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  • Mislabeled as Aliens first appearance
  • Aliens first appeared in a standard-sized comic, outside of a parody, in Aliens #1 (1988)
  • Current CGC labels have corrected this error
  • Mislabeled listings bought/sold on eBay account for approximately 20% of inventory
  • There is no difference in value of correct and incorrect labels
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  • Sequel to Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  • *some sources misidentify this issue as the first appearance of Phantasm
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  • 1st appearance of Frankenstein in comics, back-up story set in 1930s New York City
  • 1st appearance and origin of the Green Lama in a comic book
  • *a number of resources mislabel Green Lama's first appearance due to multiple appearances in single-page promotional ads for Double Detective pulp magazine
  • 1st appearance of Dr. Frost
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  • Incorrectly cited as the first published image of Spawn in an advertisement
  • According to spawnworld.com, the same advertisement appeared in multiple comics that went on-sale in April 1992: Evil Ernie #5, Re-Animator #2, Rocket Ranger #3, Rust #1, The Southern Squadron: Freedom of Information #4, Torg #3
  • In March 1992, one month prior to Rust #1, Spawn advertisements were printed in two comic books: Robotech II The Sentinels #13 and Torg #2
  • Prior to the publication of Robotech II #13 and Torg #2, Spawn appeared in numerous catalogs and fanzines
  • *Character Search "Spawn" for more information on early appearances
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  • 1st cover and 2nd appearance of the Wasp, Nadia Pym
  • ⚠ listings on eBay are describing this issue as Nadia's first appearance but she is in an original story in Free Comic Book Day 2016: Civil War II
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  • Squint first uses the alias Malak
  • *listings on eBay have labeled this issue as the first appearance of Darth Malak
  • According to writer John Jackson Miller (also the owner of comichron.com): Malak does not fall to the Dark Side in my comics series. He first appears under the name Squint in KOTOR #0. He first uses the alias Malak in #31. He takes the name Malak permanently in #42, which also has Revan’s origin story
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  • Newsstand edition
  • Boba Fett briefly appears in a flashback
  • 1st mention of the Mandalorians
  • 1st appearance of Fenn Shysa, a Mandalorian
  • 1st full appearance of Dengar, a bounty hunter
  • ⚠ some resources including CGC, label this issue the origin of Boba Fett but the character featured in the book is Fenn Shysa
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  • First interior art by Jim Lee at Marvel Comics
  • Jim Lee provided an illustration for the 'Eel' character profile
  • *Jim Lee's first published artwork for Marvel is widely considered to be Alpha Flight #51 which he fully illustrated but Lee contributed one panel of art for this issue prior to Alpha Flight
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  • 2nd appearance of Detective Cole North
  • ⚠ due to the cover appearance of Detective Cole North on the cover of Daredevil #2 second printing, there seems to be confusion about when the character first appeared which has caused sales on this issue to be abnormally high
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  • 1st appearance of Aliens, Xenomorphs, in original stories
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  • 1st appearance of Tarantula
  • 2nd appearance of the Punisher
  • *sources often cite The Amazing Spider-Man #135 as the second appearance of The Punisher
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  • 1st appearance of the black symbiote costume in the comic based off of the animated series
  • Cover art inspired by The Amazing Spider-Man #300
  • *many eBay listings incorrectly identify this issue as the first appearance of the animated version of Venom which occurs in #9
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Arnim Zola
  • *cited by many sources as the first appearance of Armin Zola but it is similar to the cameo of Wolverine in that he appears on the final page
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  • 1st appearance of Spencer Smythe and the Spider-Slayers
  • 1st cameo appearance of Mary Jane Watson, face is obscured by a tree
  • *this issue is cited by some sources as the first appearance of Mary Jane but she does not appear in full until The Amazing Spider-Man #42
  • [October 2020 - unconfirmed rumor that Smythe and his Spider Slayers will appear in Spider-Man 3]
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian warrior
  • 1st cameo appearance of Ezra Bridger
