Posts tagged ‘First Appearance Anniversaries’

THE FIRST TIME SUPERMAN USED FLASH AS A VIBRATOR

superman vibrates through flash

I’m sure there are multiple laws of physics that make this impossible, but using Flash as a door seemed like a cool idea back on June 2, 1978, when Superman did it for the first time in the pages of DC Comics Presents #10.

DC Presents was the “Superman Team Up” book, the counterpoint to Batman’s team-up book “The Brave and the Bold.”

Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-In-One were always much, much better.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY M.O.D.O.K!

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Tales of Suspense #93 hit the stands on June 1, 1967.  The lead story was about Iron Man.  But the second feature was a Cap story titled “Into the Jaws of A.I.M.” which featured a stubby-limbed bobble head knowns as Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing.  He immediately replaced Arnim Zola as the weirdest looking Cap villain of all time, and has held that record ever since.

There have been many versions of MODOK through history.  My personal favorites are the Elvis MODOKs from Nextwave…

…and my mug.

I drink out of MODOK’s head every day!  And finally….

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GHOST RIDER!

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Ghost Rider by Bernie Wrightson

Marvel Spotlight #72, with an August 1972 cover date, hit the stands today. The character was created by Silver Age author Gary Friedrich, with artist Mike Ploog. Friedrich recently sued Marvel for some of the profits from the horrible Ghost Rider movies. Naturally, he lost under well-established work-for-hire principles. The truly sad part, though, is that Disney has countersued him and bankrupted him for illegally marketing his own Ghost Rider materials.

I’m not taking Friedrich’s side here. I understand that when a publisher pays you to create something, they own it. And I understand that he can’t go around capitalizing on the character. But this seems extreme to me. Seems like Marvel/Disney could let the dude make a little money off of being the creator of their intellectual property.

Anyway, you can read it about it lots of places, but a particularly pro-Gary article is here.

And here’s a page from his first appearance:
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY HELLCOW!

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From Giant Size Man-Thing #5, which went on sale on 5/20 in 1975…Steve Gerber’s greatest creation.  And predating Bat-Cow by over three decades.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOKER!

The Joker by Mike Deodato

April 25, 1940. Batman #1 hits the stands, and a hastily written backup feature establishes the most iconic comic book villain of all time.

SAD ANNIVERSARY TO THE DEATH OF GWEN STACY

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It happened in Amazing Spider-Man #122, which it the stands on April 10, 1973.

THE FIRST APPEARANCE OF DR. STRANGE

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Pretty cool, huh?  Strange first appeared in a seven page story in Strange Tales #110, which the the stands on April 9, 1963.

And if you were there, you shoulda bought two copies.  It’s worth over $1500 now.

What was great about this first appearance was that there was no origin.  Just a short adventure to introduce the character, with no backstory.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OTTO!

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Now known as Spider-Man, Otto Octavius first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #3, which hit the stands on April 9, 1963.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUUUUUUKE!

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Luke Cage premiered in Hero for Hire #1 on this day in 1972.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY JANE WATSON!

MARY JANE by Steve Rude

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First appearance of MJW

Mary Jane first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #25. But we didn’t get to really see her until a couple years later, in the classic Amazing Spider-Man #42, with its “You just hit the jackpot” iconic panel.

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