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Second published comic book in a modern-sized format, previous comics were published in larger tabloid-sized formats

This comic was a 64-page one-shot of reprinted newspaper comics strips distributed through department stores

Funnies On Parade published prior to this issue is considered the first modern format comic book but was only eight pages of reprinted newspaper comic strips

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First comic book to be sold on newsstands

Estimated print run of 35,000 copies though there is thought to be fewer than 10 still in existence and the highest graded copy is a 4.5

Eastern Color ⋅ 1934
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First ongoing monthly comic book to be sold on newsstands

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First comic book published by National which would later become DC comics

1st appearance of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, preceded Mickey Mouse but eventually fell into obscurity

1st appearance of Jack Woods

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First science fiction themed cover art in comics

First interior color pages in comics (partial)

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1st appearance of Doctor Occult, one of the earliest superheroes in history

First artwork by Joe Shuster, co-creator of Superman

First written work by Jerry Siegel, co-creator of Superman

1st appearance of a vampire in comic books

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First standard-sized comic book

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First time an issue number appears on a comic book cover

Cover art depicting Christmas

Fiction House ⋅ 1938
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First professionally published interior art by Jack Kirby, as Jack Curtiss

1st appearance of Sheena Queen of the Jungle

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1st appearance and origin of Namor the Sub-Mariner

1st appearance of American Ace

1st appearance of the Holy One, later known as Thakorr, a former ruler of Atlantis

Only nine copies are known to exist

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This comic was intended to be a giveaway at movie theaters but it never went into full production

Quality ⋅ 1939
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1st appearance of Bozo the Iron Man

1st appearance of the Invisible Hood

1st appearance of Abdul the Arab

1st appearance of Hugh Hazzard

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1st cover appearance of a robot in comic books

Triumph ⋅ 1939
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1st appearance of Superman in the UK

Comic strips collected and reprinted in the larger format

Issue #771 depicts Superman in an advertisement

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First comic published by MLJ, later becomes Archie Comics

1st appearance of Richy the Amazing Boy

Funnies Inc. ⋅ 1940
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First collaboration between Joe Simon & Jack Kirby who later co-created Captain America

Timely ⋅ 1940
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Debut artwork by Jack Kirby at Timely (Marvel) Comics

1st appearance and origin of the Red Raven and the Eternal Brain

1st appearance of Mercury, later becomes Hurricane then retconned to be Makkari from Kirby’s ‘Eternals’

1st appearance of Pluto who is later retconned to become Kro from Kirby's 'Eternals'

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1st appearance of Magar the Mystic

This issue is the first appearance of a number of classical mythology characters but later appearances do not connect with these versions therefore they are not considered the mainstream Marvel depictions of the Olympians

1st appearance of Mercury (Hermes), Pluto (Hades), Jupiter (Zeus), Minerva (Athena), Vulcan (Hephaestus), Aeolus, Diana (Artemis), Apollo

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Second written work in the comic book industry by Stan Lee

Archie ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance and origin of Hangman, the brother of Comet

Death of Comet, shot by a gangster - the first death of a superhero in comic history

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First appearance of Batman and Superman in a story together

Batman and Superman join the JSA as honorary members

Archie ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance of Archie Andrews

1st appearance of Betty Cooper

1st appearance of Jughead Jones

Lev Gleason ⋅ 1942
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First "true crime" comic book format

Eastern Color ⋅ 1942
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First comic book to reach issue #100

Gilberton ⋅ 1943
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First comic book to feature a horror story throughout

Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comic Code Authority

Reason: Mr. Hyde beats a little girl to death with his cane

[March 2022 - Eddie Izzard to play Dr. Nina Jekyll, who fears self-destruction from Mr. Hyde in reboot of classic horror production house, Hammer Studios]

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HRN stands for Highest Re-order issue Number on back cover - the lower the number the earlier the printing. Generally a first printing will have an HRN that matches the issue number on the front

Charlton ⋅ 1944
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First comic book published by Charlton

1st appearance of Yellowjacket, a hero who employs bees in his crimefighting

Avon ⋅ 1947
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First comic book title dedicated to the horror genre

All Negro Comics ⋅ 1947
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First 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

Prize ⋅ 1947
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First comic book published in the romance genre

St. John ⋅ 1950
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128-page comic book measuring 5.5 x 7.75

Considered to be the first 'graphic novel' intended to bridge the gap between novels and comic books

Interior black and white art by Matt Baker

Dell ⋅ 1950
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First comic book adaptation of a television show

1st appearance of Howdy Doody in comic books

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6.5 sold for $950 [$600 in 2019] +58%

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First EC horror comic which, along with Vault of Horror #12, changed the course of the publisher and set into motion future censorship

Key ⋅ 1953
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First interior art by Steve Ditko

