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Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown! – #11

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Deadpool #11

This is a tough one, because it’s not exactly like Deadpool is some great classic comic book title, and it certainly is not in the same realm of quality of Lee/Ditko Spider-Man or Lee/Kirby Fantastic Four (or any number of other titles), but Deadpool #11 not only stands out as a strong individual issue, I think it, well, stands out overall.

People seem to know this issue offhand – and that really is what this list is about – the most memorable comic book numbers, and when I toss out the number “11,” this issue is what usually comes back to me.

Deadpool #11 is the famous issue of Joe Kelly’s Deadpool run (with artwork by a young Pete Woods) where Deadpool gets trapped in the past. But the past, in this instance, is in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #47!! Deadpool uses his image inducer to pretend to be Peter Parker, while his friend, Bilnd Alfred (an old blind woman) pretends to be Aunt May.

The whole issue mixes in real dialogue and plotlines from the original issue, but all the time teasing the original issue for some of the peculiarities of the time, like why Mary Jane enters a room and just starts dancing (Alfred thinks she must be on drugs). Plus, how can you not like a comic book that actually makes fun of the Osborn boys’ haircuts?

This story was a brilliantly funny one by Joe Kelly, and the cleverness of the plot make it a truly memorable issue.

Amazing Spider-Man #11 was a great issue where Doctor Octopus beats the heck out of Spider-Man, making Spider-Man, for the first time, truly fear for his safety. Fantastic Four #11 saw the introduction of the Impossible Man. Any other great #11s that you folks can think of (besides Brett Gardner, of course)?

Okay, two BIG honorable mentions!

The Superman Annual by Alan Moore “For the Man Who Has Everything” was Superman Annual #11 and Beast turned furry in Amazing Adventures #11! Either one of those would be worthy replacements for Deadpool #11.


Ooo, Deadpool and Impossible Man. Awesome.

Let’s see, Beast went blue in Amazing Adventures #11, no?

forever people 11, infinity man returns!

Let’s see, Beast went blue in Amazing Adventures #11, no?

You’re right! I was thinking #12, but nope, it was, indeed, #11!

Random Stranger

July 6, 2008 at 11:06 pm

Watchmen #11 comes to mind immediately since it was the point where Alan Moore revealed he had been screwing with us in plain sight for the entire series (besides the obvious one with the issue).

Oh, and the robot M-11 in Agents of Atlas is only called that because he first showed up in Menace #11.


July 6, 2008 at 11:39 pm

Yes, FF 11 had the first Impossible Man story, but it also had the unprecedented “Visit With the Fantastic Four,” a half issue of sitting and talking with the team. They answered fans’ questions, told more about their backgrounds before their cosmic ray encounter, and even warned the fans not to be so harsh when they wrote in complaints about Sue (or Ben might come and get you).
I don’t think anyone had ever done anything like it before.

All-Star Comics #11 saw the JSA becoming the Justice Battalion to join the fight against Japan and meeting Wonder Woman.

Crack Comics #11 gave the Black Condor his secret identity as Senator Tom Wright, slightly obscure, but I love the Golden Age Quality books.

Spider-Man met the Avengers in the pages of Avengers #11.

The Avengers-Defenders War — possibly the first major crossover event? — reached a climax in Defenders #11.

How about an honourable mention for one of these?

Didn’t Bucky…I mean, Winter Soldier…come back in Captain America #11?

This issue of Deadpool is utter genius. A great choice, IMO :)

Expanding from “anthony r”, I’d think the trio of “New Gods” 11, “Mr. Miracle” 11, and “Forever People” 11, which together formed the finale of the original New Gods saga, might beat this out.

Oh, and “Jon Sable, Freelance” #11 introduced fan favorite, Maggie the Cat!

Crisis on Infinite Earths #11 featured the first appearance of the entire post-crisis DC universe.

Zot! #11 was where the series turned to black-and-white (and McCloud’s talents made the first of several jumps with that issue.)

