Blue Beetle (Charlton, 4th Series)

 BBC4   (Charlton, 1967-1968)

™ and © Charlton Publications, Inc.

Before he was added to the DC Universe in the mid-80s, the Blue Beetle was the brainchild of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko for another company. In 1967, Charlton Comics gave the Blue Beetle his own short-lived title. Sharing the same name as a super-hero from the late 30s, Ditko’s Blue Beetle is Ted Kord, a scientific genius and millionaire who fights crime with a variety of high-tech gadgets including a beetle-shaped airship. Although the series only lasted five issues, the Blue Beetle served as the inspiration for Nite Owl in Alan Moore’s landmark mini-series Watchmen.

— Michael Sutton

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#1

  6/1/1967
  $0.12
  $600.00
1 copy available for $125.00
1st appearance of the Squid Gang; 1st appearance of the Question; 1st appearance of Vic Sage; 1st appearance of the Question (Vic Sage); Blue Beetle series continues from Captain Atom (Charlton) #89Steve Ditko, David Charles GlanzmanSteve Ditko

#1 (2nd printing)

 
  $0.35
  $92.00
No copies available
Reprints Blue Beetle (Charlton; Reprints Blue Beetle (Charlton 4th series) #1 with redone cover & $0.35 cover price; 1st appearance of the Question; 1st appearance of Vic Sage; 1st appearance of the Squid Gang; 1st appearance of the Question (Vic Sage); (Modern Comics Reprint); ca. 1977Steve Ditko, David Charles GlanzmanSteve Ditko

#2

  8/1/1967
  $0.12
  $30.00
No copies available
1st appearance of Banshee (Charlton); 1st letter page; Carl Gafford L.O.C.Steve Ditko, David Charles GlanzmanSteve Ditko

#3

  10/1/1967
  $0.12
  $27.00
3 copies available from $9.00
1st appearance of the MadmenSteve Ditko, David Charles GlanzmanSteve Ditko

#3 (2nd printing)

 
  $0.35
  $6.50
No copies available
Reprints Blue Beetle (Charlton; Reprints Blue Beetle (Charlton 4th series) #3 with redone cover & $0.35 cover price; 1st appearance of the Madmen; (Modern Comics Reprint); ca. 1977Steve Ditko, D.C. Glanzman, David Charles GlanzmanSteve Ditko

#4

  12/1/1967
  $0.12
  $29.00
1 copy available for $29.50
1st letters page in issue #2Steve Ditko, David Charles Glanzman, Steve SkeatesSteve Ditko

#5

  1/1/1968
  $0.12
  $22.00
2 copies available from $4.00
1st appearance of the Destroyer of Heroes; Final issue; Blue Beetle & Question team-up in 1st storySteve Ditko, David Charles GlanzmanSteve Ditko