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Interior pin-up art by Gene Simmons from KISS

Image depicts a spaceship flying over an alien landscape, signed by Klein, his mother's maiden name

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Includes the panel of Batman slapping Robin that is recognizable from many internet memes

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In the fan mail page is a letter to the editor written by Frank Miller

Image ⋅ 2003
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1st full appearance of Firebreather, a half boy/half dragon

Firebreather was a character originally pitched to Marvel as the son of Fin Fang Foom

Variant ⋅ Marvel ⋅ 1991
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Variant cover art by Jim Lee

Different from the gatefold cover: Wolverine is depicted with only one set of claws engaged as his left hand would have the appearance of skewering the head of Captain America occupying the corner box

There is also a Newsstand/UPC version with only one set of claws

Preview of Omega Red in a pin-up by Jim Lee, 'Things To Come'

Store Exclusive ⋅ BOOM! ⋅ 2021
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Variant cover art by by Skan

Cover art composition inspired by the viral 'sad Keanu' meme (tap cover and swipe for image)

Dell ⋅ 1944
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First cover in Western Comics that utilizes a photograph

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Death of Ned Leeds

Wolverine discovers Peter Parker is Spider-Man

Spider-Man inadvertently kills a woman by punching her, thinking Wolverine snuck up on him

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1st appearance of Luna Maximoff, the daughter of Quicksilver and the Inhuman, Crystal

The Inhumans move to the moon

In a panel where Black Bolt speaks, causing a massive explosion, there is an editor’s note that reads 'we're not going to insult your intelligence by placing a sound effect in this panel'. This is said to be a reference to an argument Byrne had with X-Men writer Chris Claremont, concerning the inclusion of a text representation of an explosion in X-Men #119 that Byrne felt was unnecessary

Image ⋅ 2017
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1st appearance of Soul Crusher, a villain whose name was inspired by Erik Larsen in a letter to Todd McFarlane that was expressing his turmoil about an unknown business dispute

Copies ordered by retailers: 15,778

Mad Monkey Press ⋅ 1995
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After a car accident, a comatose man awakens in Dark Town where he is pursued by murderous puppets

Inspired the movie starring Brendan Fraser, Monkey Bone (2001)

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Black and white reprint of the first half of The Incredible Hulk #181

The cover art of this issue features the Hulk's face as it was originally drawn which differs from the originally published U.S. edition

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224-page adaptation of the Empire Strikes Back in trade paperback measuring 4 in. X 7 in.

In this edition, Yoda is depicted differently than how he appeared in the film because this publication was illustrated prior to Marvel creators knowing the final visual design of the character

Wolverine #16

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Variant cover art by Tyler Kirkham

Cover art based on an animation still from X-Men: The Animated Series which became the basis of a popular meme and also spawned a toy

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"A Death in the Family" part 3

Death of Robin, Jason Todd, killed by the Joker

Batman #427 ended on a cliffhanger that placed Jason Todd in the blast zone of an exploding warehouse

DC set up a poll for readers to cast their vote of whether Jason Todd should survive the blast by calling one phone number, or die by calling another

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10,614 phone calls were made with Todd's death having been decided by only 72 votes more than the opposite outcome where he would've survived

DC had prepared both scenarios to go to print (tap cover and swipe to view unpublished pages)

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1st appearance and origin of Molecule Man

2nd appearance of the Watcher

George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones, was 15 years old when he achieved his first taste of being published in the fan mail section of this issue

Martin’s words are eloquent beyond his years but his excessive compliments have the familiar, timeless tone of comic fanboy sarcasm

Marvel ⋅ 1965
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Fan letter from George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones, at 16 years old

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Cover art featuring the Joker

Revealed in this issue, Alfred discovers the Joker used the name Harlan Quinn to purchase real estate - Harley Quinn introduced ten years after the publication of this issue

Marvel ⋅ 1980
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Origin of Hellcat, Patsy Walker, specifically her long history in Marvel's romance comics explained as fictional stories written by her mother

Profanity panel: a cartoon rabbit is holding a box of cereal with the word 'SHIT' on it that was missed by editors

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The Simpsons annual anthology of Halloween stories including:

The Sub-Basement of Dracula written by Marv Wolfman, illustrated by Gene Colan

Squish Thing written by Len Wein, illustrated by Bernie Wrightson

Additional writers and artists: Bill Morrison, Angelo Torres, John Severin, Mark Schultz and Al Williamson

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Copies ordered by retailers: 12,266

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Appearance of a character similar to Swamp Thing in a story written by Len Wein who was the writer of House of Secrets #92, the first appearance of Swamp Thing

House of Secrets #92 was published earlier than this issue though many sellers label Phantom Stranger #14 a "prototype" of Swamp Thing which would imply that it was published first

Marvel introduced Man-Thing in Savage Tales Magazine #1 just one month prior to House of Secrets #92

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One-shot adaptation of the Masters of the Universe (1987) film script

There are a number of differences between the script and the final cut of the movie that is evident throughout the one-shot

Marvel ⋅ 1968
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2nd appearance Lorna Dane, daughter of Magneto who later takes the name Polaris

2nd appearance of Mesmero

Origin of Beast, his birth and cause of mutation

First use of the classic X-Men logo, designed by Jim Steranko

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Superman uses the name Cal Ellis to conceal his identity in this story written by Alan Moore

It is revealed in Action Comics #9 (2012) that Superman of Earth-23 is named Calvin Ellis

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Beast undergoes a mutation which grows gray hair all over his body

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Origin of the name 'Wolverine' given to Logan by Native Americans of the Blackfoot tribe and when translated means 'Skunk-Bear'

Image ⋅ 1993
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The first time in Todd McFarlane's career that he forgot to sign the cover is often requested to be signed by Todd at conventions

Marvel ⋅ 1990
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Polybagged with a silver cover

Todd McFarlane begins including images of Felix the Cat in the interior art of many issues after meeting someone suffering from post-traumatic stress who carried around a Felix the Cat doll

The man told McFarlane that he was not a fan of superhero books, therefore he didn't purchase Spider-Man comics, McFarlane asked if he would start reading them if Felix the Cat was drawn into them and the man said, "yes"

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Cover art by Todd McFarlane featuring Mysterio

The circled number after McFarlane's signature denotes how many spiders are illustrated into the design, hidden on the cover

📖 Inferno Crossover: next, read Daredevil #262

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1st cameo appearance of Eddie Brock, hands only, pushing Peter Parker into the path of an oncoming train

The hands that push Peter Parker in this panel were intended to be those of a woman who lost her family in an accident, indirectly caused by Spider-Man but eventually Eddie became the main antagonist in the symbiote suit

This scene is retold from Brock's perspective in The Amazing Spider-Man #388

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Images of the Hulk in the upper-left logo box create a flip-book beginning with this issue and ending with issue #300

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