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100 Iconic Superhero Covers

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  • 1st appearance of Superman
  • 1st appearance of Lois Lane
  • 1st appearance of Zatara (Zatanna's father) and Tex Thompson (becomes Mr. America)
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Mid $390k
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High $1.5M
  • 1st appearance of Batman
  • 1st appearance of Commissioner Gordon
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Mid $276k
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High $812k
  • Premiere issue of solo Superman title
  • Origin of Superman
  • Classic cover art by Joe Shuster
  • 1st pin-up poster in comics (on back cover)
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Mid $68k
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High $180k
  • 1st appearance of The Monk, Batman's first costumed enemy
  • 1st appearance of Julie Madison, Bruce Wayne's girlfriend
  • Debut of the Batplane, called the Batgyro
  • Debut of the Batarang
  • *stories take place in New York City
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Mid $27k
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High $130k
  • 1st appearance and origin of The Flash, Jay Garrick
  • 1st mention of Keystone City, protected by The Flash
  • 1st appearance and origin of Hawkman, Carter Hall
  • 1st appearance Shiera Sanders, later becomes Hawkgirl
  • 1st appearance of Hath-Set, the first villain of Hawkman
  • 1st appearance of Johnny Thunder
  • 1st appearance of Yz, Johnny Thunder's thunderbolt
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Captain Marvel, later renamed Shazam
  • 1st appearance of the Wizard Shazam
  • 1st appearance of Dr. Sivana, a scientific genius and the archenemy of Captain Marvel
  • 1st appearance of Ibis the Invincible and Spy Smasher
  • 1st team appearance of the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man
  • ***premiere issue of the series though the copyright notes read issue #2 - it is assumed this is due to securing a title that wasn't copyrighted
  • **Ashcan first appearances are unaccounted for since they were not intended for market distribution
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Robin
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High $365k
  • 1st appearance of the Joker
  • 1st appearance of the Cat (renamed Catwoman)
  • 2nd appearance of Robin
  • 2nd appearance of Hugo Strange
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High $375k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Green Lantern (Alan Scott)
  • Classic cover art by Sheldon Moldoff
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Captain America
  • * Weapon I, Steve Rogers was an early test subject of what would become the Weapon X Program
  • 1st appearance of James Buchanan Barnes (Bucky)
  • 1st appearance of Red Skull
  • 1st appearance of Hurricane, later becomes Makkari
  • 1st appearance of Tuk the Cave Boy
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  • Classic cover art by Fred Ray
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  • Classic cover art by Jack Burnley
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  • Origin of Wonder Woman retold
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  • 1st cover appearance of the Batmobile
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Solomon Grundy
  • Classic cover art by Paul Reinman
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Barry Allen as the Silver Age Flash
  • Issue credited for ushering in the Silver Age of comic books
  • 1st appearance of Turtle and Iris West
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  • 1st team appearance and origin of the Legion of Super-Heroes (Cosmic Boy, Lightning Boy and Saturn Girl)
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  • 1st appearance of Supergirl
  • 1st appearance of Metallo
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Hal Jordan as Green Lantern
  • 1st appearance Carol Ferris (later becomes the second Star Sapphire)
  • 1st appearance and death of Abin Sur, an alien who gave Hal his ring as he died
  • Classic cover art by Gil Kane
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  • 1st team appearance of the Justice League of America (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman)
  • 1st appearance of Starro the Conqueror
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Mid $550
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  • 1st appearance of the Golden Age Flash, Jay Garrick, in the Silver Age
  • 2nd appearance of The Shade
  • 1st mention of Earth-2, home of The Golden Age superheroes
  • Classic cover art by Carmine Infantino
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  • 1st team appearance and origin of the Fantastic Four (Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and The Thing)
  • 1st appearance of Mole Man
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  • 1st team appearance of the Fantastic Four in costume
  • 1st appearance of the Miracle Man
