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Centaur ⋅ 1936
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1st appearance of the Clock, simultaneously released with Funny Picture Stories #1

Comics Magazine Company ⋅ 1936
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1st appearance of the Clock, simultaneously released with Funny Pages #6

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First cover art in the comic book industry by Bill Everett

1st appearance of Skyrocket Steele

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1st appearance of Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett, not in traditional costume but in a suit and fedora

1st appearance of Green Mask

1st appearance of Rex Dexter of Mars and Zanzibar the Magician

Centaur ⋅ 1939
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1st appearance and origin of Amazing Man, John Aman

Quality ⋅ 1939
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1st appearance of Doll Man

Archie ⋅ 1940
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1st appearance and origin of the Shield, the United States' first patriotic hero

1st appearance and origin of the Comet, the first superhero character to die in the line of duty in Pep Comics #17

Fawcett ⋅ 1940
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1st appearance of Master Man, a young man who received incredible powers after ingesting a magic vitamin containing every source of energy in existence

After six issues, Fawcett Comics discontinued the character when DC/National Comics filed a lawsuit claiming Master Man's abilities were too similar to Superman

Street and Smith ⋅ 1940
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1st appearance of The Shadow in comic books

1st appearance of Doc Savage

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1st appearance and origin of Hourman, Rex Tyler

Quality ⋅ 1940
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1st appearance and origin of Black Condor

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1st appearance of Whirlwind Carter, an agent of the Interplanetary Secret Service

1st appearance of Don Gorman, a pilot

Fawcett ⋅ 1940
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1st appearance of Bulletman

1st appearance of Susan Kent, later becomes Bulletgirl

📣 Signature Auction: New High [Previous High]

7.0 sold for $2,880 [$2,151 in 2017] +34%

Funnies Inc. ⋅ 1940
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1st appearance and origin of Blue Bolt, a World War II hero with lightning powers

Lev Gleason ⋅ 1940
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1st appearance and origin of Daredevil, Bart Hill

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Cameo of Adolf Hitler, seen in a vision

1st appearance and origin of the first Marvel Boy, Martin Simon Burns

1st appearance of Flying Flame

1st appearance of Zeus in Timely comics, previously appeared as the Roman counterpart named Jupiter

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1st appearance of Marvex, a super robot

1st appearance of Khufor, an Egyptian ruler who later becomes the vampire Amenhotep

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Ma Hunkel becomes Red Tornado, one panel unnamed

2nd appearance of Al Pratt, 1st appearance in costume as the Atom

Feature ⋅ 1940
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1st appearance of Frankenstein in comics, back-up story set in 1930s New York City

1st appearance of Dr. Frost

1st appearance and origin of the Green Lama in a comic book

⚠ Misconception: many resources mislabel Green Lama's first appearance due to multiple appearances in single-page promotional ads for Double Detective pulp magazine

Fawcett ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance of Minute Man, a patriotic character later absorbed by DC Comics

Quality ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance of Black Bat

Fawcett ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance of Bulletgirl

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1st appearance of The Challenger

1st appearance of The Thunderer, later becomes the Dark Avenger

1st appearance and origin of Fin

1st appearance and origin of the Blue Diamond

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1st appearance of Captain Daring

1st appearance and origin of the Silver Scorpion

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1st appearance and origin of Starman, Ted Knight

Holyoke ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance of Blaze Baylor

1st appearance of Black Widow, Linda Masters

Pines ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance of Black Terror, an early Golden Age superhero

Archie ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance and origin of Hangman, the brother of Comet

Death of Comet, shot by a gangster - the first death of a superhero in comic history

📣 Signature Auction: New High [Previous High]

7.0 sold for $6,300 [$2,151 in 2014] +193%

Harvey ⋅ 1941
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First comic book published by Harvey, simultaneous with Spitfire #1

Digest-sized comic book

1st appearance of the Black Cat, a former stuntwoman turned heroine

1st appearance of Red Blazer, Spirit of '76, Phantom Sphinx and the Zebra

Timely ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance of the Defender and his sidekick Rusty, crime-fighters created during World War II

1st appearance and origin of Major Liberty, originally Mister Liberty

1st appearance of the Whizzer, a man who gained incredible speed after receiving a blood transfusion from a Mongoose

Quality ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance of Plastic Man

1st appearance of the Human Bomb

1st appearance of Firebrand

1st appearance of Phantom Lady

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🔮 DC Possibilities: Yet another property that has had its fair share of false starts over the years is a perfect fit for the right balance of slapstick humor and zany action

[September 2023 - a trademark was registered by WB for Plastic Man additional media]

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1st appearance of Fighting Yank

Timely ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance and origin of the Destroyer, the first superhero created by Stan Lee

Origin of the Challenger

Fawcett ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance of Captain Nazi

📣 ComicConnect Auction: New High [Previous High]

1.0 sold for $1,590 [$983 in 2023] +62%

Fawcett ⋅ 1942
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1st cover appearance of Captain Marvel Jr.

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1st appearance and origin of Citizen V

📣 Signature Auction: New High [Previous High]

7.0 sold for $4,320 [$2,150 in 2017] +101%

Bell Features ⋅ 1942
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1st appearance of Johnny Canuck

Hillman ⋅ 1943
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1st appearance of Micro-Face

1st appearance and origin of the Boy King

1st appearance of Nightmare and Sleepy

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1st appearance of the Blonde Phantom

[May 2024 - a Blonde Phantom Disney+ series is rumored to be in the works]

Fox ⋅ 1947
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1st appearance of Black Fury, unnamed

📣 Signature Auction: New High [Previous High]

8.5 sold for $1,440 [$1,226 in 2019] +17%

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1st appearance of the Phantom Stranger, a powerful archmage

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1st appearance of the Golden Age Human Torch in the Silver Age

Origin of the Human Torch retold

1st appearance of Quasimodo

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