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  • 1st published written work and art in the comic book industry by Donny Cates while interning at Marvel
  • one-page prologue recap using stick figures
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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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  • Limited series about a superhero who receives his superpowers from drinking massive amounts of alcohol
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  • 1st appearance of Doctor Blaqk
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  • Scarce, Ashcan edition
  • Cates said about this issue "it's the first ashcan I ever produced. Maybe the rarest book with my name on it."
  • *value unknown
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  • First official written work at Marvel by Donny Cates (back-up story)
  • Previously provided a prologue in Ant-Man & Wasp #2 (2011)
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  • Promotional comic published by Marvel for DJI hobby drones
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  • Limited series about superheroes whose main antagonist is the vast amount of debt accrued from getting their operation up and running
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  • Synopsis: A planet full of vampires, a soldier from space, a girl named Weep, and one badass mech suit sent from a distant planet
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  • Part one of Atomahawk, a serialized story created by Donny Cates and Ian Bederman with Taylor Esposito
  • Part two of Atomohawk is printed in Heavy Metal #284 and the conclusion is printed in Heavy Metal #286
  • 10-page preview of The Interceptor, a futuristic space-vampire story by Donny Cates
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  • Premiere issue of a sci-fi/fantasy series about a man who travels across the country to care for his ailing father and the storm that changes everything
  • 🚨 August 2018 - Key Collector Comics Exclusive News: optioned by Legendary
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  • Created by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw
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  • 8-page serialized story Atomahawk, created by Donny Cates, Ian Bederman and Tony Esposito that began in Heavy Metal #282 and concludes in Heavy Metal #286
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  • Horror series about a family of vampires who have reached the end of an era, peacefully coexisting alongside humans
  • [April 2020 - writer Donny Cates confirmed he sold an idea to be adapted into a TV series. It could be an unpublished story, an independent series or Redneck]
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  • Conclusion of Atomahawk, created by Donny Cates, Ian Bederman and Taylor Esposito
  • Part one of Atomahawk is printed in Heavy Metal #282 and part two printed in Heavy Metal #284
  • Painted cover art by David Stoupakis depicting comic book writer Grant Morrison who served as editor-in-chief for Heavy Metal Magazine
  • Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) ran Heavy Metal Magazine as Publisher from 2012 to 2020
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  • Horror series that examines the effect on a young mother's life after giving birth to the Anti-Christ
  • Copies ordered by retailers: 26,514
  • [October 2020 - one of a few properties mentioned in the Aftershock press release that communicated a merger with an IP distribution company for upcoming TV, podcast, video games and other deals]
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  • One-shot collection of serialized stories chronicling the adventures of Cyberzerker and his Atomahawk, originally published in Heavy Metal Magazine #282, 284, 286
  • [May 2021 - we've sounded the alarm on Atomahawk once before based on a vague tweet from writer Donny Cates that turned out to be a Kickstarter campaign for a toy that included an origin story written by legendary comic scribe, Grant Morrison. Again Cates reports "Atomahawk news coming soon" which could be an update on the campaign. It should be noted in April 2021, Heavy Metal announced plans to expand into film and TV with Range Media Partners and hired a production studio president. All of this being said without knowing who holds the rights to Atomahawk but assuming it’s creator-owned considering the KS campaign]
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  • 1st appearance of Cosmic Ghost Rider, who was once the Punisher until he became a Herald of Galactus
  • 1st appearance of King Thanos
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  • 1st appearance of Bats, Doctor Strange's spectral dog, alive, becomes a ghost in #385
  • Donny Cates said Marvel has big plans for the character
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  • Death of Bats the dog
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  • 2nd appearance and first cover appearance of Cosmic Ghost Rider
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  • Cosmic Ghost Rider revealed to be Frank Castle in the far future
  • 1st cameo appearance of Silver Surfer as the Fallen One
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  • 1st appearance of Bats the dog as a ghost
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  • Origin of Cosmic Ghost Rider
