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Marvel ⋅ Jan 1992
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1st appearance of Omega Red, a Russian serial killer, captured and experimented on by the government
Marvel ⋅ Jan 1992
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1st appearance of Squirrel Girl
Valiant ⋅ Jan 1992
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1st team appearance of the Renegades, Harbinger Resistance Group
1st appearance of Sting, Peter Stanchek
1st appearance of Zephyr, Faith Herbert
1st appearance of Torque, Flamingo and Kris
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1st team appearance of the Eggbreakers
Included in issues #1 - #6 was a Mail Away Coupon that, collectively, were redeemable for a variant of Harbinger #0 with a pink cover
[February 2022 - Deadline reports reports Wes Ball to direct for Paramount]
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1st full appearance of Carnage, spawned from the extraterrestrial parasite known as the Venom symbiote
Image ⋅ May 1992
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1st appearance of Spawn
1st appearance of Sam & Twitch
1st appearance of Malebolgia
1st cameo appearance of Jason Wynn
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Pin-up of Pitt
Marvel ⋅ Jun 1992
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1st team appearance of Weapon P.R.I.M.E.: Weapon X, Rictor, Yeti, Tygerstryke
2nd appearance of the real Domino, previously appeared in X-Force #8
Marvel ⋅ Jul 1992
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1st cover appearance of the War Machine armor, worn by Tony Stark
⚠ Misconception: cited by many as the first appearance of War Machine. "War Machine" is splashed across the IRON MAN title in reference to the armor’s incredible armaments but the name is not official. The armor, (piloted by Tony Stark in this issue, not James Rhodes) actually debuts in the previous issue, Iron Man #281. In Iron Man #284, James Rhodes suits up in the War Machine armor but does so as Iron Man and does not officially assume the War Machine codename until West Coast Avengers #94, though he is referred to as War Machine in X-Force #21 but as Iron Man in X-Force #20
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1st full appearance of Doomsday, mostly obscured by a containment suit with one arm bound behind his back as he wreaks havoc across the countryside
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1st appearance, cover and origin of Bane
📖 Knightfall Reading Order: next Batman #484
DC ⋅ Jan 1993
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Death of Superman
Death of Doomsday
Every page of this issue is a full or double-splash page
Six-million issues sold
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First solo series featuring Venom
1st cameo appearance of General Orwell Taylor
Image ⋅ Mar 1993
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1st appearance of Angela
later acquired by Marvel as Thor's half sister
1st appearance of Medieval Spawn
1st appearance of Cogliostro
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Cover inspired by Wonder Woman #72
Milestone ⋅ Jun 1993
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1st appearance of Static Shock, the first black superhero to star in his own cartoon series
1st appearance of Hotstreak, a villain with the power to control fire
[October 2020 - Warner Brothers and Michael B. Jordan to produce a Static Shock movie - status currently unknown / April 2023 - James Gunn replied to a tweet that DC has plans to incorporate Milestone characters in upcoming projects]
DC ⋅ Jul 1993
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Bane breaks Batman's back
Knightfall Part Eleven
📖 Knightfall Reading Order: next Detective Comics #664
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1st appearance of Harley Quinn in a standard comic
[August 2022 - Lady Gaga confirmed to star opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the Joker movie sequel as Harley Quinn / March 2023 - a set photo from the Joker sequel provides a first look at Lady Gaga as Harley]
Dark Horse ⋅ Dec 1993
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1st appearance of Hellboy in color
DC ⋅ Jul 1994
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1st full appearance of Impulse, sidekick to Wally West
Marvel ⋅ Nov 1994
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1st appearance of Ben Reilly as Scarlet Spider, introduced as a clone in The Amazing Spider-Man #149 (1975)
There is a notation on some CGC graded slabs that notate a 'Marvel Direct Marketing' that does not appear to have an affect on value
DC Vertigo ⋅ Apr 1995
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1st appearance Jesse Custer the Preacher, Tulip O'Hare, Cassidy and the Saint of Killers
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1st full appearance of She-Venom
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1st team appearance of Birds of Prey: Black Canary and Oracle
Unofficial team appearance in Showcase 96 #3
Marvel ⋅ Nov 1996
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1st team appearance of The Thunderbolts: Citizen V (formerly Baron Zemo), Atlas (formerly Goliath), Mach-1 (formerly Beetle), Songbird (formerly Screaming Mimi), Meteorite (formerly Moonstone II), Techno (formerly Fixer)
[February 2019 - 🚨 KEY COLLECTOR COMICS EXCLUSIVE - a Thunderbolts series is in development]
[SDCC 2022 - Thunderbolts confirmed]
Image ⋅ Feb 1998
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1st appearance of Apollo
1st appearance of Midnighter
Marvel ⋅ Feb 1998
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1st appearance of Spider-Girl, Mayday Parker, the child of Peter and Mary Jane in an alternate universe
1st cameo team appearance of A-Next: Jubilee, Longshot, J2, Thunderstrike, Jolt
1st cameo appearance of J2, Zane Yama, son of the original Juggernaut
Copies ordered by retailers: 29,193
Avatar ⋅ Nov 1998
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1st appearance of The Goon
1st appearance of Franky
Reprinted as a back-up story in The Goon #1 (1999)
[SDCC 2022- Patrick Osborne to direct movie adaptation for Netflix]
DC ⋅ Mar 1999
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1st appearance of Terry McGinnis in a comic book
It is important to be aware of the differences between several editions of this book that exist
Direct Edition - as seen in the image with DIRECT EDITION printed in the UPC box
Newsstand Edition - UPC box in the lower-left corner, dated March 1999 with an original retail price of $1.99
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Promotional Edition - 'FREE Special Origin Issue' printed below the DC logo with a white rectangle in the lower-left corner intended for stores to stamp their logo. Dated June 1999 with a Jell-O advertisement on the back cover
