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Hey, I’m Nick, founder of Key Collector Comics.  During my research I stumble across many interesting books. I’d like to spotlight a few here that I find interesting and hope you do too. 🔔 Subscribe for $1.99 for more curated content. Unlock 16 categories plus 🚨Key Issue Alert push notifications  📪  Submit awesome key issue info to nick@keycollectorcomics.com 🎁 Thank you for supporting the continued development of Key Collector Comics by using the eBay links for ANY purchase

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  • 1st appearance of Magna Tolvan
  • Variant cover art by David Lopez (1:25)
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  • Promotional giveaway commissioned by BBDO New York ad agency and its Diversity Council
  • 'Heroes Welcome' by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Brooks addresses diversity, creativity and acceptance
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  • Variant cover art by Artgerm (1:20)
  • Includes two trading cards on back page to be complete
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  • Second issue of the self-published series written and illustrated by Kristen Gudsnuk
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  • Variant cover art by Kelley Jones (1:10)
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  • 7-page original story written by Neil Gaiman, featuring Sandman that did not appear in the periodical Sandman comic book series
  • Story was later reprinted in trade paperbacks Fables & Reflections (Library Edition Book and Absolute Sandman Book 3)
  • Story synopsis: Sandman enters the dream of a young man to help him cope with his fear of falling
  • Two-page preview of Death: The High Cost of Living, the first solo series featuring Death of the Endless
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  • First interior art by Peach Momoko in a story titled 'Shaman Himiko'
  • Cover art by Shark Toof
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  • Variant second printing cover art by Harvey Tolibao
  • Wraparound cover depicting Psylocke battling The Hand
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  • Variant cover art by Phillip Tan (1:50)
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  • Variant cover art by Kamome Shirahama
  • Retailers were to meet or exceed 100% of their order of Doctor Strange #383 with orders of Doctor Strange #384 cover A to qualify for this variant without quantity restrictions
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  • Variant cover art by Siobhan Keenan
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  • Variant cover art by Leonel Castellani
  • 2011 SDCC exclusive, limited to 500 copies
  • 8-bit Nintendo video game homage cover
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  • Variant cover art by Ryan Sook
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  • 160-page trade paperback that collects the following Marvel/DC character crossover one-shots from 1996, published by Marvel: Spider-Boy, Magneto and the Magnetic Men, Speed Demon, Bullets and Bracelets, Bruce Wayne Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Patrol
  • Original retail price: $12.95
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  • First printed image of Spawn in a circulated publication, a comic book solicitation catalog
  • Mailing date: February 3, 1992
  • According to spawnworld.com, only one other image of Spawn is known to exist prior to the mailing of Up 'N Coming #15 and it was the outer sleeve of a VHS tape titled "Stan Lee Presents: The Comic Book Greats" (December 1991), although Spawn was not named or discussed in the video
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  • First printed image of Spawn in a comic book (advertisement)
  • One of two comics published in March 1992 that included the advertisement, the other being Torg #2
  • Earlier images of Spawn have been printed in various catalogs and fanzines among other publications
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  • First printed images of Spawn in a U.S. publication
  • Mailing date: February 5, 1992
  • Front page advertisement of Spawn, preceded all comic book advertisements in Malibu comic books that were published between March/April 1992
  • Interior black and white, textless cover art for Spawn #1
  • According to spawnworld.com, only two other images of Spawn are known to exist prior to the mailing of Comics Buyer's Guide #953: the sleeve of a VHS tape titled "Stan Lee Presents: The Comic Book Greats" and a comic book solicitation magazine, Up N' Coming #15 (mailing date: February 3, 1992)
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  • Variant cover art by Justin Randall
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  • Error: blue foil missing from the embossed cover during the printing process
  • In 2020, a 9.8 graded copy sold for $4,000
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  • Cover art by Todd McFarlane
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  • First hip-hop comic book, independently published and inspired by the music movement in it's early days
  • Written entirely in rhyme, Max Robot is credited for capturing the spirit of east coast hip-hop's underground purity, untouched by commercialism
  • Initial print run of 500 black and white copies
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  • *exercise extreme caution if considering a purchase, reprints and mini-posters are identical to the original cover
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  • 63-page non-comic book humorous publication written by Stan Lee
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  • Ashcan edition
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  • 8-page black & white mini-comic
  • Promotional giveaway created for the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project to create awareness on keeping storm drains clean
  • Issue measures 4.5" x 5.5". There exists unauthorized reproductions that measure 8.5" x 11"
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  • Variant cover art by Moebius
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  • One-shot, 16-page issue from the short-lived publisher Defiant, led by Jim Shooter
  • Three copies of this issue exist, one with a gold foil stamp, another with a silver foil stamp and a valuable edition without a stamp (pictured)
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  • Cover art by John Byrne featuring the 1975 X-Men wearing the original 1963 X-Men costumes
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  • 40-page magazine with cover appearance of Ren & Stimpy
  • Interior article on Spumco, the animation studio responsible for the MTV series and interview of the creator, Bill Wray
  • Article featuring Jack Kirby and Joe Simon with reprinted artwork plus the first published work by Stan Lee in comics, a text story from Captain America #3
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  • 1st appearance of Phil Coulson, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in comic books from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not in-continuity
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  • Reprint of Strange Tales (1973) #169 and #170, the first appearance and origin of Doctor Voodoo
  • Copies ordered by retailers: 6,743

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