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The Phantom

Comics scholars generally agree that Superman was the first true superhero of the comic books, clearing marking the entrance of a new kind of hero into the marketplace. Though Superman wears an iconic costume, he was not the first heroic character to do so. That honor goes to the Phantom, a mystery-man hero type who clearly ushered in the superhero genre. Written by Lee Falk (who earlier had success with the newspaper strip Mandrake the Magician) and drawn by Ray Moore, the Phantom first appeared in King Features Syndicate on February 17, 1936.

Phantom Lady






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Big Girl Adventures #1 © 2002 AC Comics. COVER ART BY MATT BAKER.

The Rocketeer






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Rocketeer Adventure Magazine #1 © 1988 Dave Stevens. COVER ART BY DAVE STEVENS.

Rock Superheroes

The first KISS comic book hit the newsstands on June 28, 1977. The comic won accolades for its publisher Marvel Comics, which sold hundreds of thousands of copies to the supergroup's fans. However, it was not the first appearance of the band in comic-book form (that came with a guest shot in Marvel's Howard the Duck #12 earlier that year), nor was it to be the band's last. And though KISS's success in comics is perhaps the most well known (and oft-cited), it is not a unique phenomenon for rock musicians, who have often guest-starred in both real-life and superheroic form.

Rising Stars






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Rising Stars #1 © 1999 J. Michael Straczynski and Top Cow Productions. COVER ART BY KEU CHA, JASON GORDER, AND LIQUID!

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