|The VALIANT UNIVERSE began in the early 1990s with a revival of 1960s Gold Key title Magnus Robot Fighter 4000AD.||Gold Key||May 1991|
|The first comic in the Valiant Universe was Magnus Robot Fighter #1, with a cover date of May 1991.|
|September 1991||Gold Key|
Another Gold Key character Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom was reimagined in Solar, Man of the Atom #1 for September 1991.
|The first original Valiant universe character was Rai, first appearing on the flipside of Magnus #5 as a Rai #1 mini-series cover.|
Rai is the earliest Valiant universe character still being published today.
|November 1991||Solar #3 introduced Toyo Harada and the Harbinger Foundation.|
|December 1991||Magnus #7 showed the first X-O Commando armor, worn by the first Spider-Alien shown with four fingers on each hand.|
|January 1992||Harbinger #1 was the first original Valiant universe title, introducing five teen Harbinger renegades: Peter, Kris, Faith, Charlene, and Torque.|
|February 1992||X-O Manowar #1 followed as the second original Valiant title with the first appearance of Aric of Dacia obtaining the first X-O Manowar armor.|
|March 1992||Rai #1 was the third regular series Valiant title, following the Rai four issue mini-series published as the flipside of Magnus #5-#8.|
|May 1992||Shadowman #1 presented Jack Boniface as Shadowman, the same month as his brief appearance as a jazz musican in X-O Manowar #4.|
|Magnus #12 re-introduced Turok, first appearing in Four Color #596 from Dell Publishing in 1954.|
|Harbinger #6 included the death of Torque, one of the renegade teenagers.|
Harbinger #1 through #6 include coupons for Harbinger #0 Pink edition.
Solar #10 introduced the Eternal Warrior (Gilad) and Geomancers Buck and Geoff McHenry.
Solar #10 had a second printing six months later.
The solid black cover is embossed, and the second printing has Roman numeral II on the cover.
|July 1992||Archer & Armstrong #0 is the first issue and the first appearance of Obadiah Archer and Armstrong (Aram Anni-Padda). A gold edition of 5,000 copies was also released as the earliest dated Valiant retailer premium.|
LESSON 1 SUMMARY
May 1991 to July 1992
Valiant comics with cover dates through July 1992 are Pre-Unity Valiant, indicating their publication prior to the Unity crossover storyline.
A complete set of Pre-Unity Valiant comics is 54 books.
A quick-reference printable page for early first appearances is available.
VALIANT 101 to be continued in Lesson 2...