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When We First Met #23

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When We First Met #23

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.


Reader Michael C. e-mailed me a few suggestions, so here are a couple of them, Michael! Thanks for the e-mail!

First time Deadpool broke the fourth wall

I personally don’t count the promotional #0 that Marvel put out through Wizard magazine in 1998 for this. That comic was pretty much ENTIRELY breaking the fourth wall, but it was also an out-of-continuity promotional comic.

So surprisingly enough, it was not until 1999’s Deadpool #28 that Deadpool first broke the fourth wall in an actual “in continuity” regualar comic…

Kelly did break the fourth wall again in his last issue (#33), but it was really under Christopher Priest, not Joe Kelly, that Deadpool breaking the fourth wall became a recurring habit. Here is one of Priest’s extended pieces of “meta-commentary”…


First mention of Oliver Queen’s famous chili

Amazingly enough, Ollie Queen’s famous chili was first mentioned right before one of the most famous scenes in the whole Hard Travelin’ Heroes run of comics, 1971’s Green Lantern #85…

I believe 1978’s Green Lantern #108 was the first time we saw someone actually eat some, though…


First appearance of Deadshot

Before he was the badass that Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers and John Ostrander made him into, Deadshot was a pretty unmemorable Batman villain. He made his debut in 1950’s Batman #59, masquerading as a good guy…

Batman and Robin figure out his plan…

but Deadshot vows to shoot Batman. Check out how Batman defeats him…

That’s a pretty damned risky plan, no?

Feel free to send in ideas for future debuts I should feature here to!

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