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When We First Met #8

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 Green Arrow Boxing Glove Arrow

Green Arrow had been around for sometime before his boxing glove arrow debuted in 1947’s Adventure Comics #118…


First Time Hulk Referred to “Puny Humans”

Amazingly enough, the Hulk’s first “puny humans” bit was in the very first issue of the Incredible Hulk, from 1962!

Reader Bill K. suggested I find this one out.

First Appearance of Pete Ross

I was quite surprised to learn that Pete Ross did not make his debut until 1961 and the 86th issue of Superboy!!

By the way, if you want a truly goofy Silver Age story, “The Boy Who Betrayed Clark Kent” is definitely it – a total farce of a comic book (and I mean that in the good sense of the word “farce”).

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


Hey, sorry if you’ve already answered this, but how exactly do you figure these out? Like you recently revealed that the phrase “Spider-Man: Threat or Menace?” didn’t debut until the early 80s. I can’t imagine you searched every Spider-Man comic published before that point, did you?

I always loved Green Arrow’s weapons not only because they were cool but for how utterly unrealistic they are: a glove-shaped head, even a very light one, would just ruin the aerodinamics of an arrow. And how about that boomerang arrow that had, yep, a boomerang for a head? Har!

Wouldn’t it have been odder if the ‘puny humans’ line had NOT been in the first Hulk story?

Ah, Pete Ross. I actually enjoyed him and his whole “I know Clark is Superboy but I will never tell anyone- not even him!” routine. (Honestly it was for the best, given that it was the Silver Age if he’d told Clark he would have either quit, erased Pete’s memory or something equally goofy.)

Note that Pete eventually really DID betray Superman after they were grown ups and he failed to save Pete’s son from aliens- it was a plotline that ran for a few issues of DC Comics Presents. By then the Silver Age was pretty much dead however.

Oh, and yeah for Smallville fans, yes Pete was WHITE. Not that I mind having him replaced by a Black character for the show, but it sounds lame- couldn’t they make a NEW character for this? It’s like having Nick Fury be played by Samuel Jackson- oh wait.

At least Samuel Jackson makes some sense. Nick Fury’s supposed to be a badass, a generation of moviegoers thinks Sam Jackson = Badass Supreme, thus Nick Fury = Sam Jackson.

always wondered when Hulk said puny humans interesting to see it was in his very first issue plus always wondered when green arrow started using some of his trick arrows. one suggest i have is if it exists the first time oracle figures out batman knows she is babs. and they confront each other

Yeah, “The Boy Who Betrayed Clark Kent” has some extra resonance now as an introduction to Pete Ross.

I never much liked Smallville as a show, not out of comics purism but because I didn’t like the writing or the acting, but Pete being African American seemed like a fine idea to me. I thought the actress playing Lana was pretty horrible, but not because she wasn’t a redhead. The thing is, EVERYBODY in Smallville in the old Superboy comics was white, unless they were from outer space, and there’s nothing essential to Pete that really depends on him being a blond guy.

Wow, that Pete Ross introduction is late! I love Supes’ line here ‘Oh how I regret taking on Pete Ross as a pal’. Pete really was a need friend, huh?

I like these articles! Awesomely cheesy and just the right amount of fun! How about:

The first time Captain America refers to someone as “Avenger” rather than their name?

First time Wolverine is shown smoking a cigar? Or drinking a beer?

Doesn’t Pete also betray the Clark/Supes thing in Alan Moore’s Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? If I recall, Toyman and The Prankster torture the info out of him: the logic was, they’d start torturing Superman’s pals, starting from the most distant and working toward the closest, but they hit pay-dirt on the first try. Oh, Alan.

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