Definitely Amazing Adventures #11, a key for which I searched for quite a while. Not a big fan of the Deadpool; a storyline from a minor title, well-regarded by the few fans of that title doesn’t seem noteworthy enough.

Great googly moogly, I must have the big two on the brain. The freakin’ COCKROACH debuted in Cerebus #11! Now that’s something to celebrate.

Quasar #11 mixes up more aspects of the Marvel universe than, dare I say, any single issue of any comic has ever done. First off, Quasar is tryign to help Makkari, so you have the Avengers and some Eternals action. They visit Excalibur (during the Alan Davis era), so there’s a mutatn tie-in. Modred the mystic tries to possess the Rachel Summers Phoenix, so we have magic involved. And he’s possessing her to reelase Chthon, so we have a connection to the High Evolutionary’s Next Men. Find me another comic that shows so many Marvel worlds, usually siloed away from each other, bumping up like they actually inhabit the same world.


July 8, 2008 at 8:42 am

I wouldn’t call the 11th issues of the Fourth World books a finale, Matt Bird. The story was still a year or two from its finish. The sudden termination wasn’t a classic moment in comics, unless you’re measuring major mistakes.
And the 11th issues themselves were OK, but not the best. By this point in the run the books to me feel a little forced or uncertain. Infantino had already taken Jimmy Olsen away from Kirby, directing him to create more new titles. (And in hindsight that wasn’t entirely a bad idea, as it led first to Kamandi and Etrigan, and then to Omac) Worse, Infantino had meddled with the Forever People, insisting that Jack put Deadman in the book. The eleventh issues all have a slightly panicky feel to them, from the boss breathing down his neck.

But number seven better be “The Pact.”

Just re-iterating my shout-outs to Hellblazer no. 11 in which the Newcastle fiasco is finally revealed, great issue!

Warlock no. 11 is “The Strange Death of Adam Warlock”, a Starlin classic (and a beautiful cover to boot).

Superman Annual no. 11, “For the Man who has Everything”, which I had expected to take the slot.

Those are some good ones!

One that I haven’t seen mentioned yet is Avengers Annual 11 which was the first appearance of Rogue and the reappearance of Ms. Marvel. It set up years worth of X-Men plots, so it should at least be a contender.

Though, the Superman Annual definitely should win this one.

Avengers Annual #10 is the first Rogue.


July 9, 2008 at 11:35 pm

FF #11 would be my first choice, but Hellblazer #11 was one of the scariest comics I ever read.
Avoid the Norfulthing.

Alpha Flight 11 is one of my favorites. It’s the first appearance of Omega Flight. It also leads to the heart wrenching Alpha Flight 12. These of course are the first series I’m talking about.

Lewis Himelhoch

August 13, 2008 at 7:41 am

Marvel Feature #11 was a great Hulk/Thing fight and it was the beginning of a long running Thing team up series (The book eventually changed name to marvel two in one) and eventually a Thing solo title.

Seeing Deadpool #11 on this list made me smile. I always claimed that this is one of the funniest comics ever written, and my wife even gave me this issue for an anniversary gift. It is the pinnacle of #11 for comics books, a number that is usually the setup for the end of a series. I’ll think I will pick it up again and enjoy!

Captain Haddock

March 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

Oh man, I’m at work and I’m remembering this issue and I sit elbow to elbow with my boss and I’m trying desperately not to crack up. This was the first DP comic I ever read, and came out just as I was making the chouce in my youth to be a comic book guy or a video game guy. We used to pass it around to all my classmates in the old motherland of Pakistan, and even they found it hysterical (though a lot of jokes about Alex P. Keaton flew over our heads). I read somewhere that the genius in the premise is that this basically takes a fun little story and gies it the MST3K treatment, which is so true. What an amazing story, guarantee you read this and DP will always have a soft spot in your heart, no matter what he does.

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