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2nd appearance and first cover of Gambit

1st chronological appearance of Gambit in-story / in-continuity

X-Men Annual #14 went on sale three weeks before this issue and is often considered the first cameo appearance of Gambit

This would imply that his appearance is brief though he appears in 15 panels throughout X-Men Annual #14 with at least 10 instances of dialogue

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Tap cover and swipe left to view images where Gambit is the main or partial focus of the sequence in X-Men Annual #14

Uncanny X-Men #266 was written as if it were to be published prior to the annual, therefore #266 would be the first chronological appearance of Gambit in-story (or in-continuity)

CGC, the grading certification company for comic books, recognizes Uncanny X-Men #266 as the first full appearance of Gambit

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2nd appearance of Groot in an original story, more specifically, a replica of Groot created by Xemnu

Marvel ⋅ 1991
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2nd appearance of Deadpool

1st appearance of Weapon X, Garrison Kane

Marvel ⋅ 1982
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2nd appearance of Rogue, tied with Uncanny X-Men #158

According to the solicitation catalogs from 1982, both Rom #31 and Uncanny X-Men #158 went on sale March 9th, 1982

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Debut art on Captain Marvel title by Jim Starlin

Cameo of Thanos referring to himself as Masterlord

Begins story arc 'The Thanos War', Captain Marvel (1968) issues #25 thru #33

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2nd appearance of Spider-Woman

Marvel ⋅ 1968
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2nd appearance and origin of Vision, revealed Wonder Man's brain patterns are preserved in Vision's mind

Vision joins The Avengers

First meeting of Black Panther and Thor, Iron Man

Iconic final page depicts Vision crying with the text '...even an android can cry!'

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2nd appearance of Curt Connors as the Lizard

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1st appearance of Robbie Robertson, a mentor to Peter Parker at the Daily Bugle and a foil to J. Jonah Jameson

2nd full appearance and 1st cover of Kingpin

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2nd appearance of Gwen Stacy

2nd appearance of Harry Osborne

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2nd appearance of the Rhino

1st full appearance of Mary Jane Watson, final panel

Mary Jane Watson delivers her iconic line "Face it, Tiger…you just hit the jackpot!"

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2nd appearance of Scorpion

Marvel ⋅ 1964
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2nd appearance of Dormammu

2nd appearance of Clea

First battle of Doctor Strange versus Dormammu

Introduction of the Eye of Agamotto and the Cloak of Levitation

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1st team appearance of the Mindless Ones

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2nd appearance of Hawkeye

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2nd appearance of Green Goblin

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2nd appearance of Dr. Octopus

1st appearance of Bennett Brant, later becomes Crime Master

Peter Parker uses a Spider Tracer for the first time to keep surveillance on Doctor Octopus

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2nd appearance of Black Widow

Origin of the Watcher

1st team appearance of the Prosilicans

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Origin of Doctor Strange, specifically the car accident that damaged his hands

Origin of Baron Mordo

2nd appearance of the Sandman

First mention of Dormammu

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First mention of the Vishanti: Agamotto, Hoggoth, Oshtur

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2nd appearance of Sgt. Nick Fury

2nd team appearance of the Howling Commandos

Marvel ⋅ 1963
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2nd appearance of Doctor Strange

1st appearance of Baron Mordo, an evil apprentice of the Ancient One

1st appearance of Asbestos Man

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2nd appearance of Iron Man

Debut of Iron Man's 'Model 1' armor, colored gold

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1st full appearance of Odin

2nd appearance of Loki

2nd appearance of Balder

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2nd appearance of Ant-Man in costume

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3rd appearance of Namor the Sub-Mariner

2nd appearance and origin of the Human Torch

2nd appearance of American Ace

Marvel Mystery Comics previously titled Marvel Comics

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2nd appearance of Sabretooth

βœ… Nick's Picks: a fairly inexpensive second appearance considering the first appearance is doing well on the secondary market

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2nd appearance of Deathlok

1st appearance of War-Wolf

Marvel ⋅ 1973
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2nd appearance and origin of Brother Voodoo

Marvel ⋅ 1963
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1st appearance of the Vanisher, a teleporter

2nd team appearance of the X-Men

2nd appearance of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Professor X, Angel, Beast

Timely ⋅ 1939
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1st appearance of the Human Torch, Jim Hammond

2nd appearance of Namor the Sub-Mariner - 8 pages of the 12-page story reprinted from Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1

1st appearance of Dorma, Namor's cousin

1st appearance of Ka-Zar, David Rand

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1st appearance of Angel, Thomas Halloway, a private detective and vigilante

1st appearance of the Masked Raider, Jim Gardley

1st comic book published by Timely, later becomes Marvel

Retitled Marvel Mystery Comics after this issue

80,000 copies were produced of the first printing with an October 1939 date on the cover

