Antedating of "Computer Virus"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Apr 23 15:35:40 UTC 2005

The OED's first citation for the term "computer virus" is dated 1984.
Wikipedia claims that "The term 'computer virus' also appears in the comic
book 'Uncanny X-Men' No. 158, published in 1982."  I have not verified
this claim.

Fred Shapiro

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