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When We First Met #9

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 time Aquaman was called Arthur Curry

Aquaman had amazingly been around for 18 years before he finally gained a name other than just “Aquaman,” in 1959’s Adventure Comics #260, which also saw the debut of his new origin…


First time Cyclops was referred to as “Slim”

Reader LikeAPhoenix wanted to know when Cyclops was first called “Slim.”

It was actually in the very first issue of X-Men in 1963!

Although, judging by his abilities of perception, perhaps “dim” would have been a better nickname (“how could the chair be moving after you said you would move it?!? You’d have to have some sort of eXtra power, and that just isn’t possible!”)


First appearance of Vicki Vale

Batman’s Lois Lane substitute made her bow in 1948’s Batman #49….

It is kind of amazing how blatant of a Lois Lane riff she was (“Hey, people sure seem to love how Lois is always trying to prove Clark Kent is Superman, let’s do that, too!”).

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


I had known that Cyclops was referred to as “Slim” in X-Men #1, so I suppose a good follow-up would be: when was he first called “Scott”?

When was he called Slim ever again? (I almost seem to recall that Stan Lee says in Origins or Son of Origins that it doesn’t come up again, presumably under his run.)

I’m with the other commenters. I thought it was common knowledge that “Slim Summers” becoming “Scott Summers” was one of Stan Lee’s famous memory mistakes, like Peter Palmer and Robert Banner. What I didn’t know is that the name ever made a return in later books. I’d be interested to see that in a future installment, first Bronze Age Appearance of name “Slim Summers.”

I don’t want to step on Brian’s toes here, but the “Scott” name is established in the same issue that the Beast goes from being a lunkhead to being the erudite fellow we’re all familiar with. Heck, it’s even the first issue that gives us a mutant who initially thinks of him/herself as a freakish loser. Yeah, that one issue solidified many of the developing elements of the title. Of course, anti-mutant prejudice takes another issue to turn up for the first time, and stuff like the Sentinels is even further away.

That said, I’m not sure “Slim” works as a given name. I can’t think of anyone who actually has it as a real name rather than just a nickname — as is the case with Ottis “Slim” Whitman and Louis “Slim Pickens” Lindley, Jr. Unlike Robert Bruce and Palmer Parker (and Spiderman becoming Superman in ASM #1), it’s not so much Stan forgetting the name he’d given the character as Stan deciding to give the character a *proper* name. It does make me wonder if Scott was initially intended as a down-to-earth rural type to play against the Angel’s wealthy, urban sophistication.

Wolverine has called Scott “Slim” for years, but it definitely comes off as a nickname.

Slim Summers was used again in the 90s. Don’t remember exact issues, but I think it was during Lobdell’s run that it was mentioned a few times.

I would like to know when Wolverine said Bub for the first time and when Magneto was seen without his helmet for the first time


when Magneto was seen without his helmet for the first time

That was X-Men 62, the first part of the Neal Adams/Roy Thomas Savage Land story when Magneto was posing as the “Creator” and making the Savage Land Mutates.

I don’t recall offhand the first Wolverine “bub”. It’s possible it’s just in his first appearance.

If I remember correctly, in the Evolutionary War annual of X-Factor, somebody told the kids ‘We used to call him Slim’. I think he may’ve been called Slim when Mesmero had the team working in a carnival, as well.
I seem to recall seeing the name Slim used now and then in the ’80s, but I can’t be certain. I didn’t think it was ever anything other than an occasional nickname, like calling Nightcrawler ‘Elf’.

How about showing us the first time Jughead’s real name was revealed?

Yeah, I don’t see “Slim” as being Scott’s name, just that Lee did not yet tell us Scott’s name.

I’m pretty sure that Vicki Vale story was lifted for Batman: Gotham Knights.


June 9, 2011 at 1:47 am

If I remember correctly, slim appears next in the Claremont/Byrne era when some X-men are brainwashed by Mesmero into working as Circus performers

Yeah, Cyclops is referred to as Slim in issue #111 when he’s been brainwashed by Mesmero into being the carnival’s security guy. He even has “Slim” on his shirt.

Ethan Shuster

June 10, 2011 at 6:23 am

Wow. I just realized, after seeing the original origins of characters like Superman, Batman, etc over the years, this is the first time I’ve ever seen Aquaman’s first origin story. Or at least, this one in such detail. I do know how it was tweaked and changed over the years, but I don’t remember seeing this origin. Having Atlanna keep he identity a secret for so long is a little silly, but her being forbidden to visit the surface puts me in mind of the Little Mermaid. :)

Another time Slim was used as a given name was in Adventures of Cyclops & Phoenix, when Scott & Jean were in the future for quite some time, helping to raise Nathan/Cable, under the names Slim & Redd. I haven’t read that since it came out, but I remember wondering when they returned to the present what it must be like to have aged several years in mind, but not in body.

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