimum value: $1
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Showcase #86. Click for values

Showcase #86

Record sale: $100
Minimum value: $1
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DC Comics Showcase #88. Click for values

Showcase #88

Record sale: $65
Minimum value: $1
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Showcase #87. Click for values

Showcase #87

Record sale: $70
Minimum value: $1
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Showcase #89. Click for values

Showcase #89

Record sale: $120
Minimum value: $1
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DC Comics Showcase #90. Click for values

Showcase #90

Record sale: $100
Minimum value: $1
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Showcase #91: Manhunter 2070. Click for values

Showcase #91

Record sale: $100
Minimum value: $1
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Showcase #92: Manhunter 2070. Click for values

Showcase #92

Record sale: $100
Minimum value: $1
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Showcase #93: Manhunter 2070. Click for values

Showcase #93

Record sale: $100
Minimum value: $1
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Showcase Comics #94 (September 1977), Bronze Age Relaunch: The New Doom Patrol

Showcase #94 (September 1977), Bronze Age Relaunch: The New Doom Patrol. Click for values

Showcase Comics was canceled in 1970, with #93. Revived in 1977 with Showcase #94, it picked up right where it left off, this time with the new Doom Patrol.

Aptly starting off its new run with a reboot, Showcase #94 reveals that not all of the original Doom Patrol had died in 1968: It seems that Robotman's head, upper torso, and one arm had survived the off-shore explosion in which the Doom Patrol had sacrificed themselves to save the tiny fishing village of (I kid you not) Codsville.

Robotman's arm was undamaged enough to swim his head and torso to shore, it seems, and who should happen to be in the middle of a beach vacation, on that very beach, on that very day? Dr. Will Magnus, the man behind the Metal Men, who rescued Robotman and built him a new, much higher-tech robot body.

Robotman is joined in the new Doom Patrol by two new female heroes, Celsius and Negative Woman, and a male hero, Tempest.

Unfortunately, the impending DC Implosion meant that there would be no new regular series for the new Doom Patrol after their three-issue run in Showcase.

It would take ten more years for DC to start a new Doom Patrol title, but that's outside the realm of our discussion here.

Showcase #94, being a later Bronze Age comic, is worth significantly less than its earlier counterparts.

Record sale: $40

Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Showcase #95: Doom Patrol appearance. Click for values

Showcase #95

Record sale: $70
Minimum value: $1
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Showcase #96: Doom Patrol appearance. Click for values

Showcase #96

Record sale: $50
Minimum value: $1
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Showcase Comics #97 (February 1978): Power Girl

Power Girl, introduced in 1976, was Kara Zor-L, the Earth-Two version of Supergirl. DC had gone crazy for Earth-Two in the DC Explosion and younger Earth-Two heroes were a must.

Showcase #97 (February 1978): Power Girl. Click for values

Kara (secret identity "Karen Starr") was just what the doctor ordered, or so the powers that be at DC must have thought.

She was young, she was new, she was powerful, she was Kryptonian, and she had the kind of impossibly hourglass-shaped anatomy that only Joe Staton could ever pencil.

Power Girl's three-issue arc in the new Showcase started in Showcase #97 with a rather ho-hum story that was designed solely to introduce her to comic readers as an alternative to Supergirl.

Paul Levitz scripted, while Joe Staton supplied the cheesecake pencils. Even with a disastrously foreshortened leg in the Staton-drawn cover art for Showcase #97, you can see exactly how desperate DC was getting.

Kara Zor-L was alright, but it should have been apparent by that time that pin-up girls don't sell comics. OK, well, maybe they do now, but they didn't in 1978.

Record sale: $125

Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Showcase #98: Power Girl appearance. Click for values

Showcase #98

Record sale: $125
Minimum value: $1
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Showcase #99: Power Girl appearance. Click for values

Showcase #99

Record sale: $60
Minimum value: $1
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DC Comics Showcase #100 features most of the characters who appeared in the series. Click for values

Showcase #100

Record sale: $85
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Showcase Comics #101 (June 1978): Hawkman

Oh, Hawkman. It's not like Carter Hall (Thanagarian name: Katar Hol) was a bad idea for a superhero. He had wings, he was an alien, there was the whole hawk mask thing, and he didn't wear a shirt. What's not to like?

Showcase #101 (June 1978): Hawkman returns. Click for values

Well, something wasn't to like, because Hawkman was the red-headed stepchild of the DC universe after his 1961 Silver Age reboot in Brave and the Bold #34.

He was shifted around from title to title, from backing feature to membership in more and more awkward teams, with his one shot at his own series in the 1960s lasting only a few years before being merged with The Atom because of poor sales.

Hawkman drifted around in the 1970s, with appearances in the JLA and The Brave and the Bold, and some guest-starring shots in other comics.

Showcase #101, #102, and #103 were supposed to change all of that. They didn't, really. Hawkman and his wife, the imaginatively-named Hawkwoman, get involved in this three-issue Showcase arc in what they eventually realize is a war between their home planet, Thanagar, and the planet Rann, adopted home of Adam Strange.

It continued in a backing feature in World's Finest, and eventually in the mini-series The Shadow War of Hawkman.

Showcase Comics #101, #102, and #103 are written by Jack Harris and penciled by Al Milgrom, and all three have Joe Kubert covers. Kubert does as good a job as anyone can of making Hawkman seem less stiff, but it isn't really enough.

Historically, they are important because they were the last superhero stories to appear in Showcase (it bit the dust after one more issue which featured war stories), but only Hawkman collectors value them especially. 

Record sale: $75

Minimum value (poor but complete): $1

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Showcase #102: Hawkman appearance. Click for values

Showcase #102

Record sale: $75
Minimum value: $1
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Showcase #103: Hawkman appearance. Click for values

Showcase #103

Record sale: $50
Minimum value: $1
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Showcase #104: Final Issue, Spies at War. Click for values

Showcase #104: Final Issue

Record sale: $60
Minimum value: $1
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