First Graphic Novel

 FIG0   (First, 1984-1987)

™ and © First Comics, Inc. and Star*Reach Productions

By the late 1980s, graphic novesl had gone from expensive experiment to become prestige item for any self-respecting comic publisher. First Comics got into the act with their own line of graphic novels, giving some of their better properties a chance to tell longer, more detailed—and certainly better presented—stories than in their normal comic titles.

Book 3 of this series covers Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg. In the near future, Chicago is controlled by the conglomerate Plex, and the decadent populace is continuously bombarded by media-produced images of sex and violence. Enter Reuben Flagg, a soap-opera porn star sent to urban Hell when his career hits the skids. As a Plexus Ranger, it’s his job (so he’s told) to protect the civilized (so they claim) citizens from numerous terrorist gangs (funded by the Plex, of course).

Flagg gets fed up pretty quickly with the constant battles, corrupt cops, and dirty-dealing city officials (not the sex, though-that’s a good thing!) and takes matters into his own hands. He’s a man with a strong sense of American Democratic ideals, and he’s not above shoving those beliefs down everyone else’s throats.

Setting a new standard for adult comics, American Flagg! won numerous Eagle awards for excellence, and was even nominated for science fiction’s Nebula award.

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Book #1

Date: 1/1/1984
Cover Price: $5.95
NM Guide: $5.75
No copies available
BeowulfJerry BinghamJerry Bingham

Book #2

Date: 5/1/1985
Cover Price: $5.95
NM Guide: $6.00
7 copies available from $2.99
Time BeaversTimothy Truman, Mark AcresTimothy Truman

Book #3

Date: 6/1/1985
Cover Price: $11.95
NM Guide: $0.80
2 copies available from $0.60
American Flagg: Hard TimesHoward Chaykin, Michael MoorcockHoward Chaykin

Book #3 Limited Edition

Date:
Cover Price: $35.95
NM Guide: $35.95
No copies available
Signed and Numbered Limited Edition; Hardcover; American Flagg: Hard TimesHoward Chaykin, Michael MoorcockHoward Chaykin

Book #4

Date: 11/1/1985
Cover Price: $6.95
NM Guide: $3.75
3 copies available from $1.75
B&WMike BaronSteve Rude

Book #5

Date: 4/1/1986
Cover Price: $7.95
NM Guide: $6.50
No copies available
Enchanted Apples of OzEric Shanower, Harlan EllisonEric Shanower

Book #6

Date: 5/1/1986
Cover Price: $14.95
NM Guide: $2.50
1 copy available for $2.00
Elric of MelniboneMichael MoorcockP. Craig Russell

Book #7

Date: 10/1/1986
Cover Price: $7.95
NM Guide: $13.50
1 copy available for $4.99
Secret Island of OzEric ShanowerEric Shanower

Book #7 (2nd printing)

Date: 9/1/1990
Cover Price: $8.95
NM Guide: $9.00
No copies available
2nd PrintingEric ShanowerEric Shanower

Book #8

Date: 11/1/1986
Cover Price: $7.95
NM Guide: $5.75
1 copy available for $4.00
Time2Howard ChaykinHoward Chaykin

Book #9

Date: 12/1/1986
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (2nd printing)

Date: 7/1/1987
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $70.00
1 copy available for $25.00
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (3rd printing)

Date: 6/1/1988
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (4th printing)

Date: 9/1/1999
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (5th printing)

Date: 8/1/1989
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (6th printing)

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NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (7th printing)

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NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (8th printing)

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Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (9th printing)

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Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (10th printing)

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Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (11th printing)

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Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10

Date: 6/1/1987
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $70.00
1 copy available for $25.00
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (2nd printing)

Date: 6/1/1988
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (3rd printing)

Date: 3/1/1989
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $4.50
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (4th printing)

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Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (5th printing)

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Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (6th printing)

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Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (7th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (8th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (9th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #11

Date:
Cover Price: $14.95
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
Elric: Sailor on the Seas of FateRoy ThomasMichael T. Gilbert

Book #12

Date:
Cover Price: $7.95
NM Guide: $13.50
1 copy available for $4.95
Time2 Satisfaction of Black MariahHoward ChaykinHoward Chaykin

Book #13

Date:
Cover Price: $11.95
NM Guide: $12.00
No copies available
American Flagg: Southern ComfortHoward ChaykinHoward Chaykin

Book #14

Date: 11/1/1987
Cover Price: $7.95
NM Guide: $8.00
No copies available
The Ice King of OzEric ShanowerEric Shanower

Book #14 (2nd printing)

Date: 9/1/1990
Cover Price: $7.95
NM Guide: $8.00
No copies available
The Ice King of OzEric ShanowerEric Shanower

Book #15

Date: 12/1/1987
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $70.00
1 copy available for $25.00
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (2nd printing)

Date: 6/1/1988
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (3rd printing)

Date: 3/1/1989
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $4.50
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (4th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (5th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (6th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (7th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (8th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #16

Date:
Cover Price: $8.95
NM Guide: $9.00
No copies available
Badger: Hexbreaker  

Book #17

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $9.00
No copies available
   

Book #17 (2nd printing)

Date: 9/1/1990
Cover Price: $8.95
NM Guide: $9.00
No copies available
2nd Printing  

Book #18

Date: 11/1/1988
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $70.00
1 copy available for $25.00
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #18 (2nd printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #18 (3rd printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #18 (4th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #18 (5th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #18 (6th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #18 (7th printing)

Date:
Cover Price: $9.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #19

Date:
Cover Price: $8.95
NM Guide: $9.00
No copies available
Mazinger  

Book #20

Date:
Cover Price: $12.95
NM Guide: $13.00
No copies available
Team Yankee  

Book #21

Date: 9/1/1990
Cover Price: $14.95
NM Guide: $10.00
No copies available
Elric of MelniboneMichael Moorcock, Roy ThomasMichael T. Gilbert, George Freeman

Book #22

Date:
Cover Price: $19.95
NM Guide: $19.95
No copies available
Lone Wolf and Cub  

Book #23

Date:
Cover Price: $11.95
NM Guide: $12.00
No copies available
American Flagg: State of the Union  

Book #24

Date: 11/1/1989
Cover Price: $8.95
NM Guide: $9.00
No copies available
Grimjack: Demon KnightJohn OstranderFlint Henry

Book #25

Date:
Cover Price: $14.95
NM Guide: $15.00
No copies available
Elric: Weird of the White Wolf