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  • Recalled self-published, underground parody created by Kieron Dwyer
  • In 2000, Starbucks Corporation sued Dwyer for copyright and trademark infringement on their logo which resulted in an out-of-court settlement for an unknown amount
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  • Limited edition cover with a black background instead of red
  • *in 2018, Eymun Talasazan sued The Weeknd for $5 million claiming an idea he presented to Marvel was stolen by the musician (result of case is unknown)
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  • Cover art by Jackson Guice
  • *in 1990, Christian singer Amy Grant sued Marvel for her likeness being used on the cover of this issue, fearing her audience would view it as an association with the occult
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  • Miracleman story written by Neil Gaiman
  • *in 2012, a settlement was reached between Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane that awarded Gaiman the character rights to Miracleman and reportedly $1.1 million compensation for breach of contract from work performed for Eclipse, owned by McFarlane
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  • 1st appearance of Morph from the animated X-Men Adventures series and the comic book universe version of Changeling (X-Men #35)
  • Comic book series based on the Fox animated TV show
  • *in late 2019, a lawsuit was filed against Disney/Marvel for stealing the theme song to the 90s animated series from a Hungarian police show called ‘Linda’
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  • Parody comic created by underground cartoonists depicting Disney characters engaging in sex and drugs
  • *Disney was awarded $200,000 in damages yet O'Neill continued with the parodies, forcing Disney to settle after spending approximately $2 million in court costs
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  • 1st full appearance of Angela in the Marvel Universe
  • *Marvel acquired the rights to Angela after a nearly decade of litigation between Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman in which Gaiman was victorious
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  • Neil Gaiman's first written work for Marvel Comics
  • Multi-award winning limited series that places classic Marvel heroes in the 17th century
  • *the collected edition of this series has a dedication from Gaiman that reads 'To Todd (McFarlane), for making it necessary' referencing a 10 year legal dispute over profits and character ownership
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  • Variant photo cover featuring Wesley Snipes
  • *Marv Wolfman filed a $35 million lawsuit against Marvel, New Line Cinema and Time Warner regarding ownership of Blade but lost the case two years later
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  • 1st appearance of Destroyer Duck
  • 1st appearance of Groo the Wanderer
  • *Steve Gerber, creator of Howard the Duck, teamed up with Jack Kirby to raise funds for his lawsuit against Marvel concerning the ownership of Howard
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  • 1st appearance of Tyreese
  • Charlie Adlard takes over interior art from original artist Tony Moore
  • *in 2012, Moore filed a lawsuit that settled out of court alleging Kirkman convinced him into surrendering his rights to The Walking Dead comic and TV profits
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Captain Marvel, a character who could detach limbs by shouting 'split' and recover them by saying 'xam'
  • *M.F. Enterprises sued Marvel after the 1967 introduction of Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) for infringement and took a $4,500 settlement to relinquish the name to Marvel Comics
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  • 1st appearance of Captain Marvel and the Marvel Family in DC Comics
  • 1st cover appearance of Captain Marvel and Superman (Superman does not appear in the story with Captain Marvel)
  • *20 years after DC was awarded $400,000 ($4 million by today's standards) for Superman copyright infringement, the publisher purchased the rights to Shazam from Fawcett
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Johnny Blaze, Ghost Rider.
  • Ghost Rider isn't in the MCU, doesn't have a tv show coming or an animated show on the air, he doesn't even really have anything special going on in comics so you'd be excused if you thought this lack of buzz meant he was a B tier character. Someone who isn't quite at the level of popularity of Captain America or Thor.
  • But that amazing flaming skull design, the edgy darkness and the testosterone fueled premise are incredibly popular and the quiet buzzing of fan attention has been growing consistently for some time.
  • Ghost Rider, like Wolverine or Venom, is one of those magical Marvel characters that somehow changes a 12 year old boy upon first glimpse. Like the character itself, he looks into your soul and you are never the same.
  •  Add to that the wicked looking but incredibly easy to damage black cover and you've got a book that is very much sought after.
  • This week we saw new all-time highs in several grades including 8.0 which hit $1,712 (up from $1,650), 6.5 $1,035 (up from $1,000), 4.5 $779 (up from $610) and 2.0 $410 (up from $399).
  •  Of note is the both that the volume of sales has picked up as of late. The 4.5 sold for $647, then sold for $715, and then $779 this week. And the fact that the 6.5 new record was for a PGX graded copy.
  • PGX are a grading company like CGC and CBCS but are a much smaller operation and tend to be far less accurate. Stories abound of books being misgraded, restored books being graded as unrestored and frankly they have an ugly holder. PGX graded books usually see a steep discount compared to CGC books of the same grades.
  •  In the highest grades this book is very rare and commands an incredible premium with only 34 9.6's in existence and only 3 9.8's (compare that to ASM 300 at 3,026 and 1,047 or even Hulk 181 at 323 and 126).
  • Another great example of a book that looks like a powder-keg and is ready to explode at the slightest rumor of an MCU appearance.
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  • 1st appearance of Lynx & sidekick Blackie
  • *DC/National Comics won a $2,000 judgement in a lawsuit against Fox Feature Syndicate for characters too similar to Batman and Robin
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  • 1st appearance of Overtkill
  • 1st appearance of Tony Twist, a character named after a professional hockey player
  • *after a 10 year court battle that initially awarded Twist $24 million dollars but was reversed, the two parties ended up settling out of court for $5 million dollars
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  • Premiere issue of an ongoing series about a notorious crook who comes out of retirement to save his wife
  • Recalled issue due to a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by a New York City bar of the same name famous for their hybrid comic book/cocktail menus
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  • First ongoing printed attribution given to Bill Finger as co-creator of Batman in the Detective Comics title
  • *75 years after Batman debuted, Bill Finger’s granddaughter settled a court case with DC to award credit to her deceased grandfather for the creation of Batman
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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
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  • 1st and only appearance of Wonder Man
  • *the first of many lawsuits filed by DC to protect the intellectual property of characters too closely associated to Superman, in likeness and abilities
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  • 1st appearance of Hell's Angel, later renamed Dark Angel
  • *Marvel agreed to change the character's name and donate $35,000 to a children's charity after the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement