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100 Modern Must Haves

100 Must-Have Modern Comics 

Selected mostly from the Copper & Modern Eras, this is a checklist of MUST-HAVE comics for you to target that will serve as the foundation of a LEGENDARY collection

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  • 1st full appearance of the Taskmaster
  • *confirmed to be in the Black Widow
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  • 1st team appearance of the new Teen Titans: Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Cyborg, Raven, Beast Boy and Starfire)
  • 1st appearance of Raven
  • 1st appearance of Cyborg
  • 1st appearance of Starfire
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High $165
  • 1st appearance of Deathstroke the Terminator
  • Death of Ravager
  • 1st appearance of Wintergreen, Deathstroke's mentor
Low $10
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Mid $30
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High $140
  • 1st appearance and origin of Elektra
  • 1st Daredevil story written by Frank Miller
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Mid $25
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High $65
  • 1st appearance of Rogue
  • 1st appearance of Maddy Pryor (Madeline Pryor, clone of Jean Grey, as a child)
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High $70
  • 1st appearance of Cobra Commander
  • 1st appearance of Baroness
  • 1st appearance of Snake-Eyes
  • 1st appearance of Scarlett
  • 1st appearance of Hawk, Grunt, Breaker, Rock 'N Roll, General Flagg, Stalker, Zap and Short-Fuze
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Mid $55
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High $110
  • 1st appearance of He-Man in a DC comic
  • 1st appearance of Skeletor in a DC comic
  • *a preview is not considered a first appearance if it is an excerpt from a full issue
  • *He-Man casting confirmed, to begin shooting in July with an anticipated release date in March 2021
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High $75
  • 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 $85
  • 1st appearance of the Hobgoblin, Roderick Kingsley
  • *a complete issue includes the ''Tattooz' giveaway insert, found between the final page and the back cover
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Mid $25
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High $65
  • 1st appearance of Lobo
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Mid $45
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High $90
  • 1st appearance of Beta Ray Bill, a Korbinite alien worthy of picking up Mjolnir
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High $100
  • 1st appearance of Storm Shadow
  • 1st team appearance of the Arashikage Clan
  • *silent issue without text/dialogue
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High $95
  • 1st appearance of Spider-Man's black costume
  • Cover swipe of Amazing Fantasy #15
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Mid $35
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High $80
  • 1st appearance of Nightwing, formerly Robin
  • Joseph adopts the name Jericho
  • *confirmed to appear in Titans Season 2
  • Origin of Deathstroke and Jericho
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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
  • 📈 +43% copies sold vs previous week
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  • 1st full appearance of Hellblazer (John Constantine)
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Mid $9
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High $35
  • 1st appearance of Nebula
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High $80
  • 1st appearance of Black Mask, a crime boss whose face is a black skull
  • *Ewan McGregor cast in the role of Black Mask in the Birds of Prey movie
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High $40
  • 1st Punisher solo series
  • Five-issue limited series
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Mid $35
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High $100
  • "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 $35
  • 1st full appearance of Apocalypse
  • *an undervalued key that suffers from the poor depiction of Apocalypse from the 2016 X-Men film
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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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  • 1st appearance and origin of Betsy Braddock in U.S. comics, renamed Psylocke by Mojo
  • 1st appearance of Meggan in U.S. comics
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Mid $9
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  • 1st appearance of Mr. Sinister
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High $35
  • 1st appearance and origin of Archangel
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Mid $18
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High $60
  • Classic cover art by Todd McFarlane
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High $55
  • 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 $55
  • 1st appearance of Eddie Brock (becomes Venom)
  • 1st Todd McFarlane cover art on the Amazing Spider-Man title
  • 1st team appearance of the Life Foundation led by Carlton Drake
  • 1st appearance of Carlton Drake who discovered there were 5 symbiote seeds that could be extracted from the Venom symbiote
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Mid $165
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High $375
  • 1st full appearance of Venom
  • 📈 +46% copies sold vs prior week
Low $4
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Mid $10
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High $40
  • Premiere issue of Wolverine's first ongoing solo series
  • Debut of black Wolverine costume
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High $30
  • "A Death in the Family" part 3
  • Death of Robin, Jason Todd, at the hands of the Joker
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High $10
  • 1st published cover art by Alex Ross
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Mid $50
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High $165
  • 1st full appearance of Cable
  • 1st team appearance of the Mutant Liberation Front: Stryfe, Wildside, Reaper, Fourarm, Thumbelina, Strobe, Tempo and Zero
