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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.
Today is a day of DC superhero wives!
First Appearance of Sue Dibny
Interestingly enough, we first met Sue AFTER she married Ralph “The Elongated Man” Dibny. Here she is in 1961’s Flash #119…
First Appearance of Jean Loring
Jean Loring takes her first bow in the first appearance of Ray “The Atom” Palmer in 1961’s Showcase #34…
It is impressive how well formed she was as a character right as she debuted – she had a MUCH better initial hook than, say, Iris West (which is why I featured her over Iris, whose intro was pretty bland, honestly – we don’t even learn Iris’ job right away! She’s just Barry Allen’s date).
First Appearance of Big Barda
Barda had quite an intro in 1971’s Mister Miracle #4, as she shows up out of nowhere at Mister Miracle and Oberon’s place (while Scott is away)….
I like their reunion, as Kirby quickly explains how they know each other…
Then, after the battle is won…
Talk about making an impression!
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