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  • Topical reference involving the Punisher’s emblem being used by the police and the character's in-story response to the controversy
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  • Series about a rift torn open between the Mexico and U.S. border allowing the creatures from Mexican folklore into the world
  • Series canceled after writer was accused of sexual misconduct
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  • One-Shot by Spire Christian Comics
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  • 1st appearance of Egg Fu, a character based on racist stereotypes
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  • 1st appearance of Dagger Type, a man impersonating Batgirl
  • Controversial issue: criticized for being insulting and portraying transexual or transgender individuals as insane
  • While performing, Dagger Type removes the Batgirl mask causing the stunned audience to refer to the character as "him" and "he" prompting Dagger Type to fire upon the crowd
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  • Controversial cover art by J. Scott Campbell featuring Mary Jane Watson
  • In 2020/2021, an artist caught the attention of J. Scott Campbell after posting to Tumblr a "fixed" rendition of this cover with a less provocative Mary Jane
  • Campbell responded to the criticism with his own revised sketch that pointed out the weaknesses in the Tumblr artist's technique
  • While strongly supported by his fanbase, there was a fair amount of backlash on social media against Campbell's professional assessment of the amateur artist
  • Campbell's revised sketch was listed to eBay and sold for $14,700
  • 100% of the proceeds were donated to Fresh Artists, a charity that nurtures artistic talent in kids
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  • Controversial issue: hoodlums use anti-Semitic insults while beating up a man
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  • Controversial issue: received media attention due to a window pane of a shop stenciled with the word 'jewery' instead of jewelry and a Star of David, a Jewish religious symbol
  • Marvel is offering comic shops replacement of the issue because of the error
  • Bennett is being accusations of anti-Semitism and issued an apology stating that it was an unintentional error
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  • Variant cover art by David Finch featuring the retired Mississippi state flag
  • In 2020, Mississippi Legislature voted in favor (91 yes/23 no votes) to replace the flag which has displayed the Confederate battle flag since 1894
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  • 2007 Ethan Van Sciver convention sketchbook limited to 1,000 copies
  • Controversial cover: parody of Mein Kampf, the autobiographical manifesto written by Hitler
  • Detractors of Van Sciver cite this cover as an example of the artist's political and social beliefs
  • As reported by Bleeding Cool, Van Sciver wrote about the accusations: the cover was SINESTRO, who we'd redesigned that year to resemble Hitler, and with the fact that most people knew I leaned right, this was a JOKE
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  • Homophobic slurs printed on protest signs
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  • Variant cover art by Jason Moore
  • *image censored due to extreme gore and sexual violence
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  • Controversial issue: Starfox is on trial for sexual assault after he is accused of using his powers to seduce a married woman
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  • Controversial issue: Gabriel and Sarah Stacy are the result of an affair between Norman Osborn and Gwen Stacy, later retconned (erased) from continuity in The Amazing Spider-Man #73 (2021)
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  • Prototype of Wolverine
  • Published 1.5 years prior to Wolverine's first appearance, a comic fan submitted an original character concept. The character was named The Wolverine with regenerative abilities, a metal exoskeleton and was the product of experimentation
  • The fan was not credited or compensated and there is some question as to whether the Wolverine that we know was inspired by the fan concept character
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  • Variant cover art by Ethan Van Sciver, limited to 1,000 copies
  • Controversial cover depicting Kurt Cobain, the frontman for Nirvana who died in 1994 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
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  • 1st and only appearance of Skip Westcott, a teenage neighbor who inappropriately touched Peter Parker when he was a young boy
  • 16-page giveaway co-published by Marvel Comics and the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse
  • Reprinted many times until the year 2000 - original has the word FREE printed on the cover and no sponsor logo in the upper-right corner
  • It was never confirmed or denied that this origin story is actually a part of Spider-Man's canon (official history)
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  • Moderately explicit art where Madame Xanadu appears naked while engaged in relations with The Spectre in his ethereal form
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  • Controversial issue in which Dave Sim alienates readers by suggesting a philosophy that men are at risk of an unhappy life if he commits to long-term cohabitation with a woman
  • Issue resulted in a significant drop in monthly sales
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  • Cover art by Barry Windsor-Smith featuring Magik
  • Specialty border printed on select covers published in November 1986 celebrating Marvel's 25th Anniversary or more precisely, the 25th year since Fantastic Four #1 was published in November 1961
  • Kitty Pryde, speaking at a memorial service uses multiple offensive words related to ethnicity and sexual orientation
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  • Published without approval from the Comics Code Authority due to a sub-plot about drug use
  • The depiction of drugs in a negative light was well-received by readers which led to the Comics Code Authority easing-up on creative restrictions
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  • Variant cover art by Artgerm
  • *according to Artgerm, debate arose as to the strong sexual imagery in the way Supergirl's fingers were positioned close to her skirt and the symbolism represented by her cat
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  • Recalled issue due to a tentacle resembling male genitalia
  • The interior panel of concern depicts Abigail Arcane in the foreground screaming in terror and Anton Arcane in the background, mostly in shadows, with red blazing eyes - the first printing depicts a tentacle between the two characters
  • Said to be scarce but there are copies available on mycomicshop.com for under $3.00, nothing on-sale or sold on eBay
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  • Controversial issue: Hank Pym (Yellowjacket) is suspended from the Avengers after physically assaulting his wife Janet (Wasp)
  • Signs of a character shift begin in Avengers #212 where Hank destroys one of Janet's costumes
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  • Controversial issue: in an effort to make a point about the offensiveness of the word 'mutie,' Kitty Pryde uses an extremely offensive racial slur (uncensored)
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  • Origin of Doctor Doom - his educational years, facial disfigurement and procurement of the Doctor Doom armor
  • Controversial issue where Johnny Storm confronts an individual who is defacing racial equality posters with racist propaganda
  • Multiple, uncensored panels clearly display an extremely offensive racist word and phrase
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  • Variant cover art by Rafael Grampa
  • Cover art used on social media to promote the release of the comic has been criticized for supporting pro-democracy riots in Hong Kong
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  • In accordance with the writer Mark Gruenwald's wishes, his cremated ashes were mixed with the ink in the first printing edition of this trade paperback
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  • Recalled due to a depiction of a naked Peter Parker's 'web-shooter'
  • Alternate reality story where Peter Parker is an older, retired man
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  • Controversial cover that depicts Robin's hanging
  • Story titled 'How Many Ways Can Robin Die?'

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