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Mid $120
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High $330
  • 1st appearance of Deadpool
  • 1st cameo appearance of Domino (Copycat disguised as Domino)
  • 1st appearance of Gideon
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Darkhawk
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Mid $9
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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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Mid $45
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High $140
  • 1st appearance of Lady Death
  • 1st appearance of Evil Ernie
  • 1st published work in the comic book industry by Brian Pulido
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Mid $30
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High $85
  • Scarce issue
  • Cover art deemed intentionally inappropriate referencing an allusion to sexual assault
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  • 1st appearance of Omega Red, given enhanced powers in Red Room experimentations
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Mid $18
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High $65
  • 1st appearance of Squirrel Girl
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High $85
  • 1st full appearance of Carnage
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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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Mid $8
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High $30
  • 1st cover appearance of the War Machine armor
  • 2nd appearance of Tony Stark in the War Machine Armor
  • ***Rhodey does not wear the War Machine Armor until Iron Man #284
  • **Rhodey does not officially become War Machine until West Coast Avengers #94
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  • 1st full appearance and origin of Bloodshot
  • *Vin Diesel cast as Bloodshot
  • 1st appearance and origin of the 2nd Rai
  • Critical issue that connected stories within the Valiant Universe
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High $25
  • "Death of Superman" part 3
  • 1st full appearance of Doomsday
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High $40
  • 1st appearance and origin of Bane
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High $10
  • "Death of Superman" part 9
  • Classic cover art by Dan Jurgens
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Mid $3
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High $7
  • Premiere issue that sees Venom in a new role as a superhero
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  • 1st appearance of Angela
  • 1st appearance of Cogliostro
  • Angela was later brought into the Marvel Universe as Thor's half sister
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  • 1st full appearance of Cyborg Superman
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  • 1st appearance of Katchoo and Francine
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  • 1st appearance of Hellboy in color
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  • 1st appearance of Witchblade
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High $7
  • 1st appearance of Jackie Estacado (becomes the Darkness)
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High $65
  • 1st team appearance of Birds of Prey: Black Canary and Oracle
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  • 1st team appearance of The Thunderbolts: Citizen V (formerly Baron Zemo), Atlas (formerly Goliath), Mach-1 (formerly Beetle), Songbird (formerly Screaming Mimi), Meteorite (formerly Moonstone II) and Techno (formerly Fixer)
  • *in-development, TV series likely
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  • 1st appearance of Apollo
  • 1st appearance of Midnighter
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  • 1st appearance of the Sentry
  • 1st appearance of The Void, the dark aspect of The Sentry
  • * The Void could have some relation to Knull
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  • 1st appearance of Jessica Jones
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Mid $9
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  • 1st appearance of Elsa Bloodstone
  • *possible character for Hulu/Marvel supernatural universe
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  • September 11th, 2001 tribute issue depicting various Marvel teams and characters working alongside emergency services as native New Yorker, Spider-Man narrates the experience
  • *difficult to find in NM condition due to the black cover
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High $60
  • Premiere issue of a 3 part series about a small Alaskan town invaded by vampires during a naturally occurring, month-long absence of the sun
  • Written by Steve Niles, illustrated by Ben Templesmith
  • 1st traditional comic book published by IDW
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High $18
  • 1st appearance of Fantomex, Weapon XIII
  • *Marvel is teasing Charlie Cluster-7 (Fantomex) and The World for upcoming arcs
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Mid $65
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High $180
  • Premiere issue of a series created by Brian K. Vaughn about the last man on a female populated Earth
  • Series ordered by FX - in production for 2020 (February 2019)
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High $12
  • Star-Spangled Kid becomes Stargirl
  • *began filming late May 2019
  • *many DC characters cast for 'Stargirl' including: S.T.R.I.P.E., Shiv, Hourman, Sportsmaster, Wildcat, Doctor Mid-Nite, Starman, Tigress and more that haven't been announced yet
Low $40
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Mid $190
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High $480
  • 1st appearance of X-23 (Laura Kinney)
Low $8
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High $70
  • 1st appearance of Jason Todd as Red Hood
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High $55
  • 1st team appearance of the Young Avengers
  • 1st appearance of Patriot
  • 1st appearance of Kate Bishop, later becomes Hawkeye
  • 1st appearance of Iron Lad (Kang)
  • 1st appearance of Hulking, son of Mar-Vell and Skrull Princess Anelle
