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  • 1st full appearance of Vernestra Rwoh
  • ⚠️ Debatable first appearance: this issue is labeled Vernestrah Rwoh’s first full appearance because the story breaks away from the action to focus primarily on her and provide insight into her character which is noticeably different than previous issues. If interested in determining the first full of Rwoh by the parameters of your choosing, use character search to view her earlier appearances. Tap the cover image of each issue and swipe to view the panels in which she appears
  • 1st full appearance of Vernestra Rwoh
  • ⚠️ Debatable first appearance: this issue is labeled Vernestrah Rwoh’s first full appearance because the story breaks away from the action to focus primarily on her and provide insight into her character which is noticeably different than previous issues. If interested in determining the first full of Rwoh by the parameters of your choosing, use character search to view her earlier appearances. Tap the cover image of each issue and swipe to view the panels in which she appears
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  • 1st appearance of Carson as Spearhead
  • 2nd cameo appearance of Bedlam, revealed to be Meridius
  • Debut of new Venom emblem
  • ⚠ Debatable First: Bedlam makes a cameo appearance in Venom #1 on one page. There is debate regarding Bedlam's appearance in this issue as the character appears on one splash page - a single image illustrated across two pages (tap cover and swipe to view both appearances)
  • 1st appearance of Carson as Spearhead
  • 2nd cameo appearance of Bedlam, revealed to be Meridius
  • Debut of new Venom emblem
  • ⚠ Debatable First: Bedlam makes a cameo appearance in Venom #1 on one page. There is debate regarding Bedlam's appearance in this issue as the character appears on one splash page - a single image illustrated across two pages (tap cover and swipe to view both appearances)
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Spider-Man 2099
  • 5-page preview in Amazing Spider-Man #365 and an advertisement in Web of Spider-Man #90
  • Debatable Firsts: many sources cite Amazing Spider-Man #365 the first appearance of Spider-Man 2099 despite text on the cover of the issue that refers to it as a 5-page preview of Spider-Man 2099 #1
  • 1st appearance and origin of Spider-Man 2099
  • 5-page preview in Amazing Spider-Man #365 and an advertisement in Web of Spider-Man #90
  • Debatable Firsts: many sources cite Amazing Spider-Man #365 the first appearance of Spider-Man 2099 despite text on the cover of the issue that refers to it as a 5-page preview of Spider-Man 2099 #1
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  • Marc Spector assumes the moniker of Mr. Knight
  • ⚠ Some collectors are gravitating to Secret Avengers #19 but the Mr. Knight persona was not introduced in that issue, just a similar suit
  • Marc Spector assumes the moniker of Mr. Knight
  • ⚠ Some collectors are gravitating to Secret Avengers #19 but the Mr. Knight persona was not introduced in that issue, just a similar suit
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  • 1st cameo appearance of John Constantine, Hellblazer
  • ⚠ It is widely accepted that this is the first cameo appearance of John Constantine but the character in question is not identified nor does he wear the classic trenchcoat that is seen when Constantine first appears in full, 12 months later, in Swamp Thing #37
  • 1st cameo appearance of John Constantine, Hellblazer
  • ⚠ It is widely accepted that this is the first cameo appearance of John Constantine but the character in question is not identified nor does he wear the classic trenchcoat that is seen when Constantine first appears in full, 12 months later, in Swamp Thing #37
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  • Debut of Tony Stark’s ‘War Machine’ armor, a heavy artillery suit
  • Tony dons the armor but continues to refer to himself as Iron Man
  • 1st team appearance of the Masters of Silence
  • James Rhodes does not appear in this armor until Iron Man #284
  • Debut of Tony Stark’s ‘War Machine’ armor, a heavy artillery suit
  • Tony dons the armor but continues to refer to himself as Iron Man
  • 1st team appearance of the Masters of Silence
  • James Rhodes does not appear in this armor until Iron Man #284
