The Brave and the Bold
Introduction to The Brave and the Bold
The Brave and the Bold was a comic book published by DC Comics. Its first volume ran for 200 issues and lasted from August 1955 to July 1983. The comic was originally an anthology series with stories taking place in the past and featuring characters such as Golden Gladiator, Robin Hood, the Silent Knight, and the Viking Prince.
The title was reinvented with Brave and the Bold #23 from April/May 1959 to try out characters and concepts both old and new, and specifically to gauge the possibility of launching new titles. Safety first, issues #23 and #24 featured solo stories of the long running Viking Prince. With Brave and the Bold #25 the first new concept was unveiled with the first appearance of the Suicide Squad. Brave and the Bold #28 in March 1960 saw the first hit with the introduction of the Justice League of America. Other first appearances include Cave Carson, Hawkman, Strange Sports and Metamorpho. Some notable artists who worked on the title during this phase include Mike Sekowsky, Joe Kubert, Mort Meskin, Ross Andru, Carmine Infantino and Ramona Fradon.
In 1963, the Brave and the Bold was retooled again starting with issue 50 as a team-up title between established characters. In 1966, Batman became extremely popular, due in no small part to the television series starring Adam West. The title became exclusively a Batman team-up book from issue #74 to its cancellation with issue #200. It was during this period that Neal Adams' versions of Batman and Green Arrow first became popular. Nemisis is introduced and runs as a backup feature from Brave and the Bold #166 through 192. Notable artists besides Neal Adams during this stretch include Nick Cardy and Jim Aparo.
The Brave and the Bold was revived as a six-issue limited series starring Green Arrow, The Question, and The Butcher in December 1991, lasting until June 1992. A second limited series was published from October 1999 to March 2000, titled Flash and Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold. The Brave and the Bold was revived as an ongoing series in April 2007. Like the previous ongoing series, it was a team-up title, although not specifically a Batman team-up title. It featured longer storylines that lasted several issues and featured creators such as Mark Waid, Marv Wolfman and J. Michael Straczynski with George Perez and Jesus Saiz as the principle artists.
Brief History of Brave and the Bold #28
The jewel of any Brave & Bold collection would be Brave and the Bold #28, the first appearance of the Justice League of America. The father of the Silver Age, editor Julius Schwartz, was tabbed with reviving the Justice Society of America. Up to this point, he had revived the Flash and Green Lantern. A little closer to his heart was the successful creation Adam of Strange, a science-fiction character. With this string of successes, he was the natural choice. But Julie had a problem the old Society as he explains in his biography "Man of Two Worlds".
"When I took it upon myself to "Silver Age" the "Golden Age" Justice Society of America, I changed the name to the Justice League of America. I didn't like the Justice Society because it sounded too much like a "club" name like "high society" or something. "Society" was such a quiet word, and the readers were more familiar with "League" from the National League and the American League."
Long time Justice Society writer Gardner Fox and artist Mike Sekowsky combined for this and the next 65 adventures of the League.
Characters from Brave and the Bold #28
Julius Schwartz had edited All Star Comics during the last several years of the run and kept the Justice Society at seven members. But the Silver Age hadn"t really ramped up yet and membership in his new Justice League was going to have to encompass nearly every super-hero in the DC stable. The original line-up included Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern and making their first cover appearances anywhere were back-up heroes Aquaman and Martian Manhunter. Snapper Carr, the Justice League"s mascot, makes his debut.
Plot Summary of Brave and the Bold #28
Aquaman gets word from his friend Peter the Puffer Fish that an alien starfish like creature has landed in the ocean. Following it at a safe distant, Peter watches as Starro imbues three starfish with powers and deputizes them to help him with his plan to conqueror earth. Aquaman alerts the team. Chairman Flash breaks up them up into three teams to defeat the agents. Battle ensues but Flash notices one young man in Happy Harbor is not entranced by the agent there. Could this lead to the solution to stopping "Starro the Conqueror"?
How much is Brave and the Bold #28 worth?
According to the 2019 Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide a 9.2 copy is valued at $90,000. The Brave and the Bold #28 is ranked 5th on Overstreet"s Top 50 Silver Age Comics.
What is the most expensive Brave and the Bold sold at auction?
In 2013, a CGC 9.2 copy of Brave and the Bold #28 sold for $120,000.
What Brave and the Bold issues are valuable?
Brave and the Bold #28 is the priciest of the group but there have been a number of 5-figure sales.
Brave and the Bold #29 Value
The Justice League"s 2nd appearance also takes 2nd place for the second most valuable B&B. In November of 2015 a CGC 9.4 sold for $38,240.
Brave and the Bold #25 Value
The 1st appearance of the Suicide Squad ranks 3rd, due in large part to the movie. It garnered a cool $25,000 for a CGC 9.2 in July of 2015. Revived in 1986, Suicide Squad went on to a long successful run. It was this concept adapted for the big screen. The new Squad would be barely recognizable by readers of the original strip.
Brave and the Bold #30 Value
Selling in 2013, the Justice League"s 3rd and last try-out issue sold for $17,000 in CGC 9.2.
Brave and the Bold #34 Value
Hawkman"s Silver Age debut flew to 5-figure heights way back in 2007 when the CGC 9.4 Western Penn copy went for $12,010.
Brave and the Bold #54 Value
They didn't have a name yet but the team-up of Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad sold for $10,755 when someone purchased the Don Maggie Thompson CGC 9.6 copy from a Heritage auction in September of 2017. We know them now as the founding members of The Teen Titans.
How much is Brave and the Bold #1 Worth?
$3,120 is the highest price ever paid. Why is this on the list? Well, the highest certified copy ever publicly sold at auction is a CGC 7.0. CGC has only certified two higher, one at 7.5 and one at 8.0. If a truly high-grade copy ever surfaces, it"s sure to join the 5-figure club.
Brave and the Bold #28 Cover Art
The cover art for Brave and the Bold #28 is courtesy of Mike Sekowsky and Murphy Anderson. This art has never surfaced.
Other valuable Brave and the Bold art
Hawkman's first appearance in Brave and the Bold #34 takes top prize at Heritage Auctions selling for $89,625 in May of 2012. Next up is the next issue"s splash page going for $36,000 in November of 2019. Both of these are by Joe Kubert. Murphy Anderson takes the next two spots with complete 8-page chapters, both for $28,800. Brave and the Bold #61, Chapter 1 sold in August 2019 and previously in May 2019 Brave and the Bold #62, Chapter 2. Our 3rd featured artist is Jim Aparo and his cover to Brave and the Bold #124 selling for $28,680 in May of 2018.
How rare is Brave and the Bold #28?
For an early Silver Age comic, it's not exceptionally difficult to locate one. However, if you are looking for a high-grade copy it should be noted as of April 2020 CGC has only certified 5 copies at 9.2 or higher. There is some fierce competition when they appear on the market.
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