  • 1st appearance of the Baxter Building, Fantastic-car and Fantastic-copter
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  • 1st appearance and origin of the Hulk
  • 1st appearance of Betty Ross
  • 1st appearance of Rick Jones
  • 1st appearance of General "Thunderbolt" Ross
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Thor and Mjolnir (Thor's hammer)
  • 1st team appearance of the Kronans, a race of aliens that Korg belongs to
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Spider-Man
  • 1st appearance and death of Uncle Ben
  • 1st appearance of Aunt May
  • 1st appearance of Liz Allan
  • 1st appearance of Flash Thompson
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  • 2nd appearance of Spider-Man
  • 1st meeting between Spider-Man and Fantastic Four
  • 1st appearance of Chameleon and J. Jonah Jameson
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  • 1st appearance of Iron Man
  • 1st cover appearance of Iron Man
  • Debut of Iron Man's 'Model 1' armor
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High $200
  • Classic cover art by Sheldon Moldoff
  • 1st appearance of Dr. Hurt
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Dr. Octopus
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  • 1st team appearance and origin of the Avengers: Ant-Man (Pym), Hulk, Iron Man, Wasp and Thor
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  • 1st team appearance of the X-Men
  • 1st appearance of Cyclops
  • 1st appearance of Jean Grey, Marvel Girl (later becomes Phoenix)
  • 1st appearance of Iceman
  • 1st appearance of Angel
  • 1st appearance of Beast
  • 1st appearance of Professor X
  • 1st appearance of Magneto
Low $210
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Mid $630
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  • Captain America joins the Avengers
  • 1st cover appearance of Captain America on an official Marvel Comics cover (previously Timely, then Atlas)
  • 1st appearance of Captain America in the Silver Age
  • 1st cameo appearance of Baron Heinrich Zemo
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High $520
  • 1st appearance and origin of Purple Man
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High $1k
  • Debut of new Daredevil costume (classic red costume)
  • Classic cover art by Wally Wood
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  • 1st appearance of Silver Surfer, Galactus's most prominent Herald
  • 1st cameo appearance of Galactus
  • Classic cover art by Jack Kirby
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Mid $120
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High $675
  • 1st full appearance and cover appearance of Silver Surfer and Galactus
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Mid $135
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High $810
  • Classic battle of Silver Surfer vs Galactus
  • 2nd full appearance of Silver Surfer and Galactus
  • 1st appearance of Wyatt Wingfoot
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High $580
  • Green Goblin and Spider-Man discover one another's identities
  • Classic cover art by John Romita Sr.
  • Issue begins John Romita Sr.'s historic run on the title
Low $35
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Mid $105
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High $580
  • Origin of Green Goblin
  • Classic cover art by John Romita Sr.
Low $90
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Mid $360
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High $1k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Batgirl
  • 1st appearance of Killer Moth in the Silver Age
  • Classic cover art by Carmine Infantino
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High $1k
  • 1st appearance of Kingpin
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Mid $90
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High $500
  • Classic story: Superman races The Flash
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High $540
  • 1st Captain America titled series in the Silver Age
  • Previously titled "Tales of Suspense"
  • Classic cover art by Jack Kirby
Low $90
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Mid $270
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High $975
  • Origin of Iron Man
  • 1st ongoing solo series
Low $210
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Mid $590
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High $2k
  • Origin of the Silver Surfer
  • 1st appearance of Shalla-Bal
  • 1st team appearance and origin of the Watchers
  • Classic cover art by John Buscema
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  • Origin of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Classic cover art by Jim Steranko
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High $175
  • Classic cover art by Jim Steranko
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Mid $125
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  • 1st appearance of Vision
  • Classic cover art by John Buscema