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  • 1st full appearance of Angel as the Horseman Death, later becomes Archangel
  • Angel's first appearance as Archangel is often cited as X-Factor #24 (view additional images)
  • The Horseman Death, formerly known as Angel, becomes Archangel in X-Factor #38
  • 1st full team appearance of the Horsemen of Apocalypse: Death, Famine, War, Pestilence
  • 1st full appearance of Angel as the Horseman Death, later becomes Archangel
  • Angel's first appearance as Archangel is often cited as X-Factor #24 (view additional images)
  • The Horseman Death, formerly known as Angel, becomes Archangel in X-Factor #38
  • 1st full team appearance of the Horsemen of Apocalypse: Death, Famine, War, Pestilence
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  • 1st appearance of Black Widow, Yelena Belova
  • It is disputed whether this is a full or cameo appearance
  • CGC labels this issue "1st appearance of the new Black Widow (Yelena Belova, face not shown)"
  • [September 2022 - confirmed for the Thunderbolts movie]
  • 1st appearance of Black Widow, Yelena Belova
  • It is disputed whether this is a full or cameo appearance
  • CGC labels this issue "1st appearance of the new Black Widow (Yelena Belova, face not shown)"
  • [September 2022 - confirmed for the Thunderbolts movie]
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian warrior
  • 1st cameo appearance of Ezra Bridger
  • 1st cameo appearance of Hera Syndulla
  • 1st appearance of Kanan Jarrus
  • CGC labels Kanan #1 the first appearance of the above listed characters without distinction of cameo or full
  • View additional images of the single panel appearance
  • 📖 Reading Order: next read Kanan The Last Padawan #2, then read Darth Vader #1 (2017 series)
  • [Rumor that the plot of Ahsoka Disney+ series will be based on the search for Ezra Bridger and Thrawn then spin-off for a Thrawn solo series / November 2021 - Natasha Liu Bordizzo cast as Sabine Wren in the Ahsoka Disney+ series]
  • 1st cameo appearance of Sabine Wren, a Mandalorian warrior
  • 1st cameo appearance of Ezra Bridger
  • 1st cameo appearance of Hera Syndulla
  • 1st appearance of Kanan Jarrus
  • CGC labels Kanan #1 the first appearance of the above listed characters without distinction of cameo or full
  • View additional images of the single panel appearance
  • 📖 Reading Order: next read Kanan The Last Padawan #2, then read Darth Vader #1 (2017 series)
  • [Rumor that the plot of Ahsoka Disney+ series will be based on the search for Ezra Bridger and Thrawn then spin-off for a Thrawn solo series / November 2021 - Natasha Liu Bordizzo cast as Sabine Wren in the Ahsoka Disney+ series]
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  • 1st appearance of Tarantula
  • 2nd appearance of the Punisher
  • ⚠ Misconception: many sources cite The Amazing Spider-Man #135 as the second appearance of the Punisher and categorize this appearance as a cameo
  • 1st appearance of Tarantula
  • 2nd appearance of the Punisher
  • ⚠ Misconception: many sources cite The Amazing Spider-Man #135 as the second appearance of the Punisher and categorize this appearance as a cameo
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  • 2nd cameo appearance of Venom
  • Many consider this the first full appearance of Venom
  • Todd McFarlane explains in an interview that The Amazing Spider-Man #299 was considered the first full appearance of Venom for years until various comic book resources changed it to The Amazing Spider-Man #300
  • View additional images by tapping the cover image and swiping left
  • 2nd cameo appearance of Venom
  • Many consider this the first full appearance of Venom
  • Todd McFarlane explains in an interview that The Amazing Spider-Man #299 was considered the first full appearance of Venom for years until various comic book resources changed it to The Amazing Spider-Man #300
  • View additional images by tapping the cover image and swiping left
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  • 1st appearance of Gambit
  • This issue is often cited as a cameo of Gambit which would imply that the appearance is brief although he appears in 15 panels throughout the book with at least 10 instances of dialogue
  • This includes a full page-and-a-half interaction with Storm where she addresses him by name and refers to him as a thief (see images by tapping cover and swiping left)
