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Nick's Picks Vol. 3

💎Listed in this category are hidden gems with an interesting Key Issue description 

...and there are thousands of others throughout the database 

📪 if you know of an interesting or fun fact about an issue that isn't in the database, email nick@keycollectorcomics.com

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  • 1st appearance of The Smurfs in comics
  • Long-running French comic strip series
  • Simultaneously printed in Belgium comic series titled Robbedoes
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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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  • Recalled Ed Gein cover
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  • 1st solo story featuring Catwoman
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  • Extremely rare manufacturing error
  • DC Comics 'New Teen Titans' #6 cover wrapped around 'Marvel Two-In-One' #74
  • Only two known to exist with one 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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  • 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 published interior art by Greg Capullo
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  • Variant cover art by Vince Locke
  • Preview appearance of The Crow on back cover
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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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  • 1st appearance of Vega-Superior, the son of Krakoa
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  • Collects Spider-Man (1990) #1-#5
  • 926 copies distributed mostly to comic shops in the United Kingdom
  • Softcover, shrink-wrapped
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  • Preview appearance of Harley Quinn in a magazine article about Batman Animated Adventures, predating Batman Adventures #12
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  • Cover art by Mark A Nelson featuring Carnage
  • A compilation of villain profiles from various comic companies published by Wizard Magazine
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  • Variant colorless cover
  • Promotional giveaway originating from Finland
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  • Ashcan edition with wraparound cover
  • Cover appearances include: Captain America, The Flash, Wolverine, Bone, Milk and others
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  • 1st mention of the team name Birds of Prey, suggested by Lady Blackhawk
  • *confirmed to be the agreed upon team name by Oracle in Blue Beetle #4 (2006)
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  • Origin of Marten Broadcloak
  • One-shot issue reveals details about the life of the the character who appears in a number of books, going by many aliases: the Man in Black, the Walkin' Dude, Randall Flagg and more
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  • Variant fourth printing cover with pink background
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  • Examination of Stephen King's career in comics
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  • Variant cover art by Artgerm
  • "The Weirding Willows""
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  • Created by AMC's 'Comic Book Men' Bryan Johnson and Walt Flanagan 5 years before the show first aired
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  • Variant cover art by Salvador Larroca featuring Eminem
  • Sold only in the Detroit area
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  • 1st full appearance of She-Ra (by name) in U.S. comics