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  • 1st appearance of Thanos, an Eternal from Titan born with the Deviants gene
  • 1st cameo appearance of Eros (Starfox), brother of Thanos
  • 1st appearance of Kronos, Grandfather of Thanos
  • 1st appearance of Mentor, father of Thanos
  • 1st appearance of Drax the Destroyer, created by Kronus to kill Thanos
  • 1st appearance of the Blood Brothers
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  • Captain Marvel chosen to be the protector of the universe
  • 1st appearance of Sui-San, Thanos's mother.
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  • Independent comic book that pioneered mature stories for adults to a wider audience
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  • Origin of Drax the Destroyer
  • Origin of Moondragon
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  • Origin of Thanos
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  • 1st appearance of Nitro
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  • Ongoing stories featuring Adam Warlock begin
  • 1st appearance of Magus, an evil version of Adam Warlock from the future
  • 1st team appearance of The Universal Church of Truth
  • 1st appearance of The Matriarch, a leader of the church
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  • 1st appearance of Pip the Troll
  • 2nd appearance of Magus
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  • 1st appearance of Gamora
  • Debut of new Adam Warlock costume
  • 2nd appearance of Pip
  • 3rd appearance of Magus
  • [August 2020 - The Hollywood Reporter announces the young adult novel, Nebula and Gamora. This is interesting because in 2018, Key Collector received word that there would be a series on Disney+ based on Nebula and Gamora but there hasn't been any update since that time. The early warning of this series could've been misinterpreted as a series when it was only going to be a novel OR the novel could be an indicator that a series is underway]
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  • 2nd appearance of Gamora
  • 3rd appearance of Pip
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  • Origin of Magus
  • 1st cameo appearance of the In-Betweener
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  • Origin of Thanos and Gamora
  • Battle of Thanos vs Magus
  • 1st full appearance of the In-Betweener
  • 1st appearance of Sanctuary (Thanos' Citadel)
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  • Death of Magus
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  • Origin of Pip the Troll
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Star-Thief
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  • 2nd appearance and death of Star-Thief
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  • 1st cover appearance of Gamora
  • Final issue
  • Partial origin of Thanos
  • 1st appearance of Marr Garr, Lamilm Gor, Constable Trueheart and the Ancient Traveler
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  • Origin of Nick Fury and the Infinity Formula
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  • Death of Thanos
  • 1st appearance of Lord Order and Master Chaos
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  • Death of Warlock
  • Death of Pip the Troll
  • Death of Gamora
  • 1st appearance of all six Infinity Gems: Soul, Time, Space, Mind, Reality, Power
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  • Classic story of Ghost Rider racing Death titled "Death Race"
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  • 1st full appearance of Vanth Dreadstar
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  • Death of Captain Marvel
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  • Debut issue that kicked off the Epic Comics, an imprint of Marvel
  • 1st appearance of Vanth Dreadstar in standard comics (previously appeared in Epic Illustrated Magazine)
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  • 1st meeting of Dick Grayson (as Nightwing) and Jason Todd (as Robin II)
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  • 1st appearance of the KGBeast, a cybernetically enhanced assassin, formerly a Soviet agent
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  • 1st appearance of Deacon Blackfire
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  • Cover art by Todd McFarlane.
  • Classic and often swiped cover.
  • There are only two reactions to seeing this cover.
  • "Man, that cover is so AWESOME! One of my all-time favorites!!"
  • "Holy bananas, McFarlane did a Batman cover?!! That cover is AWESOME!"
  • Whether you've loved it for years or are just discovering it, this cover gets people talking. And now, it's getting collectors lips wagging.
  • The book has been quietly sought after by Batman and McFarlane fans for years but jumped onto everyone's radar this week when a CGC 9.8 copy crossed the $1k mark for the first time and set a new all-time record high of $1,051.
  • Just recently there was an astounding $1,299 sale
  • Keep in mind, a  McFarlane Signature Series sold in 2020 for a whopping $1,800 this week on eBay.
  • All this interest is coming purely from the cover by the self proclaimed Toddfather. There is no 1st appearance, movie hype, or story significance here.
  • All things McFarlane have been on the rise over the couple of years, spurred on by his return to penciling. First with those amazing Spawn cover swipes, then interiors.
  • We also recently saw a marketing bonanza for Spawn #300 and, of course, there is ever present chatter about a new potential Spawn movie.
  • His Spider-Man work has aged into all-time classic status and his original artwork from that period is approaching Silver Age prices.
  • Just this week a page from Amazing Spider-Man #317 featuring both Spidey and Venom finished it's gavel run at a massive $58,544.
  • With this one ticking up expect to see Hulk #340 start to follow too.
