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Captain America #117: First appearance of The Falcon in 1969

Black superheroes have become part and parcel of pop culture. There’s Blade, the half-human, half-vampire creature slayer whose popularity has spawned a huge fan following after four movies; Storm, the mutant weather master, from the  wildly successful X-Men comics and films; Spawn, War Machine, John Stewart (who took up the Green Lantern mantle), the list [...]

Silver Surfer #1 Premiered in 1968 near the end of the Silver Age

The Silver Surfer debuted in the Fantastic Four series as a secondary character, conceived by Jack Kirby, who introduced him as the herald of interplanetary conqueror Galactus. Despite not being pleased with Kirby creating a character without asking him, Stan Lee soon developed a great fondness for the Surfer, and over time he’d write numerous [...]

Pep Comics #22 in 1941 featured The Shield, but is best known as the first ever appearance of Archie

Pep Comics started off in 1939 as an anthology comic magazine, primarily revolving around action-adventure stories. Its main feature was The Shield, a patriotic hero notable for sporting a flag-themed suit, more than a year before Captain America debuted. In 1941, even though World War II was at its height, publisher John L. Goldwater decided [...]

Marvel Mystery Comics #1 premiered in 1939, published by Timely Comics, the first ever Marvel Comic

1939 was arguably the most transcendental year in western comics’ history - It saw the birth of Superman and Batman, and also the debut of the magazine which would become the seed for the whole Marvel Universe. At the end of the thirties, comic-books were becoming popular, and pulp-magazine publisher Martin Goodman decided to expand [...]

Fantastic Four #5 features the First appearance of Dr. Doom in 1962

Though not belonging to the golden age, most of Marvel’s series early issues are quite significant and valuable nowadays. Such is the case of Fantastic Four #5, which features the first appearance of Marvel Universe’s king of villains – Doctor Doom. Victor Von Doom, a former fellow student of Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic), arrives [...]

Detective Comics #38 from 1940, origin and first appearance of Robin, the Boy Wonder

Detective Comics #38 was a landmark in the Batman mythology, since it featured the debut of the caped crusader’s sidekick, Robin the Boy Wonder. Thus, whether you’re a fan of the Robin concept or not, the historical significance of this issue can’t be denied. Young Dick Grayson lives a happy life working with his parents [...]

Avengers #1, First Ever Avengers from 1963

Following the success of DC’s Justice League of America, in 1963 Marvel launched its own team of superheroes, The Avengers. The series was created by Marvel’s star creative team, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, who picked a roster of heroes who were arguably more attractive as a team than acting alone. The founding members of [...]

Archie Comics #1: Setting a new auction world record

It’s official. Archie and the Riverdale gang have clobbered the Hulk and Spider-Man…in the auction battleground at least. Just recently in 2011, at the Heritage Auctions’ Signature Vintage Comics & Comics Art Auction, a copy of Archie Comics #1 broke the world record for most expensive price paid for a non-superhero comic by bringing in [...]

All-Star Comics #3

When talking about comic-books, it doesn’t get much more classic than this. All-Star Comics was a magazine featuring the most prominent heroes of anthology titles from All-American and National, the publishing companies which would later merge to become DC. The #3 issue of All-Star Comics became very notable for featuring the first-ever superhero team, the [...]

Marvel Mystery Comics #9

The 9th issue of Marvel Mystery Comics is now considered as a coveted gem of Golden Age of Comic Books. This 68 page issue was published by Timely Comics, the predecessor of Modern day Marvel. In fact Timely Comics made their entry in comics publication with these series.

The issue featured a number of classic [...]