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[[caption-width-right:318:The panel that made fanboys say\\
"Who's Gwen Stacy again?".]]

* Cassandra Cain [[DeathSeeker throwing herself]] in front of Commissioner Gordon to prevent him from being [[TakingTheBullet shot]] by an assassin [[ScrewDestiny whom we later learn is her father]]. She swiftly becomes the new {{Comicbook/Batgirl|2000}}, with Barbara Gordon's blessing and gratitude.
* Comicbook/CaptainAmerica [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/captain-america/1-2.jpg summed up real quick.]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} first appeared on a rooftop beating up thugs.
* By far one of the most famous lines in all of comics, "[[Franchise/SpiderMan Face it Tiger, you just hit the jackpot!]]" It is almost mandatory for Mary Jane to say some form of that line in any later incarnations.
** [[http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/face-it-tigger-you-just-hit-the-jackpot.jpg Hilariously parodied in this Winnie the Pooh image]], which was made ''[[HilariousInHindsight before]]'' Disney acquired Marvel!
* ''Comicbook/{{Bookhunter}}'''s opening chapter is [[BatmanColdOpen unrelated to the larger plot]], and instead serves to set the tone of the story to follow. A SWAT team has been called in to deal with a freelance censor, and when they invade his apartment, they find the perp threatening to immolate himself and the books he stole; clearly, in this universe, books are SeriousBusiness. Detective Bay's response to the standoff shows that, underneath his veneer of rationality, he is a CowboyCop willing to do completely insane things in his pursuit of criminals.
* The first dozen or so pages of ''{{Comicbook/Runaways}}'' exist solely to provide one of these for each of the kids: Gert is shown correcting her dad's Latin in the middle of an argument about politics, Chase is shown getting beaten up by his dad for getting bad grades, etc. Similarly, the first time we see AscendedFanboy Victor, he's talking about superheroes with his buddy Jorge.
* Joseph in ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' seems shy and unassuming at first, but [[JerkAss the first time he opens his mouth]]...
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''
** Rorschach's opening narration provides a glimpse into his unstable mind.
** The first time we see Dr. Manhattan he is shown as a giant which [[PhysicalGod showcases his power]] as well as his [[HumanoidAbomination truly alien nature to the rest of the world]].
* Franchise/{{Superman}} in a [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5a/Action_Comics_1.jpg nutshell]].
* Issue #1 of ''The ComicBook/FantasticFour'': It all begins with one strange man shooting a signal flare into the air -- a flare announcing, "The Fantastic Four!" Sue Storm was hanging out with a {{socialite}} friend at the moment the flare went off. She promptly turns invisible and walks out into public, testing her powers by taking a cab and attempting to pay the unsuspecting cabbie the fare. Ben Grimm, who is at a clothing shop in heavy disguise, hears of the signal flare and sheds his constricting clothing, revealing himself as the monstrous Thing. His debut catches the attention of the police, who open fire on him and thus force him to escape through the sewers. Johnny Storm is at a service station getting his car fixed when he learns of the flare (which by now had turned into the number 4). He flames on and flies through the air as the Human Torch. The Nation Guard attacks him with a nuclear warhead hunter missile. Two stretchy arms grab the missile before it could obliterate him and disposes of it via the sea. By now Johnny's flames had worn out and is plummeting to his death, but the strange man from before saves him, revealing himself to be Dr. Reed Richards, AKA Mr. Fantastic. And this is all before the SuperheroOrigin!
** [[http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2173/2178662096_5e771d5455_o.jpg This]] shows just about everything that you need to know about SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom.
* ''[[SpiderMan Amazing Fantasy #15]]'' is all about this. It starts with a shot of Peter Parker being snubbed by his friends, then Uncle Ben playfully teasing his nephew and Aunt May feeding him a healthy breakfast. Then Flash pushes Peter over and steals the girl he was introducing himself to.
** In the first issue of the series, J. Jonah Jameson comes onto the scene writing one of his infamous anti-Spider-Man editorials. It could be said, however, that the ''real'' Establishing Character Moment is the day after Spidey successfully saves Jameson's son from a malfunctioning aircraft, when he runs an article about how Spider-Man sabotaged the aircraft himself and broke several laws in rescuing his son.
** Subverted with Gwen Stacy; she shows up flirting with Flash Thompson and vaguely intrigued by Peter Parker, but after some CharacterDevelopment, the scene actually seems ''out'' of character.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSecretService'', the first time we meet Gary he is expressing concern for his mother, wanting to watch a film legally instead of seeing a friendís pirate copy and trying to keep his stepfather from using his brother to roll his weed, showing he is not entirely the stereotype he seems.
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