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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  NotesWriterArtist

Book #1

  1/1/1984
  $5.95
  $5.75
No copies available
BeowulfJerry BinghamJerry Bingham

Book #2

  5/1/1985
  $5.95
  $4.75
8 copies available from $2.99
Time BeaversTimothy Truman, Mark AcresTimothy Truman

Book #3

  6/1/1985
  $11.95
  $0.55
1 copy available for $0.50
American Flagg: Hard TimesHoward Chaykin, Michael MoorcockHoward Chaykin

Book #3 Limited Edition

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

Book #4

  11/1/1985
  $6.95
  $4.25
2 copies available from $3.25
B&WMike BaronSteve Rude

Book #5

  4/1/1986
  $7.95
  $9.50
1 copy available for $3.99
Enchanted Apples of OzEric Shanower, Harlan EllisonEric Shanower

Book #6

  5/1/1986
  $14.95
  $16.00
1 copy available for $14.95
Elric of MelniboneMichael MoorcockP. Craig Russell

Book #7

  10/1/1986
  $7.95
  $13.50
1 copy available for $4.99
Secret Island of OzEric ShanowerEric Shanower

Book #7 (2nd printing)

  9/1/1990
  $8.95
  $9.00
No copies available
2nd PrintingEric ShanowerEric Shanower

Book #8

  11/1/1986
  $7.95
  $5.75
No copies available
Time2Howard ChaykinHoward Chaykin

Book #9

  12/1/1986
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (2nd printing)

  7/1/1987
  $9.95
  $135.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (3rd printing)

  6/1/1988
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (4th printing)

  9/1/1999
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (5th printing)

  8/1/1989
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (6th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (7th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (8th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (9th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (10th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #9 (11th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10

  6/1/1987
  $9.95
  $135.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (2nd printing)

  6/1/1988
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (3rd printing)

  3/1/1989
  $9.95
  $4.50
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (4th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (5th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (6th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (7th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (8th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #10 (9th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #11

 
  $14.95
  $15.00
No copies available
Elric: Sailor on the Seas of FateRoy ThomasMichael T. Gilbert

Book #12

 
  $7.95
  $13.50
1 copy available for $4.95
Time2 Satisfaction of Black MariahHoward ChaykinHoward Chaykin

Book #13

 
  $11.95
  $12.00
No copies available
American Flagg: Southern ComfortHoward ChaykinHoward Chaykin

Book #14

  11/1/1987
  $7.95
  $8.00
No copies available
The Ice King of OzEric ShanowerEric Shanower

Book #14 (2nd printing)

  9/1/1990
  $7.95
  $8.00
No copies available
The Ice King of OzEric ShanowerEric Shanower

Book #15

  12/1/1987
  $9.95
  $135.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (2nd printing)

  6/1/1988
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (3rd printing)

  3/1/1989
  $9.95
  $4.50
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (4th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (5th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (6th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (7th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #15 (8th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IIIKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #16

  3/1/1988
  $8.95
  $9.00
No copies available
Badger: HexbreakerMike BaronBill Reinhold

Book #17

 
  $9.95
  $9.00
No copies available
   

Book #17 (2nd printing)

  9/1/1990
  $8.95
  $9.00
No copies available
2nd Printing  

Book #18

  11/1/1988
  $9.95
  $135.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #18 (2nd printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #18 (3rd printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #18 (4th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #18 (5th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #18 (6th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #18 (7th printing)

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Turtles Book IVKevin Eastman, Peter LairdKevin Eastman, Peter Laird

Book #19

 
  $8.95
  $9.00
No copies available
Mazinger  

Book #20

 
  $12.95
  $13.00
No copies available
Team Yankee  

Book #21

  9/1/1990
  $14.95
  $10.00
No copies available
Elric of MelniboneMichael Moorcock, Roy ThomasMichael T. Gilbert, George Freeman

Book #22

 
  $19.95
  $19.95
No copies available
Lone Wolf and Cub  

Book #23

 
  $11.95
  $12.00
No copies available
American Flagg: State of the Union  

Book #24

  11/1/1989
  $8.95
  $9.00
No copies available
Grimjack: Demon KnightJohn OstranderFlint Henry

Book #25

 
  $14.95
  $15.00
No copies available
Elric: Weird of the White Wolf