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  • 1st comic book to be sold on newsstands
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  • 1st appearance of Oswald the Rabbit and Jack Woods
  • 1st comic book by National which would become DC comics
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  • 1st science fiction themed cover art in comics
  • 1st interior color pages in comics (partial)
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  • 1st appearance of Dr. Occult
  • 1st published artwork by Joe Shuster
  • 1st published written work in comics by Jerry Siegel
  • 1st appearance of a vampire in comic books
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  • 1st standard-sized comic book
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  • 1st time an issue number appears on a comic book cover
  • Cover art depicting Christmas
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  • 1st appearance of Bozo the Robot, Abdul the Arab and Hugh Hazzard
  • 1st cover appearance of a robot in comic books
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  • 1st appearance of Superman in the UK
  • Comic strips collected and reprinted in the larger format
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  • 1st comic published by MLJ (becomes Archie Comics)
  • 1st appearance of Richy the Amazing Boy
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  • 2nd written work by Stan Lee at Timely Comics (a two page story) Simon & Kirby wrote all the other stories in this issue
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Hangman
  • Death of Comet (1st death of a superhero in comics)
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  • 1st appearance of Batman and Superman in a story together
  • Batman and Superman join the JSA (honorary)
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  • 1st time an American President (FDR) appeared in a comic book, with special permission by the U.S. government
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  • Holyoke begins publishing Blue Beetle
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  • 1st "true crime" comic book format
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  • 1st individual comic book to feature a horror story throughout
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent
  • Led to establishing the Comic Code Authority
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  • 1st comic book dedicated to the horror genre
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  • 1st comic book produced in full by black creators including writers, artists and the publisher
  • As quoted by editor Orrin C. Evans "every brush stroke and pen line in the drawings on these pages are by Negro artists"
  • Inside back cover has an advertisement for #2 but it was never published due to vendor refusal
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  • Premiere issue and 1st appearance of G.I. Joe in comic books
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  • 1st EC horror title that changed the course of the publisher and set into motion future censorship (along with Vault of Horror #12)
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  • 1st published artwork in the comic book industry by Steve Ditko
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  • 1st published interior art by Neal Adams
  • One panel in this issue was replaced by sample art that Neal Adams submitted to Joe Simon at Archie Comics
  • Cover art by Joe Simon
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  • 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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  • Independent comic book that pioneered mature stories for adults to a wider audience
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  • 2nd appearance of the algae creature that appeared in DC's Aquaman #56 (1972)
  • Both issues written by Steve Skeates
  • Final issue of the Savage Sub-Mariner
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Black Lightning
  • 1st appearance of Tobias Whale
  • 1st solo title featuring a black hero at DC
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  • 1st comic book published by Dark Horse Comics founded in 1986
  • 1st appearance of Concrete, an average man's journey through life in a nearly shapeless stone body
  • 1st appearance of Black Cross, a fearless warrior in a post-apocalyptic world
  • Concrete is one of the first few properties Dark Horse and Universal Cable plan on producing
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  • 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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  • 1st published cover art by Alex Ross
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  • Marriage of Superman and Lois Lane
  • Attended by writers and artists who have worked on Superman over the years, including Joe Shuster
  • Officiated by Jerry Seigel
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  • The cover currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most comic characters on the cover of a single issue with 224
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  • Variant cover art by Ed Piskor featuring Stan Lee