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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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  • 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 Monk, Batman's first costumed enemy
  • 1st appearance of Julie Madison (Batman's girlfriend)
  • Debut of Batplane (called the Batgyro) and Batarang
  • Stories take place in NYC
  • Classic cover art by Bob Kane
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Mid $27k
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High $130k
  • 1st appearance of the Flash (Jay Garrick)
  • 1st appearance of Hawkman
  • 1st appearance Shiera Sanders (becomes Hawkgirl)
  • 1st mention of Keystone City
  • 1st appearance of Johnny Thunder
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Captain Marvel (Shazam)
  • 1st appearance of Dr. Sivana
  • 1st appearance of Ibis the Invincible
  • 1st appearance of Spy Smasher
  • Labeled #2 in interior publishing notes
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High $84k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Robin
  • 1st cover appearance 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
  • 1st appearance of James Buchanan Barnes (Bucky)
  • 1st appearance of Red Skull
  • 1st appearance of Hurricane (later becomes Makkari) and Tuk the Cave Boy
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  • Classic cover art by Fred Ray
Low $415
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  • Classic cover art by Jack Burnley
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  • Origin of Wonder Woman retold
Low $285
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  • 1st cover appearance of the Batmobile
Low $925
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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
Low $765
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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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High $3k
  • 1st appearance of the Golden Age Flash in the Silver Age
  • Classic cover art by Carmine Infantino
  • 2nd appearance of the Shade
  • 1st mention of Earth-2
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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
Low $315
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Mid $900
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High $7k
  • 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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High $33k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Thor and Mjolnir (Thor's hammer)
  • 1st team appearance of the Kronans
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High $355k
  • 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
  • Debut of Iron Man Armor: Model 1
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Mid $45
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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
Low $675
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High $19k
  • 1st team appearance and origin of the Avengers (Ant-Man, Hulk, Iron Man 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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  • 1st appearance of Captain America in the Silver Age
  • Captain America joins the Avengers
  • 1st cameo appearance of Baron Heinrich Zemo
Low $30
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Mid $95
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High $520
  • 1st appearance and origin of Purple Man
  • Classic cover art by Jack Kirby
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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
Low $40
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Mid $120
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High $675
  • 1st full appearance and cover appearance of Silver Surfer and Galactus
Low $45
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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
Low $35
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Mid $105
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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
Low $60
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Mid $190
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High $1k
  • 1st appearance of Kingpin
Low $30
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Mid $90
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High $500
  • Classic story: Superman races The Flash
Low $45
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Mid $135
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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 $810
  • Origin of Iron Man
  • 1st ongoing solo series
Low $50
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Mid $145
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High $870
  • Origin of the Silver Surfer
  • 1st appearance of Shalla-Bal
  • 1st team appearance and origin of the Watchers
  • Classic cover art by John Buscema
Low $7
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Mid $20
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High $85
  • Origin of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Classic cover art by Jim Steranko
Low $12
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Mid $35
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High $175
  • Classic cover art by Jim Steranko
Low $40
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Mid $125
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High $700
  • 1st appearance of Vision
  • Classic cover art by John Buscema
Low $6
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Mid $20
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High $80
  • Classic cover art by Jim Steranko
Low $8
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Mid $25
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High $105
  • Origin of Captain America retold
  • Classic cover art by Jack Kirby
Low $40
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Mid $115
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High $650
  • 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)
Low $9
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High $110
  • Classic cover art by Jim Steranko
Low $85
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Mid $350
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High $1k
  • Classic cover art by Neal Adams
  • 1st appearance of Appa Ali Apsa
  • Retitled Green Arrow/Green Lantern
  • Introduction of relevant social themes in comics
  • Marked the end of the Silver Age
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High $145
  • Classic cover art by Neal Adams
Low $9
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High $100
  • 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
Low $30
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Mid $120
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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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High $70
  • Classic cover art by Neal Adams
  • 1st appearance of Colonel Sulphur
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Mid $65
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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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High $350
  • 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.
