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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
  • 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 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 Superman in the UK
  • Comic strips collected and reprinted in the larger format
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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 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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  • 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 (Robert Dickering)
  • 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 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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  • 1st "true crime" comic book format
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  • Holyoke begins publishing Blue Beetle
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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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  • 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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  • 1st published artwork in the comic book industry by Steve Ditko
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  • Namor is identified as a mutant
  • *Namor is the first mutant to appear in a comic
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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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  • 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
  • *the Arroverse finale hinted at John Diggle (stepfather's last name, Stewart) could be in possession of a Green Lantern ring
  • 2nd appearance of Green Lantern, Guy Gardner

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