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Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown!

Here is the Top Fifty Countdown of the most notable issue numbers in comic book history! From Amazing Spider-Man #50 to Action Comics #1, I’ll be counting down the most notable issues matching each number from #50 to #1 one issue a day!

Every day, a new comic will be added to the list – they’ll all have their own entries, but there will also be the master list if you want to keep track that way (you just have to click on the cover to go to the entry on that particular issue)!!

I’ll be adding the issues in random order, but I shall begin with #50 and #1!

Thanks to David Frankel for the idea!

Enjoy!

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29 Comments

It’s not really a “countdown” if you’re adding them randomly, is it? I mean, people at NASA would get very confused if it worked that way.

no, they’re rocket scientists, they don’t do confusion

Fine point, Ryan, but my theory is that I have the countdown all done – this will be the countdown. It’s all set, 50-1.

The only random thing is the announcement of what issues were part of the countdown.

fourthworlder

June 23, 2008 at 9:56 pm

So, like we know the Shuttle lifts off at one, we just don’t know when exactly the number one will be – - – oh crap. Can we start again maybe?

I am betting that Avengers will be #4 for the appearance of Captain America. Maybe Fantastic Four will be #3 for the introuction of the super-hero elements. I can’t figure out what #2 could be; most comics do not have ground-breaking second issues.

I know what #27s’ gonna be!!!

#48 Fantastic Four (first Silver Surfer, Galactus)
#45 Fantastic Four (first Inhumans)
#42 Amazing Spiderman (1st Mary Jane)
#39 Tales of Suspense (first Iron Man)
#38 Detective Comics (1st Robin)
#36 Amazing Spiderman v2 (9-11 issue)
#33 Amazing Spiderman (“The Final Chapter” story)
#28 Brave & the Bold (1st JLA)
#27 Spectacular Spiderman (1st Miller Daredevil)
#25 Captain America (death)
#23 Action Comics (1st Lex Luther)
#22 Showcase (1st Silver Age Green Lantern)
#21 Swamp Thing (1st Alan Moore)
#16 All American (1st Golden Age Green Lantern)
#15 Amazing Fantasy (1st Spiderman)
#14 Amazing Spiderman (1st Green Goblin)
#12 Watchmen (conclusion)
#8 All Star Comics (fist Wonder Woman)
#6 Watchmen (origin of Ror
#5 Fantastic Four (1st Doctor Doom)
#4 Showcase (1st Silver Age Flash)
#3 All Star Comics (1st JSA)
#2 Whiz (1st Captain Marvel)

Dectective 27 is porbably better

I forget, which issue of Sandman has the introduction of Death – #8 or #9?
I would also suggest for #27 – first appearance of Batman in Detective Comics #27.

#26 — Grant Morrison’s Animal Man swan song where Animal Man meets Grant Morrison.

Hey Brian. Tremendous idea for a list. Kudos to David Frankel, and to you on the execution. And, thankfully, it’s a bit lighter on the attention span than the “Greatest Runs” list. That was a drama …

Looking forward to a broad range of winners. Your Carl Barks pick at No. 31 was inspired.

I think #7 should be The New Gods #7, the issue that revealed the Orion/Darkside relationship and clearly inspired Star Wars.
The first appearance of the Skrulls in FF should be #2.

#2 should be Amazing Spider-Man #2, the first appearance of the Vulture, Spider-Man’s first major villain.

#10: Avengers Annual #10, the first appearance of Rogue.

dnaka predicted #22 would be Showcase (the first SA Green Lantern). A fine choice. But I wonder if Pep #22 will squeak across the finish line ahead of it? Especially in light of the Ducks at #31 — we’re obviously willing to cast beyond superheroes.

fourthworlder

July 8, 2008 at 6:35 pm

So, Brian, have you got the 51 – 100 list set yet?

Remember “This Man, This Monster” for 51 and the Avengers 100th issue!

Oh! and Showcase 75 for Hawk and Dove!

Oh! and…

2 should be Amazing Spider-Man #2, the first appearance of the Vulture, Spider-Man’s first major villain.

No way!

No, not the Chameleon, the OTHER major villain from Amazing Spider-man # 1. JJJ has been the most persistent and constant thorn in Pete’s side.

You should do 0th and -1st issues too.

Number 6 has to be The Sandman- “24 Hours”. Simply amazing comic.

fourthworlder

July 9, 2008 at 11:44 pm

#2 should be Omega the Unknown #2, the first appearance of Hell’s Kitchen as a major Marvel villain.

There’s going to be a tough tough choice at #4. Showcase #4 with the Silver Age Flash or Avengers #4 with the return of Captain America. Two staple characters who both have long running titles. Cap’s a little more iconic, perhaps a bit more recognizable, and maybe a bit more important to his comic universe. Flash’s TV show was better than Cap’s movie. Cap had Kirby. Flash had Infantino. Both key members of their “super team”. Both died and were replaced by their sidekicks. No noticable other first in Avengers #4. No villian of note. Not sure about Showcase #4??? If that has Mirror Master or Capt Cold that could break the tie.

That’s quite a quandary. I guess you could argue that Showcase #4 launched the Silver Age, and led to Cap’s rebirth in Avengers #4. Still, I’m glad I don’t have to decide.

Are ties allowed?

#21 Is gonna be tough, I think.

Most people would say: #21 Swamp Thing (1st Alan Moore), but it would be tragic to overlook my vote, G.I.Joe #21 (The silent Issue).

I agree, Showcase #4 is the birth of the Silver Age. The rebirth of the superhero comic. Which lead to the Justice League. Which was the motivation for Stan to create the FF and Avengers and taa-daa Cap’s return.

I still think #50 should have gone to Sandman.

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