Major Issues: First appearance of Cornell Cottonmouth

Hundreds of comic book characters are being portrayed in film and television, and with each new day more are being announced.

Major Issues -- a ComicBook.com original video series -- will speak to true comic book hobbyists as well as new fans in a short, fast-paced digital series featuring the first appearances of characters we all love. Each episode will feature the actual comic book, info on the creators, and the backstory on the creation and legacy of the character.

Beginning with this episode of the show, our users will be able to win the actual issue used in the filming!

The first is our look at the introduction of Cornell Cottonmouth.

The description of pimp/drug lord is pretty interesting, according to his Marvel.com synopsis: When Cornell Cottonmouth ran what he claimed to be the most successful illegal drug trade in the nation, his hired muscle Mike and Ike were sent to procure Luke Cage; who was offered a position in the hierarchy of Cottonmouth's organization because he felt they were kindred spirits.

Cottonmouth has superstrength equivalent to Cage -- which seemingly makes Mike and Ike superflous -- but he was never able to out-muscle Strong Daddy Cage.

Origininally, he made his first appearance as a mention in Power Man #18, 1974; but shown in full, Power Man #19, 1974. It was 32 pages and titled, "Luke Cage, Power Man No. 19", it is now available for bid on Amazon (in varying conditions) for $20; or you can win it for free by entering the promotion below!