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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"
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  • 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
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  • Biographies of famous and influential African Americans including George Washington Carver, Charles Thomas and Paul Robeson
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 1st appearance of Waku, Marvel's first heroic black character
  • *Marvel was operating as Atlas at the time
  • 1st appearance of Jann of the Jungle
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Lobo
  • First comic book title featuring a black character
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  • 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
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  • 1st appearance of the Black Panther (T'Challa king of Wakanda).
  • Last month we got the absolutely heartbreaking news that the immensely talented Chadwick Boseman had passed away from cancer. He was just 43
  • Boseman was, of course, the man that wore the Black Panther crown.
  • Since his passing, there has been a massive wave of interest in Black Panther that has spurred books like Black Panther #2 (1st Shuri) to new heights.
  • This week, the 1st appearance of the man himself is making solid gains.
  •  An 8.5 copy broke the all-time record in grade at $3,840 (up from $3,600).
  • A 4.0 copy hit $680 (up from $575) while a 3.5 copy hit $525 (up from $500). Both also records in grade.
  • Some collectors are speculating that the mantle will go to the character's sister, Shuri.
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 1st appearance and origin of the Falcon, the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics
  • 1st appearance of Redwing, Falcon's falcon
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  • 1st independent title with a black superhero headlining the series
  • *pre-dated Marvel's Luke Cage, Hero For Hire
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  • 1st appearance of Mal Duncan, the first black hero in DC Comics, later becomes the Guardian
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  • 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
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  • Retitled 'Captain America and The Falcon'
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  • 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
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  • Black Panther briefly changes his name to Black Leopard because at the time, Black Panther had "political connotations"
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 1st appearance of Nubia, Wonder Woman's sister and the first black super-powered female in DC Comics
  • Reintroduction of Wonder Woman's original costume
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  • 1st appearance of Misty Knight, the first black female Marvel hero without superpowers
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  • 1st appearance of the new X-Men.
  • 1st appearance of Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Thunderbird. 3rd appearance of Wolverine (some resources label this the 2nd full appearance).
  • 1st appearance of Illyana Rasputin (as a child) and Krakoa, the Living Island.
  • 1st use of 'snikt' sound effect.
  • Coming in at number 7 is a book that is riding a tsunami of interest in the X-Men coming to the MCU.
  • No record breakers this week but a massive volume of sales and some very strong sales on ComicLink keep this book on fire.
  • Last month, during the Heritage Platinum Session Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction we saw a CGC 9.8 White Page copy end at a whopping $19,200 (up from the previous all-time high of $16,257).
  • One week later, the book proved that this new price point was here to stay as an off-white page copy sold on eBay for $18,075.
  • This week, we saw top 5 prices for virtually every grade in the nine points and a joint all-time high for the CGC 7.5
  • This book has seen incredible gains this year but feels like it still has room to grow.
  • And with X-Men in the MCU news in our future there is plenty of reasons for it to catch up.
  • Quick recap: When the Disney acquisition of Fox was announced in 2018 it sent X-Men keys (which had been to that point overlooked by collectors in favor of keys involving the MCU characters) rocketing to new heights.
  • When it comes to the X-Men, Marvel Studios will most certainly deviate from the territory mined by Fox.  The smart money is on Marvel to focus on characters that the public is familiar with especially those that were popularized by the animated shows. Conveniently for collectors, many of those classic characters were introduced in this issue.
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  • 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'
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  • First interracial kiss between two mainstream comic heroes, Misty Knight and Iron Fist
  • *see Creepy #43 for the first interracial kiss in comics
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  • One-shot issue featuring a boxing match between Superman & Muhammad Ali
  • Classic wraparound cover art by Neal Adams

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