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Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown! – #6

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Showcase #6

It’s actually quite surprising just how few great sixth issues there are out there – you’d think that anything in the low numbers would be filled with notable first appearances and the like, but really, the Challengers of the Unknown making their debut in the pages of Showcase #6 really seems to be the top of the line.

Not that the Challengers of the Unknown are NOT memorable, because they certainly are – four people with very different personalities (including a young hotshot, a big brain and a brawny guy) survive a crash landing that makes them decide to form a group that will investigate bizarre new worlds?

Sure sounds like a bit of an inspiration for a certain other fantastic quartet that Challengers creator Jack Kirby was involved with later on!

While this one would be the tops, I’d say, there are plenty of other pretty darn good other 6th issues, like the first appearance of the Lizard in Amazing Spider-Man, the first Doom/Namor team-up in Fantastic Four and the first Masters of the Evil in Avengers #6.

Oops, I forgot to mention the classic Sandman #6, which was the eerie issue where Doctor Destiny takes over a diner and horror ensues.

Any other good sixth issues out there?


All New Booster Gold 6, which features a resurrection people seem to like?

How about SANDMAN #6, the famous “24 Hours” issue with Dr. Destiny? The first post-Sam Kieth issue of SANDMAN and the first genuinely great issue, I’d say.

More Fun Comics #6! Not only was it the first appearance of the oldest character still in DC continuity — Doctor Occult — it was also the first superhero created by Siegel and Shuster.

On a minor note, Wonder Woman received her lasso in Sensation Comics #6 and Hal Jordan consciously learnt about the Guardians of the Universe in Green Lantern #6.

The first “Super-Villain Team Up” in Marvel history happened in Fantastic Four #6.
Hulk #6 was the last issue of the original series.
Daredevil #6 featured the last (vintage) full-issue appearance of Matt’s yellow and red costume.

Patrick Joseph

July 13, 2008 at 10:30 am

Cerebus #6 is “The Secret” which features Jaka’s first appearance. SHe would go on to be the longest running supporting character in the series.

Llloyd Llewellyn #6 concluded the first Dan Clowes comics series.

Mister X #6 featured Seth’s comics debut. He would later disown it, but it caught my eye at the time and made me a fan. I was delighted to follow him over to Palookaville a few years later.

Yeah, that Sandman issue was unforgettable. Really creeped me out.

Ah! The big ones I was going to point out were Dr. Occult (DC’s oldest superhero!) and Jaka, but people have already spoken up.

Some other debuts: Tommy Tomorrow in Real Fact Comics, Annihilus in the FF Annual, the Destroyer in Mystic Comics . . . and um, Amos Fortune in JLA and Duela Dent in Batman Family. Can’t all be winners.

But I do love the Challs. The real ones, not whatever that thing with Jason and Donna was supposed to be.

Gotta agree on the Sandman. Everyone points to #8 as the point where the series really hit its stride, but number 6 for me was the point where I realized I was reading something special.

I’m going to throw out Justice League Europe #6 – the issue where the team tries to take French lessons and end up in class with the Injustice League. Not especially earth-shaking or incredibly important, but it’s probably one of the purest examples of the Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League’s tone. It’s also one that I think fits the criteria for “you hear the number and you remember the issue.”

JLA #6 was the first Zauriel, X-Factor #6 had the first Apocalypse and New Gods #6 had “The Glory Boat” which was a pretty awesome story. But I think I’d go with the Chals too.

All-Star Superman #6 was phenomenally good, drawing upon past history of the character and imbuing it with something new at the same time.

And if I remember right, All-Star Superman had a great cover, too. Was a fantastic issue all around, one of my favorites from the last several years.

For me, when I think of #6, I think of the first Louise Simpson X-Factor. This was when the book took its first tentative step away from the dead end of nostalgia, and went toward being its own book.

I’ll never forget the diner issue of Sandman, but since I read it in trade paperback, I don’t really remember it as the issue number so much as the story.

Another important #6, IMHO, was Power Pack. I think that this was the issue that really began the series, as the cast moved to New York and the earlier issues could be read as a self-contained mini-series, while aftger the move the book really had its own engine.

I think that WCA #6 was when they first started expanding the team?

Also, I’m pretty sure that it was with issue 6 that Terror Inc. became a supporting character in his title.

That might qualify as scraping the bottom of the barrel, though.


Quasar #6 features what may be a first: A subtle, non-enourmous Venom appearance. Quaze was tracking down all the aliens on Earth, and the Synbiote counts, so he tracks down Venom. Throws a cage around him from a distance and flies him to the Vault. When was the last time a superhero uses intelligence and his superpowers to without effort capture a bad guy?

Wasteland #5 was misprinted, with the entire cover of #6 on the front, including issue number. DC reprinted #5, and then, to make sure it was distinctive when it did come out, used a blank white cover for #6 with ‘the real #6′ in the corner. Both the real and fake ones were, of course, excellent.

Watchmen #6 , the focus on Rorschach, is one of the most cunningly-constructed comic books ever. In addition to Alan Moore’s usual techniques, the entire issue is bilaterally symmetrical (the last panel corresponding to the first, the second to the second-to-last, and so on up through the middle), with the corresponding panels commenting on one another visually or verbally…

Jeff, great point about Watchmen #6. Definitely one of the most memorable issues of that series.

Neil Gaiman said somewhere that all the violence in Sandman 6 was his experiment, to see just what sort of material he could and couldn’t get away with in the new (at the time) mature content.

He said that ultimately the only time he was really stopped on anything was in the serial killer convention story when he wanted to have one of the killers talking about masturbating. His editor apparently told Neil that “people don’t masturbate in the DC universe.”

He said that ultimately the only time he was really stopped on anything was in the serial killer convention story when he wanted to have one of the killers talking about masturbating. His editor apparently told Neil that “people don’t masturbate in the DC universe.”

Someone should have told DC that before they gave Power Girl a series…

What a creepy cover! Geez!

phil from Germany

August 13, 2008 at 4:05 am

How could you forget Starman #6 with it’s brilliant modern age introduction to the Shade?

i think x-factor #6 should take it with the first full intro of apocalypse. for a whole decade up that point, the x-universe needed a second major villain to rival magneto, and they finally got it in apocalypse.

the character the eventually lead to the age of apocalypse storyline, which, in my mind, is the greatest ever non-byrne x-men story

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