The first officially distributed in the UK issue of The Flash across Britain was #109 cover-dated Nov 1959. The four issues before this (#105-108) that signalled the start of the Silver Age Flash character in his own series are always going to be unstamped cents copies. However the UK variants (as they have come to be called) are exactly the same in every way - printed at the same time on the same paper. The only difference is the cover stamp and some additional distributor information inside. The UK copy is in no way 'inferior' in quality to the US copy.
What distinguishes the early distributed variant UK issues of The Flash is their scarcity - #111 and #112 are particularly hard to find - and also the great array of villains that were introduced, right up there with the foes of Superman and Batman. Plus of course the great Carmine Infantino artwork.
The big key issue is #123 that introduced Earth-Two, the home of the Golden Age DC heroes and gave DC editors and scripters the chance to revisit all these great characters and team them up with their Silver Age, Earth-One counterparts. #123 is a massively important issue in the DC universe and in my opinion is under-valued by American price guides.
#110 is also a biggie as the 1st appearance of Kid Flash. And #139 has recently shot up in value as the 1st appearance of The Reverse Flash.
Later issues to watch out for are the 80 page Giants #160, #178, #187 and #196 stuffed full of great reprints. There's also the Neal Adams artwork on Green Lantern back-up stories in issues #217-219.
The last issues in the run leading up to the double size issue #350 are more difficult to find. There is a great multi-part story around this time called The Trial of the Flash.
|Total £||727.71||1,460||2,180||4,400||8,530||20,790||46,390||67,150||82,150||Total title value in pounds in UK markets|
|Total $||1,290.00||2,580||3,860||7,810||15,090||35,240||77,100||109,410||133,280||Total title value in dollars in US markets|
Note: some PR issues may have no value. Selected issues in FN, VF or VF/NM may not exist in some titles.