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Beyond Bizarre

A categorical listing of Beyond Bizarre curated by Key Collector Comics.

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  • Black Panther briefly changes his name to Black Leopard because at the time, the Black Panther Party had become increasingly radical in their activism
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  • 'The Santa Contract' written by Garth Ennis using the rhythmic structure of a holiday poem
  • Violent story about an irradiated nuclear plant worker who goes on a killing spree dressed as Santa Claus
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  • Classic story where Luke Cage storms Doctor Doom's castle to collect $200 that he is owed for tracking down some missing robots
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  • 1st appearance of Heavy Flo, a villain who can eject high-pressured female bodily fluids against an enemy
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  • One-shot that teams up Lex Luthor and Porky Pig
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  • Classic cover art by Al Feldstein
  • Drug abuse cover
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  • 1st appearance of the Mandrill, a mutant with the ability to control women with pheromones
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  • To perform a magic ritual that will temporarily hone his abilities, John Constantine uses mortar and pestle to create a fine powder from the bones of Saint Nicholas of Myrna, the inspiration behind Santa Claus
  • 'Looks like its gonna be a White Christmas after all,' says Constantine before using a straw to snort the bone dust of the Saint
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  • Limited to 1,000 copies although there is a much rarer, earlier printing that was handed out at SDCC in 1998 with no price on the cover
  • Created and self-published by David Choe, an artist who is known for his street-art influenced work appearing in urban settings
  • In the early days of Facebook, Choe was commissioned to paint murals on the interior walls of their Silicone Valley office and though he thought the company would fail, he accepted stock in lieu of cash that earned him $200 million, seven years later
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  • Hardcover graphic novel commissioned by television writer and convicted murderer Blake Leibel whose gruesome comic book panels mirrored the crime scene of his real life victim, his girlfriend
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  • 1st appearance of Fantomah, the first female superhero in comic books
  • Though achieving early success in comics, Hanks inexplicably quit the industry in 1941
  • Similarly strange, Hanks was found deceased in 1976, sitting on a park bench
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  • Illustrations by Alan Moore, Charles Vess, Keith Giffen, Steve Bissette
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  • 12-page promotional mini-comic produced by Marvel for Combos Stuffed Snacks
  • Measures 4 inches x 5.75 inches
  • 1st appearance and origin of Combo Man, a college student who gained superpowers after being bombarded with radiation while carrying comic books and Combos
  • The character is comprised of:
  • The Incredible Hulk's hair
  • Cyclops' visor
  • Iron Man's faceplate
  • Magneto's cape
  • Upper part of Punisher chest emblem
  • Lower part of Captain America's chest emblem
  • Sabretooth's biceps
  • Daredevil's forearms (armored)
  • Carnage's arms
  • Spider-Man's hands
  • The Human Torch's knees
  • Silver Surfer's calves
  • Appeared in one other comic - Ziggy Pig-Silly Seal #1 (2019)
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  • Battle of Wolverine and The Punisher in a story called 'Vertical Challenge' by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, creators of The Boys
  • Two-issue arc with sequences of gratuitous violence where Wolverine takes a shotgun blast to the face that exposes the entirety of his adamantium skull
  • The Punisher then incapacitated Logan with a close-range shot to the genitalia and assured him that they’d grow back
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  • 1st appearance of Armless Tiger Man, a man who lost his arms during a machine accident and eventually became a cannibal
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  • Series centers on alternate outcomes of known Star Wars stories along the lines of Marvel's 'What If...?' and DC's 'Elseworlds'
  • Appearance of Darth Vader in a white version of his suit to symbolize his redemption from the dark side
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  • In the story, 'The Main Event' the Incredible Hulk challenges Hulk Hogan for the use of the name Hulk in what appears to be an unfriendly commentary from Marvel (courtesy of Peter David) aimed at Hogan
  • After handling Hogan, the Hulk says, “Any other of you clowns want to swipe a name you don’t deserve just to get ahead?”
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  • After every inch of the Punisher's face is horribly disfigured by Jigsaw, he undergoes a skin graft and wakes up five days later as a black man
  • In issue #62, while engaged in a fight, the Punisher's doctor notices that his 'treatment' is wearing off, revealing a fully restored, unscarred face. The name of the story is 'Fade To...White'
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Old Galactus
  • 1st appearance of Dario Agger, the shape-shifting CEO of Roxxon in human form, see issue #20 for Minotaur form
  • Variant cover art by Jennifer Parks
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  • Ethan Edwards becomes Virtue
  • The Absorbing Man is tricked into becoming cocaine. He is then hit with high-powered fans and blown into powder that is packaged up for a major drug haul
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  • 40-page printer's proof of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1984)
  • A printer's proof is a sample that is printed to examine the correctness of the issue before printing the entire run
  • This one-of-a-kind, historical proof was found in a small print shop in Biddeford, Maine a few years after the publication of issue #1, after the Turtles had already exploded in popularity
  • The men who found it traded it to Downeast Comics which operated between the years of 1986 - 1994, in Brunswick, Maine
  • The owner paid for the proof with store stock and held onto it before auctioning it on Comic Link in 2020 for $12,472 with 77 bids
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  • 8-page promotional comic meant to instruct Americans on how to survive a nuclear attack
  • Issued by the Ohio Office of Civil Defense
  • Topics include: identifying an impending attack, understanding different air raid sirens, how to react to the bright flash of a detonation, how to decontaminate from radioactive debris and more
  • Back cover displays death toll projections if a nuclear event occurs
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  • Mature-themed pulp comic with panels of explicit violence
  • The story features an NWA-type group called Gangsta Rap Posse and follows their exploits in depravity in a morally corrupt world
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  • Reported by Graeme McMillan from The Hollywood Reporter: Retailer preview that includes an essay by Mark Waid overlaying a Captain America page that is critical toward American politics
  • Marvel has elected to remove political commentary from #1000 but the decision was made after the retailer preview was shipped
  • it is not clear if any of these made it to the market
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  • Independently published one-shot by Michael Fiffe (Copra) limited to 300 copies
  • Based upon characters featured in John Ostrander's version of The Suicide Squad (1987)
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  • In 1967, Marvel began rewarding readers who performed a 'meritorious service to the cause of Marveldom' with an empty envelope that contained a 'No-Prize'
  • Readers qualified to receive a 'No-Prize' by pointing out a continuity error, providing an explanation for an error, sharing a creative idea or winning a contest
  • The 'No-Prize' award evolved from a reply to a reader in the letters column of Fantastic Four #22 which caused an influx of letters pointing out any little error and also confusion over not receiving a physical prize from Marvel which led to the distribution of the empty envelopes
  • Although it was Stan Lee who coined the phrase and the idea, later editors continued the tradition into the late 80s
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  • Classic story 'The Rainbow Batman'
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  • Variant wraparound cover art by David Angelo Roman, limited to 25 numbered copies (Roman Numerals)
  • Each individual cover was painted on real goat-skin
  • 'Babyteeth' written in Assyrian Aramaic at the bottom
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  • 1st thermal-reactive ink used on a comic book cover
  • Image encouraged readers to 'Rub The Blood!' to reveal red ink hidden on the cover
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  • 1st appearance of Ben Skywalker, Luke's son
  • Cameo appearance of Indiana Jones who stumbles across the wreckage of the Millennium Falcon when it crashed to Earth years ago

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