  • 1st full appearance of the Silver Surfer as The Fallen One (Silver Surfer Black)
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  • Doctor Strange is possessed by the Void
  • Copies ordered by retailers: 25,652
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  • Death of Silver Surfer as the Fallen One
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  • 1st team appearance of the Avengers as Ghost Riders: Black Panther, Thor, Captain Marvel, Falcon and Hawkeye
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  • New Midnight Sons roster: Moon Knight, Blade, Elsa Bloodstone, Doctor Voodoo, Man-Thing, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, Wong, Scarlet Spider, Bats
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  • 1st appearance of Tyrannosaurus, a symbiote impersonating Rex Strickland
  • 1st appearance of the Grendel Symbiote
  • Origin of the Sym-Soldier Program aka Weapon V, a Vietnam-era initiative to bond symbiote biomass, extracted from the Grendel dragon to wounded soldiers
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  • 1st full appearance of Knull,the creator of the Symbiote alien race
  • Knull's first cameo appearance is in Thor: God of Thunder #6
  • The spiral emblem associated with Knull is a reference to Chthulhu mythology
  • Knull was the first being that existed in nothingness that preceded the creation of the current Marvel Universe
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  • Premiere issue of Cosmic Ghost Rider (Frank Castle) introduced in Thanos #13
  • 1st appearance of Baby Thanos
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  • 1st appearance of a Vox, a Super-Inhuman, later becomes Vox Supreme
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  • Origin of Knull
  • Origin of Knowhere, the severed head of a Celestial
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Juggerduck, a Juggernaut/Howard the Duck mash-up
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  • Origin of the Sym-Soldier program, S.H.I.E.L.D.s black-ops symbiote initiative
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  • 3rd full appearance of Knull
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  • 1st team appearance of an alternate Guardians of the Galaxy: Juggerduck, Howard the Duck in possession of the gem of Cyttorak, Iron Groot, Captain Marvel (Kamala Khan), Cable and Jubilee
  • 1st cameo appearance of Punisher Thanos
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Dylan Brock, Eddie's son
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  • First solo Venom annual
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  • 1st full appearance of Punisher Thanos
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  • Carnage becomes Dark Carnage after being injected with the Grendel Symbiote
  • Lead-in to Absolute Carnage
  • Death of Scorn
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  • 1st full appearance of Dylan Brock, son of Eddie Brock
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  • Origin of Eddie Brock
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  • 1st appearance of the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Star-Lord, Cosmic Ghost Rider, Phyla-Vell, Moondragon, Beta Ray Bill and Groot
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  • Origin of Dylan Brock, revealed to be Eddie's son
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  • 1st full appearance of the Dark Guardians: Cosmic Ghost Rider, Wraith, Gladiator, Nebula and Starfox
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  • 1st team appearance of the corrupted gods that serve as Knull's sentries
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  • Silver Surfer briefly becomes the Void Knight, a herald of Knull
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  • 5-part limited series with multiple tie-ins
  • Carnage sets out to reclaim every codex from all former and current symbiote hosts to release Knull, the Symbiote God, from confinement in the "planet" Klyntar
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  • Origin of Silver Surfer
  • Origin of Galactus
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  • Origin of Rocket Raccoon
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  • The Venom symbiote merges with the Hulk
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Demus
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  • Conclusion of the story arc
  • Origin of Silver Surfer Black
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  • Death of Carnage
  • Knull escapes from Klyntar
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  • Dylan possessed by the symbiote of Norman Osborn
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  • Thor becomes the Herald of Thunder
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  • 1st full appearance of Demus, the first vampire
  • Origin of the Human-Vampire War
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  • Reference to the destruction of the DC Universe by the Black Winter, an entity that appears to those who are doomed as an enemy that was initially destined to destroy them
  • Cates alludes to the Black Winter taking on the form of Darkseid writing: they will see the stone-faced avatar of their one true end...For them, their omega. The one who is
  • Cates alludes to Darkseid's stone-like face, his Omega Beams and Tom King's run on Mr. Miracle with the line "Darkseid Is..."
