Aristocrats of War #9 – Key Issues – Star Spangled War Stories
Keys and Notable Issues from Star Spangled War Stories
Confusing can be a recurring thing in comic issue numbering, and refusing to be outdone, DC gives us Star Spangled War Stories. Originally, Star Spangled War Stories was a re-titling of DC’s Star Spangled Comics with Issue #131–#133. Then DC jumped to Star Spangled War Stories #3, which continued until #204. With #205 the title is changed to The Unknown Soldier and runs until issue #268. So, you will find duplicated numbering for #131–133. Everyone understand?
Naturally, that renumbering fiasco will give us a few minor keys, depending on who you talk to and how they collect. Here’s my take:
1st Comic Titled Star Spangled War Stories
Pick it up if you see it, but don’t go out of your way. This book had some strange value spikes in 2010-2011 but should be settled now.
This issue follows #131-133, so truthfully it should have been #4.
Again, I would grab this one if you happen across it. There are 6 on the CGC Blue Label Census. in October this year a 7.5 went for $576 on Heritage. Easy money!
1st Cover by Joe Kubert in the series.
Joe Kubert is a big part of the series, with over 65 covers, credited for writing some issues, and even serving as Editor on some issues. Census is low at 5 with 7.0 being highest graded and bringing about $200 in the market.
1st Appearance of Mademoiselle Marie
Marie’s 1st appearance has been picking up steam over the last few years. With 46 copies on the census, this book isn’t terrible to track down, it will however dent your wallet. A 6.5 went for $1,225 in April of this year. Great book.
1st Appearance of Dinosaur Island and “War That Time Forgot” Series
While the importance of Dinosaur Island can be debated, the market value seems to dictate some sort of importance. Batman, Black Canary, G.I Robot, Batlash, and Enemy Ace have all been to Dinosaur Island, so it must be important! Right?! Flash didn’t think so. He destroyed it!
Again the census show plentiful copies, around 53. And the market was blown away with one of the 6 8.0’s selling at $2,150 in March.
1st Appearance of The Hangman and start of “Enemy Ace” series
This is a great pickup as it can be found relatively cheap and a key Enemy Ace book, featuring Enemy Ace’s arch-nemesis.
1st Appearance of the Unknown Soldier
The next 54 issues and 7 years of Star Spangled War Stories would feature the Unknown Soldier before renaming the series to “The Unknown Soldier”. This is a very affordable key issue for War collectors and is not hard to find.
As always thanks for reading and digging deeper into war comics with me!
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