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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
  • [December 2020 - Fury confirmed to lead his own series alongside Talos in Secret Invasion]
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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
  • Driving interest in this book is undoubtedly the legacy of Chadwick Boseman, the tragedy of his death and the inspiring realization of a black pioneering character of historical significance in pop culture history brought to life
  • None will fill the shoes of the King of Wakanda, but character names we’ve heard that could carry the film forward are Shuri, M’Baku and Kevin Cole
  • THIS WEEK’S RECORD BREAKERS: CGC 8.5 sale: $4,800 [previous high: $3,800]
  • CGC 7.5 sale: $2,800 [previous high: $2,250]
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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: Storm (1st), Nightcrawler (1st), Colossus (1st), Thunderbird (1st), Wolverine (3rd*)
  • *some resources label this the 2nd full appearance and Hulk #182 a cameo
  • 1st appearance of Illyana Rasputin as a child, later becomes Magik
  • Introduction of Krakoa, the Living Island
  • First use of the sound effect 'snikt' associated with Wolverine's claws
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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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