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  • 1st appearance of The Smurfs in comics
  • Simultaneously printed in the Belgium comic series titled Robbedoes
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  • Includes the panel of Batman slapping Robin that is recognizable from many internet memes
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  • Origin of Nick Fury's eye-patch
  • 1st appearance of Eric Koenig
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  • Beast undergoes a mutation which grows gray hair all over his body
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  • Variant cover with purple background
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  • Preview of the new X-Men team that predates Giant-Size X-Men #1
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  • Death of Thunderbird (John Proudstar)
  • 3rd appearance of Nighcrawler and the 1st time "Bamf" is used to describe the sound of teleportation via an alternate dimension
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  • Biography of Johnny Cash
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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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  • Recalled Ed Gein cover
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  • 1st appearance of Judge Death
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  • Scarce Whitman variant (logo in upper-right corner)
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  • 1st solo story featuring Catwoman
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  • Printing error with DC Comics 'New Teen Titans' #6 cover wrapped around 'Marvel Two-In-One' #74
  • Only two known to exist with one that was listed on eBay for $1.15 million
  • In 1981, both companies used Ronald's Printing at the same time
  • * cannot determine realistic sales values due to absence of data
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  • 1st team appearance of Dark Judges: Judge Death, Judge Fear, Judge Fire, Judge Mortis
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  • Reprint of Giant Size X-Men #1
  • 2nd appearance of the New Mutants (cameo)
  • *original back-up story where The New Mutants make a cameo appearance at Kitty Pryde's surprise birthday party
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Garfield in standard comic books, on the left side of the splash page (see image)
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  • 1st published cover art in comics by Todd McFarlane
  • *partial cover, specifically the image of Scorpio Rose
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  • 1st published interior art by Greg Capullo
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  • 1st appearance of Sodam Yat, later introduced as Ion, prophesied to be the Ultimate Green Lantern
  • 1st team appearance of the Children of the White Lobe, prophesied to contribute to the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps
  • 1st appearance of Qull of the Five Inversions, a demon who foreshadowed the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps to Abin Sur
  • *written by Alan Moore in 1986, the prophecy of Qull was the foundation of the Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night storylines, written by Geoff Johns 20 years later
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  • 1st published artwork in the industry by Adam Hughes (interior pin-up)
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  • Scarce, third printing 'So Much Fun' variant
  • * sold only in toy stores
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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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  • Variant cover art by Vince Locke
  • Preview appearance of The Crow on back cover
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  • 1st battle of Punisher vs Wolverine
  • Cover art by Jim Lee
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  • Cover layout by Brian Bolland with finishes by Mark Texeira
  • *Marvel approved Bolland's rough layout for the issue but the finished cover did not arrive in time for printing
  • *using Bolland's layout sketch, Mark Texeira provided a finished cover that went to print
  • *shortly thereafter, Marvel issued Bolland's finished artwork as a wraparound cover only (see variant) with an explanation of what occurred, printed on the inside
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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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  • Preview of The Crow #5, a story titled "Death" that was to be the conclusion of the first story arc but it was never published as a single issue
  • *in 1992 Kevin Eastman's publishing company Tundra published the final Crow chapter in a double-sized volume
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  • 1st appearance of Vega-Superior, the son of Krakoa
  • *in X-Men #2, it is understood that Krakoa and Arakko share physical relations which could reintroduce the son of Krakoa
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  • Origin of the Punisher skull
  • *part one of a two-part story that explained the original meaning behind the Punisher skull

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