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- 1st published interior art in the comic book industry by Matt Baker, the first known black artist in comics
- Baker is credited as having illustrated the first graphic novel "It Rhymes With Lust"
- Baker's name is synonymous with the term "Good Girl Art" which referred to stimulating illustrations of women
- Baker defined the classic Phantom Lady imagery which caused him to be a target of Dr. Frederic Wertham, author of "Seduction of the Innocent"
- Final appearance of Steamboat, a character depicted in a racially offensive manner that was protested by a group of schoolchildren who demanded his removal from Fawcett comics
- 1st comic book produced in full by black creators including writers, artists and the publisher
- As quoted by editor Orrin C. Evans "every brush stroke and pen line in the drawings on these pages are by Negro artists"
- Inside back cover has an advertisement for #2 but it was never published due to vendor refusal
- Classic story titled 'Judgement Day' that reveals the protagonist to be an African-American man which, at the time, was a risky move issued by the creators to insert the character into a position of power
- Reprint of "Judgement Day," a story about an astronaut who is revealed to be black in the final panel
- The self-regulating committee, the Comics Code Authority (CCA) ordered the final panel to be replaced but the decision was reversed after the creators threatened to inform the press
- Final issue in the series
- One-shot educational comic book that told the Rosa Parks bus incident story to teach non-violent resistance in a politically-charged atmosphere
- Other stories include a brief biography of Martin Luther King Jr. and Ghandi's independence protest
- Reprinted in Spanish and Arabic
- First print run was 250,000 and can be identified by the copper-coated staples
- 1st appearance of Jackie Johnson, a member of Easy Company and one of the first non-stereotypical African-American characters in DC Comics
- 1st appearance of Wildman, the most prominent member of Easy Company (behind Sgt. Rock) who earned his nickname from his wild, sometimes reckless behavior in battle
- 1st appearance of Sgt. Nick Fury
- 1st team appearance of the Howling Commandos: Happy Sam Sawyer, Dino Manelli, Dum Dum Dugan, Junior Juniper, Rebel Ralston and Gabe Jones
- Premiere issue of a sixteen-issue series of biographical content related to black men and women who had a significant impact on history
- Featured: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Robert Smalls and others including an issue dedicated to black cowboys
- 1st appearance of Robbie Robertson, an early African-American character whose role was not defined by skin color who mentored Peter Parker and was a foil to J. Jonah Jameson
- 1st cover appearance and 2nd full appearance of Kingpin
- Biographies of influential black Americans from the colonial era: Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Crispus Attucks and Dr. Daniel Hale Williams
- Final issue of the Classics Illustrated series
- 1st appearance of Appa Ali Apsa
- Retitled Green Arrow/Green Lantern
- Issue considered to mark the end of the comic book Silver Age
- Introduction of controversial social themes in comics - Green Lantern is reprimanded by a black man which was an expression of frustration by the creators for the lack of accurately presented black people in comics
- 1st appearance of Butterfly, the first super-powered black female in comic books
- 1st appearance of Brice Reese, a vigilante with a customized motorcycle that included a flamethrower
- *a precursor to Ghost Rider, also created by Gary Friedrich
- 1st appearance and origin of Luke Cage, the first black superhero to headline a series in mainstream comics
- 1st appearance of Diamondback, Comanche and Shades
- Single issue series based on the the first syndicated, newspaper comic strip that featured a black woman
- In 1975, three years after the comic was published, Pam Grier starred in a film of the same name
- 1st appearance of the new X-Men.
- 1st appearance of Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Thunderbird.
- 1st use of 'snikt' to represent the sound of Wolverine's claws and 2nd appearance of Wolverine.
- 1st appearance of Illyana Rasputin as a child.
- 1st appearance of Krakoa, the Living Island.
- Anticipation for the inclusion of the X-Men in the MCU sent this book to new highs in 2019. Prices steadied at the top of 2020 but demand kicked up a gear again with a flurry of sales including a record setting CGC 9.8 white page sale at $15,000 in July of 2020.
- As news trickles out from Marvel Studios expect this book to see plenty more new record prices.
- 1st appearance of Karen Beecher as Bumblebee, DC's 1st black female superhero (appeared in Teen Titans #45 not in costume)
- * Nubia appeared before her but was not a hero
- Bumblebee joins the Teen Titans
- Duela Dent takes the name 'Harlequin'