1st Appearance Issues!

Welcome to my exhaustive list of comic book characters’

1st appearances!

I put this list together for people like Me – true comic book nerds who need to know such minor details like - ROGUE actually started off as a villain in Avengers Annual #10 before she became one of the most popular X-Men of all time!

This list includes nearly all of the major heroes -plus- most major villains and a few key supporting characters. I have them separated by HEROES – then VILLAINS- and finally CIVILIANS.

This list is NOT every single character in the comic universe – which numbers something in the dozens of thousands. But – it is a damn good start of the most popular characters.

Hopefully some YOUR favorites are found here! :-)

-Jay

Click for 1st appearance Villains —>


THE HEROES

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A

Adam Strange - Showcase #17 (1958)

Alpha FlightX-men #120 & X-men #121 (1979)

Amadeus Cho (Mastermind Excello) – Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2 #15 (2006)

Angel – X-men #1 (1963) - Golden Age – Marvel Comics #1 (1939)

Animal Man – Strange Adventures #180 (1965)

Antman – Tales to Astonish #27 (1962) #35 (1st in Costume) (1962)

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Aquaman – More Fun Comics #73 (1941)

Archangel – 1st Full Appearance X-Factor #24 (1986)

Archie – Pep Comics #22 (1941)

Aries – Thor #129 (1966)

Avengers – Avengers #1 (1963)

Azrael - Batman: Sword of Azrael (1992)

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B

Banshee – X-men #28 (1967)

Batgirl – Detective Comics #359 (1967)

Batman – Detective Comics #27 (1939)

Beast – X-men #1 (1963)

Beast (Blue) – Amazing Adventures #11

Beta Ray Bill – Thor #337 (1983)

Betty – Pep Comics #22 (1941)

Black Bolt – cameo Fantastic Four #45 1st Full App. Fantastic Four #46 (1965-66)

Black Canary – Flash Comics #86 (1947)

Black Cat – Amazing Spiderman #194 (1979)

Black Goliath (Bill Foster) – Power Man #24 (1975)

Black Knight (Dane Whitman)- Avengers #48 (1967)

Black Panther – Fantastic Four #52 (1966)

Black Widow – Tales of Suspense #52 (1964)

Blade – Tomb of Dracula #10 (1973)

Blink – Uncanny X-Men #317 (1994)

 

Blue Beetle – Mystery Men #1 (1940) Silver Age, Blue Beetle #18 (1955) as Ted Kord, Captain Atom #83 (1966)

Bone (Fone, Phony, Smiley) – Bone #1 (1991)

Boomerang – Tales to Astonish #81 (1966)

Booster Gold – Booster Gold #1 (1986)

Buck Rogers – Famous Funnies #3 (1934)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Dark Horse Presents Annual 1998

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C

Cable – as baby, Uncanny X-men #201 (1986) 1st full app New Mutants #87 (1990)

Cannonball – Marvel Graphic Novel #4 (1982)

Captain AmericaCaptain America Comics #1 (1941) Silver Age app. Avengers #4 (1964)

Captain Atom (Charlton/DC)- Space Adventures #33 (1960)

Captain Boomerang – The Flash #117 (1961)

Captain Marvel (Fawcett/DC) – Whiz Comics #1 (1940)

Captain Marvel Jr. (Fawcett/DC) – Whiz Comics #25 (1941)

Captain Marvel (Marvel) – Marvel Super Heroes #12 (1967)

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Captain Marvel (Female) – Amazing Spiderman Annual #16 (1982)

Cerebus – Cerebus #1 (1977)

Challengers of the Unknown – Showcase #6 (1957)

Champions (Marvel) – The Champions #1 (1975)

Cloak & Dagger – Spectacular Spiderman #64 (1982)

Colossus – Giant Size X-men #1 (1975)

Conan – Conan the Barbarian #1 (1970)

Concrete – Dark Horse Presents #1 (1986)

Constantine (Hellblazer) – Saga of the Swamp Thing #25 (Cameo) #37 (1st Full App.)

