Luke Cage History: From Hero for Hire to Hollywood
TV, Comic Books
Here are the next ten runs!
116 (tie). J. Michael Straczynski’s Amazing Spider-Man – 76 points
Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #30-58, Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #500-545
JMS’ run on Amazing Spider-Man helped to revitalize the Spider-Man line, turning what was a book in sales trouble into one of Marvel’s highest-selling titles. He had a good chemistry with his artists, especially the initial run, with John Romita, Jr. as artist.
116 (tie). Gail Simone’s Birds of Prey – 76 points (1 first place vote)
Birds of Prey #56-90, 92-108
A fine follow-up to Chuck Dixon’s origination of the team. Like most great runs, Simone highlighted characterization, and stressed the development of both Black Canary and Huntress during the series, as well as the closer bond that the three main female leads developed. Also a sizable amount of humor.
116 (tie). Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert’s Sgt. Rock – 76 points (1 first place vote)
A whole pile of Our Army at War and Sgt. Rock comics – too many different issues to list.
Strong, solid war stories with gritty, dynamic artwork by Kubert. Not many multi-issue arcs, so Kanigher had to come up with new stories constantly, which he did with a great amount of ingenious plot ideas (for a series that had such a basic premise, Kanigher got as much out of it as he could).
115. Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg 43 – 77 points
(writer) American Flagg #1-26, #38-32
(penciler) American Flagg #1-12, 15-26
One of the first “modern” superheroes of the 1980s, featured great artwork by Chaykin as well as an engaging story. Perhaps the first time oral sex was shown in a comic book.
114. Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan’s Tomb of Dracula- 78 points
Tomb of Dracula #7-70, plus Annuals
A rousing action epic, with incredibly moody artwork by Colan and his longtime inker, Tom Palmer. What Wolfman did best in this run was introducing new characters and developing both them and the established characters he inherited. Hannibal King, Blade and Frank Drake all become multi-faceted intriguing characters, and Dracula was always there, too, being evil and cool.
113. Scott Lobdell’s Generation X – 79 points
Generation X #1-28, plus the four Age of Apocalypse issues
Lobdell introduced original characters, which was a big deal at the time, and Lobdell and artist Chris Bachalo (who drew most of Lobdell’s run) did a marvelous job coming up with characters that seemed a bit out of place in the typical world of the X-Men. Bachalo did particularly nice work on Skin and Chamber. A lot the development of Emma Frost for Morrison’s run came from this run.
112. Katsuhiro Ôtomo Akira – 80 points
Young Magazine #24 (1982)- #28 (1990), Published in the US in Akira #1-38
Ôtomo’s work on Akira was the bridge he needed from working in manga to working in film and television, and you can see that ability in the majestic work that often appears in Akira – it is widescreen designs and drawings – all with an intriguing plot.
111. Ed Brubaker/Matt Fraction’s Iron Fist – 83 points
The Immortal Iron Fist #1-current (#14)
Massive roller coaster ride of action, with one of the better new characters (the “Golden Age” Iron Fist) to come along in awhile. Very nice art throughout most of the series. This is a dynamic book with a number of good character moments, as well.
110. Grant Morrison/Mark Waid/Greg Rucka/Geoff Johns’ 52 – 85 points
Yes, it only lasted a year, but if a book is over 50 full issues, I figure I can count it as an ongoing. This series started slow, but soon built up so much momentum that the final half was like a massive avalanche of cool moments, all set up with the deft characterization work each writer did with the fourth-string characters who starred in 52.
109. Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ Batman – 87 points
Detective Comics – #395, 397, 400, 402, 404, 407-408, 410 & Batman #232, 234, 237, 243-245, 251, 255
While spilt up over the early 1970s, O’Neil and Adams still had a bit of a run, where Adams’ conception of Batman became the definitive look for Batman in the 1970s. This run tried to take Batman back to a darker style (after the camp of the TV series), along with stellar artwork by Adams. It was during their run that Ra’s al Ghul was introduced.
That’s it for today! The final six tomorrow!!
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