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  • 1st comic book to be sold on newsstands
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  • 1st appearance of Oswald the Rabbit and Jack Woods
  • 1st comic book by National which would become DC comics
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  • 1st science fiction themed cover art in comics
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  • 1st appearance of Dr. Occult
  • 1st published artwork by Joe Shuster
  • 1st published written work in comics by Jerry Siegel
  • 1st appearance of a vampire in comic books
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  • 1st standard-sized comic book
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  • 1st time an issue number appears on a comic book cover
  • Cover art depicting Christmas
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  • 1st appearance of Bozo the Robot, Abdul the Arab and Hugh Hazzard
  • 1st cover appearance of a robot in comic books
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  • 1st appearance of Superman in the UK
  • Comic strips collected and reprinted in the larger format
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  • 1st comic published by MLJ (becomes Archie Comics)
  • 1st appearance of Richy the Amazing Boy
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  • 2nd written work by Stan Lee at Timely Comics (a two page story) Simon & Kirby wrote all the other stories in this issue
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Hangman
  • Death of Comet (1st death of a superhero in comics)
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  • 1st appearance of Batman and Superman in a story together
  • Batman and Superman join the JSA (honorary)
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  • 1st time an American President (FDR) appeared in a comic book, with special permission by the U.S. government
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  • Holyoke begins publishing Blue Beetle
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  • 1st "true crime" comic book format
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  • 1st individual comic book to feature a horror story throughout
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent
  • Led to establishing the Comic Code Authority
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  • 1st comic book dedicated to the horror genre
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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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  • 1st published comic book in the 'romance' genre
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  • Premiere issue and 1st appearance of G.I. Joe in comic books
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  • 1st EC horror title that changed the course of the publisher and set into motion future censorship (along with Vault of Horror #12)
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  • 1st published artwork in the comic book industry by Steve Ditko
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  • 1st published interior art by Neal Adams
  • One panel in this issue was replaced by sample art that Neal Adams submitted to Joe Simon at Archie Comics
  • Cover art by Joe Simon
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  • Classic cover art by Neal Adams
  • 1st appearance of Appa Ali Apsa
  • Retitled Green Arrow/Green Lantern
  • Issue considered to mark the end of the Silver Age in comics
  • Introduction of relevant social themes in comics
  • Green Lantern is confronted by an elderly black man who reprimands him for protecting the blue skins, orange skins and purple skins but not the black skins which was social commentary by Adams and O'Neill who were frustrated by the mostly inaccurate representation and lack of black people in comic books
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  • 1st appearance of Green Lantern, John Stewart
  • 2nd appearance of Green Lantern, Guy Gardner
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  • Independent comic book that pioneered mature stories for adults to a wider audience
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  • 2nd appearance of the algae creature that appeared in DC's Aquaman #56 (1972)
  • Both issues written by Steve Skeates
  • Final issue of the Savage Sub-Mariner
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Black Lightning
  • 1st appearance of Tobias Whale
  • 1st solo title featuring a black hero at DC
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  • 1st comic book published by Dark Horse Comics founded in 1986
  • 1st appearance of Concrete, an average man's journey through life in a nearly shapeless stone body
  • 1st appearance of Black Cross, a fearless warrior in a post-apocalyptic world
  • Concrete is one of the first few properties Dark Horse and Universal Cable plan on producing
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  • Classic series written by Alan Moore
  • 1st team appearance of Watchmen (Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre, Comedian and Night Owl)
  • Considered by many to be the beginning of the Modern Age of comics
  • 1st Appearance of Hooded Justice
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  • 1st published cover art by Alex Ross
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  • 1st appearance of the X-Men Gold team: Storm, Archangel, Colossus, Iceman and Jean Grey
  • 1st team appearance of the X-Men Blue team: Cyclops, Wolverine, Gambit, Rogue, Psylocke and Beast
  • 1st team appearance of The Acolytes: Fabian Cortez, Anne-Marie Cortez, Chrome, Nance Winters, Delgado
  • Best-selling comic of all-time with sales of over 8.1 million copies
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  • Marriage of Superman and Lois Lane
  • Attended by writers and artists who have worked on Superman over the years, including Joe Shuster
  • Officiated by Jerry Seigel
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  • The cover currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most comic characters on the cover of a single issue with 224
  • 1st appearance of Shiklah, Deadpool's betrothed, in printed comics (previously appeared in a digital comic only series called Deadpool: The Gauntlet)
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  • Variant cover art by Ed Piskor featuring Stan Lee