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Comic book characters or series that were first introduced in movies or on TV 

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  • Classic cover depicting the film "The Lost City"
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Mid $220
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High $1k
  • 1st appearance of Tom & Jerry
  • 1st appearance of Barney Bear
  • 1st team appearance of Our Gang
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Mid $115
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High $375
  • 1st appearance of Bambi in comics
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High $70
  • "Lady and the Tramp with Jock"
  • 1st appearance of the 'Lady and the Tramp' Disney characters in comic books
  • * a dog named Lady appears in Silly Symphonies #1 but does not resemble the movie version
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High $300
  • Adapted from the popular TV series of standalone supernatural and science fiction stories
  • Later becomes its own ongoing series
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Mid $55
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High $270
  • 1st appearance of The Flintstones in comics
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High $450
  • 1st appearance of the Jetsons in comics
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  • Premiere issue adapted from Disney TV series
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High $260
  • Premiere issue adapted from the television show
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  • Science fiction series adapted from television
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  • Adapted from the film of the same name
  • Issue includes a pin-up poster
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  • 1st comic book appearance and origin of Barnabas Collins and Angelique Bouchard
  • Complete issue will have a poster insert
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High $1k
  • 1st appearance of Scooby-Doo in comics
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  • Premiere issue of a six-issue series based off of the ABC television cartoon
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  • 1st appearance of the Pink Panther in comic books
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  • 1st comic co-published by DC and Marvel
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  • 1st published Godzilla comic distributed in the US
  • Rare promotional giveaway at theaters
  • 4-pages printed on newsprint
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  • Premiere issue adapted from the 1975 live-action Saturday morning TV series
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  • Ten-issue comic book series that was inspired by the television show starring John Travolta that ran from 1975-1979
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  • Series based on the popular science fiction movie by Stanley Kubrick
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  • Adaptation of the Star Wars film then began original stories with issue #6
  • 1st appearance of Darth Vader, a Sith Lord who had the potential to surpass all others
  • 1st appearance of Luke Skywalker
  • 1st appearance of Princess Leia
  • 1st appearance of C-3PO and R2-D2
  • 1st team appearance of Stormtroopers
  • 1st cover appearance of Obi Wan Kenobi and Han Solo (not in story)
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  • 1st appearance of the Wonder Twins
  • 1st appearance of Seraph
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  • Premiere issue with four stories focused on Fonzi
  • Simultaneously published by Whitman and Gold Key
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  • A 68-page adaptation of the 1978 film Alien with illustrated panels mirroring many of the shots in the movie
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  • 1st team appearance of G Force (Mark, Princess, Keyop, Jason and Tiny) in American comics
  • 1st appearance of Zoltar
  • Adapted from the Japanese sci-fi cartoon called 'Gatchaman'
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High $315
  • Extremely rare issue published by Whitman that came in three-packs, poly-bagged (still the individual issue is worth upwards of $2,500 high-grade)
  • Adapted from the Disney film with a new storyline introduced in #4
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  • 1st appearance of Firestar (not in regular continuity)
  • Comic book series adapted from the cartoon series that ran from 1981-1986
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  • Comic book adaptation of the popular film written by Stephen King and directed by George Romero
  • *** new television series in production
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High $80
  • 1st appearance of He-Man (non-preview)
  • 1st appearance of Skeletor
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  • Part one of a two part adaptation of the 1982 movie Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford based of the Philip K. Dick novel 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'
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  • Inspired by the classic character, this series takes place after 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'
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  • Comic book adaptation of the Jim Henson movie "The Dark Crystal"
  • Adaptation reprints in The Dark Crystal issues #1 and #2
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  • Comic book adaptation of the 1984 science-fiction, cult classic by David Lynch
  • Originally based off of a 1965 novel by Frank Herbert
  • *a remake of the film is in production with starring David Bautista
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  • Characters spun off from Star Wars universe
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  • 1st team appearance of the Thundercats: Lion-O, Cheetara, Panthro, Tygra, Wiley Kat, Wiley Kit and Snarf
  • 1st appearance of Mumm-Ra
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  • Premiere issue of a limited series based on the Labyrinth film starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly
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  • Comic book adaptation of the 1987 movie about a corrupt corporation's cyborg police force that battles criminal drug lords
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  • 1st team appearance of The Ghostbusters in comics
  • Published by Marvel UK (United Kingdom)
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  • Comic book adaptation of fantasy movie by Lucasfilm released in 1988
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  • Canadian price variant $1.25 (1:10)
  • 1st appearance of Krang
  • 1st appearance of Bebop and Rocksteady
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  • 1st appearance of Freddy Krueger
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  • 1st series inspired by the Terminator movie franchise
  • 17 issue series that takes place in the year 2031 as humans fight to survive in a war against Terminators
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  • One-shot promotional adaptation of the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme film
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  • 1st appearance of Predator in comic books
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  • Seven-issue limited series that follows the The Bundy's in a new adventure as the stars of a documentary about the "All-American Family"
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  • Premiere issue of the horror movie featuring Chucky the murderous doll
  • Television series based on the eighties has been confirmed
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  • 1st appearance of Darkwing Duck in comics
  • Premiere issue of a four-part limited series published by Disney
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  • Premiere issue of a four-part series based on the animated series