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Creeper – Showcase #73 (1968)

The Crow (movie) – Caliber Presents #1 (1989)

Cyclops – X-men #1 (1963)

Cyber – Marvel Comics Presents #85 (1991)

Cypher (Doug Ramsey)  - New Mutants #13 (1983)

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D

Damian Wayne - Batman #655 (2006)

Daredevil – Daredevil #1 (1964)

Darkhawk – Darkhawk #1 (1991)

Dawn – Cry for Dawn #1 (1989)

Dazzler – X-men #130 (1980)

Deadman – Strange Adventures #205 (1967)

Defenders – Marvel Feature #1 (1971)

Dennis the Menace – Dennis the Menace #1 (1953)

Doctor Fate – More Fun Comics #55 (1940)

Doctor Strange – Strange Tales #110 (1963)

Dream (Morpheus) – The Sandman #1 (1989)

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E

Echo - Daredevil Vol 2 #9 (1999)

Elektra – Daredevil #168 (1980)

Elongated Man – The Flash #112 (1960)

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Eternals – Eternals #1 (1976)

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F

Fantastic Four – Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

Firestorm – Firestorm #1 (1978)

Flaming Carrot – Flaming Carrot Comics #1 (1981)

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Flash (DC) – Flash Comics #1 (1940) Silver Age app. Showcase #4 (1956)

Flex MentalloFirst Full App. Doom Patrol #36 (1990)

Forge - Uncanny X-Men #184 (1984)

Franklin Richards – Fantastic Four Special #6 (1968)

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G

Gambit –  X-men Annual 14 (cameo), 1st Full App. X-men #266 (1990)

Gen13 – Deathmate: Black (1993)

Ghost Rider – Marvel Spotlight #5 (1972)

Giant Man – (prev Ant Man), Tales to Astonish #49 (1963)

Goon - The Goon #1 (1999)

Green Arrow – More Fun Comics #73 (1941)

Green Hornet – Green Hornet Comics #1 (1940)

Green Lantern (Original) – All American Comics #16 (1940)

Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) – Showcase #22 (1959)

Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) – Green Lantern #48 (1994)

Grendel – Primer #2 (1982)

Groo the Wanderer - Destroyer Duck #1 (1982)

Guardians of the Galaxy – Marvel Super Heroes #18 (1969)

Guy Gardner – Green Lantern #59 (1968)

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H

Havok - Alex Summers,  X-men #56 (1969) 1st Full app.X-men #58 (1969)

Hawk & Dove – Showcase #75 (1968)

Hawkeye – Tales of Suspense #57 (1964)

Hawkgirl – All Star Comis #5 (1941)

Hawkman – Flash Comics #1 (1940)

He-Man – DC Comics Presents #47 (1982)

Hellboy – San Diego Comic Con Comics #2 (1993) in color Next Men #21 (1994)

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Hercules – Journey Into Mystery Annual #1 (1965)

Hit-Girl (and Big Daddy) -Kick-Ass #3 (2008)

Howard The Duck – Adventures Into Fear #19 (1973)

Hulk – Incredible Hulk #1 (1962)

Human Torch – Golden Age – Marvel Comics #1 (1939)  Silver Age app. Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

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I

Iceman – X-men #1 (1963)

Impossible Man – Fantastic Four #11 (1963)

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Impulse – Flash Vol. 2 #92 (1994)

Infinity, Inc. – All Star Squadron #25 (1983)

Inhumans – Fantastic Four #45 (1965)

Invaders – Avengers #71 (1969)

Invincible – Noble Causes: Family Secrets #3 (2002)

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Invisible Woman – Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

Ion (Kyle Rayner) – Green Lantern #145 (2002)

Iron Fist – Marvel Premiere #15 (1974)

Iron Man – Tales of Suspense #39 (1963)

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J

John Stewart (Green Lantern) – Green Lantern #87 (1972)

Johnny Quick – More Fun Comics #71 (1941)

Johnny Thunder – Flash Comics #1 (1940)

Jonah Hex – All Star Western #10 (1972)

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Jonny Quest – Jonny Quest #1 (1964)

Jubilee – X-men #244 (1989)

Jughead – Pep Comics #22 (1941)

Justice League of America – Brave & the Bold #28 (1960)

Justice Society of America – All Star Comics #3 (1940)

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K

Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth – Kamandi #1 (1972)

Kandor City – Action Comics #242 (1958)

Kato – Green Hornet Comics #1 (1940)

Kazar – Marvel Comics #1 (1939) Silver Age App. X-men #10 (1964)

Kick-Ass (Dave Lizewski) – Kick-Ass #1 (2008)

Kitty Pryde – X-men #129 (1980)

Krypto – Adventure Comics #210 (1955)

Kull the Conqueror – cameo Conan #1 (1970) 1st Full App. Creatures on the Loose #10 and Kull the Conqueror #1 (1971)

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L

Legion of Super Heroes – Adventure Comics #247 (1958)

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Lila Cheney – New Mutants Annual #1 (1984)

Longshot (X-Men) – Longshot #1 (1985)

Luke Cage (Power-Man) – Hero for Hire, Luke Cage #1 (1972)

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M

Machine Man - 2001 A Space Odyssey #8 (1976)

Man-Thing – Savage Tales #1 (1971)

