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1st appearance of Lobo, an intergalactic bounty hunter

[January 2023 - Jason Momoa speculated to play Lobo in James Gunn's DC films]

Marvel ⋅ 1983
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1st appearance of Beta Ray Bill, a Korbinite alien worthy of picking up Mjolnir

1st appearance of Lorelai, the sister of Enchantress

Mirage ⋅ 1984
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Advertisement for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1984)

1st appearance of Fugitoid

As of November 2023 only five CGC copies have ever been publicly sold

To date there are only 23 copies on the census

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$220

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1st appearance of Storm Shadow, a former ally of Snake Eyes and the Young Master of the Arashikage Clan

Solo story featuring Snake-Eyes, told without any text or dialogue

[December 2020 - Andre Koji cast as Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe Origins Snake-Eyes movie]

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1st team appearance and origin of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo

1st appearance of Splinter, the Turtles' mentor

1st appearance and death of the Shredder

First printing: 3,000 copies

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[February 2022 - Paramount+ to develop three spin-off villain features]

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1st appearance of Kevin Matchstick, the reincarnation of King Arthur with Excalibur depicted as a glowing baseball bat

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1st cameo appearance of John Constantine, Hellblazer

⚠️ Debatable Firsts: it is widely accepted that this is the first cameo appearance of John Constantine but the character in question is not identified as such nor does he wear the classic trenchcoat that is seen when Constantine first appears in full, 12 months later, in Swamp Thing #37

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1st cameo appearance of the Beyonder as a white light and a voice

First line-wide crossover event series

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1st appearance of Spider-Man's black costume

Cover art inspired by Amazing Fantasy #15

The symbiote costume was designed by a Marvel fan from Illinois named Randy Schueller. Editor-In-Chief Jim Shooter purchased the design idea from Randy for $220

🏅#3 on the Hot 10

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

9.6 sold for $384 vs the average $378 (+2%)

CANADIAN PRICE VARIANT 9.6 sold for $720 vs the average $660 (+9%)

NEWSSTAND 9.6 sold for $425 vs the average $424 (+0%)

9.4 sold for $271 vs the average $264 (+3%)

NEWSSTAND 9.4 sold for $275 vs the average $269 (+2%)

9.2 sold for $250 vs the average $214 (+17%)

8.5 sold for $180 vs the average $161 (+12%)

CANADIAN PRICE VARIANT 8.0 sold for $179 vs the average $164 (+9%)

NEWSSTAND 7.0 sold for $126 vs the average $122 (+3%)

NEWSSTAND 6.5 sold for $135 vs the average $114 (+18%)

NEWSSTAND 5.5 sold for $99 vs the average $96 (+3%)

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1st appearance of Blue Devil, a 16-page original story preceding Blue Devil #1

1st appearance of Bug

Origin of Byte

1st appearance of Marla Bloom

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1st appearance of Edward Bloomberg, later becomes Kid Devil then Red Devil

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Dick Grayson becomes Nightwing, formerly Robin

Joseph adopts the name Jericho

Origin of Deathstroke and Jericho

Marvel ⋅ 1984
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1st team appearance of Power Pack

Marvel ⋅ 1984
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1st cameo appearance of Warlock, a techno-organic extraterrestrial

1st full appearance of Demon Bear, a villain of Dani Moonstar

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1st team appearance of the Autobots: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Prowl, Ironhide, Huffer, Cliffjumper, Sideswipe, Hound, Gears, Brawn, Sunstreaker, Bluestreak, Windcharger, Ratchet, Wheeljack, Trailbreaker, Mirage

1st team appearance of the the Decepticons: Megatron, Starscream, Buzzsaw, Thundercracker, Laserbeak, Frenzy, Skywarp, Rumble, Ravage, Soundwave

Thoughts & Images ⋅ 1984
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1st appearance of Usagi Yojimbo

Yojimbo is Japanese for bodyguard

An animated series set in the Usagi Yojimbo universe is in production for Netflix

Comico ⋅ 1984
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$75

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1st appearance of Robotech

Early English-translation of an anime property, based off of the Macross episode titled The Super Dimension Fortress

[April 2022 - Hawkeye director, Rhys Thomas will direct Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari’s Robotech for Sony Pictures]

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"Secret Wars" part 8

Origin of the black symbiote costume that later bonds with Eddie Brock to become Venom

2nd appearance of Spider-Woman, Julia Carpenter

🏅#4 on the Hot 10

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

9.6 sold for $279 vs the average $269 (+4%)

NEWSSTAND 9.6 sold for $550 vs the average $397 (+39%)

9.4 sold for $262 vs the average $217 (+21%)

NEWSSTAND 9.2 sold for $225 vs the average $220 (+2%)

9.0 sold for $200 vs the average $185 (+8%)

8.5 sold for $205 vs the average $161 (+27%)

NEWSSTAND 8.0 sold for $175 vs the average $161 (+9%)

7.5 sold for $154 vs the average $132 (+17%)

NEWSSTAND 4.5 sold for $95 vs the average $87 (+9%)

Epic ⋅ 1985
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First interior art by Todd McFarlane in the comic industry, officially

McFarlane previously had a sketch published in the Comics Journal #84 fanzine

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1st appearance of Nimrod, an advanced sentinel from an alternate timeline

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"Crisis on Infinite Earths" part 1

1st appearance of Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, in the DC Universe after being acquired from Charlton Comics

1st appearance of Pariah

1st appearance of Alex Luthor Jr.

