Magazine Speculation Part 4: Marvel Graphic Novel 17

Parts of this post also appeared in the Comic Book Scalping video series, “This week in Speculation.” Excerpts from this article originally appeared in episode 6. This video and more can be found on our youtube channel.

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.

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