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  • Scarce issue
  • Cover art deemed intentionally inappropriate referencing an allusion to sexual assault
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  • Three-issue limited series adaptation of the 1992 movie starring Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme
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  • 1st appearance of Ashley 'ASH' Joanna Williams, a film role made famous by Bruce Campbell
  • Part 1 of a 3 issue miniseries adapted from the cult classic film "Army of Darkness"
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  • 1st appearance of The Simpsons in comic books
  • Polybagged with a poster
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  • Free comic book given away to promote the 1993 horror film
  • Two versions exist, one with a white border that was produced in smaller quantities than the black border, newsprint edition
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High $3
  • Four-issue adaptation of the film
  • Polybagged with trading cards included
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High $450
  • 1st appearance of Harley Quinn in comic books who made her debut in the Batman animated series
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  • 1st appearance of the Phantasm in comics (Andrea Beaumont)
  • Character adapted from the animated movie 'Batman: Mask of the Phantasm'
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  • 1st team appearance of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in a comic book promotional giveaway
  • Mini-comic included in Fruit of the Loom underwear packages
  • ***currently no sales on eBay
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  • 1st appearance of Disney's 'Gargoyles ' in comic books
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  • 1st appearance of Aeon Flux in comic books
  • Original graphic novel, softcover
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  • 1st appearance of Xena in comic books
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  • 1st appearance of Livewire based off of the animated series, later becomes part of DC continuity
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  • 1st full appearance of Jay and Silent Bob in comics
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  • Series takes place in the DC animated universe
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  • 1st appearance of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in comic books
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  • Recalled issue due to mature content
  • One-shot preview of 'The Matrix' movie intended to be distributed as promotional material
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  • 1st appearance of Bluntman and Chronic in comic books
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High $25
  • Origin of Batman Beyond
  • Free promotional comic
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  • 1st appearance of Abraham Whistler, a mentor to Blade (played by Kris Kristofferson)
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  • Premiere issue in the style of the Cartoon Network animated series
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  • Story inspired by Shaun of the Dead published five months before the movie release
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  • One-shot comic book inspired by the film that explores Jigsaw's past that led him to becoming a murderer
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  • A new chapter in the Final Destination franchise told in a five-part limited comic book series
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  • Five-issue limited series that begins where the movie left off and continues to tell the story of Tony Montana
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  • "Seven Sins" is a prequel story to the 1998 film written and produced by Twisted Sister's, Dee Snider
  • 1st appearance and origin of Captain Howdy
  • Initially meant to be a four-issue limited series but publisher financial troubles prevented an second issue to be released
  • Written by Jesse Blaze Snider
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  • 1st appearance of King Tut, the television character from the 1960s played by Victor Buono
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  • 1st appearance and origin of John McClane in comics
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  • Comic book prop created and used in an episode of 'The Office' season 10
  • Approximately 10 of the replica issues exist but only one was used in the episode
  • Replicas identified by having a white box on the back cover
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  • Scarce, hard-to-find issue depicting a Baseball Fury gang member from The Warriors movie
  • Cover art by Eric Powell
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  • Origin issue of the title character from Robert Rodriguez's, Machete
  • The original solicitation stated this would be an introduction issue to an ongoing series but it never happened
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  • 1st appearance of Spongebob Squarepants in the U.S.
  • *previously appeared in Cine-Manga, Mad Magazine and other non-standard comic formats
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  • Comic book adaptation of the George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire with illustrations that resemble characters from the HBO
  • Cover art by Alex Ross
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  • One-shot with word bubble that reads "I'm a Comic Book'"
  • 5 variants exist for this one-shot issue
  • Bongo announced a contest in 2012 rewarding the first person to submit a picture holding all five would be "Simpsonized" in a future issue
  • [Tap on issue to see variants]
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  • One-shot summary of the first four-and-a-half seasons AMC's 'Breaking Bad'
  • Promotional giveaway limited to 500 copies
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High $75
  • 1st appearance of Rick & Morty in comics
  • Promotional mini-comic included in random units of 'Rick And Morty' Season One DVD
  • Counterfeit versions are rumored to exist
  • Single staple, first edition more valuable than its double-staple predecessors
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  • Premiere issue adapted from a popular web series about a woman and her strange pet, searching for a job
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  • 1st appearance of Invader Zim in comics
  • Initially aired on Nickelodeon in 2001
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  • Variant cover art by Joe Quesada (1:100)
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  • Cover art by Artgerm
  • Premiere issue adapted from the '80s cult classic cartoon
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  • 1st appearance of John Wick in comics
  • Series is a supplement to the movie meaning everything is canon
  • ***continues to heat up
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  • Variant cover art by Dan Mendoza, "Naughty Lament Edition"
  • Limited to 185 copies
  • Parody of Pinhead from the Clive Barker film, Hellraiser
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  • 1st issue in a series continuing the adventures of Jack Burton from the cult classic John Carpenter film "Big Trouble In Little China"
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  • 1st appearance of Nuclear Man in DC continuity, previously appeared in the comic adaptation of Superman IV 'The Quest For Peace' (1987)
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  • Based off of the Netflix show, Stranger Things chronicles Will's journey in the Upside Down
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  • Adaptation and expansion on James Cameron's world of Avatar
  • Movie sequel in production
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  • Adaptation of the 1981 film