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Hey, I’m Nick, founder of Key Collector Comics.  During my research I stumble across many interesting books. I’d like to spotlight a few here that I find interesting and hope you do too. 🔔 Subscribe for $1.99 for more curated content. Unlock 12 categories plus 🚨Key Issue Alert push notifications  📪  Submit awesome key issue info to nick@keycollectorcomics.com 🎁 Thank you for supporting the continued development of Key Collector Comics by using the eBay links for ANY purchase

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  • Cover art by Brian Bolland featuring a swastika
  • Alternate reality story where the Nazis won World War II written by Mark Millar
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  • 1st appearance of Nebula as a cyborg, similar to how she appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
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  • An oversized publication of unfinished comic book templates intended to educate and encourage fledgling creators to not only learn about making comics but also submit original work including scripts, pencils, inks, colors and letters
  • Legendary Spider-Man artist Mark Bagley was discovered through his entry into this contest
  • Retail price: $12.95
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  • Cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz
  • Features the first chapter of The Last Galactus Story written and illustrated by John Byrne, an unfinished, nine-chapter arc that ended with the cancellation of the publication
  • Byrne's story was going to end with Galactus removing his armor and releasing the energy he had absorbed back into a dying universe resulting in something similar to a Big Bang, a new beginning
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  • Instructional guide on how to draw and format comics
  • Interior artwork by John Byrne and John Romita
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  • Parody of Charlie Brown that describes the main character as a blockheaded, wishy-washy killing machine
  • One-shot that collects 'A Peanut Scorned,' a story first printed throughout the four-issue series 'Deep Fried' (2001)
  • Includes an original story titled 'A Weapon Brown Christmas'
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  • Limited to 3,000 copies
  • A collection of short stories, pinups and sketches featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and supporting characters
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  • First cover art by Warren Louw
  • Final issue
  • *copies ordered by retailers: 16,491
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  • Scarce issue
  • Cover art deemed inappropriate referencing an allusion to sexual misconduct
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  • One-shot inspired by Roger Corman's Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
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  • Variant cover art by Sal Buscema
  • Limited edition variant sold at Camelot Music stores
  • Polybagged with a Saturday Morning Cartoon cassette tape
  • Connecting cover with Amazing Spider-Man #408, Sensational Spider-Man #1 and Spider-Man #65
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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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  • Retailer preview of Harley Quinn #1 (2000)
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Variant cover art by Erik Larsen (1:10)
  • Wraparound cover depicts characters as cartoonish comic characters
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  • 1st appearance of Mary Jane as Venom
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  • Cover appearance of a Punisher/Ghost Rider character, reminiscent of Cosmic Ghost Rider
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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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  • 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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  • 1st appearance of Superman in the UK
  • Comic strips collected and reprinted in the larger format
  • *issue #771 depicts Superman in an advertisement
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  • Variant silver-foil Ashcan edition, limited to 1,000
  • Distributed selectively at comic conventions in a protective sleeve with a gold stamp labeled Official Hero Original Seal of Authenticity
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  • 1st appearance of Black Atlas
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  • Newsstand edition
  • Final Spawn issue published with a UPC on the cover
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  • Cover art by Terry Moore featuring Katchoo the Bear, an animal version of the main character from Strangers In Paradise
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  • Special preview, 'Museum Edition' limited to 50 numbered copies
  • Hologram on back cover
  • Preview of Invincible

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