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  • In accordance with the writer Mark Gruenwald's wishes, his cremated ashes were mixed with the ink in the first printing edition of this trade paperback
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  • Recalled due to a depiction of Peter Parker's genitalia
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  • 1st appearance of Kyle Rayner (becomes the 3rd Green Lantern)
  • 1st appearance of Alexandra DeWitt, Rayner's girlfriend who is brutally murdered in issue #54
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  • Controversial cover that depicts Robin's hanging
  • Story titled 'How Many Ways Can Robin Die?'
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  • Young Avengers Hulkling and Wiccan first kiss
  • *the cause of controversy in September 2019 after the mayor of Rio de Janeiro called for all copies of the TPB to be collected and destroyed
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  • Adult-oriented material, banned in Canada
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  • Published cover art (left) replaced the original cover (right) which was censored by DC without the creator's knowledge
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  • Final issue of Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu
  • Extremely mature content: Colleen Wing's breasts are exposed on a full page and her and Misty Knight are forced into becoming heroin addicts
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  • Marriage of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle
  • *Selina called-off the wedding which was revealed to readers by The New York Times prior to the issue coming out causing significant backlash against DC and the newspaper
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  • Controversial issue due to drug use
  • *following a drug lab explosion, Captain America inhales the fumes of a drug called "Ice" which has a pronounced effect due to the Super Soldier Serum in his blood
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  • Controversial issue that printed critical tweets from a reader which is unlawful and against Twitter’s Privacy Policy
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  • 'Cease and DCist' edition, limited to 500 copies
  • *created in response to DC sending a Cease and Desist letter to Devil's Due for portraying Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as Wonder Woman in a previous issue
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  • Variant cover art by Josh Hixson raffled at HeroesCon 2016
  • Limited to 50 copies
  • Back cover reads "F*ck HB2" a statement from the creator against the North Carolina law that prohibits transgender individuals from using restrooms inconsistent from their gender at birth
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  • In 2000, the Charles Atlas corporation filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against DC Comics for the portrayal of Flex Mentallo being a parody of the real-life Italian bodybuilder
  • The lawsuit was eventually dismissed but series was out-of-print for over a decade and commanded a considerable amount on the secondary market
  • Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery has since been published in a hardcover deluxe edition collection and a trade paperback
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  • Variant Wonder Woman cover
  • Limited to 250 copies
  • DC sent a cease and desist to Devil's Due and to those reselling the cover
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  • Premiere series in the DC Black Label launch which gives established creators creative freedom to explore characters and stories outside of continuity
  • Controversial issue: Bruce Wayne's genitalia
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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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  • Controversial issue depicting the torture and murder of Lois Lane over the course of 12 pages
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  • Controversial variant with Stan Lee's signature stamped on the cover using ink containing his blood (referred to as Stan Lee's Solvent DNA Ink)
  • Includes a numbered hologram sticker printed with the words "Hands of Respect" and a Certificate of Authenticity
  • In April 2018, news broke that a former business associate of Stan's allegedly presented forged documents to his personal nurse that gave permission to draw blood from Mr. Lee
  • *the signature stamp and ink has since been used on other covers
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  • Controversial variant with Stan Lee's signature stamped on the cover using ink containing his blood (referred to as Stan Lee's Solvent DNA Ink)
  • Includes a numbered hologram sticker printed with the words "Hands of Respect" and a Certificate of Authenticity
  • In April 2018, news broke that a former business associate of Stan's allegedly presented forged documents to personal nurse that gave permission to draw blood from Mr. Lee
  • *the signature stamp and ink has since been used on other covers
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  • Controversial issue with overt sexual themes in one sequence where Hank Pym shrinks down to have intimate relations with his wife, Janet Van Dyne, The Wasp
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  • Includes a twelve-page, sequential art story titled 'The Wall' that unintentionally predicts Donald Trump's controversial US/Mexico border wall (July 1990)
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  • Controversial cover art depicting a soldier decapitating his enemy
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  • Scarce biographical series featuring famous serial killers (Jeffery Dahmer)
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  • Scarce biographical series featuring famous serial killers (John Wayne Gacy)
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  • Uncensored edition of 'God vs The Devil': * uncensored version has a blank logo (indica box) in the upper left whereas the censored version reads "God Is Good"
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  • Nightwing sexually assaulted by Tarantula
  • Death of Blockbuster (Roland Desmond)
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  • Controversial issue that depicts sacred Native American icons in a violent misrepresentation causing Hopi councilmen to demand a recall of the issue which Marvel agreed to but many remained in the market
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  • Death of Alex DeWitt
  • Controversial Issue: Major Force murders and dismembers Green Lantern's (Rayner) girlfriend, Alexandra DeWitt and hides her remains in the refrigerator for him to find
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  • Controversial issue: Carol Danvers is "used" and becomes pregnant by a man who turns out to be the same person to whom she gives birth
  • 1st appearance of Marcus Immortus, the son of Immortus, conceived by Carol Danvers
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  • Recalled anti-Mormon symbolism
  • 1st appearance of Spider-Bot
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  • Controversial cover due to the marquee behind Stilt-Man clearly reading 'Asspain'
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  • Recalled Ed Gein cover
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  • 16-page promotional comic intended to be a giveaway at the movie theater but it was recalled for excessive violence
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  • Northstar announces his sexual identity as gay
  • Wild Child becomes Weapon Omega
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  • 1st appearance of Snowflame, a cocaine-powered supervillain
  • Quote: "Cocaine is my god, and I am the human instrument of its will"
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  • Recalled due to a lawsuit between Cabbage Comics and Hooters for illegally using the company's name
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  • Highly collectible hilarity
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  • Banned cover art that bleakly suggests humanity is nothing but a puppet show performed by ghoulish parental archetypes where the father is brainless and the mother is sadistic
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  • Early cover art by Alex Ross with hidden message along the right-hand side that reads "NOW COMIX BLOZ" - NOW Comics (publisher) blows
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  • Recalled issue due to a hidden message drawn by Al Milgrom onto the spines of a stack of books about Marvel Editor-In-Chief that reads: Bob Harras Ha ha He's Gone Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish He Was A Nasty S.O.B.