Martian Manhunter – Detective Comics #225 (1955)

Marvel Girl (Jean Grey) – X-men #1 (1963)

Metal Men – Showcase #37 (1962)

Metamorpho – Brave & the Bold #57 (1964)

Miracleman – Miracleman #1 (1985)

Mister Miracle – Mister Miracle #1 (1971)

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Moon Knight – Werewolf By Night #32 (1975)

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Morbius – Amazing Spiderman #101 (1971)

Mouse Guard – Mouse Guard #1: Belly of the Beast (2006)

Ms. Marvel (Marvel) – as Carol Danvers Marvel Super Heroes #13 (1967) as hero Ms. Marvel #1 (1977)

Multiple Man (Jamie Madrox) – Giant Size Fantastic Four #4 (1975)

Mystery Men (movie) – Flaming Carrot #16 (1987)

Mystique – Ms. Marvel #18 (1st Full App.) (1978)

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N

New Mutants – Marvel Graphic Novel #4 (1982)

New Warriors – Thor #412 (1st Full App.)

Next Men – Dark Horse Presents #54 (1991)

Nightcrawler – Giant Size X-men #1 (1975)

Nightwing (Dick Grayson) – Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (1984)

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Nova (Frankie Raye) – Fantastic Four #164 (1974)

Nth Man – Marvel Comics Presents #25 (1989)

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O

Odin – Journey Into Mystery #86

O.M.A.C. – O.M.A.C. #1 (1974)

Omega The Unknown – Omega The Unknown #1 (1976)

Oracle (Barbara Gordon) – as Batgirl, Detective Comics #359 (1967), as Oracle Suicide Squad #23 (1989)

Orion – The New Gods #1 (1971)

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P

Phantom – Ace Comics #11 (1938)

Plastic Man – Police Comics #1 (1941)

Pogo the Possum – Animal Comics #1 (1941)

Power Girl – All Star Comics #58 (1976)

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Preacher – Preacher #1 (1995)

Prince Valiant – Ace Comics #26 (1939)

Professor X – X-men #1 (1963)

Psylocke –  (US)  New Mutants Annual #2 (1986)  – (UK) Captain Britain #8 (1976) – ninja abilities, Uncanny X-Men #256 (1989)

Puma – Amazing Spiderman #256 (1984)

Purple Man – Daredevil #4 (1963)

Punisher – Amazing Spiderman #129 (1974)

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Q

Quasar – Incredible Hulk #234 (1979)

Question – Captain Atom #83 (1966)

Quicksilver – X-men #4 (1964)

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R

Ragman – Ragman #1 (1976)

Reed Richards – Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

Red Wolf – Avengers #80 (1970)

Rip Hunter – Showcase #20 (1959)

Robin I (Dick Grayson) – Detective Comics #38 (1940)

Robin II (Jason Todd) – as Jason Todd Batman #357 (1983) as Robin unofficially Batman #366-367 Officially Batman #368 (1984) “Death” Batman #428 (1988) ressurection Batman Annual #25 (2006)

Robin III (Tim Drake) – as Timothy Drake Batman #436 (1989) as Robin Unofficially Batman #442 Officially Batman #457 (1991)

Rocket Raccoon – Marvel Preview #7/ Incredible hulk #271 (full issue)

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Rocketeer – Cameo Starslayer #1 1st Full App. Starslayer #2 (1982)

Rogue – Avengers Annual #10 (1981)

Rom – Rom #1 (1979)

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S

Saint of Killers – Preacher #2 (1995)

Savage Dragon – cameo Megaton #2 1st Full App. Megaton #3 (1985)

Scarlet Witch – X-men #4 (1964)

Sentry – Sentry #1 (2000)

Sgt. (Nick) Fury – Sgt. Fury & His Howling Commandos #1 (1963)

 

Sgt. Rock – cameo Our Army at War #81-82 1st Full App. #83 (1959)

Shang-Chi – Marvel Special Edition #15 (1973)

Sharon Carter (Agent 13) - As Agent 13, Tales of Suspense #75 – As Sharon Carter, Tales of Suspense #76

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle – Jumbo Comics #1 (1938)

She-Hulk – Savage She-Hulk #1 (1980)

Silver Sable – Amazing Spiderman #265 (1985)

Silver Surfer – Fantastic Four #48 (1966)

Sin City – Dark Horse Presents #51 (1991)

Spawn – Spawn #1 (1992)

Spectre – 1st Full App. More Fun Comics #52 (1940)

Speedball – Amazing Spider-Man Annual #22 (1988)

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Spiderman – Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962)

Spider Girl – What If? Vol.2 #105 (1998)

