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- 1st appearance of Doug Ramsey, later becomes Cypher
- [July 2020 - Jonathan has expressed his interest in developing Cypher which we will likely see more of in X of Swords]
- 1st appearance of Tempus AKA Eva Bell, a mutant who can temporarily stop time (code name revealed in Uncanny X-Men #1)
- 1st appearance of Triage, a mutant with healing abilities (code name given in Uncanny X-Men #4)
- 1st full team appearance of The Phalanx in their true form
- *cameo in #305, hinted at when Rogue touches what seems to be a normal human and #311 briefly in their true form
- The Dark Phoenix Saga Part 2
- 1st appearance of Dazzler
- 2nd appearance of Kitty Pryde
- 2nd appearance of Emma Frost
- 1st full appearance of Sebastian Shaw, the Black King
- 1st appearance of Omega Sentinel, a human transformed by the Operation Zero Tolerance program into a sentinel
- *the reactivated Omega Sentinel is the machine liaison to Orchis and could be a major threat to the Omega Level mutants
- 1st appearance of Moira McTaggert, an Omega Level Mutant who reincarnates and retains her memory
- Debut of Wolverine's berserker rage
- 1st appearance of Steven Lang, one of the Sentinel program pioneers
- 1st team appearance of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants led by Magneto
- 1st appearance of Scarlet Witch
- 1st appearance of Quicksilver
- 1st appearance of Mastermind, later assumes the identity of Jason Wyngarde
- 1st appearance of Toad
- 2nd appearance of Magneto
- Although the Scarlet Witch's costume is colored green on the cover, it is red in the story
- 1st appearance of Chamber
- 1st appearance of Emplate (Marius St. Croix) a psychic vampire
- 1st cameo appearance of Penance, later revealed to be the real Monet St. Croix
- Chromium wraparound cover
- "Days of Future Past" part 1
- 1st team appearance of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants: Mystique, Destiny, Pyro, Avalanche and Blob
- 1st appearance of Destiny
- 1st appearance of Avalanche
- 1st appearance of Pyro
- 1st appearance of Rachel Summers, daughter of Scott and Jean
- 1st team appearance of the X-Men.
- 1st appearance of Cyclops, Jean Grey aka Marvel Girl (later becomes Phoenix), Iceman, Angel, Beast, Professor X and Magneto.
- The concept of Homo Superior, coined by Magneto to describe humans born with special abilities, is introduced in this issue.
- Climbing to number 5 this week and consolidating power from all X-men books is the OG of X-Men keys
- Giant Size X-Men #1 and Hulk #181 have reached insane heights that are many multiples of where they were just a few years ago.
- With the whole market slowly slightly this week (perhaps the stimulus checks finally ran out) collectors have moved back to the granddaddy of X-Men books.
- This week we saw a 4.0 copy change hands at $10,100 (up from a previous high of $7,395).
- And a 0.5 copy hit $2,750 (up from $2,300).
- Interest is building ferociously for X-Men keys in anticipation of their entry into the MCU.
- The run up of GSX 1 and Hulk 181 has made lower and mid grade copies of this book seem cheap in comparison.
- 1st appearance of the new X-Men.
- 1st appearance of Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Thunderbird. 3rd appearance of Wolverine (some resources label this the 2nd full appearance).
- 1st appearance of Illyana Rasputin (as a child) and Krakoa, the Living Island.
- 1st use of 'snikt' sound effect.
- Coming in at number 4 is a book that is leading a tsunami of interest in the X-Men coming to the MCU.
- Three weeks ago, during the Heritage Platinum Session Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction we saw a CGC 9.8 White Page copy end at a whopping $19,200 (up from the previous all-time high of $16,257).
- Last week, the book proved that this new price point was here to stay as an off-white page copy sold on eBay for $18,075.
- This week, we have 4 new record prices in grade.
- A CGC 8.5 copy sold for $3,800 (up from $3,400).
- A 7.5 copy sold for $2,699 (up from $2,160).
- A CGC 7.0 copy sold for $3,050 (up from $2,225).
- and a 4.5 copy sold for $1,526 and was then followed by another sale of $1,545 (up from $1,350).
- This book has seen incredible gains this year but feels like it still has room to grow.
- It lags behind Hulk 181 and even though it doesn't feature the 1st app of a character as popular as Wolverine it features 3 that are each household names.
- And with X-Men in the MCU news in our future there is plenty of reasons for it to catch up.
- Quick recap: When the Disney acquisition of Fox was announced in 2018 it sent X-Men keys (which had been to that point overlooked by collectors in favor of keys involving the MCU characters) rocketing to new heights.
- When it comes to the X-Men, Marvel Studios will most certainly deviate from the territory mined by Fox. The smart money is on Marvel to focus on characters that the public is familiar with especially those that were popularized by the animated shows. Conveniently for collectors, many of those classic characters were introduced in this issue.
- The Dark Phoenix Saga Part 1
- 1st appearance of Kitty Pryde
- 1st appearance of Emma Frost, the White Queen
- 1st cameo team appearance of The Hellfire Club (in shadows)