Etta Candy, Baby Groot, Hive, the Power Rangers … and Cracked???
I know this weekly article is called True Firsts but I have included a couple of key 2nds collectors should be made aware of. Enjoy!
Sensation Comics 2
First Etta Candy
Etta’s coming to the big screen baby so collectors rejoice! OK maybe it’s not that big of a deal but if you have ever read any comics with Etta you already know how big of a badass female character she is.
Groot 4, 5 Reg & 1:10 variant
First Baby Groot
Did you look closely at that promotional image for GOTG Vol. 2? It looks like Baby Groot and Drax are friends. I hope Rocket doesn’t get jealous. Baby Groot was quite popular after he danced his way into our hearts at the conclusion of the first film. I suspect Groot will be small for the bulk of the film, giving a new dimension to the creature from Planet X. Here’s to hoping Gunn makes Baby Groot the physical opposite of adult Groot, fast and flexible instead of tall and stiff. Will he talk and say more that “ I am Groot “ ? There’s a real opportunity here for the makers of this film to add another layer to a very popular cinematic creation. As far as the comics go Groot’s first appearance is a Silver Age ghost. But Baby Groot first appeared in his own modern series. This is one of those covers where quality vs. rarity comes into play. The regular cover is also Baby Groot’s first cover and it’s the better of the two in my opinion. Both are the first full Baby Groot.
The first appearance of Baby Groot is on the last page of issue 4 and it’s not an ad.
Secret Warriors 2
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps on surprising me. I find it unfortunate that collectors have not put more of a premium on related, key comics like; Iron Man/Hulk/Fury one-shot, Iron Man 2: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ( first Coulson Cover ), Battle Scars 1 & 6, Fear Itself 7, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. SDCC Lexus edition ( first Melinda May ) and many, many others. It’s just a real reminder that the game is in costumed heroes and not supportive characters from agencies. Thankfully ard is not a bit of both. If you follow the show then you know that he is the alien entity Hive who first appeared in this issue of an incredible well written series.
2nd Power Rangers
A couple of weeks ago I tried my best to clarify another key first appearance. The Rangers first cover/comic art was published in Sentai 2. If you are looking for their second published appearance it’s right here and in glorious black and white!
Note: Because the Fruit of the Loom mini/underwear comics only had a date of 1994 and no monthly release I have yet to confirm that it actually predates either issue of Sentai. At the very least it is probably the first sequential art published for the rangers and the most valuable comic
Here is her first appearance and cover. It predates The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Saga 1 by months.
Since I brought up Cracked I figured I would feature my second favorite issue of Cracked!
This one was released after Marvel’s Super Special 16. The actual first appearance of Yoda is a bit convoluted but he first appeared in the Empire Strikes Paperback written by Archie Goodwin, with art by Al Williamson and Carlos Garzon. In that issue yoda was only a purple, pipe smokin’ prototype until Marvel published the Super Special 16 which was a reprinting of the paperback with a corrected Yoda. The next month, November 1980 Marvel released Star Wars 41 which is actually the chronological second appearance of Yoda and a reprinting of the material from the aforementioned comics and publications. So why is Cracked 173 important? It’s actually the first Yoda cover and the second Yoda appearance having been released in the same month as SW 41.