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Western ⋅ 1970
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1st appearance of Scooby-Doo in comics

There is some debate that Scooby-Doo appeared 6 months earlier in Golden Comics Digest #7 but it is a one-page puzzle activity game, not a story

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$85
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$260
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$850

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1st appearance of Appa Ali Apsa, a Guardian of the Universe

Retitled Green Arrow/Green Lantern

Issue considered by many to mark the end of the comic book Silver Age

Introduction of controversial social themes in comics - Green Lantern is reprimanded by a black man which was an expression of frustration by the creators for the lack of accurately presented black people in comics

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$60
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$180
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$600

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1st appearance and origin of Man-Bat, a scientist whose experiment went awry after combining human and bat DNA to cure his own deafness

First team-up of Batgirl and Robin in a backup story

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$1k

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1st appearance of Conan the Barbarian

1st cameo appearance of King Kull

DC ⋅ 1970
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$800
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$2k

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Iconic cover art by Neal Adams inspired by Detective Comics #31 (1939)

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$45
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$180
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$550

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1st cameo appearance of Darkseid, the ruler of Apokolips

DC ⋅ 1971
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$18
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$65
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$180

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1st appearance of Orion, son of Darkseid

1st appearance of Highfather, Leader of New Genesis

1st appearance of Metron, Boom Tube inventor

1st appearance of Orion's half-brother, Kalibak

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1st appearance of Lightray

1st team appearance of the Parademons

Introduction of New Genesis and Apokolips

Debut of the Mobius Chair

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$18
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$60
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$180

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1st full appearance of Darkseid

1st team appearance of The Forever People: Beautiful Dreamer, Mark Moonrider, Serifan, Big Bear, Vykin the Black

First mention of Mother Boxes, sentient supercomputers of vast power and the Anti-Life Equation

1st appearance of Infinity-Man, a protector of The Forever People

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$80
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$200

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1st appearance of Mister Miracle, Scott Free, the son of Highfather

1st appearance of Oberon, Mister Miracle's stage manager

1st appearance and death of Thaddeus Brown, the Miracle Man who preceded Scott Free

🔮 DC Possibilities: Mister Miracle is a second chance for DC to develop the New Gods which was supposed to happen in 2018 but stalled like many of their other projects

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$70
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$270
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$780

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1st appearance and cover of Talia al Ghul, daughter of Ra's al Ghul

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$80
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$260
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$850

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1st appearance of Man-Thing, Ted Sallis, a scientist who developed a serum to protect soldiers from chemical warfare

The Super Soldier program known as Project Sulphur aka Weapon IV, had the unintended effect of transforming Ted Sallis into Man-Thing

1st appearance of Ellen Brandt

1st team appearance of the Femizons

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$80
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$250
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$800

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1st appearance of Ra's al Ghul

2nd appearance of Talia al Ghul

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$65
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$285
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$725

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Classic battle of the Hulk vs the Thing

Iconic cover art by John Buscema

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$425
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$1.2k
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$4.8k

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1st appearance of the Swamp Thing, Alex Olsen

[January 2023 - a Swamp Thing horror film is in development at DC Studios]

2024 Heritage Sale: 9.8 sold for $84,000 [$14,000 in 2015] +500%

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$120
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Pioneering story arc that confronted the topic of drug addiction which led to more realistic and relatable stories in comics

Adams and Mr. O'Neil won a Shazam Award in 1971 for 'Best Individual Story' and recognized by NYC mayor, John Lindsay in a letter which was printed in issue #86

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$18
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$55
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$290

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Premiere issue of DC's war-horror series

🥈 Runner-Up: New High [Previous High]

9.8 sold for $10,200 [$1,450 in 2012] +603%

The census shows six copies in 9.8 and this is the first time one has sold for over a decade

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$20
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$75
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$235

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1st appearance of Big Barda, highly skilled warrior and love interest of Mister Miracle

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$10
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$35
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$180

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Milestone issue #100

Iconic cover art by John Romita Sr.