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1st full appearance of the Monitor

Marvel ⋅ 1985
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1st appearance of Legion, the son of Professor Xavier

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First Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles one-shot spin-off

1st appearance and cover of Casey Jones

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First published cover art by Todd McFarlane

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1st appearance of John Constantine, Hellblazer

[September 2022 - Warner Bros. announced Keanu Reeves will reprise the role of Constantine in a sequel film]

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$90

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1st appearance of Silver Sable

1st team appearance of the Wild Pack

[March 2022 - speculation Silver Sable will be introduced in Kraven and have a tweaked origin, hailing from Russia with a possible family gang war featuring the Kravinoff vs Sablinova]

Marvel ⋅ 1985
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1st appearance of Nebula, the adopted daughter of Thanos

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1st appearance of Black Mask, a crime boss who wore a mask carved from the casket lid of his deceased father

Eclipse ⋅ 1985
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Reintroduction of Marvelman, a 1950s British superhero renamed Miracleman for legal purposes

Marvel ⋅ 1985
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1st appearance of Longshot

1st appearance of Spiral

Between 2003 and 2023 there have been 482 recorded sales of the 9.8 Direct version and four of the Canadian Price Variant compared to only one Newsstand sale

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"Crisis on Infinite Earths" part 7

Death of Supergirl

Origin of The Monitor, Anti-Monitor, Pariah and Guardians of Oa

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1st appearance and origin of Superboy-Prime, a corrupted, parallel universe version of Superman

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First solo series featuring the Punisher

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1st appearance of Nathan Summers (Cable) as a baby, son of Scott Summers and Madelyne Pryor

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First interior art by Jim Lee, interior inks

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1st appearance of Booster Gold

1st appearance of Skeets, the robot sidekick of Booster Gold

1st appearance of Blackguard

1st appearance of Trixie Collins, later becomes Goldstar

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1st cameo appearance of Mindancer

[January 2023 - a Booster Gold TV series about a "loser from the future" who returns to the past to pretend to be a superhero is planned for HBO Max]

Marvel ⋅ 1986
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1st team appearance of X-Factor, the original X-Men: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Iceman, Angel

1st appearance of Cameron Hodge, a human who passionately hated mutants

1st appearance of Rusty Collins, a mutant with the ability to manipulate fire

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1st appearance of Robin, Carrie Kelley, in an alternate reality

1st cameo appearance of the Mutants and the Mutant Leader

💰Original cover art sold on June 16, 2022 for $2.4 million dollars

Marvel ⋅ 1986
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1st appearance of Yuriko Oyama as Lady Deathstrike, in costume - previously introduced in Daredevil #197

Megaton ⋅ 1986
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First interior art by Rob Liefeld

Dark Horse ⋅ 1986
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First comic book published by Dark Horse Comics founded in 1986

1st appearance of Concrete, an average man's journey through life in a stone body

1st appearance of Black Cross, a fearless warrior in a post-apocalyptic world

Marvel ⋅ 1986
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1st full appearance and cover of Apocalypse

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Iconic cover art by Mike Zeck

1st appearance of TESS-One

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Premiere issue of a twelve-issue series that explores the dark side of superheroes from a realistic, flawed perspective

1st appearance of Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre, The Comedian and Night Owl

Alan Moore based his characters off of DC's newly acquired Charlton heroes: the Question, Captain Atom, Thunderbolt, Nightshade, the Peacemaker and Blue Beetle

[July 2023 - Warner Bros. announced an animated Watchmen feature is in development]

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1st appearance and origin of Betsy Braddock in U.S. comics, renamed Psylocke by Mojo

1st appearance of Meggan in U.S. comics

Variant ⋅ DC ⋅ 1986
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Variant cover art by John Byrne

First intentional variant cover, available from comic stores only

Marvel ⋅ 1986
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First battle of Wolverine versus Sabretooth

📖 Reading Order: Mutant Massacre Part 6

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Origin of Wonder Woman

1st appearance of Philippus, an Amazonian captain

1st appearance of Aella, an Amazon warrior, Reintroduction of Ares and Hippolyta

Origin of Hippolyta and Antiope

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Wraparound cover art by George Perez

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1st appearance of Warden John Economos

1st team appearance of Onslaught aka Jihad: Chimera aka Nightshade, Djinn, Jaculi, Manticore, Ravan and Rustam

1st appearance of Simon LaGrieve

[April 2023 - Steve Agee to voice John Economos in Creature Commandos]

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1st appearance of Death's Head, a robot bounty hunter

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Marriage of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson

📈 +167% increase in copies sold this week versus the previous week

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