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Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown! – #27

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Detective Comics #27

This was a tough one. First, as a reader kindly pointed out, Spectacular Spider-Man #27 was the first time Frank Miller ever drew Daredevil.

Secondly, as I already noted for #35, Hank Pym is the most famous character introduced in the twenty-seventh issue of a comic book, so you’d think that would get the nod.

However, I am going to have to bend to the fact that Detective Comics #27 is very likely the most famous #27 issue.


Anyhow, this issue features the uncle of a member of the Justice League! Hawkgirl’s uncle, Speed Saunders is one of the featured stories in this issue.

Slam Bradley, who made his debut in the very FIRST issue of this title, also had a story in this comic.

Hey, Slam is a detective! So I bet when DC put out that one-shot comic called Detective 27 awhile back, I bet that is who they were referring to!!

Also, Plain Clothes Pete, Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise, Flatfoot Flannigan, Doctor Fu Manchu, Bruce Nelson, Crimson Avenger, Tenderfoot – this issue truly had it all!

It even had a new costumed hero! He was all right, but a bit of a Shadow knock-off, in fact, I think the Chemical Syndicate he fights here is basically the same one as a Shadow novel that came out around the same time.

But I guess the Batman was okay.

Good issue, overall!


I almost detect some sarcasm there–or at least some tongue in cheek.

No matter what other #27’s did or do in the future–it’s going to take a lot to beat the debut of one of comics’ biggest characters ever.

It is funny how famous this issue is – it’s one of, if not the only one, on this whole countdown that had a whole one-shot just devoted to it, the aforementioned Detective 27.

Not sure what you mean by “devoted,” I’ve never read Detective 27 (either one tbh) but Marvel did put this out not too long ago


Not to mention David Lapham’s ongoing mini and probably a bunch of others I don’t remember.

Oh I guess I presumed that “Amazing Fantasy 15″ was gonna be #15. It still might go to Deadpool #15 ;-)

I dunno, man, this bat guy’s got pretty stiff competition in the first-appearances department, like Captain Triumph in Crack Comics, the Sea Devils in Showcase, Starhawk in Defenders . . . and Doll Man in Feature Comics!

Oh I guess I presumed that “Amazing Fantasy 15″ was gonna be #15. It still might go to Deadpool #15 ;-)

I dunno, do you think people know what happened in that issue?

Maybe I should have a poll on it. :)

But what about Quasar#27? Anything big happen there?


July 11, 2008 at 12:16 am

But what about Quasar#27? Anything big happen there?

This one was such a no-brainer, that before I clicked on it, I was sure Brian was going to have put a Quasar issue in just for a stir.

Quasar #27 guest stars all of your 1990s Marvel favorites! Sleepwalker! Darkhawk! Deathlok! Moon Knight! And Quasar himself! All in one comic! You’d find them invidiually in the quarter bin, tbut together they have to be worth at least $1.25!

If only Thunderstrike had found a way to be included…

If Skull the Slayer and Team America (oh, sorry, the Thunderriders) weren’t in it, no sale!

Obviously, this one is a no-brainer. But beyond Batman:

DC Comics Presents #27 was the first appearance of Mongul and Warworld


Hellblazer #27 was Neil Gaiman’s celebrated ‘Hold Me’

JLA #27 was also a really fun “JLA vs Amazo” story that Millar wrapped up in ONE ISSUE. It’s probably my favorite Millar story (either that or something from Superman Adventures).

I dream that, one day, I’ll be able to roll my copy up and hit Meltzer in the head with it.

Unless Grant Morrison ghostwrote it, Stephen. As the latest “Urban Legends” post notes, you never can tell.

Interestingly, Amazo also played a part in the original JLA#27 — not as the villain but as a tool of Snapper Carr’s(!!!) yankee ingenuity.

Heh. No, it didn’t read as a Morrison JLA story… you can tell it’s not him writing it. On the other hand, it’s SO well-written that I’d be tempted to suggest that Waid ghost-wrote it, as it’s similar to the fill-ins he’d done earlier and so much better than you’d expect out of a Millar-on-JLA story.

(Either way, I take it as a sign that telling an Amazo story that lasts seven issues isn’t the best of ideas. McDuffie should take heed. Heck, even Winick understands that.)

Oh, and for people wanting to read “Case of the Chemical Syndicate” for cheap, but in something approaching the original form, pick up Detective Comics #627, which features the original plus three remakes. Sadly, the one with Aparo art is probably the worst of the bunch.

Oh, I neglected to mention, the Giffen JLA #27 sadly did not have Amazo like the other JLA #27s did.

It did, however, have Amanda Waller. And Blue Beetle in a coma — I know, I know, it’s serious.

Maxwell Lord must have thought “do you really think Ted’ll pull through? There were times I could have murdered him…”


I just cracked up laughing at that Smiths reference.

yeah…this *could* be considered important, i guess.

Well, sure, but when I think of 27, I think of ROM #27, where ROM: Spaceknight led Galactus to the Dire Wraiths’ homeworld and said, “C’mon, eat up! Soup’s on, big fella!”

ROM was hardcore.

Patrick Joseph

July 12, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Didn’t Zot! #27 have the reveal of the pie throwing contest?

Jamie Hernandez wrapped up the 2 parter “In The Valley Of The Polar Bears” with Love & Rockets #27. Gilbert did a couple of short one offs while resting up for his next Luba epic.

American Flagg! started the post-Chaykin run with #27. Weirdo’s final issue was #27.

Yeah, I’ve got nothing. Good call on this one.

LOL this was a no brainer.

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