Marriage, Morbius, Mohawks & More!

     Welcome to this week's True Firsts and happy fourth of July!

There have been some interesting announcements over that last week including conformation of a Nightbreed show on Amazon!  For me this is awesome news and not just because I own an uncorrected Cabal.  Nightbreed was speculated on going back some three years.  Today everyone is looking for the quick flip and that is just fine but before we blow out that old spec box think twice!

Enjoy today's recommendations…



Marko Djurdjevic SDCC Poster 2010

First appearance of Deadpool Stealth suit

         If you haven't yet read Valiant Horton's excellent article on this costume I suggest you do so!

In it he explains why you should have Wolverine Road to Hell in your collection.  Though it isn't the first appearance of the post Second Coming Uncanny X-Force, it is the first comic appearance of the Deadpool stealth suit.

In July 2010 Marvel released a massive poster which is the first published image of the new costume.  The poster is rare and valuable.  It was latter cut up and made into variant covers for a few different Marvel books.  The image of Deadpool was used as a 1:75 variant for issue 1.  This issue came out after Road to Hell but it is kind of interesting because it’s the first published cover for the first published image of the stealth costume! OK that sounds nuts but it's true!



Batman Prelude to the Wedding Rah's a ghul 1

First appearance of Aion Wayne

So the wedding was spoiled, Tom King is taking heat and DC showed no balls on this one.  Despite an epic, Marvelesque type fail, the whole thing gave us one bright spot and it was easy to miss.  Aion Wayne is the future son of Batman and Catwoman.  Just because they don't get married doesn't mean we won't see this guy down the road and what a character he is!  He looks like Bruce but has her green eyes and sports Selina's cat-o-nine-tails! Yes yes, I know he was a hallucination but it’s comcs y’all.  Someday DC will find a way.


NOTE: The whip made its first appearance in Batman 39




Morbius 1 ( 2013 ) Newsstand & 2nd print only

Leto announced as the Living Vampire didn't hurt sales of Morbius keys.  While everyone is shelling out big money for the first you could look to buy thing one cheap and stash it away, that is if you can find it!  You can't go wrong with a Dell'Otto cover newsstand or the second print.

NOTE: Thanks to G+ member Jason Shaw for pointing out the existence of the second printing.



Avengers 71 ( Volume 3 )

No first hear unless you count how Pym pleasures Janet!  A controversial moment and a badass cover make this a comic every fan should own.



Spider-Man Homecoming DVD Comic Exclusive

First Cindy Moon E-19999

A few months ago I featured the firsts of important characters from the E-199999 which is the Marvel cinematic designation for Earth!  Well Cindy Moon does have an underappreciated first and it's in an exclusive.



Captain Marvel 1 ( 2012 ) 

First appearance of Carol Danvers wearing Mohawk mask

If that official  t-shirt worn by Sam Jackson on Instagram is any indication,  we can expect to see the  mohawk in the film.  Danvers sporting a mohawk first appeared in issue 1 of the 2012 series.  There are multiple covers.  The Rivera variant is undervalued

Captain Marvel 13

First mohawk on cover


Journey into Mystery 632

First appearance of Thori

Jason Aaron is using fan favorite Thori in the new series.  I'm a sucker for animal firsts.



  • Clint Joslin

    Brilliant as always Topher! The blu Ray Cover 1st is a great gem. Avengers 71 panel is priceless 🤣 You never cease to amaze us with your skills. Appreciate all the hard work – and I hope that kick ass water slide is holding up 🔥

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    I sort of get the feeling costume 1st appearances are very fleeting. I wouldn’t be sinking money into collecting these. If you can find for cheap and flip go for it. Maybe I’m wrong?

    • Topher

      So in this case both the poster and the variant are valuable and might be desirable to hardcore Deadpool collectors. As far as costumes, well in comics they are often everything. Take Harley Quinn for example. BA 12 is not an in continuity appearance and the narrative basically means nothing but that book is the first appearance of a character and costume that is iconic. X-23 as Wolverine is another example. Issue 1 ( or the Point One book depending ) is not her first appearance but it is her first in costume as Wolverine. There are many many other and probably better examples but I think you get what I mean. Ryan, read Boognish is Rising’s comment, he hit it right on the head mang.

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        Totally agree and I collect mainly for myself and not for value. But I do know a couple people that read these sites and think everything is spec (not anyone’s fault but their own) so I feel like I need to say something for these people.
        Honestly though I love your site. Keep up the awesome work!

        • Topher

          Thank you for reading, I do appreciate you taking the time and your opinion. As far as anyone thinking everything on this site is a buy, well that is just crazy! I know everyone who writes here is passionate and educated about comics so we would never try and send someone down the wrong path. But when we are talking about investing/ selling etc everyone should know that like any market there is an element of unpredictability. I would say to any new buyer,seller etc., to research until your eyes fall out and then do some more, trust your instincts, learn from others and buy what you love. But buying every book we recommend is, well, not recommended!
          As far as what I write, my goal is to spotlight books that are currently relevant but likely unknown. I also write with the collector/fan in mind. If I post about a book it’s because I back it unless stated otherwise. This is why I almost always tell people to buy really low and most of what I suggest is probably in a quarter bin, not on a wall.

  • Cruzzer2 glad I read this because I was trying to figure out the other day the sudden surge in price of the Paolo Rivera Spiderman Variant for Captain Marvel.

    Just to note, the 1:25 cover for Captain
    Marvel is an Adi Granov cover art. Runs about $130+

    The regular alternative variant is the Paolo Rivera Spiderman alternative. This is the one to purchase if you want a reader copy. 🙂

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