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When We First Met #4

Each day in June you’ll get an entry showing you the first appearance of seemingly minor characters, phrases, objects or events that later became notable parts of comic book lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!'” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of what I’ve featured so far.


First in-story reference to “Cap’s Kooky Quartet”

Amazingly enough, the dramatic change-up in the Avengers roster in Avengers #16 where Thor, Iron Man, Giant Man and the Wasp left the team and Captain America stayed on with three reformed supervillains (Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) was never referred to as “Cap’s Kooky Quarter” in the comics when they were actually appearing together. I imagine that Stan Lee referred to them as such in letter pages or Bullpen Bulletins (I can’t find out where, though, so if someone can find an issue where he did so, let me know!). In any event, the first time the term actually appeared in a story was in Avengers #151, when reported Sam Reuther was doing a special on the Avengers making a roster change…


First appearance of Uncle Scrooge’s “first dime”

Commenter AS wrote in with this one awhile back.

It made its debut in September 1953’s Four Color Comics #495 (or Uncle Scrooge #3, if you prefer). Its debut is interesting. Check it out…

Note its use in the story (the Beagle Boys are robbing Scrooge)…

Quite different than how it was later used.

First time Johnny Storm shouted “Flame on!”

In Fantastic Four #3, we got perhaps a bit of a precursor to “flame on” when the Thing tells Johnny to “flame off”…

Sure enough, in the very next issue…


Feel free to send in ideas for future debuts I should feature here to bcronin@comicbookresources.com!


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nice to find out that captains kooky quartet does show up in the avengers after all though never thought that phrase really fit that version of the avengers. flame on surprised to learn johny first said it while doing some tickiring

It is amusing to note that Scrooge’s first dime did serve as a plot point already well before Magica de Spell (who debuted in 1961), even if the razor sharp edge of the coin has been ignored by every writer after this story. So it’s not just in superhero comics where powers used just that one time show up and are never used again :)

Wow, Carl Barks was great! I really like the choice of a head-on shot of Donald running in the last panel of the first page posted–it makes me excited about where those trucks are going!

I think it’s funny that Johnny’s wearing goggles. Safety first!

Scrooge had them change his money to $10 000 bills? I thought he preferred to keep it in the form of gold coins, which he’d then swim around in. (Although, I imagine it is easier to swim through bills.)

The coin’s thin edge *hasn’t* been ignored by everybody; Don Rosa had Scrooge use it as a screwdriver during a chapter of “Life & Times.”

All dimes can be used as screwdrivers. Stephen J Gould based a major part of his evolutionary theories on that fact.

Great, great stuff.

Random ideas.

First time Supes used his indestructible cape – to smother, stretch etc.
First imaginary Supes marries Lois tale.
First ‘great Krypton’ or perhaps mention of Rao.
First Aquaman with trident.
First boxing glove arrow used by GA.
First appearance of STAR labs.

I’d love to know what was the first time Wolverine’s catchphrase “I’m the best at what I do, and what I do isn’t nice” was used. The first time I can remember seeing it was in Uncanny X-Men #162 or #163 (when Wolverine is fighting the Brood on their home planet), and in the Wolverine mini by Claremont and Miller, but both of them came out around the same time. Was one of those two the first time Wolverine said the catchphrase, or had it already been used earlier?

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