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  1. Definitely the first. The only way it could be something else is if you consider a Cupples book or one of the Dell promotional comics from the 20s.
  2. I'm a simple man: I see decapitation cover and I buy.
  3. This is blasphemy and a breach of interplanetary law!
  4. One of the best things in the hobby until the Gerber Guide came out!
  5. I have issues 1,2,4 and 5 from Astonish. #1 is second print and #2 is not first print but it has a variant cover not listed in GCD. Not sure why, but these are not listed in Overstreet, although the later ones put out by Boom Studios are.
  6. It's the color design that takes that cover to the next level.
  7. Horror was a pervasive theme after 1948 so it wouldn't surprise me to have 2500 comics involved in one or way another. You can't talk about an Atomic Age of comics without discussing the popularity and impact of horror.
  8. In issue #3 he produces a revised list indicating 1450 issues. I don't think you can get to 2500 without counting marginal items like crime comics, comics with hybrid themes or comics that include at least one horror story or had a horror cover only.
  9. Scarlet Pimpernel was the first time the fop who was secretly the dashing hero. It was almost certainly a critical inspiration for Zorro. Phillip Wylie's "The Gladiator" contained many elements borrowed by Siegel for Superman. Superman was the first time all the elements of the modern superhero were put together: costume, meek & mild public persona, super-human abilities, etc. It's this particular combination that has struck a chord and inspired hundreds of imitators to a degree that none of his predecessors did.