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Diverse Firsts

Kevin Feige Has Made It Clear That Marvel Is Focused On Diverse Characters. Listed Below Are Investment Possibilities and Interesting Keys

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email nick@keycollectorcomics.com with suggestions (Blade, Luke Cage and others are not included due to being well-known and pricey)

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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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  • 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 Brother Voodoo
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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 Misty Knight, a detective proficient in martial arts and the first, black female Marvel hero without superpowers
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  • 1st appearance of Spider-Woman, Valerie the Librarian from The Electric Company TV show
  • *preceded Jessica Drews and was the first black woman to identify as Spider-Woman (outside of continuity)
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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 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 the first openly gay superhero in comic books (revealed in Alpha Flight #106)
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Calypso, a Haitian woman and practitioner of Voodoo
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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 and Sunspot
  • 1st appearance of Cannonball
  • 1st appearance of Psyche, a Cheyenne Native-American who changes her name to Mirage (Dani Moonstar)
  • 1st appearance of Sunspot, a Brazilian mutant who can absorb and channel solar power
  • 1st appearance of Wolfsbane
  • 1st appearance of the White Rook (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 Onyx Adams, a member of the League of Assassins
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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 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 cameo team appearance of The New Warriors: Marvel Boy, Nova, Night Thrasher, Namorita, Speedball and Firestar
  • 1st cameo appearance of Night Thrasher, founder of The New Warriors
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  • 1st appearance of Silhouette, a Cambodian woman who can travel through shadows via the Darkforce Dimension
  • 1st appearance of Midnight's Fire, brother of Silhouette
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  • 1st appearance of Renee Montoya (later becomes the second Question), a detective who identifies as a lesbian and is of Dominican descent
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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 Monet St. Croix, Marvel's first Muslim superhero who is later revealed to be Claudette and Nicole St. Croix, merged together to replicate and impersonate Monet who first appears as Penance in Generation X #1
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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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  • Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, becomes Photon
  • ***Photon is the Air Force codename of Maria, Monica's mother in the Captain Marvel movie
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  • 1st appearance of Cecilia Reyes, a Puerto Rican-American trauma surgeon with the ability to manifest defensive shields
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  • 1st appearance of the Justice Alliance, an alternate reality version of the Justice League from an Earth where most of the super-heroes are black
  • 1st appearance of a black Superman, Supergirl and Wonder Woman
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  • 1st appearance of Echo, a Cuban-American, deaf woman (later becomes Ronin, 1st appearing in New Avengers #11)
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  • 1st appearance of Omega Sentinel, an Indian woman programmed with the same mutant-eradicating agenda as the Sentinels
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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 Nick Fury bearing a likeness to Samuel L. Jackson
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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 Arana, the Spanish word for Spider and codename of Anya Corazon who is Puerto Rican and Mexican
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  • 1st appearance of Pavitr Prabhakar, the Spider-Man of India in an alternate reality
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  • 1st appearance of Armor, a Japanese mutant with the ability to protect herself with a psionic exoskeleton
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  • 1st appearance of Angela Del Toro, the fourth White Tiger (not in costume)
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  • 1st appearance of Mastermind Excello (Amadeus Cho) a Korean American who becomes the Hulk and later Brawn
  • 1st appearance of the Heartbreak Kid, Positron, Monstro, One-Eyed Jacquie and the Great Video
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  • 1st appearance of Jamie Reyes, a Mexican-American teenager and the third Blue Beetle (not in costume)
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  • One-shot preview of upcoming titles and characters
  • 1st appearance of Ryan Choi, the fourth Atom, a Chinese/Korean scientist
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  • 1st appearance of Amazing Man (Markus Clay), grandson of Amazing Man, Will Everett
  • 1st appearance of Lightning, daughter of Black Lightning, in regular DC continuity
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  • 1st team appearance of the Secret Warriors: Nick Fury, Phobos, Slingshot, Quake, Stonewall, Hellfire and Druid
  • 1st appearance of Phobos, son of Ares and a mortal woman
  • 1st appearance of Stonewall, son of the Absorbing Man
  • 1st appearance of Druid, son of Doctor Druid
  • 1st appearance of Hellfire, descendant of the Phantom Rider
  • 1st appearance of Yo-Yo Rodriguez (takes the codename Slingshot in Secret Warriors #1)
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  • 1st appearance of Dr Faiza Hussain, who later becomes Excalibur and wields the sword
