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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.
First time Spider-Man used his webs to create an object like a parachute/First time Spider-Man ran out of web fluid
Reader Joseph M. wanted the answer to both of these questions, but since they appeared literally pages apart, I figured I’d combine them.
They both occurred in 1963’s Amazing Spider-Man #1, in the second story in the issue, as Spidey fights the Chameleon.
First, Spidey uses his webs to form a parachute…
The next page, Spidey runs out of web fluid for the first time…
First time Hector Hammond had the giant noggin
When Hector Hammond first faced Green Lantern in 1961’s Green Lantern #5, he was a normal looking guy who used a meteor to evolve OTHER scientists to do his bidding.
In 1963’s Justice League of America #14, though, Hammond shows up again looking quite different…
First time Riddler wore the green question mark dress suit and bowler hat
Reader Ethan K. wrote in asking to see: The first time we saw the Riddler in the question mark dress suit, rather than the green spandex bodysuit.
Well, first of all, the FIRST time we see it is in the TV series…
But in the comics, it was not until 1989 and Neil Gaiman’s brilliant Riddler story in Secret Origins Special #1 that the later TV look made it into the comics…
Feel free to send in ideas for future debuts I should feature here to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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