Banana Splits, Major 🤮, Calvin, Hobbes, Bruce the Shark and More!
Welcome back to True Firsts! This week is probably about as crazy a group of comics as I can produce. I hope some of them inspire you to go to your LCS, put on yor CBSI knee pads ( available soon! ) and get diggin'!
First appearance of the Banana Splits
Syfy has announced a horror Banana Splits movie! That's a bout as strange a sentence as I will ever type. If such a production is your thing and you collect comics here are the books to buy.
A more adult version and their first modern appearance was in this special from DC with 2 covers.
There were very few appearances of the Splits and this one might be the hardest to find.
First appearance of Major-X
What a major mess. Clearly age has not made Rob Liefeld any less of a tool. If you are reading this then you know the story. I will say this, Rob owes an apology to the creative team behind this issue. Rob says that this cannot be the first appearance of Major-X because he appears on the cover to his variant for Deadpool 10. Now Deadpool 10 hit shelves on March 6 and this book on March 13 but here is the problem, Major-X does not appear in Deadpool 10 and only on the cover to Rob's website variant which had yet to ship. That puts his at delay and in comics that means one thing, it ain't the first appearance. Even if it were, collectors have always had issues with labeling a cover only appearance a first. I am not one of those people but a delay is a delay and most will see the cameo in this comic as the first appearance and first within a story. Sorry Rob. I’m not a hater but there were better ways for Mr. Liefeld to handle this.
NOTE: Rob’s variant was available at ECCC on the 16th still putting it out after Spider-Man Deadpool 47 and his own tweets confirm delays in shipping.
Despite all this I bought it for the Death of Bruce the Shark.
Bruce first appeared here. There are four covers but only Cover A has Bruce ( or Deborah ) on the cover. He is also not a sharkman yet. This issue may also be the first appearance of Boy-Thing. I am not sure it's the same character but he's a miniature version that LMD Clay Quartermain wears just like Blade does in the new Avengers 2018 series by Aaron.
And here is the first appearance of Bruce and Deb with a bodies.
First appearance of Boy-Thing
Issue 14 was hot for a minute thanks to the Colonel wearing Boy-Thing and for having a pretty rad costume. Even though that book has cooled the fact that Boy-Thing has become Blade's sidekick is rad. The little guy first appeared here.
First appearance of Bart Simpson
In my search for Akira appearances I came across this gem. Not only do Archie, Jughead, Bugs Bunny, Bazooka Joe, Dennis the Menace, Godzilla, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus, The three Stooges and Charlie Brown appear in a Marvel book but this book is the first comic appearance of Bart Simpson. Oh and both Calvin & Hobbes make a rare appearance. This is pretty important as Calvin was not in a lot of comic books and Bart appears well before his accepted first. I find it amusing that Marvel is the place where both Bart and Marge ( see New mutants ) appear in comics before they do anywhere else. NOTE: There is a lot of parody in books like this but there guys are not parodies in this issue.
Their first and first cover was here!
Craig Yoe's Weird but True Factoids
Here is one I have been waiting to talk about for a while. Not only is it filled with some of the most interesting comic and cartoon tidbits but it has some firsts you should know about.
This book ha in an s the first comic appearance of Batman 66′ as drawn by Adam West in an exclusive.
It is one of the earliest appearances of South Park's Kenny.
It has a cartoon of John Lennon by Lennon which had never seen print before.
It has a self-caricature of Calvin and Hobbes creator,
and a previously unpublished Jim Henson cartoon.
Umbrella Academy Oblivion CBLDF variant