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Marvel History

A categorical listing of Marvel History curated by Key Collector Comics.

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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
  • 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
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  • First written work in the comic book industry by Stan Lee
  • Two-page text story with a couple of illustrations by Kirby
  • 3rd appearance of Captain America
  • 3rd appearance of Bucky Barnes
  • 2nd appearance of the Red Skull, George Maxon
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High $1.1k
  • Premiere issue of the first Marvel horror title
  • Title numbering continues from Sub-Mariner Comics #31
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High $11.3k
  • Series that introduced many popular characters including Dr. Strange and Nick Fury
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  • Premiere issue of a series that introduced characters including Iron Man and Black Widow
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Mid $775
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High $4.9k
  • Series that introduced popular characters including Ant-Man and Giant-Man
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  • 1st team appearance and origin of the Fantastic Four: Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, The Thing
  • 1st appearance of Mole Man
  • 1st appearance of Tricephalous
  • Landmark issue that launched the Marvel Age of comics
  • December 2020 - Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige confirms the Fantastic Four film is in the works with Jon Watts (Cop Car, Spider-Man Homecoming) directing
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High $985
  • 1st annual issue published by Marvel
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High $4.8k
  • First team-up between two Marvel villains: Dr. Doom and Sub-Mariner
  • 2nd appearance of Dr. Doom
  • 2nd appearance of the Sub-Mariner in the Silver Age
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High $90
  • 1st title crossover issue with Tales Suspense #80
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High $180
  • Anniversary of The Amazing Spider-Man's 100th issue
  • Classic cover art by John Romita Sr.
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  • Anniversary of The Incredible Hulk #200
  • Marvel Value Stamp Series B #25 - Spider-Man
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  • Anniversary of Iron Man issue #100
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  • First original graphic novel published by Marvel Comics, co-published by Simon & Schuster imprint, Fireside Books
  • Final collaboration by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
  • 132-page story that takes place in an alternate reality where the Silver Surfer rebels against Galactus to save the planet from destruction
  • In 1976, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were approached by movie producer Lee Kramer to create a comic book that would serve as a pitch story for a rock opera feature film starring Olivia Newton-John and bodybuilder, Billy Zane
  • Painted cover art by Earl Norem, based on a sketch by Jack Kirby
  • The only other story that takes place in this alternate reality is the two-issue ,1988 Silver Surfer story titled 'Parable'
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  • Controversial issue: Carol Danvers is "used" and becomes pregnant by a man who turns out to be the same person to whom she gives birth
  • 1st appearance of Marcus Immortus, the son of Immortus, conceived by Carol Danvers
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  • First limited series published by Marvel Comics
  • 1st appearance of Blitzkrieg, able to summon lightning
  • 1st full appearance of the Collective Man, six brothers who can merge into one
  • 1st appearance of Shamrock, a hand-to-hand combatant
  • 1st appearance of Defensor, possessor of a Vibranium suit of armor
  • 1st appearance of Peregrine, utilizes a flight suit in battle
  • 1st appearance of Talisman, an Australian magic user
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  • 50th Anniversary of Captain America in comics
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  • 5-page preview of Spider-Man 2099, considered by some to be the first appearance but it is an excerpt from Spider-Man 2099 #1
  • 30th Anniversary of Spider-Man (1962-1992)
  • Hologram cover
  • [January 2021 - an image of Spider-Man 2099 was posted on the official Spider-Verse Twitter page]
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  • 1st Marvel title to reach 500 issues
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  • 20th Anniversary Edition
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  • 1st appearance of Alpha, an ally of Spider-Man
  • Alpha’s birth name, Andrew Maguire is a combination of actors Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield
  • Oversized 50th Anniversary special
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  • Variant cover art by Alex Ross (1:75)
  • Marvel 75th anniversary edition
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  • Variant sketch cover art by Alex Ross (1:300)
  • Marvel 75th Anniversary
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  • Variant cover art by Alex Ross (1:75)
  • Marvel 75th Anniversary
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  • 25th anniversary of Deadpool's first appearance
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  • Variant cover art by Humberto Ramos
  • D23 Expo exclusive, given away at the Marvel 80th Anniversary panel August 24, 2019
  • 1st official cover appearance of Mickey Mouse on a Marvel comic