  • Preview of Strange Academy
  • The Strange Academy preview is not the first appearances of the characters. It is an excerpt of the first issue meant to promote the title. If it were an original story, then it would be considered a first appearance
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  • Origin of Demus, the first vampire
  • Origin of Granpa
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  • Battle of Thor vs Beta Ray Bill
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  • 1st cameo appearance of the Black Winter
  • Introduction of Fortnite into the Marvel Universe
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  • Reveal of Dylan's powers
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Codex
  • 1st cameo appearance of Virus
  • The first cameo of Virus was intended to be Free Comic Book Day 2020: The Amazing Spider-Man/Venom issue but due to the 2020 Coronavirus temporary shutdown of comic book distribution, the FCBD 2020 issue went on-sale between the release of Venom #26 and Venom #27
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  • 1st full appearance of The Black Winter, a cosmic entity that devours universes including the previous iteration of the Marvel Universe that led to the creation of Galactus
  • The Black Winter relates to a developing plot that was introduced by Jack Kirby in Thor #169
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  • 1st full appearance of Virus
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  • 2nd appearance of Virus
  • This issue was intended to be the first cameo appearance of Virus but due to the 2020 Coronavirus shutdown of comic book distribution, it did not become available until after Virus's first cameo appearance in Venom #25 and full appearance in Venom #26
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  • "Death" of Galactus
  • Teaser appearance of Thanos with a black gauntlet and Mjolnir encrusted with Infinity Gems
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  • 1st full appearance of Codex
  • 1st appearance of an alternate reality Agent Venom
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  • 880-page hardcover omnibus that collects the Absolute Carnage mains story arc and tie-ins:
  • Absolute Carnage #1 - #5
  • Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool #1 - #3
  • Absolute Carnage: Captain Marvel #1
  • Absolute Carnage: Immortal Hulk #1
  • Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1
  • Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Spider-Man #1
  • Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #1 - #3
  • Absolute Carnage: Avengers #1
  • Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #1 - #3
  • Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1
  • Absolute Carnage: Scream #1 - #3
  • Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #29 - #31
  • Venom #16 - #20
  • Original retail price: $100
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  • 1st appearance of Adam Thor, an older man who briefly wields Mjolnir
  • As Beta Ray Bill and Thor walk through Asgard, they pass a number of weapons. - one is Valofax, the sword from God Country and another is Atomahawk, both weapons from Image titles, written by Donny Cates
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  • Identity of Virus revealed
  • Identity of Codex revealed
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  • Origin of Codex
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  • 1st appearance of Dr. Donald Blake as the shadow of thunder, previously Thor's human host
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  • Codex becomes Dylan, in the future
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  • The same creative team that brought you Cosmic Ghost Rider are teaming up again for Crossover, presumably a DC / Marvel / Image crossover but this is not confirmed
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  • Battle of Knull, god of the symbiotes versus the Marvel Universe
  • Cameo appearance of Elektra as Daredevil
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  • Tony Stark commandeers a Celestial using the Extremis Armor created in King In Black #2
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  • Debut of Eddie Brock new powers: omnipresence and symbiote hive control
  • Dylan Brock becomes Venom
  • End of Cates/Stegman run that began in May 2018
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  • 1st team appearance of the Atlantean Avengers with Namor as Captain America
  • 1st cameo team appearance of the Multiversal Masters of Evil: Doom Supreme, Hound, Dark Phoenix, King Killmonger, Ghost Goblin, Kid Thanos
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Meridius
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  • Debut of Freyja persona, ‘God of the Hunt’
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  • Premiere issue written by Donny Cates and illustrated by Ryan Ottley
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  • New story arc begins 'God of Hammers'
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  • Solicitation: The Hulk hurdles farther into space, but he is not alone out there
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  • Possible 1st appearance of a character named God of Hammers whose origin is solicited for Thor #21
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  • Origin of the God of Hammers
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  • Hulk travels to an alternate Earth where Thunderbolt Ross is president and has an army of gamma-powered monsters at his command
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  • Solicitation: to stop the deadly path of the Mjolnir-wielding God of Hammers, the Marvel Universe must come together
  • The God of Hammers arc begins in Thor #19 (Nov 24)
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