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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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$3.7k
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$9.9k
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$27.9k

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First ongoing monthly comic book to be sold on newsstands
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$7.3k
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$22k
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$60k

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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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$6.8k
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$24k

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First science fiction themed cover art in comics
First interior color pages in comics (partial)
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$3.5k
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$35k

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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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$1.2k
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First standard-sized comic book
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$790
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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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$3.1k
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$26k

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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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$4.5k
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$14k
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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
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
Quality ⋅ 1939
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$550
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$5.5k

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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
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First comic published by MLJ, later becomes Archie Comics
1st appearance of Richy the Amazing Boy
📣 Heritage Auction: New High [Previous High]
6.0 sold for $1,050 [No Previous Data]
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
Harvey ⋅ 1942
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$1.2k

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1st time an American President (FDR) appeared in a comic book, with special permission by the U.S. government
Fox ⋅ 1942
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$170
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$650

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Holyoke begins publishing Blue Beetle
Lev Gleason ⋅ 1942
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$560
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$1.7k
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$7.2k

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First "true crime" comic book format
🥈 Runner-Up: New High [Previous High]
5.0 sold for $2,340 [$1,500 in 2011] +56%
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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$12.5k

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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
Dell ⋅ 1950
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$65
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$190
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$1.1k

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First comic book adaptation of a television show
1st appearance of Howdy Doody in comic books
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
📣 Heritage Auction: New High [Previous High]
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4.5 sold for $2,040 [$1,151 in 2021] +77%
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First EC horror title that changed the course of the publisher and set into motion future censorship, along with Vault of Horror #12
📣 Heritage Auction: New High [Previous High]
9.8 sold for $26,400 [No Previous Data]
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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$1.8k

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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 Johnny Cash song of the same name due to its lyrical content
The success of this issue led to a follow-up, all-female liberation project called Wimmen's Comix Collective
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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]
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