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When We First Met #13

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 Reed and Sue kissed

As crazy as it might sound, Reed and Sue’s first kiss came in 1965’s Fantastic Four Annual #3…their wedding!!!

No wonder Sue was always so intrigued by Namor. Reed wouldn’t even KISS her!

First time Robby Reed said “Sockamagee!”

Robby Reed’s bizarre exclamation debuted in the same issue that the young owner of the Dial H for Hero dial debuted, 1966’s House of Mystery #156…


First appearance of the S.H.I.E.L.D. barber chair entrance

In the second issue of Strange Tales featuring S.H.I.E.L.D., 1965’s Strange Tales #136, we get our first introduction to the famous barber chair entrance to one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s many bases…


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


I was going over my Captain America collection and it hit me, I don’t know when the invaders (the team name) was mentioned for the first time, after Avengers issue 4.

Reed was supposed to be the typical nerd who could hardly express his feelings openly (and contrite over the alteration to his friends’ lives) so that he and Sue were not shown to kiss before his wedding is perfectly logical. Besides how do we know that they didn’t kiss off-panel?

Ehh, kids invent their own swear words all the time. Makes us feel oh so smart or cool. :P Yeah I made up some when I was a kid. I’d cite them here but they’re meaningless outside my culture’s context. :P

What’s really hilarious about the SHIELD scene is that apparently having a Barber Shop be replaced by a Hardware Store in a few minutes is NOT considered suspicious! :D (Also: Get Smart had better secret entrances. ;) )

John Trumbull

June 12, 2011 at 8:35 am

Are those Jack Kirby layouts under those John Severin finishes on the SHIELD story? I’m getting a Kirby vibe from the bottom tier of panels.

Morten: My guess is that the Invaders wouldn’t have been mentioned by name until Roy Thomas first introduced the team in Avengers #71 (as opposed to vague references to those guys knowing each other from back in the day).

The Invaders weren’t called that until INVADERS # 1. AVENGERS # 71, however, did mark their first appearance as a team. Plus, it also featured the debut of the Invaders’ battle cry, “Okay Axis…here we come!”

i hope they use the barber’s chair in the Avengers movie…

how about the first time batman’s called the dark knight or the caped crusader?

hard to believe reid and sue did not kiss till their own wedding though given reid being so devoted to his work and using his mind not surprise. and nice to finaly learn when robby of dial h fame said his so called catch phrase for the first time.

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The Crazed Spruce

June 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Man, now I really wish I’d sent in that “Forgotten Heroes” proposal I was woking on a few years ago. I had a great moment planned where Robby Reed said “sockamagee” in front of the others, then sheepishly explained that it was a word he made up as a kid, his way of saying “son of a bitch” without atually saying “son of a bitch”. Jonni Thunder would’ve stared at him blankly for a panel, than said, “Let me guess. You didn’t get laid ’til college.”

*shrugs shoulders* Well, I thought that would’ve been funny….

Travis Pelkie

June 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Yeah, who did do that SHIELD art? I know Severin at least inked it, since his style is so apparent, but it doesn’t quite look like he did the full art somehow.

The Nick Fury story in STRANGE TALES #136 had layouts by Jack Kirby and art by John Severin.

Yes, I believe those are Kirby’s layouts and Severin’s pencils on the SHIELD page (just from memory).

I love me some John Severin.

Wouldn’t other businesses on the street notice that one particular store is sometimes a barber shop and sometimes a hardware store? And might that not attract some attention?

Just what kind of top secret organisation is SIELD anyway?

The machinery in the last panel’s background doesn’t look like Kirby’s usual sweeping lines and bulk..

Sijo, I disagree. Reed didn’t show a lot of physical affection but he was always passionate about Sue–after Subby came on the scene, more passionate, I think.
And he definitely wasn’t the typical nerd. Remember, he was OSS in WW II, that ain’t so nerdy.

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