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  • 1st team appearance of the Triumph Division, a Filipino superhero team: St. George, Fighter One, Anitun, Mighty Mother, The Wishing Man, Great Mongoose and Red Feather
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  • 1st appearance of Shuri as the Black Panther
  • *previously appeared in the Black Panther costume on the cover of Black Panther #1 (2009)
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  • 1st appearance of Monica Chang, the Black Widow
  • *first appeared in the Ultimates Universe but reappeared in the standard Marvel Universe in Avengers A.I. #1 (2013)
  • 1st appearance of Swarm as Red Wasp
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  • 1st appearance of Jackson Hyde, the second Aqualad
  • *many aspects of the movie lay the groundwork to introduce Jackson Hyde
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  • 1st appearance of the second Power Man, Victor Alvarez, a Dominican teenager with the ability to wield Ch'i energy like Iron fist
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  • 1st appearance of Miss America (America Chavez)
  • Cover art by Gabriele Dell'Otto
  • *America Chavez is the first gay, Latina character to have her own solo-titled series
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  • 1st appearance of Miles Morales, Ultimate Spider-Man
  • Reed Richards becomes The Maker: a turning point where an evil Richards explains his new philosophy of the world to the Children of Tomorrow
  • Polybagged
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  • 1st appearance of the fifth White Tiger, the sister of the original White Tiger
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  • 1st appearance of the third Ghost Rider, a Mexican-American woman named Alejandra Jones
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  • 1st appearance of Simon Baz (becomes Green Lantern), a Lebanese-America who becomes the first Muslim member of the Green Lantern Corps
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  • 1st appearance of Dr. Mirage (Shan Fong), a paranormal investigator of Korean descent
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  • 1st appearance of Aracely as Hummingbird, a Mexican mutant who detects feelings and produces Divine Fire
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  • 1st appearance of Duke Thomas, becomes The Signal, protégé of Batman who patrols Gotham by day
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  • 1st full appearance of Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel (in story - previously appears on the second printing cover variant to Captain Marvel #17)
  • ***rumors are circulating that Marvel is in talks with actress Priyanka Chopra
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  • 1st full appearance of Jessica Cruz, a Puerto Rican-American woman who later becomes a Green Lantern
  • Jessica Cruz becomes Power Ring having been chosen by the Ring of Volthoom
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  • 1st appearance of Radiance, a Japanese woman who can manipulate light with varying effects
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  • 1st appearance of Silk, a Korean-American girl who was also bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker
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  • Independently published comic that explores a widowed mother's journey as she raises a super-powered child on her own
  • ***Available for Print On Demand through Indy Planet
  • Premieres on Netflix in 2019 (November 2018)
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  • 1st appearance of White Fox, a shapeshifter from Korea
  • 1st appearance of Guillotine, a French woman who wields a magical sword
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  • 1st appearance of Dr Toni Ho, a Chinese-American woman who later becomes the second Rescue and the third Iron Patriot
  • 1st appearance of Neohedron, the mind of Evald Skorpion trapped in a crystal by The Maker, floating above the torso of a gorilla with the lower-half of a scorpion
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  • 1st appearance of Moon Girl, Lunella Lafayette
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  • 1st full appearance of Joaquin Torres, in costume as the Falcon
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Riri Williams (becomes Ironheart)
  • 1st appearance of Tomoe, an Inhuman who manipulates machinery through technopathy
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  • 1st appearance of Red Dagger, a Pakistani vigilante
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  • 1st full appearance of Cressida, referred to as Avenger X in Avengers #3.1, a mutant from Thailand with the power to possess other lifeforms
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  • 1st team appearance of the U.S.Avengers: Citizen V (Sunspot), Cannonball, Red Hulk, Iron Patriot, Danielle Cage, Enigma and Squirrel Girl
  • 1st appearance of the second Red Hulk
  • 1st appearance of the third Iron Patriot (Toni Ho)
  • Over 50 variants exist, featuring an Avenger and the state from which they were born
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  • 1st appearance of Patriot (Rayshaun Lucas)
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  • 1st appearance of Amka Aliyak, an Inuit girl who later becomes Snowguard
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  • 1st cover appearance of Valkyrie (cover only, not interior story)
  • 1st appearance of Khan, an older Kamala Khan
  • 1st cameo appearance of the Time Eater
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  • 1st full appearance and origin of Trinary, a mutant from India who has the ability to communicate with machinery (cameo appearance made in X-Men: Red #1)
  • * Trinary to become a bigger presence in comics as Iron Man's protege
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  • 1st team appearance of the Champions: Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man (Morales), Brawn, Viv Vision, Nova (Alexander), Snowguard, Ironheart, Locust, Falcon (Torres), Bombshell, Patriot, Wasp (Nadia), Power Man (Alvarez) and Pinpoint
  • 1st appearance of Pinpoint, an East Indian boy with teleportation powers