  • There are several editions of this book including a Canadian price variant, a second print and a third print
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  • Third printing - there is no way to differentiate between the second and third printing except for checking the interior copyright information (indicia)
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  • "A Death in the Family" part 1
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  • "A Death in the Family" part 2
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  • "A Death in the Family" part 3
  • Death of Robin, Jason Todd, beaten to death with a crowbar by the Joker
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  • "A Death in the Family" part 4
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  • Resurrection of Thanos
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  • Reintroduction of Thanos and Drax the Destroyer
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  • Thanos gathers the Infinity Gems from the Elders of the Universe
  • Gem 1: Soul Gem taken from The In-Betweener
  • Gem 2: Power Gem taken from The Champion of the Universe
  • Gem 3: Time Gem taken from The Gardener
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  • Thanos gathers the Infinity Gems from the Elders of the Universe
  • Gem 4: Space Gem taken from The Runner
  • Gem 5: Reality Gem taken from The Collector
  • Gem 6: Mind Gem taken from The Grandmaster
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  • 1st appearance of the Infinity Gauntlet
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  • Reintroduction of Adam Warlock, Gamora and Pip the Troll in the Soul World, located inside the Soul Gem
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  • Preview of the The Infinity Gauntlet
  • Seven-page preview that preceded the series by three months
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  • 1st foil-embossed comic cover
  • *printing errors where the foil is missing can command a higher value
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  • "The Infinity Gauntlet" Part 1
  • A popular six-issue limited series that effects the entire Marvel Universe
  • Thanos eliminates half of the world's population using the Infinity Gauntlet to impress the cosmic entity, Death
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  • 1st appearance of Epoch, a cosmic entity who selects champions to wield the Quantum Bands
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  • "Infinity Gauntlet" part 3
  • 1st appearance of Terraxia whom Thanos creates in an attempt to make Death jealous
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  • "Infinity Gauntlet" part 4
  • Death of Captain America, Cyclops, Iron Man, Namor, Quasar, Spider-Man and others
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  • "Infinity Gauntlet" part 5
  • Nebula wields the Infinity Gauntlet
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  • "Infinity Gauntlet" part 6
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  • 1st team appearance of Infinity Watch: Adam Warlock, Drax the Destroyer, Moondragon, Gamora, Pip the Troll and Thanos
  • Each member was given control of one Infinity Gem
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  • Reintroduction of Moondragon
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  • 1st appearance of many Marvel doppelgangers, the most famous of which being the Spider-Man Doppelganger
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  • 1st cameo appearance of the Goddess
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  • Reintroduction of Magus
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  • Origin of Nebula
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  • 2nd cameo appearance of the Goddess
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  • 1st full appearance of the Goddess, the embodiment of Adam Warlock's good side
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  • 1st cameo appearance of The Hunger, an entity that consumes realities
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  • 1st full appearance of The Hunger, an entity that consumes realities
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  • Reprint of Thanos Quest (1990) issues #1 and #2 , a two-part limited series by Jim Starlin where Thanos obtains the Infinity Gems one-by-one
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Iron Man #55 $90 $350 $920
Captain Marvel #29 $3 $10 $40
Star Reach #1 $2 $8 $25
Captain Marvel #32 $4 $12 $40
Captain Marvel #33 $8 $18 $55
Captain Marvel #34 $4 $10 $35
Strange Tales #178 $10 $30 $110
Strange Tales #179 $8 $18 $60
Strange Tales #180 $20 $80 $250
Strange Tales #181 $4 $10 $40
Warlock #9 $4 $10 $40
Warlock #10 $3 $9 $30
Warlock #11 $2 $8 $25
Warlock #12 $2 $8 $25
Warlock #13 $2 $8 $25
Warlock #14 $2 $8 $25
Warlock #15 $2 $8 $25
Marvel Spotlight #31 $1 $3 $5
Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2 $5 $15 $60
Avengers Annual #7 $4 $12 $55
Doctor Strange #24 $4 $10 $40
Doctor Strange #25 $4 $10 $40
Ghost Rider #35 $2 $5 $12
Epic Illustrated #3 $4 $10 $40
Marvel Graphic Novel #1 $4 $10 $40
Dreadstar #1 $1 $2 $8
Batman #416 $1 $2 $8
Batman #417 $1 $5 $15
Batman: The Cult #1 $1 $2 $5
Batman #423 $15 $50 $150
Batman #423 Reprint $5 $15 $50
Batman #426 $2 $8 $18
Batman #427 $2 $5 $15
Batman #428 $4 $12 $40
Batman #429 $2 $5 $10
Silver Surfer #34 $1 $5 $18
Silver Surfer #35 $1 $3 $7
Thanos Quest #1 $3 $9 $35
Thanos Quest #2 $4 $10 $40
Silver Surfer #44 $5 $18 $65
Silver Surfer #46 $2 $5 $12
Marvel Age #99 $1 $3 $12
Silver Surfer #50 $1 $2 $5
Infinity Gauntlet #1 $2 $8 $20
Infinity Gauntlet #2 $1 $2 $9
Infinity Gauntlet #3 $1 $2 $9
Infinity Gauntlet #4 $1 $3 $12
Infinity Gauntlet #5 $1 $2 $9
Infinity Gauntlet #6 $1 $2 $9
Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1 $1 $2 $5
Warlock and the Infinity Watch #2 $1 $2 $3
Infinity War #1 $1 $2 $8
Infinity War #2 $1 $2 $10
Warlock and the Infinity Watch #7 $1 $2 $3
Warlock and the Infinity Watch #9 $1 $2 $5
Infinity War #6 $1 $2 $10
Infinity Crusade #1 $1 $2 $5
Thanos #1 $1 $2 $3
Thanos #4 $1 $2 $3
Thanos Quest #nn $3 $9 $30