Today begins a MONTH of “When We First Met”! Each day in June you’ll get an entry showing you the first appearance of seemingly minor characters, phrases, objects or events that later became notable parts of comic book lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!'” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of what I’ve featured so far.
The first appearance of Batman’s giant dinosaur.
Along with the giant penny, the other major trophy in Batman’s Batcave is the giant robot dinosaur.
It made its bow in June/July 1946’s Batman #35, in the story “Dinosaur Island,” written by Bill Finger, penciled by Bob Kane and inked by Ray Burnley…
The first time Peter Parker kissed a girl
Shockingly, Peter Parker managed to go the entire Steve Ditko tenure on Amazing Spider-Man without ever actually KISSING any of the various girls who were infatuated with him (at least on panel).
The first time he actually kissed a girl was in April 1968’s Amazing Spider-Man #59, when Peter (who had been missing in action for awhile at the time due to a caper involving Doctor Octopus) is welcomed back by Gwen Stacy…
Stan Lee wrote it, John Romita did the layouts, Don Heck did the pencils and Mike Esposito did the inks.
The first appearance of Perry White
Perry White made his first appearance of ANY kind in the Superman radio series. But his first comic book appearance came soon afterwards in November/December 1940’s Superman #7. He appeared in pretty much all of the stories in that issue, but here are two (one from the first story in the issue and one from the last one – all written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster and Wayne Boring, in some combination):
Feel free to send in ideas for future debuts I should feature here to firstname.lastname@example.org!