Spider Woman – Marvel Spotlight #32 (1977)

Spirit – Police Comics #11 (1942)

Squadron Supreme – as Squadron Sinister Avengers #70 (1969)

Steel (The Indestructible Man) – Steel #1 (1978)

Storm (Marvel)  – Giant Size X-men #1 (1975)

Sub-Mariner – Marvel Comics #1 (1939)

Suicide Squad – Brave & the Bold #25 (1959)

Sunfire – X-men #64 (1970)

Superboy – More Fun Comics #101 (1945)

Superboy Prime – DC Comics Presents #87 (1985)

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Supergirl – Action Comics #252 (1959)

Superman – Action Comics #1 (1938)

Supernova (DC) – World’s Finest Comics #178 (1968)

Super Patriot – Nick Fury Agent of Shield #13 (1969)

Superwoman – DC Comics Presents Annual #2 (1983)

Swamp Thing – House of Secrets #92 (1971)

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T

Tarzan – Tip Top Comics #1 (1936)

Teen Titans – Brave & the Bold #54 (1964)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Ad cameo Gobbledygook #1 1st Full App. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1984)

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Terry & The Pirates – Popular Comics #1 (1936)

Thing – Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

Thor - Journey Into Mystery #83 (1962)

Thunderbird – Giant Size X-Men #1 (1975)

Thunderstrike – Thor #459 (1993)

Tick – The Tick Special Edition #1 (1988)

Tigra (formerly The Cat) – Giant Size Creatures #1 (1974)

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Tomahawk – Star Spangled Comics #69 (1947)

Transformers – Transformers #1 (1984)


Two Gun Kid (Matt Hawk) – Two-Gun Kid #60 (1962)

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U

Uncle Scrooge McDuck – Four Color #178 (1947)

Union Jack I – Invaders #7 (1976)

Union Jack II – Invaders #20 (1977)

Union Jack III – Captain America #254 (1981)

Unknown Soldier – Our Army At War #168 (1968)

U.S. Agent – Captain America #354 (1989)

Usagi Yojimbo – Albedo #2 (1984)

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V

V – V for Vendetta (1988)

Valkyrie – Avengers vol 1. #83 (1970)

Vampi - Vampi Preview Edition #1 (2001)

Vampirella – Vampirella #1 (1969)

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Vault Keeper – War Against Crime #10 (1949)

Veronica – Pep Comics #26 (1942)

Vigilante – Action Comics #42 (1941) Silver Age, Justice League of America #78 (1970)

Vision - Avengers #57 (1968)

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W

Warlock (Him, Adam)Fantastic Four #66 & FF #67 (1968)

Warlock (technarchy) – New Mutants v.1 #18 (1984)

Warlord – First Issue Special #8 (1975)

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War Machine – cameo Iron Man #281 1st Full App. Iron Man #282 (1992)

Warpath – New Mutants #16 (1984)

Wasp – Tales to Astonish #44 (1963)

Watcher (Uatu) – Fantastic Four #13 (1963)

Watchmen – Watchmen #1 (1986)

Werewolf By Night – Marvel Spotlight #2 (1972)

Witchblade - Cyblade/Shi: The Battle of the Independents #1

Wolverine – Incredible Hulk #180 (Cameo) #181 (1st Full Apearance) (1974)

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Wonder Man – Avengers #9 (1964)

Wonder Woman – All Star Comics #8 (1941)

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X

X - Dark Horse Comics #8 (1993)

X-23 – NYX #3 (2003)

X-Factor – Avengers #263 (1986)

X-Man (Nate Grey) – X-Man #1 (1995)

X-men – X-men #1 (1963)

X-O Manowar – 1st App. of X-O Armor, Magnus #7 (1991-92) Aric X-O Manowar 1st App, X-O Manowar #1 (1992)

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Y

Yorick Brown – Y: The Last Man #1 (2002)

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Youngblood – Megaton Explosion (1987)

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Z

Zatanna – Hawkman #4 (1964)

Zorro – Zorro Four Color #228 (1949)

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5 Comments

  1. Rick Chermock replied:

    Great list. I would add a few more:
    – GI Combat #87 – 1st Haunted Tank
    – Crisis on Infinite Earths – 1st DC Blue Beetle, Death of Supergirl and Barry Allen Flash
    – Howard the Duck #12 – 1st Kiss
    – Star Wars 1 1977

  2. Bryan replied:

    How about 1st Thanos, Iron Man 55

  3. Jay replied:

    Bryan – you know there is a VILLIANS page too, right? ;)

  4. zac replied:

    These lists are great! Keep goin on them!

  5. Jay replied:

    thanks zac! we just made the list we always wanted to see! :)

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