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Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown! – #46

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Fantastic Four #46

Man, I reeeeeeeeeeeeally did not want to go with this issue for this number. I got as far as to start writing an explanation for why I was going with Doctor Strange #46, the first issue of Roger Stern’s awesome second run on the series. I was going to explain that while yes, technically this should probably be Fantastic Four #46. That issue is the second issue featuring the Inhumans, it has a great Kirby cover and it is a great issue, period.

But that it’d be a bit boring to see the same book go over and over again, so I would give the nod to Doctor Strange #46.

However, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it – if this was #47, then probably. Or #44 or #43 or #42, etc. Those are all great issues (this is in the midst of a stunning run by Kirby and Lee, where they just kicked the book into high gear for a year and half between the late 30s and mid 50s), but they don’t stand out the way #46 does, including the famous cover, which was even homaged by Kirby himself a year or so after this issue!

So sorry, Roger Stern, your run on Doctor Strange WAS awesome, but I just don’t think it it compares enough to Fantastic Four #46 on the memorable scale. If only your run began with issue #47…

Other notable #46s – Justice League of America #46 was a cool JLA/JSA team-up, Justice League America #46 was a great issue introducing General Glory and Amazing Spider-Man #46 introduced The Shocker.

And the usual suspects of Cerebus #46, Swamp Thing #46, Sandman #46 and Doom Patrol #46 are out there, too!



July 24, 2008 at 5:12 am



Just as long as # 55 is Doctor Strange # 55.
That AMAZING issue drawn by Michael Golden (that almost EVERY comic artist has taken swipes from).

The countdown is only to # 50?!?




Tom Fitzpatrick

July 24, 2008 at 5:34 am

If you didn’t want to go with this issue (FF # 46), then you shouldn’t HAVE.

Go with your gut.

What happened in Quasar #46, you ask? Glad you asked. In a months-later clean-up of Operation Galactic Storm, Neutron, one of the Shiar Imperial Guard, is finally stopped by Quasar and d-list guest stars, and the rest of the Imperial Guard show up to pick him up. This is, uh,t he part of the Quasar run where it’s nothing but three-issue stories cleaning up continuity points no one really cares about.

West Coast Avengers #46 gets no love?


Great Lakes Avengers make their debut!

Defenders 46: The Elf with a gun is run over by a truck.

This is just because you snubbed Medusa last time, isn’t it? That’s understandable. I wouldn’t want to piss her off either.

But . . . but General Glory!! Who will inspire the troops now?

Since you clearly hate America, maybe the Crimson Dynamo’s more to your fancy? Tales of Suspense #46 going once, twice . . .

I vote for the first appearance of GLA as well.


July 24, 2008 at 10:16 am

Don’t sweat it.
# 47 was NOT the start of Roger Stern’s run.

Sure, he wrote the little 5 page back-up story, but it only peripherally dealt with his upcoming arc (Clea).

Not for nothing, but Doctor Strange v2 # 46 had a LOT of other big-deal attributes:

– MICHAEL GOLDEN drawn back-up story (a thing of absolute beauty)
– First time the Golden-drawn corner box icon is used.
– CLEA-centric stories – both of them (that’s a rarity right there)

If that isn”t enough, then you COULD nominate DOCTOR STRANGE: SORCERER SUPREME # 46!
It had the first appearance of…
The mighty team of:
STRANGE, SCARLET WITCH, AGATHA HARKESS (who I guess was really DEAD at the time?), DR DRUID & SHAMAN.

So awesome, it should be nominated TWICE!

Check it!



July 24, 2008 at 10:17 am

hey… my [/end sarcasm] tag didn’t show up after my comment of “vote it twice”.

I WAS kidding.



being from wisconsin i feel it has to be west coast avengers #46 as well. they are the perfect team to protect milwaukee from all the various threats posed. since i can’t think of a memorable issue of the badger this was our only chance =(

kirby’s fantastic four surely could have a different issue number.

Let me stand with a fellow Wisconsinite on West Coasr Avengers #46.

Badger #5 was the title’s revival over at First comics after Capital folded.

And hey, come to think of it, Nexus #6 was robbed for the Badger crossover on the bowl-shaped world.

Kirby Black Bolt = Awesome. You don’t need to write anything else to justify your pick.


July 24, 2008 at 2:49 pm

I just noticed another typo on my part…

I MEANT to say # 46 was not the start of his run.
(he only did the back up)

My bad.


If this list were “the top issue numbers that people actually remember”, I bet most of them wouldn’t even be from 1-50. And there would probably be much more variety. But maybe that’s just me. If I could actually remember 50 issue numbers correctly, most of them would probably be Spider-man issues, Batman issues, weird crossover issues, or numbers that stick in my head just because I was looking for that particular issue for so long. Cool countdown anyway.

Supreme 46 – Supreme rescues Suprema and Radar the Supreme Dog from Grorll the living galaxy, who’s had them trapped since 1969. Not worth a mention?

. . . dude, many of your readers may be walking Silver Age encyclopedias, but you didn’t tell the rest of us why this issue is great at all. Okay, second Inhumans appearance, but why is it great?

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