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Writer's Firsts

A categorical listing of Writer's Firsts curated by Key Collector Comics.

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  • 1st appearance of Doctor Occult, one of the earliest superheroes in history
  • First artwork by Joe Shuster
  • First written work in comics by Jerry Siegel
  • 1st appearance of a vampire in comic books
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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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  • First written work in the comic book industry by Roy Thomas
  • *Roy Thomas was one of the chief architects at Marvel introducing Conan the Barbarian into comics, serving as Editor-in-Chief after Stan Lee and contributing to the Avengers, X-Men, Thor and others over the course of decades
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  • First written work in comics by Dennis O'Neil
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  • First written work by Chris Claremont in comics
  • *Claremont received credit on prior issues with plot assists but this issue is his first scripted story
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  • First written and illustrated work in comics by Frank Miller
  • Three-page story titled 'Royal Feast'
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  • First written work in the comic book industry by Mark Waid
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  • First written work in the comic book industry by Neil Gaiman in a story titled 'You're Never Alone with a Phone'
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  • First written and illustrated work in comics by Don Rosa
  • Nominated for a Harvey Award
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  • First written work in comics by Brian Michael Bendis
  • First artwork in comics by Brian Michael Bendis
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  • First written work in the comic book industry by Geoff Johns
  • 1st preview appearance of Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., Courtney Whitmore in yearbook pictures and a character profile
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Battle Pope
  • First written work in the comic book industry by Robert Kirkman
  • First artwork in comics by Tony Moore
  • * Image reprinted this issue in 2005 with a nearly identical cover
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  • First written work in the comic book industry by Cullen Bunn (U.K.)
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  • First written work in the comic book industry by Joseph Hillstrom King AKA Joe Hill, the son of Stephen King
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  • First self-published written and illustrated work in comics by Jeff Lemire
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  • First written and illustrated work in comics by Jonathan Hickman
  • 6-issue series written, illustrated, lettered, inked and colored by Hickman
  • 2008 Eisner Award nominee for Best Limited Series
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  • First written work in the comic book industry by J.J. Abrams
  • 2008 SDCC exclusive given away to promote the TV series Fringe
  • 5-page preview with character bios, 12 pages total
  • *value unknown
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  • First written work in the comic book industry by Donny Cates (officially) in a story called 'Armageddon Outta Here'
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  • First written work in the comic book industry by Tom King
  • *previous published work 'A Once Crowded Sky' had illustrations but was not a graphic novel
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  • First written work in the comic book industry by Ta-Nehisi Coates