🥈 Runner-Up: New High [Previous High]

NATIONAL DIAMOND SALES INSERT 2.5 sold for $108 [No Previous Data]

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📣 Signature Auction: New High [Previous High]

DOUBLE COVER / NATIONAL DIAMOND SALES 9.8 sold for $6,600 [No Previous Data]

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$130
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$460
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$1.3k

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1st appearance of Morbius the Living Vampire

Marvel ⋅ 1972
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$110
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$300
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$1.2k

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1st appearance and origin of Werewolf by Night

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$100
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$300
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$1k

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1st appearance of Jonah Hex

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$20
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$85
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$275

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Beast undergoes a mutation which grows gray hair all over his body

Marvel ⋅ 1972
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$45
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$135
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$450

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Rebirth of HIM, renamed Warlock by the High Evolutionary

Debut of Warlock's costume including an unnamed emerald, later revealed to be the Soul Infinity Stone

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$60
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$180
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$600

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1st appearance of Dracula, created by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan, inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic character

1st appearance of Van Helsing

1st appearance of Frank Drake, a descendant of Dracula

[April 2023 - if speculation is accurate that Mia Goth will portray Lilith Drake, the daughter of Dracula, chances are her father will be a part of her origin]

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$100
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$300
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$1k

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1st appearance and origin of Luke Cage, the first black superhero to headline a title in mainstream comics

Luke Cage became invincible to harm through a Super Soldier program called Project Power aka Weapon VI

1st appearance of Diamondback, Comanche and Shades

DC ⋅ 1972
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$15
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$60
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$175

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1st appearance and origin of Etrigan the Demon

1st appearance of Morgaine Le Fay, the sister of Madame Xanadu

1st appearance of Randu Singh

Marvel ⋅ 1972
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$500
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$900
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$4.5k

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1st appearance and origin of Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze

[January 2023 - rumor that a Ghost Rider project is in development, possibly a Halloween special. No info on which version of Ghost Rider will be used in the event that this is true]

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$40
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$120
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$400

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1st appearance and origin of the second Swamp Thing, Alec Holland

1st cameo appearance of Anton Arcane

1st appearance of Matt Cable, later becomes the Sandman's raven

1st cameo appearance of the Un-Men

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1st appearance of Nathan Ellery, the man who caused the explosion that created Swamp Thing

First ongoing Swamp Thing solo title

Marvel ⋅ 1972
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$18
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$75
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$245

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1st appearance and origin of The Cat, Greer Grant

Marvel ⋅ 1973
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$45
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$135
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$480

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1st appearance of Madame MacEvil, daughter of Drax, later referred to by the name Moondragon

Madame MacEvil becomes Moondragon in Daredevil #105

[April 2023 - speculation that the child named ‘Love’ in Thor 4 is a young Moondragon who will later appear as an adult]

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$30
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$90
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$345

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1st appearance of Red Sonja

⚠ Misconception: cited by many resources as a cameo appearance of Red Sonja but she appears in over 20 panels, fights and is introduced by name

[August 2022 - filming is scheduled to begin with Matilda Lutz cast in the main role]

Marvel ⋅ 1973
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$135
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$480
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$1.4k

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1st appearance of Thanos, an Eternal from Titan born with the Deviants gene

1st cameo appearance of Eros aka Starfox, brother of Thanos

1st appearance of Kronos, Grandfather of Thanos

1st appearance of Mentor, father of Thanos

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1st appearance of Drax the Destroyer, created by Kronus to kill Thanos

1st appearance of the Blood Brothers

DC ⋅ 1973
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$6
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$20
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$75

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DC begins publishing Shazam after licensing the Captain Marvel character from Fawcett who they had successfully sued 20 years earlier for copyright infringement due to the character's similarities to Superman

1st appearance of Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel since the Golden Age

1st appearance of Doctor Sivana and family since the Golden Age

Origin of Captain Marvel retold

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📣 Signature Auction: New High [Previous High]

9.9 sold for $6,600 [No Previous Data]

CGC census states this is the lone copy in 9.9, with none higher

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$90
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$285
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$900

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Death of Gwen Stacy, neck unintentionally snapped as Spider-Man attempted to rescue her

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$45
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$120
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$450

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Death of Green Goblin

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$320
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$1.1k
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$3.2k

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1st appearance of Blade

Marvel ⋅ 1973
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$120
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$415
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$1.2k

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First solo titled series featuring Ghost Rider

1st cameo appearance of Daimon Hellstrom, Son of Satan, multiple panels in shadows

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$200
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$800
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$2k

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Iconic cover art by Neal Adams

Issue credited for revitalizing the Joker as a homicidal villain instead of a comical villain

Marvel ⋅ 1973
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$75
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$215
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$750

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1st appearance of Brother Voodoo, Jericho Drumm, later renamed Doctor Voodoo

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$80
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$200

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1st full appearance and origin of Son of Satan

Thought many sources cite Ghost Rider#2 as the first full appearance of Damion Hellstrom he is obscured by shadows throughout the issue

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1st appearance of Howard the Duck

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$1.2k

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1st appearance of Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung-Fu

