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  • 1st published interior art in the comic book industry by Matt Baker, the first known black artist in comics
  • Baker is credited as having illustrated the first graphic novel "It Rhymes With Lust"
  • Baker's name is synonymous with the term "Good Girl Art" which referred to stimulating illustrations of women
  • Baker defined the classic Phantom Lady imagery which caused him to be a target of Dr. Frederic Wertham, author of "Seduction of the Innocent"
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  • Final appearance of Steamboat, a character depicted in a racially offensive manner that was protested by a group of schoolchildren who demanded he be eliminated from Fawcett comics
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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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  • Classic story titled 'Judgement Day' that reveals the protagonist to be an African-American man which, at the time, was a risky move issued by the creators to insert the character into a position of power
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  • 1st appearance of Waku, Marvel's (named Atlas at the time) first heroic black character
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  • Reprint of "Judgement Day," a story about an astronaut who is revealed to be black in the final panel
  • The self-regulating committee, the Comics Code Authority (CCA) ordered the final panel to be replaced but the decision was reversed after the creators threatened to inform the press
  • Final issue in the series
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  • One-shot educational comic book that told the Rosa Parks bus incident story to teach non-violent resistance in a politically-charged atmosphere
  • Other stories include a brief biography of Martin Luther King Jr. and Ghandi's independence protest
  • Reprinted in Spanish and Arabic
  • First print run was 250,000 and can be identified by the copper-coated staples
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  • 1st appearance of Jackie Johnson, a member of Easy Company and one of the first non-stereotypical African-American characters in DC Comics
  • 1st appearance of Wildman, the most prominent member of Easy Company (behind Sgt. Rock) who earned his nickname from his wild, sometimes reckless behavior in battle
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  • 1st appearance of Sgt. Nick Fury
  • 1st team appearance of the Howling Commandos: Happy Sam Sawyer, Dino Manelli, Dum Dum Dugan, Junior Juniper, Rebel Ralston and Gabe Jones, one of the first non-stereotypical African-American characters in Marvel Comics
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Lobo
  • 1st comic book title featuring a black character
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  • Premiere issue of a sixteen-issue series of biographical content related to black men and women who had a significant impact on history
  • Featured: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Robert Smalls and others including an issue dedicated to black cowboys
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  • 1st appearance of T'Challa, the Black Panther
  • Black Panther is the world's first mainstream black superhero in comic books
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  • 1st appearance of Robbie Robertson, an early African-American character whose role was not defined by skin color who mentored Peter Parker and was a foil to J. Jonah Jameson
  • 1st cover appearance and 2nd full appearance of Kingpin
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  • Biographies of influential black Americans from the colonial era: Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Crispus Attucks and Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
  • Final issue of the Classics Illustrated series
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  • 1st appearance and origin of the Falcon, the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics (Black Panther was from the African nation of Wakanda)
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  • 1st independent title with a black superhero headlining the series
  • *pre-dated Marvel's Luke Cage, Hero For Hire
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  • 1st appearance of Mal Duncan, the first black hero in DC Comics, later becomes the Guardian
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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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  • Retitled "Captain America and The Falcon"
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  • Black Panther briefly changes his name to Black Leopard because "the term has political connotations."
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Luke Cage, the first black superhero to headline a series in mainstream comics
  • 1st appearance of Diamondback
  • 1st appearance of Comanche
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  • Single issue series based on the the first syndicated, newspaper comic strip that featured a black woman
  • In 1975, three years after the comic was published, Pam Grier starred in a film of the same name
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  • 1st appearance of Nubia, Wonder Woman's sister and the first black super-powered female in DC Comics
  • Reintroduction of Wonder Woman's original costume
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  • 1st appearance of Misty Knight, the first black female Marvel hero without superpowers
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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 appearance of Karen Beecher as Bumblebee, DC's 1st black female superhero (appeared in Teen Titans #45 not in costume)
  • * Nubia appeared before her but was not a hero
  • Bumblebee joins the Teen Titans
  • Duela Dent takes the name 'Harlequin'
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  • 1st interracial kiss between two mainstream comic heroes, Misty Knight and Iron Fist (see Creepy #43 for the first interracial kiss in comics)
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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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  • 1st appearance of Vixen, the first black female member of the Justice League of America
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  • Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) joins the Avengers becoming the first African-American female Avenger
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  • 1st appearance of Martha Washington, an African-American teenager on a heroic journey in a dystopian landscape
  • Critically-acclaimed four-part limited series
  • Written by Frank Miller with art by Dave Gibbons
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  • Biography of Malcolm X, a human rights activist
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  • 1st appearance of Static Shock, the first black superhero to star in his own cartoon series
  • Polybagged edition has a similar value
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  • 1st appearance of Nelson Mandela in comic books
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  • 1st cover and full appearance of XS
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  • 1st appearance of the Justice Alliance, an alternate reality version of the Justice League from an Earth where most of the super-heroes are black
  • 1st appearance of a black Superman, Supergirl and Wonder Woman
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  • 1st appearance of Isaiah Bradley, the black Captain America, injected with the Super Soldier Serum prior to Steve Rogers becoming Captain America
  • *it is believed Bradley was part of the Weapon IV program
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  • Marriage of Black Panther and Storm
  • Wraparound cover art by Frank Cho
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  • 1st appearance of Senator Barack Obama, five years prior to the Presidential primaries
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  • 1st cover appearance of Barack Obama
  • Variant cover art by Erik Larsen (1:5) that has a second, third and fourth printing with alternate-colored backgrounds
  • The Savage Dragon ran for President of the United States four years earlier but lost
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  • 1st official appearance of Sam Wilson as Captain America
  • *'Tag Team' (the unofficial, working title for the Falcon/Winter Soldier series)
  • *scheduled to begin shooting August 12
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  • Niobe makes her 1st appearance in 'Untamed: A Sinner's Tale'
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  • Premiere issue of a six-part limited series that explores a world where only black people have superpowers
  • Film adaption in the works by Studio 8
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  • 1st team appearance of The Crew, Marvel's first all-black superhero team: Storm, Luke Cage, Manifold, Misty Knight
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  • Won an Eisner award in 2018 for best limited series with stories focused on the lives of women living in Wakanda including the Dora Milaje, the elite security force who protect the Wakandan crown
  • Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay with illustrations by Alitha Martinez and a back-up story by poet, Yona Harvey