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Comicdom's Magic Number
June 16, 2020, 4:52 pm

Anybody ever notice how many issues numbered 181 are highly collectible and/or keys?  Let's start with the most famous of these, Incredible Hulk 181.  Everybody knows that right?  First appearance of Wolverine.  Arguably one of the most sought after books of the bronze age.  Then there's Batman 181; first appearance of Poison Ivy.  Daredevil 181; death of Elektra.  Avengers 181; first appearance of Scott Lang.  Then there's a few others that aren't necessarily that sought after or keys by definition but are still worth mentioning.  Captain America 181 is the first appearance of Roscoe Simons as "the new Captain America" after Cap quit to become Nomad (for some unfathamable reason).  Strang Tales 181 is a "featuring Warlock" that I feel is noteworthy as it's the issue where Jim Starlin made fun of Stan Lee and Jim Shooter without them even noticing.  Incidently, I wrote a review of that issue if anyone's interested.  Wonder Woman 181 isn't much to behold but it is only a few issues into Denny O'Neil's fateful Wonder-Woman-without-powers run and is arguably one of the more iconic covers from that era.  Amazing Spider-Man 181 might be the least interesting but it is Spider-Man's origin retold.  As if people who don't even read comics don't know that.  So I know it's all coincidence but it's just something I noticed.  Pretty neat, huh?

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  • Taren

    Very intriguing. 

    Reply  ·  1 month ago
  • backalleycomics
    It's kinda weird, right?
    Reply  ·  1 month ago
  • Taren
    It begs the question... What is 181 of Action Comics, Detective Comics and Superman.
    Reply  ·  1 month ago
  • KingKrypton

    Superman #181 features the Superman of 2965!

    Detective Comics #181 features the only appearance of the Human Magnet

    Worlds Finest #181 has the origin of Bizarro World

    Green Lantern #181: Hal Jordan quits!

    Justice League of America #181: Ollie quits!

    Green Lantern #181: Last issue for Kyle

    Avengers #181: Gyrich throws everyone off the team

    Walking Dead #181: probably the last comic to get to #181

    Reply  ·  1 month ago
  • Taren

    I already knew who would come with the mad knowledge. 

    Reply  ·  1 month ago
  • KingKrypton

    I don't think any of them are worth all that much money, but those were some interesting #181s I could come up with.

    Reply  ·  1 month ago
  • backalleycomics

    Holy shit! You blew the lid off! See?! There's something weird about that number. 

    Reply  ·  1 month ago
  • backalleycomics

    Also, and I'm not nitpicking here, but I did say Avengers. First Scott Lang. 

    Reply  ·  1 month ago
  • KingKrypton

    I'm not that familiar with Marvel, I forgot who Scott Lang was and I have the comic.

    Reply  ·  1 month ago
  • Forthekids15

    If you want to get real weird, and like off-the-wall metaphysics, numerologically speaking, 181 is significant. 1+8+1 = 10 = 1+0 = 1. The number ten represents a "reboot" of sorts, or the next evolution of a cycle. 1 represents a new beginning, finding identity. 8 represents manifestation, power and action. The 8 is bookended by two ones, manifestation surrounded by new beginnings. There's no such thing as coincidence. Happy hump day. 

    Reply  ·  1 month ago
  • backalleycomics

    So if it's not a coincidence, what's the unifying significance of Wolverine, Poison Ivy, dead Elektra, Scott Lang, Jim Starlin making fun of Stan Lee, Hal Jordan quitting, Bizarro World, Oliver Queen quitting and Denny O'Neil's ill-fated Wonder Woman run?

    Reply  ·  1 month ago