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When We First Met #28

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 appearance of the Bat-Signal

In 1942’s Detective Comics #60, we first see the Bat-Signal in action!

Can you imagine Batman just taking a normal vacation nowadays?

First time Krypto “talked” via thought balloons

A few folks were wondering how soon after Krypto debuted did he begin to “talk” through his thought balloons?

Well, it wasn’t very long at all, really – his second appearance, actually!

Here he returns from his journey in space (from Adventure Comics #210)…

Of course, he almost spoils Superboy’s secret identity in front of Lana Lang…

So Superboy goes off to get a Krypto “stand-in” to fool Lana, but Krypto doesn’t understand his master’s actions…

Hilarity ensues.

First time Nightcrawler’s teleportation had a “bamf” sound effect

A couple of readers waned to know this one.

It appeared in 1975’s X-Men #95…

So just two issues were without the “bamf”!

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


I’m not the only one hearing the voice of Dug from Up when reading Krypto’s thoughts, right?

I love Dave Cockrum like nobody’s business.

That Cockrum artwork is gorgeous.

interesting that it took issue eighty till the bat singnal appeared always thought it was always part of the bat verse. same way with the bamf of night crawler teleporting

It’s been awhile since I read it, but I’m not sure if Nightcrawler teleported in #94. So it may’ve been only one issue without the Bamf.

@Robert Yeah, that just makes it bett- squirrel!

Good thing Nightcrawler knew the ins and outs of that man-made labyrinth of a base, so he didn’t have to worry about accidentally teleporting inside of a wall.

I read the original X-men #95 and the Classic X-men reprint. In the latter, they shoehorn in a scene where Banshee uses his scream as sonar to tell Nightcrawler where there was an empty space to teleport into.

The art was different making it quite a conspicuous insertion in order to correct a longstanding no-prize moment.

They were always throwing little extras and addendums into those Classic X-men issues. Freaking great comics.

Brian, I’ve got another X-Men related “first” I’d like to see. When was the first time Wolverine said “I’m the best there is at what I do”, or some derivative thereof?

I was wondering the first time it was mentioned that Storm changes weather patterns over the world?

Well in his first full appearance in Hulk 181 (having appeared in the last panel of 180) he does have lines like “The Government sent me to take care of you Hulk, … and I’m a gent who always does his job” and “…..”I’ll just keep moving if you please, because moving is the thing I best.”

David: Man, that sounds so courtly for Wolverine, looking back on it now.

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