Marvel ⋅ 1963
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First use of a corner box on a comic cover, added to make it easier for collectors to find issues of interest when comics were often overlapping one another on a shelf

Marvel ⋅ 1964
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Namor is confirmed to be a mutant in this issue making him the first mutant to appear in Marvel Comics having been introduced in 1939

3rd team appearance of The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants: Magneto, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Mastermind, Toad

Warren ⋅ 1969
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Cover art by Frank Frazetta

The original art sold at auction for $5.4 million dollars, a record for original comic art

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1st appearance of Appa Ali Apsa, a Guardian of the Universe

Retitled Green Arrow/Green Lantern

Issue considered by many 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

Last Gasp ⋅ 1970
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First comic book produced entirely by women

36-page one-shot by various female cartoonists who were frustrated by the misogyny that was a cornerstone of the adult-themed underground comics

Prolific and enduring publisher, Last Gasp purchased the rights to the issue for $1,000

20,000 copies of the first print run were sold and an additional 20,000 split between the second and third printings

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The title, 'It Ain't Me Babe' is a snub to the Bob Dylan song of the same name due to its anti-female lyrical content

The success of this issue led to a follow-up, all-female liberation project called Wimmen's Comix Collective

Editor, writer and cover artist Trina Robbins died of a stroke on April 10, 2024 at the age of 85

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Final continuous Stan Lee and Jack Kirby collaboration on the Fantastic Four title

Unpublished Kirby art used for Fantastic Four #108 but this issue marks the end of an ongoing creative team-up that began with the publication of The Fantastic Four #1

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1st appearance of Green Lantern, John Stewart

2nd appearance of Green Lantern, Guy Gardner

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44-page one-shot considered to be the first autobiographical comic wherein the creator utilizes the medium to confess deeply personal traumas resulting from a Catholic upbringing clashing against a post-publication diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder

Inspired creators including Art Spiegelman, Robert Crumb and Jim Woodring

First printing approximate copies: 55,000

Subsequent printings can be identified from the first by the absence of an illustration of the virgin Mary in the background behind a full text panel on page 23 (tap cover and swipe for clarification)

Marvel ⋅ 1973
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1st appearance of Erik Killmonger, T'Challa's most persistent rival for the throne of Wakanda

Preview of Venomm, a villain introduced in Jungle Action #7

Part 1 of a 13 issue story titled "The Panther's Rage," the first Black Panther solo story arc

Star Reach ⋅ 1974
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Independent comic book that pioneered mature stories for adults to a wider audience

1st appearance of Cody Starbuck

Marvel ⋅ 1974
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2nd appearance of the algae creature that appeared in DC's Aquaman #56 (1972)

Secret DC/Marvel crossover issue - see Aquaman #56 for details

Final issue of the Savage Sub-Mariner

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100-page oversized crossover featuring Superman and Spider-Man

First official crossover of characters from the Marvel and DC Universe

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1st appearance and origin of Black Lightning

1st appearance of Tobias Whale

First solo title featuring a black hero at DC

Paragon Publications ⋅ 1981
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1st team appearance of FemForce, the world's first all-female superteam: Phantom Lady, Synn, Tara, Miss Victory, Blonde Bomber

Marvel ⋅ 1983
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1st cameo appearance and death of Miracleman, an alternate reality version of Marvelman

First mention of the standard Marvel Universe referred to as 616

1st full appearance of Captain U.K., in costume

First ⋅ 1985
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First digitally-illustrated comic book, created on a Macintosh, released by Apple in 1984

Dark Horse ⋅ 1986
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First comic book published by Dark Horse Comics founded in 1986

1st appearance of Concrete, an average man's journey through life in a stone body

1st appearance of Black Cross, a fearless warrior in a post-apocalyptic world

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Premiere issue of a twelve-issue series that explores the dark side of superheroes from a realistic, flawed perspective

1st appearance of Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias, Silk Spectre, The Comedian and Night Owl

Alan Moore based his characters off of DC's newly acquired Charlton heroes: the Question, Captain Atom, Thunderbolt, Nightshade, the Peacemaker and Blue Beetle

[July 2023 - Warner Bros. announced an animated Watchmen feature is in development]

Michael Hunt Publications ⋅ 1989
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100-page, black and white, independently published comic book written and illustrated by Mike Diana then distributed to approximately 300 subscribers

Diana has the distinction of being the first person in the United States to be convicted of 'artistic obscenity' for the graphic content of the Boiled Angel series which included extreme violence, sexual assault and murder of men, women and children

Diana was fined $3,000, ordered to stay away from minors and given three years probation with one of the conditions being to cease creating art

In addition to police viewing Diana's work as illegal, they also supposedly identified the creator as a suspect in the 1990 Gainseville Ripper slayings, of which he was cleared

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A documentary about the case titled 'Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana' was released in 2018

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First cover art by Alex Ross

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