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  • Classic cover art by Jim Steranko
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High $105
  • Origin of Captain America retold
  • Classic cover art by Jack Kirby
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  • 1st battle of Silver Surfer vs Thor
  • 2nd appearance of Mephisto
  • Classic cover art by John Buscema
  • 1st published interior art by Sal Buscema (inks)
  • Reprint of Amazing Adult Fantasy #9 with the addition of The Watcher as narrator
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  • Classic cover art by Jim Steranko
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  • Classic cover art by Neal Adams
  • 1st appearance of Appa Ali Apsa
  • Retitled Green Arrow/Green Lantern
  • Issue considered to mark the end of the Silver Age in comics
  • Introduction of relevant social themes in comics
  • Green Lantern is confronted by an elderly black man who reprimands him for protecting the blue skins, orange skins and purple skins but not the black skins which was social commentary by Adams and O'Neill who were frustrated by the mostly inaccurate representation and lack of black people in comic books
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  • Classic cover art by Neal Adams
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  • 1st appearance of Orion, son of Darkseid
  • 1st appearance of Highfather, Leader of New Genesis
  • 1st appearance of Metron, Boom Tube inventor
  • 1st appearance of Orion's half-brother, Kalibak
  • 1st appearance of Lightray
  • 1st appearance of New Genesis and Apokolips
  • 1st team appearance of the Parademons
  • *second week on the hot list
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High $225
  • Classic cover art by Neal Adams
  • Pioneering story arc dealing with socially relevant topics such as drug addiction which led to more realism and relatable characters stories in comics
  • Mr. Adams and Mr. O'Neal won a Shazam Award in 1971 for "Best Individual Story" and were recognized by NYC mayor, John Lindsay in a letter he wrote to DC (printed in issue #86)
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  • Classic cover art by Neal Adams
  • 1st appearance of Colonel Sulphur
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High $235
  • Classic wraparound cover art by Neal Adams
  • *values reflect recent auction sales of certified books
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  • Classic cover art by Neal Adams
  • Classic battle of Batman and Ra's al Ghul
  • Famous panel of Batman kissing Talia al Ghul
  • *values reflect recent auction sales of certified books
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High $400
  • Death of Gwen Stacy
  • Classic cover art by John Romita Sr.
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High $340
  • Classic cover art by Neal Adams featuring the Joker
  • Reintroduction of the Joker as a homicidal maniac instead of the slapstick buffoonery that defined the character throughout the Silver Age
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  • 1st appearance of the Punisher
  • 1st appearance of the Jackal
  • Classic cover art by John Romita Sr.
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  • Classic cover art by Bernie Wrightson
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  • 1st appearance of Tarantula
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  • 1st full appearance of Wolverine, Weapon X
  • *complete issue includes a Marvel Value Stamp
  • *recently sold at auction for $37k [CGC 9.8]
  • *value continues to trend up +25% this quarter vs Q1 (Jan-March)
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  • 1st team appearance of the new X-Men: Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Thunderbird and Wolverine
  • 1st appearance of Storm, the world's first black female super-hero
  • 2nd full appearance of Wolverine and the 1st time "snikt" is used to represent the sound of his claws popping
  • 1st appearance of Nightcrawler
  • 1st appearance of Thunderbird, John Proudstar
  • 1st appearance of Colossus
  • 1st cameo appearance of Illyana Rasputin, later becomes Magik
  • 1st appearance of Krakoa, the Living Island
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  • 1st official crossover of characters from the Marvel and DC Universe
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  • 1st appearance of Leslie Thompkins
  • Classic cover art by Dick Giordano
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  • 1st appearance of Jean Grey overtaken by the Phoenix Force
  • 1st full appearance of Black Tom Cassidy
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  • One-shot issue featuring a boxing match between Superman & Muhammad Ali
  • Classic wraparound cover art by Neal Adams
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  • "Demon in a Bottle" part 9
  • Classic cover art by Bob Layton
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  • The Dark Phoenix Saga Part 9
  • Death of Jean Grey
  • *controversial issue due to Jean Grey taking her own life knowing she could not control The Phoenix Force