  • 1st appearance of the Asgardian, name later changed to Wiccan, son of Scarlet Witch
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  • 1st appearance of Shuri, T'Challa's sister
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  • 1st full appearance of The Winter Solider
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  • 1st team appearance of the Illuminati: Professor X, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Iron Man and Black Panther
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  • 1st full appearance of Kate Kane as Batwoman
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  • 1st full appearance of Damian Wayne, in final panel
  • 1st appearance of Jezebel Jet
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  • Premiere issue of the first six-issue limited series 'Apocalypse Suite'
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Atrocitus and the Red Lantern Corps
  • 1st cameo appearance of Larfleeze and the Orange Lantern Corps
  • 1st cameo appearance of the Blue Lantern Corps
  • 1st cameo appearance of Munk and the Indigo Lantern Corps
  • 1st cameo appearance of the Black Lantern Corps
  • Death of Anti-Monitor
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  • 1st cover appearance of the Red Hulk, General "Thunderbolt" Ross
  • Death of Abomination
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  • 1st team appearance of the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Quasar, Adam Warlock, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer and Groot
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  • 1st full appearance of Old Man Logan
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Mid $9
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  • 1st team appearance of Gotham City Sirens: Catwoman, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy
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  • Ongoing series created by Terry Moore about a dead girl out for revenge
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  • 1st appearance of Miss America AKA America Chavez, raised in the Utopian Parallel, a place that exists outside of time and in between dimensions
  • *considering the confirmation of the multiverse, her appearance has a higher likelihood of happening
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  • 1st appearance of Miles Morales, Ultimate Spider-Man
  • Reed Richards becomes The Maker: a turning point where an evil Richards explains his new philosophy of the world to the Children of Tomorrow
  • Polybagged
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  • 1st full team appearance of The Court of Owls
Low $9
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High $85
  • 1st appearance of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel
  • *Carol doesn't officially accept the codename until Captain Marvel #1 2012
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  • 1st team appearance of the modern Marvel Family, now known as the Shazam Family, in costume
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  • 1st partial team appearance of the Black Order (aka Cull Obsidian) a ruthless mercenary task force who serve Thanos
  • 1st appearance of Proxima Midnight, Black Dwarf, Ebony Maw, and Black Swan
  • *Supergiant does not appear in the the physical copy of New Avengers #8
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  • 1st full appearance of Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel (interior story)
  • *Kamala previously appeared in full on the second printing, cover variant of Captain Marvel #17 (2014)
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Ghost Rider, Robbie Reyes
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  • 1st full appearance of Jessica Cruz, later becomes a Green Lantern
  • Jessica Cruz becomes Power Ring after being chosen by the Ring of Volthoom
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  • 1st appearance of Spider-Gwen
  • 1st cameo appearance of Spider-UK
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  • 1st appearance of Silk, a Korean-American girl who was also bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker
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  • According to Tom Brevoort, Senior Vice President of publishing at Marvel, this issue includes Stan Lee's final published story, 'Captain America Foils the Traitor's Revenge'
  • Stan Lee's 1st published story for Marvel was a two-page text feature in Captain America Comics #3 (May 1941) of the same name
  • Stan Lee adapted the two-page text story from 1941 into a traditional comic script 73 years later and Bruce Timm illustrated the panels
  • Stan Lee's first published story was also his last
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  • 1st appearance of Dr. Aphra
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  • 1st appearance of Moon Girl, Lunella Lafayette
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Riri Williams (becomes Ironheart)
  • 1st appearance of Tomoe, an Inhuman who manipulates machinery through technopathy
  • *an online article speculating Ironheart's imminent arrival in the MCU caused a burst of sales
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  • 1st appearance of Weapon H, a Hulk and Wolverine hybrid created by the Weapon X Program
  • "Weapons of Mutant Destruction" part 6
Low $9
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Mid $25
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High $80
  • 1st appearance of Cosmic Ghost Rider, who was once the Punisher until he became a Herald of Galactus
  • 1st appearance of King Thanos
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Mid $18
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High $65
  • 1st full appearance of The Batman Who Laughs (Dark Multiverse Batman/Joker hybrid)
  • 1st appearance of the Dark Multiverse Damian Wayne
  • *went on sale the same day as Dark Nights: Metal #2, also 1st full appearance of The Batman Who Laughs
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Mid $9
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High $35
  • Origin of Voyager
  • Revelation that the Hulk is immortal
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Mid $9
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High $35
  • 1st full appearance of Knull, the symbiote god
  • 📈 +55% copies sold this week vs last week