IN FRANCHISES, COMIC VALUES AND COLLECTIONS
In Ultimate Spider-Man #1, Brian Michael Bendis debuts the Ultimate Universe, an alternate universe with Marvel heroes of updated origin stories for a new audience. With Secret Wars (2015), the Ultimate Universe came to an end despite its overwheling popularity. Nevertheless, it has resurfaced since Venom became King in Black.
This February 7th, in Marvel history, we celebrate Ultimate Spider-Man and list important first appearances this month.
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN BECOMES A HERO
In Ultimate Spider-Man (2001) #6, Ultimate Spider-Man becomes a public hero. In the recent news, Daily Bugle Editor-in-Chief, J. J. Jonah Jameson celebrates Spider-Man’s heroism which is rare in the prime universe. Importantly, the events follow after the death of Uncle Ben and the rise of the Green Goblin.
DAZZLER MAKES HER FIRST APPEARANCE IN UNCANNY X-MEN #130
In Uncanny X-Men (1979) #130, the pyrotechnic mutant named Dazzler makes her first appearance. In a classic issue by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, Cyclops, Phoenix and Nightcrawler are seeking out a mutant detected by Cerebro at a Manhattan dance club. Importantly, they cross paths with the Hellfire Club with important ramifications for Jean Grey.
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IN THE COPPER AGE, X-FACTOR FORMS
Perhaps, one of the most popular X-Men series, X-Factor #1 debuted on 1986. In fact, Bob Layton laid the groundwork for the X-Men for years with the passing of the Mutant Registration Act. With an all new X-Men team posing as mercenaries, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel and Iceman secretly recruited mutants to continue Professor X‘s dream.
THE SQUADRON SUPREME MAKES ITS FIRST APPEARANCE
Before, writer Roy Thomas gave us the Squadron Sinister, the Avengers’ true rivals and a pastiche of the Justice League. In Avengers (1971) #85, the Squadron Supreme makes its appearance on Earth-712. In part wacky, and in part turbulent, the Squadron Supreme is the enemy of the Avengers. Really, there isn’t a better match-up than Thor vs Hyperion!
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