Collector’s Corner: Bloodshot’s “First Appearance”
With future movie rumors, a promising new series set to debut in April (BLOODSHOT: REBORN), and even an action figure from Toys “R” Us Minimates; VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT’s BLOODSHOT appears to be stepping into the lead role of the Valiant Universe.
This shouldn’t be comes as a surprise to anyone. BLOODSHOT is both easily and visually recognisable as a character, and difficult to confuse with other characters promoted by the many other publishers out there today.
He is tragic, cunning, imposing, dark, and everything a fan could ask for on the pages of a comic book (or in a movie might I add). Award winning writer and fan favorite JEFF LEMIRE is set to take BLOODSHOT far beyond what we have already seen, and has been paired with three of the best artists in the industry today (MICO SUAYAN, LEWIS LAROSA, and BUTCH GUICE) who have already completed artwork for BLOODSHOT: REBORN for issues to be published more than a year away.
BLOODSHOT WILL BE HUGE!
Sales look good, and pre-orders are high. The future looks BRIGHT!
Amidst all of this excitement, comic book collectors and enthusiasts have begun discussing the “FIRST APPEARANCE” of BLOODSHOT, which has sparked some debate.
In November of 1992, VALIANT released ETERNAL WARRIOR #4, and a week later, RAI #0. BOTH are the earliest appearances of BLOODSHOT.
ETERNAL WARRIOR #4 was earlier and FIRST (November 1, 1992), with the earliest dialogue, action, and character involvement of BLOODSHOT on the last page. It is cited as a “cameo appearance”, with BLOODSHOT attacking GILAD THE ETERNAL WARRIOR in three panels on the final page.
RAI #0 was released a week later, and is cited as the “first full-appearance” of BLOODSHOT. It should be noted that RAI #0 is perhaps the single most important issue of the early VALIANT UNIVERSE, and BLOODSHOT is front-and-center in this issue. It is clearly the first we learn of BLOODSHOT as we know him to be; HOWEVER, it is NOT his “FIRST” appearance.
Perhaps it should have been or was meant to have been, but history is history, and facts are facts:
ETERNAL WARRIOR #4 is unquestionably the “FIRST APPEARANCE” of BLOODSHOT.
Pen and ink do not lie.