  • 1st appearance of Raksor, a Skrull and Bel-Dann, a Kree who later will battle as representatives of their race to end the Kree-Skrull War
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  • "Days of Future Past" part 1
  • 1st team appearance of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants: Mystique, Destiny, Pyro, Avalanche and Blob
  • 1st appearance of Destiny
  • 1st appearance of Avalanche
  • 1st appearance of Pyro
  • 1st appearance of Rachel Summers, daughter of Scott and Jean
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High $140
  • 1st appearance and origin of Elektra
  • 1st Daredevil story written by Frank Miller
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High $55
  • 1st solo Wolverine title
  • Classic cover art by Frank Miller
  • 1st time the phrase "I'm the best there is at what I do" is said (thought) by Wolverine
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High $130
  • 1st appearance of Beta Ray Bill, a Korbinite alien worthy of picking up Mjolnir
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  • "Secret Wars" part 1
  • 1st cameo appearance of The Beyonder as white light and a voice
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High $110
  • "Secret Wars" part 8
  • Origin of black symbiote costume that becomes Venom
  • 2nd appearance of Spider-Woman, Julia Carpenter
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  • "Crisis on Infinite Earths" part 7
  • Death of Supergirl
  • Origin of The Monitor, Anti-Monitor, Pariah and Guardians of Oa
  • *storyline in the CW shows could end true to the comics (also see Issue #2 for the death of The Flash)
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  • "The Dark Knight Returns"
  • 1st appearance of Carrie Kelley as Robin (not in continuity)
  • Written and penciled by Frank Miller
  • 1st 'Prestige Format' issue (usually higher quality paper and page count - sometimes square-bound with heavy card stock cover)
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High $55
  • Premiere issue of a 12-issue series that explores the dark side of superheroes from a realistic, flawed perspective
  • 1st appearance of Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre, The Comedian and Night Owl
  • Alan Moore based his characters off of DC's newly acquired Charlton heroes: The Question, Captain Atom, Thunderbolt, Nightshade, The Peacemaker and Blue Beetle
  • *premiering Fall 2019 on HBO
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  • Classic cover art by Mike Zeck
  • 1st appearance of TESS-One
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  • "Year One" part 1
  • Origin of Bruce Wayne
  • 1st appearance of Holly Robinson, becomes an ally of Catwoman
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  • New origin of Wonder Woman
  • Reintroduction of Ares and Hippolyta
  • Origin of Hippolyta and Antiope
  • Wraparound cover art by George Perez
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  • 1st appearance Maxwell Lord
  • *strongly rumored to appear in Wonder Woman 1984
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  • "Kraven's Last Hunt" part 4
  • Classic cover art by Mike Zeck
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  • Classic cover art by Todd McFarlane
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  • One-shot written by Alan Moore
  • The Joker shoots Barbara Gordon, paralyzing her from the waist down
  • Reprinted 14 times, the 1st print (pictured) has lime green text and The Joker's cuff-link is a slightly yellow hue
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High $375
  • 1st full appearance of Venom
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  • "A Death in the Family" part 3
  • Death of Robin, Jason Todd, at the hands of the Joker
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  • 2nd full appearance of Venom
  • 1st cover appearance of Venom
  • Classic cover art by Todd McFarlane
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  • Polybagged with a silver cover
  • Classic cover art by Todd McFarlane
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  • 1st appearance of Gambit
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  • Classic cover art by Jim Lee
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  • "The Infinity Gauntlet" Part 1
  • A popular six-issue limited series that effects the entire Marvel Universe
  • Thanos eliminates half of the world's population using the Infinity Gauntlet to impress the cosmic entity, Death
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  • 1st appearance of Spawn
  • 1st appearance of Sam & Twitch
  • 1st appearance of Malebolgia
  • Pin-up of Pitt
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  • "Death of Superman" part 9
  • Classic cover art by Dan Jurgens
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  • Classic cover art by Brian Bolland
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  • Classic battle Batman vs Bane
  • Bane breaks Batman's back
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