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  • First cover art by Alex Schomburg
  • 1st appearance of John Steele, the inspiration behind the Super Soldier Program and likely who is referred to as Weapon 0
  • 1st appearance and origin of Fiery Mask
  • 1st appearance of Monako, the Prince of Magic
  • 1st appearance of Detective Doc Denton
  • 1st appearance of the Texas Kid
  • 1st appearance of Phantom of the Underworld
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  • 1st appearance of Laughing Mask, later becomes Purple Mask
  • 1st appearance of the Phantom Bullet
  • 1st appearance of Trojak the Tiger Man
  • 1st appearance of Zephyr Jones
  • 1st appearance of the Sky Devils, a trio of World War II British fighter pilots
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Blue Bolt
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  • Debut artwork by Jack Kirby at Timely (Marvel) Comics
  • 1st appearance and origin of the Red Raven and the Eternal Brain
  • 1st appearance of Mercury, later becomes Hurricane then retconned to be Makkari from Kirby’s ‘Eternals’
  • 1st appearance of Pluto who is later retconned to become Kro from Kirby's 'Eternals'
  • 1st appearance of Magar the Mystic
  • This issue is the first appearance of a number of classical mythology characters but later appearances do not connect with these versions therefore they are not considered the mainstream Marvel depictions of the Olympians
  • 1st appearance of Mercury (Hermes), Pluto (Hades), Jupiter (Zeus), Minerva (Athena), Vulcan (Hephaestus), Aeolus, Diana (Artemis), Apollo
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  • Cameo of Adolf Hitler, seen in a vision
  • 1st appearance and origin of the first Marvel Boy, Martin Simon Burns
  • 1st appearance of Flying Flame
  • 1st appearance of Zeus in Timely comics, previously appeared as the Roman counterpart named Jupiter (same god, different name)
  • 1st appearance of Marvex
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Captain 3-D
  • Issue includes two pairs of 3-D glasses
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  • Origin of The Fly
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  • First interior art by Neal Adams
  • One panel in this issue was replaced by sample art that Neal Adams submitted to Joe Simon who worked at Archie Comics
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  • 1st appearance of Brother Power the Geek
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  • 1st appearance of Prez Rickard, the first teen president of the United States
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  • Final Simon and Kirby collaboration
  • 1st appearance of Sandman (Garrett Sandford)
  • 1st appearance of Brute and Glob, later to appear in Neil Gaiman's Sandman series
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  • 1st appearance of The Green Team: Commodore Murphy, J.P. Houston, Cecil Sunbeam