The second printing could be identified by the October 1939 date blacked out, replaced with November 1939

The first printing sold out within a week and was quickly reprinted at a quantity of 800,000, the same as Superman #1

Although published in October, the cover date was changed to have a longer on-sale period at newsstands

πŸ’° In March 2022, a 9.2 known as the Pay Copy due to publisher notations that tracked creator payouts sold for $2.42 million

Marvel ⋅ 1974
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2nd appearance and origin of Iron Fist

1st appearance of Shou-Lao the Undying, a dragon from whom the Iron Fists challenge to obtain their powers

1st appearance of the Lei Kung the Thunderer, trainer of Iron Fists

1st appearance of Scythe, a mercenary

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1st appearance of Fu-Hsi, the Serpent King

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2nd appearance and origin of Man-Wolf

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2nd appearance of Spider-Man

1st appearance of J. Jonah Jameson

First meeting of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four

1st appearance of Chameleon, Dmitri Smerdyakov, half-brother of Kraven the Hunter

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[February 2022 - confirmed, Fred Hechinger cast as Chameleon in the Kraven movie]

Marvel ⋅ 1964
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2nd appearance of Daredevil

2nd appearance of Electro

First crossover of Matt Murdock and the Fantastic Four after the team hires him as their lawyer

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2nd appearance of Luke Cage

Death of Diamondback

1st appearance of Claire Temple, a night nurse

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1st appearance of Man-Thing in a standard comic book, second overall appearance having been introduced in Savage Tales Magazine #1

Origin of Man-Thing

1st cover appearance of Bobbi Morse, full name and occupation as government agent revealed

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2nd appearance of Bane

Azrael assumes the Batman mantle

πŸ“– Knightfall Reading Order: next Batman #490

Marvel ⋅ 2004
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2nd appearance of X-23

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2nd appearance of Shang-Chi

1st appearance of Midnight Sun, a highly trained martial artist and master of stealth

Title becomes Master of Kung-Fu

As of December 1, 2023 there exists only 18 copies in 9.8 on the census compared to 129 copies for Shang Chi's first appearance in Special Marvel Edition #15

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2nd appearance and origin of Harley Quinn, not in the mainstream universe

1st appearance of Bud and Lou in comics, Harley's pet hyenas

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2nd appearance of Fin Fang Foom

Partial reprint of Strange Tales #89 along with new panels featuring Fin Fang Foom

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2nd appearance of Amadeus Cho

Warbound advance toward Crown City and the Red King

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2nd appearance of Venom

1st partial cover appearance of Venom

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First team-up of two super-villains in the Marvel Universe, Dr. Doom and Sub-Mariner

2nd appearance of Dr. Doom

2nd appearance of the Sub-Mariner in the Silver Age

Marvel ⋅ 1968
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1st cameo appearance of Ultron as the Crimson Cowl

New Masters of Evil roster led by Ultron: Whirlwind, Klaw, Melter, Radioactive Man

2nd appearance of Dane Whitman as The Black Knight

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Classic battle of Captain America vs Iron Man

2nd appearance of Kraven the Hunter

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First solo title and 2nd appearance of Miles Morales

1st appearance of the Ultimate Prowler, the uncle of Miles in the Ultimate Universe

1st appearance of Conrad Marcus (Markus), later merges with a sample of the Venom symbiote

1st appearance of Jefferson and Rio Morales, the parents of Miles

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White polybag with red Spider-Man emblem

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2nd appearance of Spider-Gwen

1st cameo appearance of Solus, the father of the Inheritors

First time Spider-Gwen, Silk and Spider-Woman appear together in the same scene although they do not all interact

1st cameo appearance of Supaidaman in U.S. comics

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1st cameo appearance of a Cowboy Spider-Man, later named Web-Slinger

Many cameo appearances of Spider-Characters including: Iron Fist, Hulk, Human Torch, Kaine, Uncle Ben, Wolverine, Venom, Deadpool, 1969 cartoon version, Tarzan, Warlock and more

Official beginning of the Spider-Verse event

πŸ“– Spider-Verse Reading Order: read The Amazing Spider-Man #9 and The Amazing Spider-Man #10 (2014 series)

2nd Print ⋅ Marvel ⋅ 2014
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1st cover and 2nd cameo appearance of Ms. Marvel in costume

Second printing

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2nd appearance and origin of Black Cat

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2nd team appearance of the X-Men that debuted in Giant-Size X-Men #1

2nd appearance of Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Thunderbird

4th appearance of Wolverine

1st appearance of Dragonfly

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Some resources refer to this as the 2nd full appearance of Wolverine and Hulk #182 a 2nd cameo appearance

Beginning of Chris Claremont's 16-year consecutive run on the title, ending with Uncanny X-Men #279

First new X-Men story following five years of reprints

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