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When We First Met – Supervillain Henchmen

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Every week we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic 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 all the When We First Met features so far! Check ’em out!

Last week’s entry on the right hand men of villains reminded me of the folks that are one step below right hand men – good ol’ henchmen! Here are the debuts of a few notable henchmen…

Riddler’s henchwomen, Query and Echo, debuted in Detective Comics Annual #8 (by Chuck Dixon and Kieron Dwyer)…




Chuck Dixon also introduced Bane’s henchmen in the pages of Vengeance of Bane #1, which also introduced Bane himself (Graham Nolan drew it)…




And here they are all together in action for the first time…


Magneto’s Acolytes showed up in X-Men #1…




Here they are in action for the first time later in the issue…