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A categorical listing of Fun Facts curated by Key Collector Comics.

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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
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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
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  • Origin of Hellcat, Patsy Walker, specifically her childhood
  • Profanity panel: a cartoon rabbit is holding a box of cereal with the word 'SHIT' on it that was missed by proofreaders and editors
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  • Reprint of Action Comics #80, reproduced by DC Comics for the Navy with simplified text for literacy courses administered to active sailors
  • 52-page comic that acted as a textbook, beginning with instructions for educators on how to use the resource followed by a story that ended with a reading comprehension quiz
  • Six comics were reproduced in this manner between 1944 - 1945 and can by the words 'Special Edition - U.S. Navy' on the cover
  • Value unknown
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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
  • Copies ordered by retailers: 12,266
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  • 1st and only appearance of a character similar to Swamp Thing, written by Len Wein who also created Swamp Thing
  • House of Secrets #92 was published before 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 which was then followed by Phantom Stranger #14
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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
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  • 2nd appearance of Polaris, the daughter of Magneto
  • 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 into their language means 'Skunk-Bear'
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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
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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
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  • 2nd 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
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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