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Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown! – #24

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Miracleman #24

This was a tough one. My original pick was going to be Young Magazine #24 (1982), the Japanese magazine where Akira first appeared. Then I thought that was more than a little bit too clever, ya know? I mean, come on, who knows what issue Akira debuted in? It’s a magazine, it doesn’t even have standard numbering! So that seemed a bit too much.

So that left two choices (in my opinion, of course). Avengers #24, which was the notable end to the Avengers battle alongside Kang in the future. Remember how cool that battle was? And how the princess that Kang could not intimidate into marrying him suddenly falls for him when he does the right thing and then she ends up DYING for Kang? That was so bad-ass, and ended up being the basis of at least two notable Avengers story arcs (one by Roger Stern and one by Gruenwald – okay, notable is a bit of a stretch for Gruenwald’s story – but it did give us one of the cheesiest mini-series EVER!!).

However, when it comes to notable issues in comic book history, I think Miracleman #24 stands out. On the surface, it is just a standard good comic book by Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham.

However, what it really is is the very last issue of Miracleman EVER!

Eclipse went under around this point, and the rights to Miracleman have been a bit of a (rhymes with blustermuck) ever since, so this issue has become famous due to the inability of people to ever, you know, READ IT!

So yeah, while I have gone from one cutesy answer (Young Magazine #24 1982) to another one (the last issue of Miracleman), I think it works, consarnit!

Other notable #24s include those of Lee/Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man, Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four, Gaiman’s Sandman, Morrison’s Doom Patrol and Moore’s Swamp Thing!!

10 Comments

Awww, great pick! I didn’t expect this one at all. Nobody talks about Gaiman’s Miracleman ’cause Moore’s run is so (deservedly) celebrated, but I think Gaiman offered it the perfect benediction.

Tom Fitzpatrick

July 20, 2008 at 5:56 am

Still waiting for MIRACLEMAN # 25.

My favorite Gaiman Miracleman issue (heck, my favorite Miracleman issue period) is #17, but I’m sure there’s no way that’ll get picked now that this one has. Oh well, at least it’s being represented!

Is it just me or are the candidates from the same grouping of about twelve comics or so? Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Doom Patrol, Sandman, Avengers, Swamp Thing all get honourable mentions a lot of the time…

Perhaps it’s because those books are all AWESOME!

What about Atlas Comics’ Young Men #24, Timely/Marvel’s brief Silver Age revival of its superheroes – the Human Torch, the Submariner and Captain America? Marvel Superheroes going after the commies!

Is it just me or are the candidates from the same grouping of about twelve comics or so? Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Doom Patrol, Sandman, Avengers, Swamp Thing all get honourable mentions a lot of the time…

There are only 12 important comics. Everything else is Quasar.

“Other notable #24s include those of Lee/Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man, Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four, Gaiman’s Sandman, Morrison’s Doom Patrol and Moore’s Swamp Thing!!”

why were these notable?

Quasar #24 was all about the suck. Maelstrom created an enormous universe-swallowing black Hole, and wanted Earth to go in first. Dr. Strange and assorted other magicians helped that from not happening, while Quasar dove right into the black hole to confront Maelstrom himself. Feel free to say this issue sucks.

Others from my usual suspects:

The Fury of Firestorm #24 contained, in an 8-page preview backup story, the first appearance of Blue Devil.

Grendel #24 was the beginning of the Orion Assante/Eppy Thatcher arc

Puma Blues #24 1/2 (There was no 24, but this was a 16-page mini-comic which gave it the ‘1/2′) was the last issue of Puma Blues ever (which is slightly more likely to still be true in five years than the Miracleman)…

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