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Nick's Picks Vol. 5

This category is to feature comics that have an interesting fact or provide some entertainment value for you to browse if the work day starts to drag

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  • One of a few critical fan letters written by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) published in comics
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  • 1st published artwork for DC Comics by Todd McFarlane
  • One-page pin-up of Infinity Inc with a note from writer Roy Thomas that reads:
  • "we thought you'd like to see a pin-up by newcomer Todd McFarlane (a young Canadian living in the state of Washington) who has volunteered to lend us a very talented hand for an issue or two. Todd's work has appeared in Marvel's Coyote and elsewhere. Enjoy!"
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  • Color error that affected approximately 500 issues
  • Identified by the white lettering in Laird's name as seen in the image in the red box
  • *for clarity, the color error is superimposed next to the non-error Laird's Photo sign
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  • Parody issue of DC's 'Invasion' limited series
  • Cameo appearance of Chewbacca, Yoda, Jabba the Hut, Boba Fett, an Alien Xenomorph, E.T. and Alf
  • Jean Grey appears full-frontal nude in this issue but it is at a slight distance so that specific detail is absent
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  • Color error that affects several panels where the Lizard's green skin appears blue
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  • Color error that affects several panels where the Lizard's green skin appears copper
  • One datapoint became available in August for an ungraded copy that sold for $15,000. The seller claimed that only six were known to exist yet posted another for sale in October 2020 with the same description and images but for $10,000 less than the August sale. While this might be legitimate, it is too risky to to approximate values from this situation
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  • Includes a one-page story titled 'What if the Punisher were a Herald of Galactus' which has Frank riding a space motorcycle with two massive guns he used to destroy a planet, reminiscent of Cosmic Ghost Rider
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  • Early cover appearance of Spawn
  • *Comic Shop News is a free publication, printed on newsprint paper, given away at comic book stores
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  • 1st comic book appearance of "Venus," a female ninja turtle created for television
  • According to Gary Frank, the writer on this issue, he was to adhere to a strict rule that there is to be no female ninja turtles, as instructed by creator Peter Laird
  • Frank briefly introduced "Venus" by way of an alien named Lurch who shape-shifted into the female turtle
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  • Low print run issue by the creator of Flaming Carrot
  • Purely intended as a promotional giveaway, the issue was billed as the first $100 comic book and often had a signed 'Complimentary Copy' sticker on the inside
  • Nominated for an Eisner Award in 1999 for Best Short Story
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  • Retailer preview of Harley Quinn #1 (2000)
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  • Cover appearance of a Punisher/Ghost Rider character, reminiscent of Cosmic Ghost Rider
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  • 1st appearance of Pepe the Frog in a printed comic book, previously seen in web comics
  • *fans were displeased with the widespread use of Pepe's likeness in internet memes and campaigned to reclaim the frog by associating him with racist imagery
  • *in 2017, the Anti-Defamation League labeled Pepe the Frog as a 'Hate Symbol'
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  • Prop comic from the NBC television series 'Heroes' (2006-2010)
  • Interior pages feature art by Tim Sale and a biography of the fictional character, Isaac Mendez
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  • 1st appearance of Mary Jane as Venom
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  • Variant cover art by Erik Larsen (1:10)
  • Wraparound cover depicts characters as cartoonish comic characters
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  • Six-issue adaptation of a steampunk fantasy novel inspired by the lyrics of Neil Peart (1952-2020) from the band Rush
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  • 96-page preview of a project to recreate the entire first series of Akira (1988-1996), panel-by-panel, replacing the original characters with the cast of The Simpsons
  • 768 artists contributed five pages of art to complete Bartkira which can be read in it's entirety at bartkira.com
  • This hardcover edition and a softcover edition are the only printed offerings of Bartkira that were produced
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  • Concept art by Jack Kirby for a movie called "Lord of Light" that was never made
  • In 1980, a CIA operative used the "Lord of Light" concept art and screenplay to convince the Iranian government that he was a film maker, working on a sci-fi movie called "Argo"
  • This resulted in the successful rescue of six Americans who escaped Iran, disguised as the film crew, an event that was later dramatized in the critically-acclaimed 2012 film, "Argo"
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  • Variant cover art by Tony Moore, 'Cynthiana, Kentucky Edition'
  • Distributed at the 2016 Walking Dead Day celebration in the city/state that inspired the opening landscape of the comic series, created by Cynthiana KY natives, Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
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  • Variant cover art by Artgerm
  • Imagery related to Selina and Bruce's failed engagement hidden in the picture: tears, a bat in her mask, a whip, cats, a broken heart