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  • 1st comic book to be sold on newsstands
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  • 1st comic book published by National which would later become DC comics
  • 1st appearance of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, preceded Mickey Mouse but eventually fell into obscurity
  • 1st appearance of Jack Woods
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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 and origin of Namor the Sub-Mariner
  • 1st appearance of American Ace
  • *scarce - only nine copies are known to exist
  • *the comic was intended to be a giveaway at movie theaters but it never went into full production
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  • 1st appearance of Bozo the Iron Man
  • 1st appearance of the Invisible Hood
  • 1st appearance of Abdul the Arab
  • 1st appearance of 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 (Robert Dickering)
  • 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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  • 1st published comic book in the 'romance' genre
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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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  • Premiere issue and 1st appearance of G.I. Joe in comic books
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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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  • Namor is identified as a mutant
  • *Namor is the first mutant to appear in a comic
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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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  • 1st appearance of Green Lantern, John Stewart
  • 2nd appearance of Green Lantern, Guy Gardner
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  • 1st appearance of Erik Killmonger
  • Part 1 of "The Panther's Rage" a 13-issue story arc written by Don McGregor
  • 1st long story novel-type format in comic books
  • Origin of Black Panther
  • 1st appearance of Venomm, an ally of Killmonger
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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)
  • *secret DC/Marvel crossover issue - see Aquaman #56 for details
  • Final issue of the Savage Sub-Mariner
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  • 1st official crossover of characters from the Marvel and DC Universe
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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 team appearance of FemForce, the world's first all-female superteam: Phantom Lady, Synn, Tara, Miss Victory, Blonde Bomber
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  • 1st mention of the standard Marvel Universe, referred to as 616
  • *Allen Moore was the writer of the story 'Rough Justice' but the previous writer had coined the name
  • 1st appearance of Miracleman
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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 stone body
  • 1st appearance of Black Cross, a fearless warrior in a post-apocalyptic world
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  • 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
  • *📈 +106% copies sold versus previous week
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  • 1st published cover art by Alex Ross
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  • 1st appearance of the X-Men Gold team: Storm, Archangel, Colossus, Iceman and Jean Grey
  • 1st team appearance of the X-Men Blue team: Cyclops, Wolverine, Gambit, Rogue, Psylocke and Beast
  • 1st team appearance of The Acolytes: Fabian Cortez, Anne-Marie Cortez, Chrome, Nance Winters, Delgado
  • Best-selling comic of all-time with sales of over 8.1 million copies
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  • 1st comic book published by Image
  • 1st appearance of Shaft
  • 1st appearance of Chapel
  • 1st appearance of Badrock
  • 1st appearance of Vogue, Link and Diehard
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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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  • 1st comic book published by Boom Stuidos
  • One-shot featuring six zombie stories written by Mark Waid and Keith Giffen
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  • Currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most comic characters on the cover of a single issue with 224
  • 1st appearance of Shiklah, Deadpool's betrothed, in printed comics (previously appeared in a digital comic only series called Deadpool: The Gauntlet which was later printed)
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  • Variant cover art by Ed Piskor featuring Stan Lee
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