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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 Peter Parker's genitalia
  • 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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  • Young Avengers Hulkling and Wiccan first kiss
  • *the cause of controversy in September 2019 after the mayor of Rio de Janeiro called for all copies of the TPB to be collected and destroyed
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  • Adult-oriented material, banned in Canada
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  • Published cover art (left) replaced the original cover (right) which was censored by DC without the creator's knowledge
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  • Final issue of Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu
  • Extremely mature content: Colleen Wing's breasts are fully exposed as her and Misty Knight are forced into becoming heroin addicts
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  • Marriage of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle
  • *Selina called-off the wedding which was revealed to readers by The New York Times prior to the issue coming out causing significant backlash against DC and the newspaper
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  • Controversial issue due to drug use
  • *following a drug lab explosion, Captain America inhales the fumes of a drug called "Ice" which has a pronounced effect due to the Super Soldier Serum in his blood
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  • Controversial issue that printed critical tweets from a reader which is unlawful and against Twitter’s Privacy Policy
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  • 'Cease and DCist' edition, limited to 500 copies
  • *created in response to DC sending a Cease and Desist letter to Devil's Due for portraying Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as Wonder Woman in a previous issue
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  • Variant cover art by Josh Hixson raffled at HeroesCon 2016
  • Limited to 50 copies
  • Back cover reads "F*ck HB2" a statement from the creator against the North Carolina law that prohibits transgender individuals from using restrooms inconsistent from their gender at birth
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  • In 2000, the Charles Atlas corporation filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against DC Comics for the portrayal of Flex Mentallo being a parody of the real-life Italian bodybuilder
  • The lawsuit was eventually dismissed but series was out-of-print for over a decade and commanded a considerable amount on the secondary market
  • Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery has since been published in a hardcover deluxe edition collection and a trade paperback
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  • Variant Wonder Woman cover, limited to 250 copies
  • DC sent a cease and desist to Devil's Due and to those reselling this cover
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  • Premiere series in the DC Black Label launch which gives established creators creative freedom to explore characters and stories outside of continuity
  • Controversial issue: Bruce Wayne's genitalia
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  • Classic story titled 'Judgement Day' that reveals the protagonist to be an African-American man which, at the time, was a risky move issued by the creators to insert the character into a position of power
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  • Controversial issue depicting the torture and murder of Lois Lane over the course of 12 pages
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  • Controversial variant with Stan Lee's signature stamped on the cover using ink containing his blood (referred to as Stan Lee's Solvent DNA Ink)
  • Includes a numbered hologram sticker printed with the words "Hands of Respect" and a Certificate of Authenticity
  • In April 2018, news broke that a former business associate of Stan's allegedly presented forged documents to his personal nurse that gave permission to draw blood from Mr. Lee
  • *the signature stamp and ink has since been used on other covers
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  • Controversial variant with Stan Lee's signature stamped on the cover using ink containing his blood (referred to as Stan Lee's Solvent DNA Ink)
  • Includes a numbered hologram sticker printed with the words "Hands of Respect" and a Certificate of Authenticity
  • In April 2018, news broke that a former business associate of Stan's allegedly presented forged documents to personal nurse that gave permission to draw blood from Mr. Lee
  • *the signature stamp and ink has since been used on other covers
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  • Controversial issue with overt sexual themes in one sequence where Hank Pym shrinks down to have intimate relations with his wife, Janet Van Dyne, The Wasp

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