Friday, April 29, 2005

Take All Kinds of Pills to Get All Kinds of Thrills...

... But the thrill we’ve never known
Is the thrill that’ll getcha
When you get your picture
On the cover of the Rolling Stone. - Shel Silverstein

Today, I'd like to show you some notable first COVER appearances of some famous comic book characters.

Obviously, a good deal of characters made their first cover appearance in the comic that they first were introduced.

Well, that's pretty boring, no?

So instead, I am going to show you some characters who took awhile to first grace the cover of a comic book.

Superboy made his first appearance in More Fun Comics #101, but took three issues before he made his first cover appearance.

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This was a quick turnaround compared to Lex Luthor, who first appeared in Action Comics #23 (1940), but did not appear on the cover of a comic book until Action Comics #47.

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Not the most flattering of shots either, is it?

Lois Lane had a longer wait than Lex, as she appeared in the very first Action Comics in 1938, but had to wait until Action Comics #27 to make a cover appearance.

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Aquaman, though, had to suffer the worst indignity, as he made his first appearance in More Fun Comics in 1941, but had to wait almost TWENTY YEARS, until the Justice League made their cover appearance in 1960's Brave and the Bold #28, for his first time appearing on a comic book cover!!

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Spider-Man's supporting cast likewise, had long waits until they made their first cover appearances.

The very FIRST supporting cast member to make a cover appearance was Flash Thompson, gracing the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #8.

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J. Jonah Jameson was next, appearing on the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #25.

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Mary Jane's first full appearance came in Amazing Spider-Man #42 (she had been mentioned or had made obscured appearances for many issues before that) and she made her cover debut in Amazing Spider-Man #59

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That same year, everyone else got their due when Amazing Spider-Man Annual #4 came out, with cover appearances for Aunt May, Gwen Stacy, Harry Osborn, Uncle Ben, Robbie Robertson and Captain Stacy.

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But if you do not count Annuals, it took until 1970 for Aunt May to make an appearance on the cover of Amazing Spider-Man!

I will be back some other day to do this game with some other characters!


Blogger Tim S said...

Nice idea. You have a great blog here. Sometimes, it's nice to sit back and just appreciate the comic goodness.

4/29/2005 7:37 PM  
Blogger Brad Curran said...

I guess it's not that big of a surprise, since covers in the Silver Age focused on the plot and all, but still... none of those Spider-Man characters got on a cover until the fourth annual? I'm also kind of surprised that MJ wasn't on more covers, since Romita obviously loved drawing her so much.

5/02/2005 10:45 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Ironically, Peter's parents, the focus of the story, *aren't* on that annual cover. Wah-wah-wah...

5/04/2005 12:08 AM  
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