1st appearance of Sir Dennis Nayland-Smith

1st appearance of Fu Manchu, father of Shang-Chi, later renamed Han, then Zheng Zu

1st team appearance of Si-Fan, a secret society with allegiances to Fu Manchu

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1st appearance of Shang-Chi's unnamed mother, an American - later retconned in Shang-Chi #4 (2021)

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1st appearance of the Punisher

1st appearance of the Jackal

[March 2023 - Jon Bernthal confirmed to reprise the role of Punisher for Daredevil: Born Again / May 2023 - a rumor suggests there may be a Punisher series in the works for Disney+]

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$60
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$240
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$700

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1st appearance and origin of Iron Fist, Daniel Rand

1st appearance of Yu-Ti, a Dragon Lord

1st team appearance of the Dragon Kings

Introduction of K'un-Lun, one of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven

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1st appearance of Wendell Rand, father of Daniel Rand

🏅#9 on the Hot 10

Transactions from this week that sold for higher than the previous twelve-month average:

9.8 sold for $4,320 vs the average $4,213 (+3%)

9.6 sold for $1,399 vs the average $1,214 (+15%)

9.0 sold for $480 vs the average $408 (+18%)

8.0 sold for $281 vs the average $266 (+6%)

7.5 sold for $248 vs the average $218 (+14%) This week, two copies in 7.5 outsold the average

4.0 sold for $113 vs the average $111 (+2%)

In week 14, Iron Fist’s debut ranked on the list for the second time in 2024

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$15
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$50
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$150

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1st appearance of Deathlok, Luther Manning

1st appearance of Major Ryker

First published artwork for Marvel by George Perez, interior two-page backup story

Prior to the publication of this issue, George Perez was published in the science-fiction magazine Hot Stuf'

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$210
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$825
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$2.1k

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1st cameo appearance of Wolverine

2nd appearance of Wendigo

Marvel Value Stamp Series A #67 - Cyclops

⚠️ Debatable Firsts: this issue, by far, is the most debated "cameo versus full" book and likely the main reason "cameo" became such a significant yet loosely defined term in comic book collecting

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Theoretically, The Incredible Hulk #180 being labeled "cameo" of Wolverine was due to an oversight by Overstreet (see additional images)

In the 1980/1981 edition of Overstreet, Hulk#181 is labeled - 1st app of Wolverine and Hulk#180 is without a descriptor, commanding the same value as issues #151 - #176

In the 1981/1982 Overstreet, the description had been amended to read #180 - 1st app. Wolverine but mislabeled #181 and #182 - Wolverine cameo

Finally, in 1982/1983, Overstreet labeled Hulk #180 - 1st app. Wolverine (cameo) and #181 - Wolverine app. #182 - Wolverine cameo

In recent years, Marvel has taken a stance on Hulk #180 as the first appearance of Wolverine, wanting to eliminate the term "cameo" altogether, presumably to avoid this exact debate

But in years past, official Marvel guidebooks and trading cards would often trade-off which issue was given the coveted 1st (full) appearance designation (see additional images)

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$4.5k
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$11k

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1st full appearance of Wolverine, final page cameo in issue #180

Marvel Value Stamp Series A #54 - Shanna the She-Devil

[September 2022 - Hugh Jackman will reprise the role of Wolverine in Deadpool 3]

🏅#4 on the Hot 10

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Transactions from this week that sold for higher than the previous twelve-month average:

9.8 sold for $72,000 vs the average $67,785 (+6%)

8.5 sold for $6,500 vs the average $6,182 (+5%)

7.0 sold for $4,600 vs the average $4,364 (+5%)

6.5 sold for $4,000 vs the average $3,844 (+4%)

6.0 sold for $3,450 vs the average $3,436 (+0%)

This is the second consecutive week and fifth overall time that Wolverine’s first full introduction ranked on the Key Collector Comics Hot 10

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$90
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$300

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1st appearance of Korvac

Marvel Value Stamp

[April 2020 - two inside sources have confirmed that Korvac will be in multiple upcoming Marvel projects. Although the sources are independent from one another and close to Marvel Studios this is still unconfirmed until official word is released]

Marvel ⋅ 1975
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$30
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$95
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$315

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Ongoing stories featuring Adam Warlock begin

1st appearance of Magus, an evil version of Adam Warlock from the future

1st team appearance of The Universal Church of Truth

1st appearance of The Matriarch, a leader of The Universal Church of Truth

DC ⋅ 1975
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$18
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$55
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$160

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First solo titled Joker series

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