Top 158 Comic Book Runs #153-149
As promised, the beginning of the countdown of the fifty-six remaining runs that scored at least 50 points!
153 (tie). Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada’s Daredevil – 50 points (1 first place vote)
Daredevil #1-8, plus a #1/2
This run revitalized the Daredevil comic book, and most likely led to Joe Quesada becoming Marvel Editor-in-Chief. Nice artwork by Quesada.
153 (tie). Jim Shooter’s Avengers – 50 points (1 first place vote)
Avengers #158-177 (also Avengers #211-222, 224, 226, but since no one specified, I presume they all meant the first run)
This run contained the introduction of Graviton, some awesome Byrne and Perez artwork, and, of course, the Korvac Saga. Epic stories at their finest!
153 (tie). John Ostrander’s GrimJack – 50 points (1 first place vote)
Starslayer #10-18, GrimJack #1-81, plus Demon Knight
Tim Truman should be mentioned, as he is listed as the co-creator of GrimJack, but I’ll admit it, I just didn’t feel like picking out all the issues Truman didn’t draw. GrimJack was a tour de force performance by Ostrander, and I would be remiss if I did not point out that ComicMix is currently doing a GrimJack web comic! Check it out here!
153 (tie). David Lapham’s Stray Bullets – 50 points
Stray Bullets #1-ostensibly current (#40), plus two Amy Racecar Color Specials
Do you know what’s depressing? David Lapham began his brilliant Stray Bullets series twelve years ago, when he was only 25 years old! All that training with Jim Shooter must have paid off, because Lapham is a master storyteller, weaving in multiple characters and narratives to tell a bleak, but engaging story.
153 (tie). Keith Giffen and Robert Loren Fleming’s Ambush Bug – 50 points
Ambush Bug #1-4, Son of Ambush Bug #1-5, Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer (the Nothing Special was too far after the fact)
One of the funniest comic book series I can recall, as Giffen and Fleming savage DC Comics (with love, of course) with their Ambush Bug character. He’s about to return, by Giffen and Fleming!
153 (tie). Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Criminal – 50 points
Criminal #1-10, Criminal 2 #1-current (#2)
Brubaker and Phillips are doing a marvelous job on this crime series, detailing the world of criminals in such a way that you feel like you know these characters like friends, even while noting that you probably wouldn’t want to be friends with most of the characters in this series.
151 (tie). Louise Simonson’s Power Pack – 51 points (1 first place vote)
Power Pack #1-20, 22, 24-33, 35, 37, 39, 40-41
Simonson was ahead of her time with this series of four siblings who gain superpowers. It was a critical darling at the time, mostly due to Simonson’s deft touch for characterization (June Brigman, the original artist, was an AMAZING artist for character work, too). Jon Bognadove joined her on the book after Brigman, and he brought a looser, fun style. He and Simonson worked together for years.
151 (tie). Alan Moore and Alan Davis’s Captain Britain – 51 points
The Daredevils #1-11, The Mighty World of Marvel #7-13
This was an awesomely inventive re-working of the Captain Britain character by Moore, with Alan Davis providing some solid artwork at a young age.
149 (tie). Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith’s Fell – 52 points (1 first place vote)
Fell is Warren Ellis’ Law and Order, where he can take intriguing/disgusting news stories and work them into this crime book, starring Detective Fell, who is an intriguing character in his own right. Ben Templesmith’s art is amazing on this title.
149 (tie). Chuck Dixon’s Nighwing – 52 points
Nightwing #1-70, plus various one-shots, annuals and specials
It’s hard to believe now, but there was a time when Nightwing was a relatively minor character, which is weird, as he really shouldn’t have been, but plans for his own series took so long that he basically laid to waste in the meantime. That is, until Chuck Dixon and Scott McDaniel took over his rollicking action adventures, making it one of DC’s highest selling titles. McDaniel was followed by Greg Land, and then Rick Leonardi took over (for the sake of everyone involved, let’s just skip McCarthy). Dixon also established the Nightwing/Barbara Gordon romance, which was nice.
Next ten tomorrow!