Low $20
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Mid $70
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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
Low $225
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Mid $550
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High $1k
  • 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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Mid $15
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High $65
  • 1st appearance of Tarantula
Low $300
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Mid $900
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High $2k
  • 1st full appearance of Wolverine
Low $125
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Mid $400
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High $1k
  • 1st team appearance of the new X-Men: Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Thunderbird and Wolverine
  • 1st appearance of Nightcrawler, Storm and Thunderbird (John Proudstar)
  • 2nd appearance of Wolverine and the 1st time "snikt" appears
  • 1st cameo appearance of Illyana Rasputin, becomes Magik
  • 1st appearance of Colossus
  • 1st appearance of the living island, Krakoa
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High $90
  • 1st official crossover of characters from the Marvel and DC Universe
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High $20
  • 1st appearance of Leslie Thompkins
  • Classic cover art by Dick Giordano
Low $75
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Mid $215
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High $710
  • 1st appearance of Jean Grey overtaken by the Phoenix Force
  • 1st full appearance of Black Tom Cassidy
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High $110
  • Classic wraparound cover by Neal Adams
  • One-shot issue featuring a boxing match between Superman & Muhammad Ali
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High $60
  • "Demon in a Bottle" part 9
  • Classic cover art by Bob Layton
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High $50
  • Death of Phoenix
  • "Dark Phoenix Saga" part 9
  • 1st appearance of Warstar, two aliens who serve the Imperial Guard of Shi'ar
  • 1st appearance of Manta, Hussar and Earthquake, members of the Imperial Guard
  • 1st appearance of Raksor, a Skrull officer
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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 $50
  • 1st solo Wolverine mini-series written by Chris Claremont, pencils by Frank Miller - part 1
  • 1st time the phrase "I'm the best there is at what I do" is said (thought) by Wolverine
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  • 1st appearance of Madelyne Pryor
  • 1st mention of the name Lockheed
Low $9
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Mid $30
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High $80
  • 1st appearance of Beta Ray Bill
  • Classic cover art by Walt Simonson
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High $18
  • "Secret Wars" part 1
  • 1st cameo appearance of The Beyonder as white light and a voice
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High $45
  • "Secret Wars" part 8
  • Origin of black symbiote costume that becomes Venom
  • 2nd appearance of Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter)
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Mid $9
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  • "Crisis on Infinite Earths" part 7
  • Death of Supergirl
  • Origin of The Monitor, Anti-Monitor, Pariah and Guardians of Oa
Low $12
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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 $25
  • Classic series written by Alan Moore
  • 1st team appearance of Watchmen (Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre, Comedian and Night Owl)
  • Considered by many to be the beginning of the Modern Age of comics
  • 1st Appearance of Hooded Justice
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Mid $8
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High $25
  • 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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High $15
  • 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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High $15
  • 1st appearance Maxwell Lord
  • Classic cover art by Kevin Maguire
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High $10
  • "Kraven's Last Hunt" part 4
  • Classic cover art by Mike Zeck
Low $4
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Mid $12
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High $45
  • Classic cover art by Todd McFarlane
Low $3
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High $40
  • "The Killing Joke" One-Shot
  • Barbara Gordon paralyzed when shot by Joker
Low $20
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Mid $150
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High $375
  • 1st full appearance of Venom
Low $2
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Mid $8
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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 $50
  • 2nd full appearance of Venom
  • 1st cover appearance of Venom
  • Classic cover art by Todd McFarlane
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Mid $8
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High $18
  • Polybagged with a silver cover
  • Classic cover art by Todd McFarlane
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High $15
  • Classic cover art by Jim Lee
Low $3
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Mid $9
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High $25
  • "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
  • Filmroduction pushed back until June 2019 (October 2019)
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Mid $9
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High $20
  • "Death of Superman" part 9
  • Classic cover art by Dan Jurgens
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High $40
  • Classic cover art by Brian Bolland
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  • Classic battle Batman vs Bane
  • Bane breaks Batman's back