1.the act of beginning something new"they looked forward to the debut of their new product line"
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first appearance (n.)
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First appearances of popular characters are among the most valuable comic books in existence. In their spring 2002 issue, the editors of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide listed the ten most valuable comic books and seven were first appearances of popular superheroes. (Another, Marvel Comics #1 (October 1939), is the first appearance of the Golden Age Human Torch but it is probably more noteworthy because it was the first comic book published by industry giant Marvel Comics).
By the time a character is well-known; even iconic, many years have passed since his or her first appearance and few copies, and fewer good-conditioned copies, remain. These comic books may be worth thousands of dollars. In 2004, a copy of Flash Comics #1 (January 1940), the first appearance of The Flash, was auctioned for $42,000 and a copy of Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941), the first appearance of Captain America sold for $64,400. In 2010, another copy of Flash Comics #1 sold privately for $450,000.
In February 2010 the first appearance of Superman was auctioned by the creator of the comic book grading system for $1,000,000. It was called the holy grail of comic books as not only was it the first appearance of Superman, it was also one of only two copies known to exist in the 8.0 grade. This issue essentially ushered in the Golden Age of Comic Books and began the superhero genre. Fewer than a hundred copies are known to exist. Within a few short days the first appearance of Batman was sold in a Heritage auction for $1,075,000. The previous record for a comic book sale was set in 2009 at $317,000.
Collectors value first appearances for their rarity and historical value, while many regular readers are interested in viewing how their favorite characters were originally portrayed. Reprints of first appearances are often published, both as single comic books and in trade paperbacks, usually with other early appearances of the character. Marvel Comics' "Essential" line has become popular by giving readers an affordable glimpse into characters' early history.
Historically, first appearances tell the origin story for the character, although some, such as Batman and Green Goblin, remained dubious figures for several issues. Modern writers prefer to tell a character’s origin across an entire story arc or keep a newly introduced character mysterious until a "secret origin" issue. Some fans consider this a gimmick and prefer the older method.
The artistic merit of many first appearances is debatable. The events portrayed in most famous first appearances are continuously retconed, rebooted and/or expanded upon by subsequent writers. Like many golden and silver age comics, first appearances often become dated and do not fit the modern portrayal of the character.
However, some first appearances are considered classics. 1990s-era Spider-Man writer Howard Mackie said that his favorite story featuring the character was his first appearance and origin story in Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962), stating that writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko "gave us everything we needed, I wanted or could ask for in the least possible space. Every single person who retells the origin never improves on the original, they simply expand it."
While a seemingly a simple concept, determining the first appearance may be complex; comic book fans are infamously nitpicky about such matters. The following are instances in which a character’s first appearance may be difficult to determine:
Note: All values are according to Comics Price Guide. Prices given are for the best available editions. Thus prices of Golden Age comics are for editions in "fine" condition because editions in better condition for such old comics are either extremely rare or have never been confirmed to exist. Prices for Silver Age and subsequent comics are for "very fine" editions. Priced are also for editions graded by the Certified Collectibles Group. Data is correct as of 25 January 2006[update].
|Character(s)||First Appearance||Cover Date||Publisher||Estimated Value|
|Superman||Action Comics #1||June 1938||DC Comics||$2.1 Million|
|Batman||Detective Comics #27||May 1939||DC Comics||$475,000|
|Sandman (Wesley Dodds)||Adventure Comics #40||July 1939||DC Comics||$60,000|
|Namor the Sub-Mariner||Marvel Comics #1||October 1939||Timely Comics||$400,000|
|Jay Garrick/Flash I; Hawkman||Flash Comics #1||January 1940||All-American Pubs.||$95,000|
|Captain Marvel||Whiz Comics #2||February 1940||Fawcett Comics||$90,000|
|Robin||Detective Comics #38||May 1940||DC Comics||$75,000|
|The Spectre||More Fun Comics #52||February 1940||DC Comics||$72,000|
|Lex Luthor||Action Comics #23||May 1940||DC Comics||$8,025|
|The Joker; Catwoman||Batman #1||Spring 1940||DC Comics||$160,500|
|Green Lantern||All-American Comics #16||July 1940||All-American Pubs.||$131,250|
|Captain America||Captain America Comics #1||March 1941||Timely Comics||$125,250|
|Aquaman; Green Arrow||More Fun Comics #73||November 1941||DC Comics||$10,050|
|Wonder Woman||All Star Comics #8||December 1941||All-American Pubs.||$60,000|
|Barry Allen/Flash II||Showcase #4||October 1956||DC Comics||$48,000|
|The Justice League of America||The Brave and the Bold #28||May 1960||DC Comics||$8,127|
|The Fantastic Four||The Fantastic Four #1||November 1961||Marvel Comics||$28,896|
|The Hulk||The Incredible Hulk #1||May 1962||Marvel Comics||$21,672|
|Dr. Doom||The Fantastic Four #5||June 1962||Marvel Comics||$4,154|
|Spider-Man||Amazing Fantasy #15||August 1962||Marvel Comics||$45,150|
|Iron Man||Tales of Suspense #39||March 1963||Marvel Comics||$3,837|
|Doctor Strange||Strange Tales #110||July 1963||Marvel Comics||$3,500|
|X-Men; Magneto||X-Men #1||September 1963||Marvel Comics||$13,545|
|The Avengers||The Avengers #1||September 1963||Marvel Comics||$5,148|
|Daredevil||Daredevil #1||April 1964||Marvel Comics||$3,160|
|Teen Titans||The Brave and the Bold #54||July 1964||DC Comics||$415|
|The Punisher||The Amazing Spider-Man #129||February 1974||Marvel Comics||$918|
|Wolverine||The Incredible Hulk #180||October 1974||Marvel Comics||$350|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1||May 1984||Mirage Studios||$2,400|
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