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When We First Met #12

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.

Enjoy!

First “Fastball Special”

A bunch of folks asked about this one. Well, here it is, from 1976′s X-Men #100….


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Introduction of Batman’s Utility Belt

When Batman debuted in Detective Comics #27, he wore a belt…

but although it looks just like the utility belt, he didn’t actually do anything with it that showed that it was, indeed, a utility belt.

It was not until 1939′s Detective Comics #29 that Batman made a point of showing that he kept stuff in the capsules in the belt…

and (of course) he used them in that issue…


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First Appearance of Edwin Jarvis

I featured Alfred’s debut yesterday, so it is only fair to feature Jarvis’ first appearance today!

Jarvis appeared in 1964′s Tales of Suspense #59, the first issue with Captain America sharing the title with Iron Man.

It is still amazing how long it took for Jarvis to show up!
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Feel free to send in ideas for future debuts I should feature here to bcronin@comicbookresources.com!

15 Comments

Here’s one that I was wondering about myself: When was the first time that Beast said “Oh my stars and garters”?

Taylor Porter

June 11, 2011 at 5:35 am

I really like that the first fastball special was used against Angel. Yeah, it was a robot, or he was mind-controlled or whatever. It’s still Angel, and that’s great.

When was the first time that a comic referred to the X-men as “children of the atom”?

Wow, I thought I knew the answer to “first fastball special” but I completely forgot about that Angel moment.

I had assumed it was in the Juggernaut/Black Tom issue where Colossus chucks Wolverine over the castle (the fact that Wolverine is so surprised and indignant made me assume that was the first time he was thrown).

I think it was actually a pretty rare maneuver for the first couple of years (I think it was used three times during the Claremont/Byrne run, and one of those was in reverse on the moon during Dark Phoenix).

Funny that they’ve practiced the fastball special in the Danger Room, but the Angel doesn’t recognize it (I don’t remember this story enough to know if that’s the real Angel).

And the phrase “Children of the Atom” actually predates the X-Men, it comes from the novel by Wilmar Shiras most people think is a source for the merry mutants (have you done a Comics Legends on this yet, Brian?)…

My link didn’t make it, my fault:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children_of_the_Atom

nice always wondered when batman started revealing he used a utility belt plus the fast ball special knew there was a certain time it was first used.

It is still amazing how long it took for Jarvis to show up!

Yes, I was very surprised myself when I learned that Jarvis’ first appearance wasn’t even in an issue of Avengers, but in the Captain America feature in Tales of Suspense #59. Anyway, this edition of When We First Met got me thinking about that, and I went to http://www.comics.org to find out when TOS #59 came out. It was cover-dated November 1964, which came out the same month as Avengers #10. I think the first actual issue of Avengers where Jarvis shows up is #16, when Hawkeye tied him up so he could show off his skill at archery! And after that, Jarvis made pretty sporadic appearances, not becoming a major character in the series until after Roy Thomas took over as writer.

Was “old chum” introduced by the Batman ’66 TV show? Or was it in the comics first?

Mike Blake– The Angel wouldn’t have recognised the Fastball Special even if he had been the real one. He quit, along with most of the ‘Old’ X-Men, in #94, right after the ‘New’ X-Men joined up. (I’m not certain, but I had the impression it was only a day after the fight with Krakoa, so they had just met.) The ‘New’ X-Men hadn’t even seen the Danger Room until later in #94, after the Angel had already left. (I remember Scott showing them the empty room and telling them all they had to walk across to the other end. Thunderbolt tried first, but didn’t make it very far.)
When I was in third or fourth grade, I found #94 (without a cover) at a garage sale. (And no, I no longer have it, unfortunately.) It was the only X-Men story I ever read until after Kitty Pryde joined up.

Thunderbird, not Thunderbolt!

Yes, I was very surprised myself when I learned that Jarvis’ first appearance wasn’t even in an issue of Avengers, but in the Captain America feature in Tales of Suspense #59. Anyway, this edition of When We First Met got me thinking about that, and I went to http://www.comics.org to find out when TOS #59 came out. It was cover-dated November 1964, which came out the same month as Avengers #10. I think the first actual issue of Avengers where Jarvis shows up is #16, when Hawkeye tied him up so he could show off his skill at archery! And after that, Jarvis made pretty sporadic appearances, not becoming a major character in the series until after Roy Thomas took over as writer.

I actually did a whole post awhile back on the progression of Jarvis as a character. You can check it out here.

Did I say Thunderbolt? Sorry. I had a very busy day.

John Trumbull

June 12, 2011 at 8:34 am

Brian, do you think it would be possible to note what firsts you’re featuring in the introduction? It’s nice when you have an idea of what you’re featuring before you click on the story (the way you do on the Comic Legends).

I second Trumbull’s suggestion.

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