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The Past Was Close Behind: The First Appearance of the Illuminati?

This feature spotlights moments, exchanges, etc. from older comics that take on a brand new light when read in concert with later comic books. Here is the archive of previous installments.

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Rosendo V., we take a look at what could be seen as an early appearance of the Illuminati...

We first meet the Illuminati, the secret group of heroes who decided to sort of control the Marvel superhero-verse from behind the scenes (through information sharing and stuff like that), in New Avengers #7 by Brian Michael Bendis, Steve McNiven and Mark Morales...

In the New Avengers: Illuminati special right before Civil War (by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev), we see how the group was formed after the Kree-Skrull War...

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