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  • 1st comic book to be sold on newsstands
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  • 1st 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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  • 1st science fiction themed cover art in comics
  • 1st 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
  • First 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 and origin of Namor the Sub-Mariner
  • 1st appearance of American Ace
  • *scarce - only nine copies are known to exist
  • *the comic was intended to be a giveaway at movie theaters but it never went into full production
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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
  • 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
  • *issue #771 depicts Superman in an advertisement
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  • 1st comic published by MLJ (becomes Archie Comics)
  • 1st appearance of Richy the Amazing Boy
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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 Kirbyโ€™s โ€˜Eternalsโ€™
  • 1st appearance of Pluto who is later retconned to become Kro from Kirby's 'Eternals'
  • 1st appearance of Magar the Mystic
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  • Second written work in the comic book industry by Stan Lee
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Hangman, the brother of Comet
  • Death of Comet, the first death of a superhero in comic history
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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 appearance of Archie Andrews
  • 1st appearance of Betty Cooper
  • 1st appearance of Jughead Jones
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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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  • First comic book to reach issue #100
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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
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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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Mid $215
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  • 1st published comic book in the 'romance' genre
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  • 1st comic book adaptation of a television show
  • 1st appearance of Howdy Doody 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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  • Premiere issue and 1st appearance of G.I. Joe in comic books
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Mid $750
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  • First interior art by Steve Ditko
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  • Namor is confirmed to be a mutant in this issue making him the first mutant to appear in Marvel Comics
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  • Classic cover art by Frank Frazetta
  • The original art recently sold at auction for 5.4 million dollars, a record for original comic art
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Mid $350
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High $870
  • 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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