Six Flags Promotional Edition - displays a Six Flags amusement park logo printed in the white rectangle. Dated October 1999 with a PlayStation advertisement on the back cover
Third Printing Promotional Edition - dated July 2000 with a Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker DVD advertisement on the back cover
🔮 DC Possibilities: Bruce Wayne as Batman has been rebooted for close to half of a century so it would make a whole lot of sense to see a different vision in a sharp, ultra-futuristic, cyberpunk-type take on DC's most successful franchise
Avatar ⋅ Mar 1999
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2nd appearance of The Goon
2nd appearance of Franky
1st full appearance of the Zombie Priest
Marvel ⋅ Mar 1999
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1st appearance of Black Widow, Yelena Belova
[September 2022 - confirmed for the Thunderbolts movie]
⚠️ Debatable Firsts: it is disputed whether this is a full or cameo appearance. CGC labels this issue "1st appearance of the new Black Widow (Yelena Belova, face not shown)"
DC ⋅ Jul 1999
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1st appearance and cover of Cassandra Cain, later becomes Batgirl, Orphan II and the Black Bat
1st appearance of David Cain, Orphan not in costume
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1st appearance of Harley Quinn in the main DC comic book storytelling universe
Marvel ⋅ Jul 2000
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1st appearance of the Sentry
1st appearance of The Void, the dark aspect of The Sentry
Marvel ⋅ Nov 2001
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1st appearance of Jessica Jones
[May 2022 - Ritter tweeted a picture of her and actor Mike Colter with initials of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage plus the hashtags #marvel and #bigtease / rumored to appear in She-Hulk]
Marvel ⋅ Dec 2001
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1st appearance of Elsa Bloodstone, daughter and successor of the famous monster hunter, Ulysses Bloodstone
1st appearance of Nosferatu in the Marvel Universe
[November 2023 - a Bloodstone project is rumored to be in development]
Marvel ⋅ Dec 2001
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September 11th, 2001 tribute issue depicting various Marvel teams and characters working alongside emergency services as New York native, Spider-Man narrates the experience
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A small Alaskan town is invaded by vampires during a naturally occurring, month-long absence of sunlight
First traditional comic book published by IDW
Copies ordered by retailers: 3,791
Marvel ⋅ Aug 2002
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1st appearance of Fantomex, Weapon XIII
1st team appearance of X-Corporation (Paris): Darkstar, Multiple Man, Rictor, Monet St. Croix, Cannoball, Siryn
DC Vertigo ⋅ Sep 2002
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Premiere issue of a series created by Brian K. Vaughn about the last man on a female populated Earth
Image ⋅ Jan 2003
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1st appearance of Invincible
1st appearance of Omni-Man, the father of Invincible
1st appearance of Deborah Grayson, the mother of Invincible
1st appearance of Titan
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1st appearance of William Clockwell, Invincible's best friend
1st appearance of David Hiles, a physics teacher
1st cameo appearance of Atom Eve
1st cameo appearance of Science Dog, on a comic cover
Copies ordered by retailers: 10,800
Marvel ⋅ Jul 2003
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1st team appearance of the Runaways: Alex Wilder, Karolina Dean aka Lucy in the Sky, Molly Hayes aka Bruiser, Nico Minoru aka Sister Grimm, Chase Stein aka Talkback, Gertrude Yorkes aka Arsenic
1st team appearance of the Pride
[July 2022 - Marvel trademarked the title Runaways: New Era]
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Premiere issue of an ongoing series about survivors of a zombie outbreak from writer Robert Kirkman
Adapted by AMC for cable television
1st appearance of Rick Grimes
1st appearance of Shane Walsh
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Print run: 7,266
Marvel ⋅ Feb 2004
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1st appearance of X-23, Laura Kinney
Laura Kinney debuted in the animated series X-Men: Evolution (2003)
[March 2023 - speculation Dafne Keen will reprise the role of X-23 in Deadpool 3]
DC ⋅ Feb 2005
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1st appearance of Jason Todd as Red Hood
Marvel ⋅ Apr 2005
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1st team appearance of the Young Avengers: Kate Bishop, Patriot, Asgardian aka Wiccan, Hulkling, and Iron Lad, who is later revealed to be a young variant of Kang
[October 2022 - Wiccan aka Billy Kaplan, son of Scarlet Witch are rumored to appear in the Agatha TV series]
Marvel ⋅ May 2005
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1st appearance of Shuri, T'Challa's sister and future Black Panther
1st appearance of S'yan, the uncle of T'Challa who held the throne after T'Chaka's assassination
Marvel ⋅ Jun 2005
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1st full appearance of Bucky Barnes as the Winter Soldier
[September 2022 - confirmed for the Thunderbolts movie]
Image ⋅ Jun 2005
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1st appearance of Michonne, one of the more resourceful survivors of the series
[SDCC 2022 - Rick and Michonne will be featured in a spin-off limited series]
Marvel ⋅ Jul 2005
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1st team appearance of the Illuminati: Professor X, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Iron Man, Namor
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1st full appearance of Marvel Zombies
[November 2021 - Marvel teases a standalone Marvel Zombies animated project]
Multiple first appearances of heroes-turned-zombies
Marvel ⋅ Jan 2006
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1st appearance of Amadeus Cho aka Mastermind Excello, a Korean American who becomes the Hulk and later Brawn
1st appearances: Heartbreak Kid, Positron Monstro, One-Eyed Jacquie and the Great Video
Cho is a member of The Champions, a team that also includes Miles Morales Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan, Nova, Cyclops, and Spider-Gwen
There are many places for Cho to fit into the MCU like Shang Chi or Agents of Atlas
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Debut of the Iron Spider Suit, engineered by Stark Industries
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