Comico released Bill Willingham’s Elementals in 1984, putting it in the first year of the Copper Age of Comics…
…but until I Googled research for this blog, had totally forgotten that you have to go back another year for the team’s first appearance, in Texas Comic’s Justice Machine Annual 1.
Among the best (perhaps THE best) non-DC or Marvel superteam comics of the ’80s, Elementals sustained more than one run with Comico; the 1984 series ran for 29 issues, and the a renumbered relaunch in 1989 ran for 28. Then there were numerous one-shots and minis throughout the ’90s.
As far as “collecting nostalgia,” I definitely remember the first issue of Elementals (as well as their first appearance in the Justice Machine annual) being pretty hot and hitting the $10 to $20 range. I know that I paid somewhere in there for my copy of issue 1, that I bought in ’86…which was probably at the height of its value! Still have it, still love the cover.
More info / resources:
When you have a chance, swing by Bill Willingham’s official site.
…and there’s a nice review of the first five issues on Comic Book Resources.
Looking for back issues? As always, we first encourage you to support your local retailer, so check with them first. If no luck, then head over to our recommended online back issue retailer, mycomicshop.com.