This week I want to talk about the first appearance of Apocalypse. Apocalypse first had a cameo appearance in X-Factor #5 from 1986 and had his first full appearance in X-Factor #6 but there is one earlier appearance that isn’t highly recognized.
Marvel Graphic Novel #17: Revenge of the Living Monolith came out October 1985, eight months before the X-Factor #5 cameo appearance. In Uncanny X-Men #376, published in January of 2000 the story retconned Marvel Graphic Novel 17 saying that unnamed benefactor to the living monolith was actually Apocalypse in disguise. Also, The Marvel Wiki-page lists Marvel Graphic Novel #17 as the first appearance of Apocalypse.
This is a book that can easily be found for under $20 in a back-issues bin at your local comic book store and even online. CGC 9.8 copies sell for $200 – $250. There is also a second printing of this book – the way to tell the difference between first printings and later printings is the price on the front cover. First prints of Marvel Graphic Novel #17 have a 6.95 / 7.95 price while later printings have a 9.95 / 12.50 price.
Warrior magazine was a UK comic book magazine published in 1982 by Quality Comics. For some reason the magazine is about a quarter of an inch larger vertically than the typical magazine. The first issue of Warrior Magazine features two stories by famed writer Alan Moore including the first published appearances of Miracleman – originally published as Marvelman. Miracleman was reprinted by Eclipse Comics where the name was changed from Marvelman to Miracleman for trademark reasons and in the past five years Marvel comics has purchased the rights and stated there intent on finishing the Neil Gaiman storyline that abruptly ended at Miracleman #24 and subsequently publish new Miracleman stories. Neil Gaiman took over writing duties after Alan Moore left the title on Miracleman #16. Eclipse published 9 issues of Miracleman written by Neil Gaiman and he has stated his intent on returning with Marvel to finish his storyline.
The second story written by Alan Moore that appears in the first issue of Warrior Magazine is the first part and first appearance of V For Vendetta. The V for Vendetta ten part story was originally serialized and published through issues of Warrior Magazine before being republished by DC Comics.
Warrior Magazine is a great book to be purchasing and holding on to. As more people realize it’s importance, it will become more sought after. Because of its size CGC has stated they will not grade issues of Warrior Magazine, however, over the past few months more and more copies are turning up graded. Its very bizarre – while CGC has been rejecting some submitted copies of the magazine some copies of issue 1 are falling through the cracks and getting graded. So If you have a high grade copy, it might be worth rolling the dice.
I couldn’t find an image of any of the newly graded copies – but thats because I didn’t take any pictures of the three copies I personally witnessed come back from CGC.