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  • 1st appearance of Zorro in comic books, officially
  • *unlicensed appearance in Hit Comics #55 (1948) without attribution to the creator, Johnston McCulley
  • Titled 'The Mark of Zorro,’ the same as the 1920s silent film
  • *both movie and comic were adaptations of the first Zorro novella, 'The Curse of Capistrano'
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Lobo
  • 1st comic book title featuring a black character
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  • 1st appearance of Sunfire, a Japanese mutant who has the power to generate fire and fly
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  • 1st appearance of the Black Racer, the physical embodiment of death
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  • 1st interracial kiss in a comic book (magazine)
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  • Single issue series based on the the first syndicated, newspaper comic strip that featured a black woman
  • In 1975, three years after the comic was published, Pam Grier starred in a film of the same name
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  • 1st appearance of Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung-Fu
  • 1st appearance of Sir Dennis Nayland-Smith
  • 1st appearance of Fu Manchu (in comics), father of Shang-Chi, in a Marvel title
  • 1st team appearance of Si-Fan, a secret society with allegiances to Fu Manchu
  • *in-development and will be the first film headlined by an Asian character for Marvel
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  • 1st appearance of White Tiger, the first Puerto Rican superhero in comic book history and the first Latino superhero created by Marvel
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  • 1st appearance of Lady Shiva , mother of Cassandra Cain and mentor of Tim Drake
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  • 1st appearance of Dawnstar, a winged hero from the planet Starhaven which was colonized by abducted Native Americans
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  • 1st appearance of Karen Beecher as Bumblebee, DC's 1st black female superhero (appeared in Teen Titans #45 not in costume)
  • * Nubia appeared before her but was not a hero
  • Bumblebee joins the Teen Titans
  • Duela Dent takes the name 'Harlequin'
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  • 1st full team appearance of Alpha Flight: Vindicator, Aurora, Northstar, Sasquatch, Snowbird, and Shaman
  • *Northstar is Marvel’s first openly gay superhero (revealed in Alpha Flight #106)
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  • 1st appearance of Karma, a Vietnamese mutant who can possess another's mind
  • * Karma is also the first female, gay Marvel character
  • 1st appearance of Black Panther and Storm in the same comic (flashback story of their first meeting)
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  • 1st team appearance of The Rangers: Firebird, Phantom Rider, Red Wolf, Shooting Star and Texas Twister, a group of superheroes based in the American Southwest
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  • 1st team appearance of New Mutants: Cannonball, Psyche, Wolfsbane, Karma, Sunspot
  • 1st appearance of Cannonball
  • 1st appearance of Psyche, later changes her name to Mirage
  • 1st appearance of Sunspot
  • 1st appearance of Wolfsbane
  • 1st appearance of the White Rook, a member of the Hellfire Club
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  • 1st team appearance of the Outsiders: Batman, Black Lightning, Halo, Geoforce, Katana and Meamorpho
  • 1st appearance of Katana, a Japanese martial artist
  • 1st appearance of Geoforce, has the ability to manipulate Earth's gravity
  • 1st appearance of Halo, has the ability to create auras of light with different effects
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  • 1st appearance of Rictor, a Mexican mutant with the ability to generate seismic energy
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  • 1st appearance of Extrano, DC's first openly gay character
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  • 1st appearance of Poison, a Cuban woman given powers on her deathbed by an entity called Ylandris
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  • 1st appearance of Jubilee, a Chinese-American teenager with the ability to emit fireworks from her fingers
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  • 1st appearance of Pineapple Man, the first superhero rooted in Hawaiian folklore and operating exclusively on the island
  • 32 page, black and white Ashcan (small-print run to establish copyright ownership)
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  • 1st appearance of Risque, the world's first Native American/Latina character
  • Boom Boom changes her name to Meltdown
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  • 1st appearance of Echo, a deaf woman who later becomes the first Ronin
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  • 1st appearance of Omega Sentinel, a human transformed by the Operation Zero Tolerance program into a sentinel
  • *the reactivated Omega Sentinel is the machine liaison to Orchis and could be a major threat to the Omega Level mutants
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  • 1st appearance of Jenny Quantum, a Singapore baby with the energy signature of Jenny Sparks
  • New creative team of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely
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  • 1st appearance of Spider-Man as a black man, imagined by a child
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  • 1st appearance of Enigma, a mysterious woman from Bangladesh with a connection to the Buddhist Goddess Tara
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  • 1st appearance of Dust (Turaab), the first X-Men character who wears an abaya and niqab
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  • 1st appearance of Thunder, Black Lightning's daughter
  • 1st appearance of Shift, a fragment of Metamorpho that became sentient
  • 1st appearance of Grace Choi, a Korean-American powerhouse
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  • 1st appearance of Pavitr Prabhakar, the Spider-Man of India in an alternate reality

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