  • Later Gambit appears in his classic suit and then again in an X-Men uniform
  • This issue went on sale June 19th whereas X-Men #266 went on sale July 10th
  • Uncanny X-Men #266 was written as if it were to be published prior to the annual
  • CGC recognizes this issue as a cameo appearance of Gambit and Uncanny X-Men #266 as his first full appearance
  • 🥈 Runner-Up: New High [Previous High]
  • 9.8 NEWSSTAND sold for $1,295 [$900 in 2021] +44%
  • 1st appearance of Gambit
  • This issue is often cited as a cameo of Gambit which would imply that the appearance is brief although he appears in 15 panels throughout the book with at least 10 instances of dialogue
  • This includes a full page-and-a-half interaction with Storm where she addresses him by name and refers to him as a thief (see images by tapping cover and swiping left)
  • Later Gambit appears in his classic suit and then again in an X-Men uniform
  • This issue went on sale June 19th whereas X-Men #266 went on sale July 10th
  • Uncanny X-Men #266 was written as if it were to be published prior to the annual
  • CGC recognizes this issue as a cameo appearance of Gambit and Uncanny X-Men #266 as his first full appearance
  • 🥈 Runner-Up: New High [Previous High]
  • 9.8 NEWSSTAND sold for $1,295 [$900 in 2021] +44%
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Wolverine
  • 2nd appearance of Wendigo
  • Marvel Value Stamp Series A #67 - Cyclops
  • This issue, by far, is the most debated "cameo versus full" book and likely the main reason "cameo" became such a significant yet loosely defined term in comic book collecting
  • Theoretically, The Incredible Hulk #180 being labeled "cameo" of Wolverine was due to an oversight by Overstreet (see additional images)
  • In the 1980/1981 edition of Overstreet, Hulk#181 is labeled - 1st app of Wolverine and Hulk#180 is without a descriptor, commanding the same value as issues #151 - #176
  • In the 1981/1982 Overstreet, the description had been amended to read #180 - 1st app. Wolverine but mislabeled #181 and #182 - Wolverine cameo
  • Finally, in 1982/1983, Overstreet labeled Hulk #180 - 1st app. Wolverine (cameo) and #181 - Wolverine app. #182 - Wolverine cameo
  • In recent years, Marvel has taken a stance on Hulk #180 as the first appearance of Wolverine, wanting to eliminate the term "cameo" altogether, presumably to avoid this exact debate
  • But in years past, official Marvel guidebooks and trading cards would often trade-off which issue was given the coveted 1st (full) appearance designation (see additional images)
  • 1st cameo appearance of Wolverine
  • 2nd appearance of Wendigo
  • Marvel Value Stamp Series A #67 - Cyclops
  • This issue, by far, is the most debated "cameo versus full" book and likely the main reason "cameo" became such a significant yet loosely defined term in comic book collecting
  • Theoretically, The Incredible Hulk #180 being labeled "cameo" of Wolverine was due to an oversight by Overstreet (see additional images)
  • In the 1980/1981 edition of Overstreet, Hulk#181 is labeled - 1st app of Wolverine and Hulk#180 is without a descriptor, commanding the same value as issues #151 - #176
  • In the 1981/1982 Overstreet, the description had been amended to read #180 - 1st app. Wolverine but mislabeled #181 and #182 - Wolverine cameo
  • Finally, in 1982/1983, Overstreet labeled Hulk #180 - 1st app. Wolverine (cameo) and #181 - Wolverine app. #182 - Wolverine cameo
  • In recent years, Marvel has taken a stance on Hulk #180 as the first appearance of Wolverine, wanting to eliminate the term "cameo" altogether, presumably to avoid this exact debate
  • But in years past, official Marvel guidebooks and trading cards would often trade-off which issue was given the coveted 1st (full) appearance designation (see additional images)
Issue Publisher Low Mid High
Star Wars: The High Republic #5 Marvel $1 $2 $5
Venom #4 Marvel $1 $2 $4
Spider-Man 2099 #1 Marvel $2 $8 $20
Moon Knight #1 Marvel $5 $15 $50
Swamp Thing (Saga of the) #25 DC $5 $20 $65
Iron Man #281 Marvel $1 $3 $12
X-Factor #23 Marvel $1 $5 $15
Inhumans #5 Marvel $10 $30 $100
Kanan the Last Padawan #1 Marvel $5 $15 $50
Amazing Spider-Man #134 Marvel $18 $85 $210
Amazing Spider-Man #299 Marvel $12 $45 $140
X-Men Annual #14 Marvel $5 $15 $50
Incredible Hulk #180 Marvel $275 $1.2k $4.4k