In this section we'll pit two books that are often seen as first apps against each other in order to see what you, the collector, actually thinks. We don't mean to change comic history, we just want to know your opinion. Why are some of these comics first apps while others are labeled as cameos? Does everybody agree? We're betting on “No”!!! This week, a classic: Darkseid!!!
Skot: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 is the first time Darkseid appears. He’s called by name in the narration. It’s a very tiny panel. He’s not colored properly. Not on the cover. Not a major part of the story yet and only appears on a video screen. In Forever People #1, he's colored correctly, appears on 4 pages across 7 panels. He is there in the flesh and has a conversation with Superman. So it's a full appearance. Cons: It’s not the first time we see the character plus he’s not on the cover.
|Panels from Jimmy Olsen #134||Panels from Forever People #1|
Topher: These arguments are really about what’s more important to the buyer/seller. JO 134 is clearly his first appearance. A first appearance is simply the debut of a character or object. Darkseid’s appearance may not be all that impressive but it’s still a first. A full appearance is apparently more coveted by most collectors. People want to experience the character interacting with other characters and that is understandable and they want to see the character in all his/her glory! I must stress though, when we are talking about a first appearance the best way to determine when it happens is to say, he/she/it was first seen in a particular publication. Whether that be in one panel or six panels should not matter. Firsts can happen in shadow or via cameo. As much as I hate to say it, even a hand counts though I wouldn’t put much value on it, whether if be a key or not.