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Here are the next ten runs!
126 (tie). Roger Stern’s Doctor Strange – 68 points
Doctor Strange #46-62, 65-75
Actually, this is Stern’s second run on the title, I think. Was the first time long enough for a run? Anyhow, this was a great series, particularly when Paul Smith was drawing it. Hoo boy, that was some good comics – but Stern was lucky to work with a number of great artists during his run. A memorable storyline involved the destruction of all vampires.
126 (tie). Larry Hama’s GI Joe – 68 points (1 first place vote)
G.I. Joe #1-155, plus annuals and specials
Doing a toy tie-in is not the easiest creative environment, but for almost ten years, Larry Hama made it work, with a variety of silly plotlines he had to use, he always had his characters act as realistic as possible under the circumstances, and he made Snake Eyes a cool character more than anyone else.
126 (tie). Mike Grell’s Sable – 68 points
Jon Sable, Freelance #1-56
Jon Sable, Freelance is a very typical Mike Grell story- heavy character work, a lot of action, and mature themes (not to mention great artwork). Grell never pandered to his readers – you got what he thought was interesting, whatever that may be, and I admire that.
125. Sam Kieth’s The Maxx – 70 points
The Maxx #1-35
Bill Loebs’ early involvement on this series cannot be underestimated (what can be underestimated is that the Maxx began in this horrible Image one-shot called Darker Image). This was a tremendously quirky book that had amazing Kieth artwork and some strong character moments.
123 (tie). Matt Wagner and Steve Seagle’s Sandman Mystery Theatre – 71 points (1 first place vote)
Sandman Mystery Theatre #1-60
Character was king in this series, as well, which was set during the Golden Age, and made Dian Belmont one of the best female characters in comics. Working with Guy Davis on art often sure doesn’t hurt the stories! Wagner left after #60, but Seagle wrote the book until it ended at #70.
123 (tie). Steve Englehart’s Captain America – 71 points
Captain America #153-167, 169-186
Englehart did a lot of innovative stuff on this title, like having Captain America give up his identity, take on a new identity, and also the famous storyline that ended with President Nixon killing himself because he was found out as the head of the Secret Empire. Powerful work, but also this was not all that different from other superhero comics so that a typical superhero fan couldn’t enjoy it, as well.
122. Peter David’s X-Factor (Second run) – 72 points
X-Factor #1-current (#30)
This began with the Madrox mini-series, and continued to this dark series starring Madrox as the head of X-Factor Investigations, which is a group of various mutant characters solving crimes. Really, though, the point of the comic is just watching everyone interact. One of David’s stronger works, and we’re lucky to have it coming out currently.
120 (tie). Jim Steranko’s Nick Fury – 74 points
Strange Tales #155-168, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-5
Steranko just cut loose on his SHIELD storylines, and they were both immensely enjoying while amazing to look at. Steranko had a great sense for design, and he really laid these stories out beautifully.
120 (tie). John Rogers’ Blue Beetle – 74 points (1 first place vote)
Blue Beetle #1-14, 16-20, 22-25
Rogers had a hard task, doing the new Blue Beetle title, but his throwback superhero tales, along with a keen eye for inventing good supporting cast members, on top of a likable star, have made this one of the most enjoyable superhero comics DC has to offer.
119. Peter David and Todd Nauck’s Young Justice – 75 points
Young Justice #1-55, plus a #1,000,000 and some specials
Young Justice was Peter David just having a good time and some laughs, with Todd Nauck along for the ride the whole time. There were parodies and puns galore, as well as some occasional hard-hitting stories, which touched on racism and stuff like that. It was a strong book which was sadly canceled in favor of Teen Titans. This is the last time Impulse was good.
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