07 April 2019

JLA Chess Comics

The last time we saw a comic book on Top eBay Chess Items by Price (March 2010) was Batman Plays Chess with the Joker (December 2011). According to my post, that comic 'received one bid and sold for US $750'.

The item pictured below was titled 'Justice League of America #1 CGC VG+ 4.5; OW-W; classic chess cover!'. It sold for around US $1300, 'Best offer accepted'.

The description simply repeated the title, so we have to look elsewhere for further information. My 'Batman/Joker' post explained the meaning of the cryptic 'CGC VG+ 4.5', which is a system for grading comics. The balloon on the comic cover says,

I've got this game rigged so that everytime Flash makes a move, a member of the Justice League disappears from the face of the earth!

More about the comic can be found at:-

Two subsequent Justice League covers featured chess (also from dc.fandom.com):-

The cover for no.61 is similar to no.1, and the page informs, 'The cover art is an homage to the cover of Justice League of America #1 (1960).' Why is no.178 dated 1980 but no.61 is dated 1992? Because the first is from a volume titled 'Justice League of America'; the second volume is titled 'Justice League America'.

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