  • 1st cameo appearance of Hera
  • 1st appearance of Kanan Jarrus
  • CGC labels list Kanan #1 without the distinction of 'cameo' or 'full' (tap cover and see image to decide for yourself)
  • 📖 Reading Order: next read Kanan The Last Padawan #2, then read Darth Vader #1 (2017 series)
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Grail, daughter of Darkseid
  • *cited by some sources as the first appearance of Grail but she is obscured by shadows in the final panel
  • *the first FULL appearance of Grail happens in Free Comic Book Day 2015: Divergence #1
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Damian Wayne (the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul) in shadows
  • *this issue is often cited as Damian's first full appearance but aside from a panel showing his eyes, he is fully obscured by shadows
  • *it should also be noted that the 1987 graphic novel 'Batman: Son of the Demon' introduced a child of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul but the story did not take place in the main DC story universe until Grant Morrison integrated portions of the graphic novel into the origin of Damian
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  • 1st cover appearance of the War Machine armor, worn by Tony Stark
  • The War Machine armor debuts in Iron Man #281 with Tony Stark is the original pilot
  • In Iron Man #284, James Rhodes suits up in the armor but refers to himself as Iron Man
  • The armor and Rhodes use of the codename War Machine is not official until West Coast Avengers #94
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Jason Todd
  • 2nd cameo appearance of Killer Croc
  • *this issue is cited as the first full appearance of Killer Croc but there is no difference in his depiction as a gangster in a trenchoat and fedora as first seen in Detective Comics #523. In Detective Comics #524, he is revealed to have crocodile features
  • *it should also be noted that this version of Jason Todd is not visually accurate to later versions and his origin is retconned in Batman #408
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  • 1st cover appearance of Angel as the Horseman, Death
  • *in X-Factor #38, Beast gives Warren Worthington III the new codename Archangel
  • *Worthington appears in full as Archangel in X-Factor #23 and in multiple cameos leading up to the issue
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  • Gorr speaks from the shadows, unseen
  • *listings on eBay claim that this is the second appearance of Gorr but it is not
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  • 2nd appearance of Spider-Man's black costume, tied with Spectacular Spider-Man #90
  • According to solicitations from 1984, The Amazing Spider-Man #252 went on sale January 31
  • Marvel Team-up #141 and The Spectacular Spider-Man #90 both went on sale February 14
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  • 1st mention of Shuma-Gorath
  • 1st team appearance of the Vishanti: Agamotto
  • Hoggoth, Oshtur
  • *this issue is often cited as the first appearance of Shuma-Gorath but it is only a mention
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  • Cited as a Mysterio appearance but the character only appears in disguise, not in costume
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  • 2nd cameo appearance of Son of Satan
  • *this issue is often cited as the first full appearance of Damion Hellstrom and although the character does appear in many panels, he is obscured by shadows at all times
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  • 1st appearance of Red Sonja
  • ⚠ cited by many resources as a cameo appearance of Red Sonja but she appears in over 20 panels, fights and is introduced by name
  • [June 2019 - Jill Soloway confirmed as the new director after Bryan Singer's departure]
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  • 1st appearance of Gambit
  • This issue is often cited as a cameo of Gambit which would imply that the appearance is brief although he appears in 15 panels throughout the book with at least 10 instances of dialogue
  • This includes a full page-and-a-half interaction with Storm where she addresses him by name and refers to him as a thief (see images by tapping cover and swiping left)
  • Later Gambit appears in his classic suit and then again in an X-Men uniform
  • This issue went on sale June 19th whereas X-Men #266 went on sale July 10th
  • Uncanny X-Men #266 was written as if it were to be published prior to the annual
  • CGC recognizes this issue as a cameo appearance of Gambit and Uncanny X-Men #266 as his first full appearance
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Lilandra, fully obscured by a spacesuit
  • 1st appearance of the second Erik the Red, a scout and warrior for the Shi'ar
  • First use of the name Polaris by Lorna Dane
  • Revealed that Colossus's first name is Peter