Link, Renfield, Elric, Doom vs Black Panther and More!
Welcome back to True Firsts. This week has been kinda weak spec wise but I have managed to put some picks together.
First appearance of Barbara Morse, first meeting and battle for Doom and BP, first cover for Doom and BP.
It is entirely possible Doom and BP have met before but this is the first time ( as far as I know ) where they go head to head. This is important in the same way that Defenders 84 was and that book saw significant gains as a result. Even that rumor has yet to be debunked and remember this new one is not proven. But….
the entire spec on BP 2 has to do with the earthquakes occurring underwater threatening Wakanda, as revealed in Avengers Endgame. Initially the assumption was that Namor was responsible. This makes sense but now there is a new rumor about Dr. Doom and his possible MCU introduction coming in BP 2. This issue is now a spec play for all the reasons above but when you read it you will learn that Doom is trying to mine Vibranium by tunneling under Wakanda causing earthquakes. Yup. Earthquakes.
Dracula Lives 11
First appearance of Renfield
Credit to Max from the comments for pointing this mag out!
There are other possibilities listed below that could contain some early obscure appearances
First Modern appearance of Renfield
The Caliber Renfield series has seen an unexpected uptick due to Robert Kirkman movie rumors. Renfield made some earlier comic appearances including his first here.
First comic book appearance of Renfield ( named on cover ).
Here is another that predates the Caliber series with a much better cover than any of those issues!
First appearance of TAXX
First appearance of Link
I mentioned this all the way back in my video game special. It is the first appearance of Link in a comic. Inside these early issues there was a character called Nester and his adventures often brought him into contact with the earliest comic incarnations of popular video game characters.
This one reprints ASM 101 with a different cover. Not a True First per se but I like including unknown reprints from time to time.
First Foreign Jessica Priest Cover appearance
With Spawn 61 getting hot here is Jessica's first foreign cover appearance. She may appear slightly earlier in the Swedish reprinting ( unconfirmed )
This one reprints the Ultimate Venom Saga. The 2nd print if a ghost. Ultimate Venom is the flavor of the week.
First appearance of Spider-Man India
Speculation for Spider-Verse 2 has been mostly about Japanese Spidey and some others but Spider-man has a huge following in India and there have been some whispers about his inclusion. He first appeared is this rare Gotham issue prior to the US issues.
First appearance of Holocrons
Leaks for Rise of Skywalker have the Wayfinder as a central plot point. The device may be part of a split holocron created by Palpatine and divided between Vader and his former master. It is just a rumor. At any rate the first appearance of holocrons was here.
There are many versions of this, the platinum being the rarest.
First comic appearance of Crash and other Bandicoot character
We are getting a Crash movie. There were comics from 1998 and they are not cheap.
First appearance of Revival
This cover was recalled but some got out. It is very hard to find. With a Revival film coming this one could be a ghostly sleeper!
This crazy series has a comic format but is filled with other treats including early GWAR, interviews with key creators and some killer, controversial covers like this one.
This prequel comic makes my list for rarity as well. This version is an Aussie Mini Comic only included with a DVD. It is impossible to find.
Bubbles guns and chicks pretty much always make for great covers.
First UK Ultimate Venom Cover
This one appears to be quite rare!
All the Mattina covers are sick from this series and most of the others are as well. My favorite is this Bradstreet cover which meets all the criteria for variant lovers; rare, badass and a cover for a property that has recently been optioned. This may also be the first Elric Variant.
I like this one too.
Most Noose covers are pretty controversial. This one often flies under the radar.
First Bruce Timm Comic Cover ( not first pro work )
Santa's Secret Cave
This rarity has a great cover. I don't think that deer trusts his boss. This one is also not listed in guide with MMG as publisher so it could be a different printing.