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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 Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze
  • *in 2007, Ghost Rider co-creator Gary Friedrich sued Marvel for ownership of the character and eventually lost, then was successfully countersued for $17,000 for unauthorized merchandise sales which was later overturned
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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