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  • Recalled due to printing error where the black censorship bar covering adult language was transparent enough to see the words that were meant to be left to the imagination
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  • Recalled issue due to a parody advertisement of a feminine hygiene product called 'Marvel Miracle Douche'
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  • Recalled issue due to several shadowy panels of Elektra without clothes
  • ***unable to identify the reissued version from looking at the cover
  • **nudity panels are near the end of the issue with Elektra talking to a man in a cowboy hat
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  • Variant cover art by Milo Manara (1:50)
  • Falsely rumored as being recalled, this variant received heavy criticism for what was called a gratuitously suggestive pose
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  • Debut of Pink Kryptonite
  • *has a feminizing affect on Kryptonians as demonstrated by Superman in this issue
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  • Cover art by Jackson Guice uses the likeness of Christian singer Amy Grant who sued Marvel fearing her being associated with the occult would damage her reputation
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  • Recalled comic due to the 'Letitia Lerner, Superman's Babysitter' story where a mischievous Superbaby finds its way into a microwave
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  • Cover art by Sana Takeda with allusions to a sub-genre of Japanese adult entertainment that focuses on tentacled alien aggressors
  • Characters on the cover include Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Black Cat and Tarantula (Maria Vasquez)
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  • Recalled cover depicts Clark Kent drinking a beer
  • Re-released with Clark Kent drinking a soda pop
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  • Controversial "Bald Is Beautiful" cover
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  • Controversial cover with an odd choice of words
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  • Cover art depicts an offensive interpretation of the Spirit's sidekick
  • Premiere issue of the Will Eisener series with cover art by Lou Fine
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  • Cameo appearance of legendary artist, Jack Kirby as a god-like creator
  • Some have speculated he is the One-Above-All (not the Celestial version)
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  • Controversial comic moment that depicts She-Hulk jump-roping naked for the first several pages
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  • Recalled issue due to a racial slur printed in the dialogue
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  • Controversial story
  • Sleez, an alien from Apokolips, nearly succeeds in using mind-control to produce a sex-tape for Grossman Pictures starring Superman and Big Barda
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  • Hard-to-find issue, low print run
  • Rumored to have been recalled but it was not (confirmed by Greg Horn, artist)
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  • Recalled cover depicting a nude woman
  • 4,000 copies in shrink-wrap black bags were distributed by Dark Horse
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  • Controversial message embracing Bobbi Morse's outspoken feminism caused the writer Chelsea Cain, a lot of of negative criticism online
  • Scarce, low print run
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  • Cancelled series that Marvel had produced for defense contractor Northrop Grumman
  • Backlash followed a partnership announcement in 2017 by Marvel to provide propaganda for the weapon manufacturer
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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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  • Second print, only one copy printed
  • Auctioned on eBay for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
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  • One-shot by Spire Christian Comics
  • Scarce $0.39 cent price variant
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  • Highly collectible hilarity
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  • 1st appearance of Rachel Grey as Prestige, formerly the second Marvel Girl and Phoenix
  • Controversial issue that resulted in the termination of artist Ardian Syaf who hid religious, political messages in the story art
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  • Cover art depicting graphic horror
  • One of nine comics banned by Congress
  • One of many examples during this era of an eye injury that adds value to a cover similar to: 'headlights' 'bondage' 'Nazis' and other recurring taboos
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  • Racially insensitive story where Lois utilizes some technology that changes her race so she can experience life as a black woman
  • Comic is titled, "I Am Curious (BLACK)!'
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  • Cover art depicting women with breasts exposed
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  • Cover art depicting child drug abuse
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  • Cover art depicting extreme violence and hard-drug abuse
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  • Controversial rape issue
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  • Classic story featuring Speedy's heroin addiction
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  • 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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  • Controversial storyline that aligned Steve Rogers (created by Jewish-Americans Joe Simon and Jack Kirby) with Hydra, a terrorist organization with ties to the Third Reich
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  • Scarce issue
  • Cover art deemed intentionally inappropriate referencing an allusion to sexual assault
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  • Interior art depicts LexCorp Towers smoldering from an attack with eerie similarities to the visual of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
  • Issue was coincidentally delivered on September 12, 2001 with a statement from DC offering to accept returned books but most retailers declined
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  • Racist WWII propaganda
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  • Banned issue within the 25 part maxi-series 'The Cursed Earth'
  • 'Burger Wars' infringed on multiple food chain trademarks including Ronald McDonald depicted as a violent gang member
  • As of 2016, the 30 year ban has been lifted allowing reprinted material