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Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown! – #30

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Mad #30

Here it is, Norman Mingo’s classic first cover appearance of Alfred E. Neuman (Neuman had many small appearances in the magazine before, but this was the classic one, and the first one where he was the focus of the cover). Neuman would go on to appear on basically every cover of Mad since, becoming a major cultural icon, so really, this was an easy choice.

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of good candidates out there…

Superman #30 was the first comic book appearance of Mister Mxyztplk.

X-Men #30 was the wedding of Scott Summers and Jean Grey.

Fantastic Four #30 was the first appearance of Diablo.

Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #30 was the first issue of JMS’ eight-year run on the title.

Was Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #30 the first mention of the Master Planner?

Saga of Swamp Thing #30 was a particularly good issue.

Name me some more #30s, folks!

Tomorrow is #16, which is the first appearance of a character in a title with a hyphenated word in the title!


Pedro Bouça

August 3, 2008 at 4:53 am

There is no 30th Tintin album and most european series that long (Asterix, Spirou) usually are in mediocre runs by then, so I’ll have to go with an italian one:

On Martin Mystère 30, the two-fisted archeologist Martin Mystère witnesses an experiment that aims to inflict the effect of thousand-year aging on inanimate matter. But something goes wrong, an ordinary mosquito gets into the time chamber during the experiment and comes out highly evolved. Inteligent and deadly, the small insect starts to kill those responsible for the experiment. Will Martin survive?

Here is a cover and description of the issue in english:

The story ends on the next issue.

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Brave & Bold #30 introduced Professor Ivo and Amazo, and was also the last appearance of the Justice League in the title.

Showcase #30 may have been the first time that Aquaman ever appeared on the cover of any comic, and served to launch him into his own title.

And, while I am not at all sure about this, Detective Comics #30 may be the first instance when a villain (the aptly named Dr. Death) returned from death, having apparently died in the previous issue.

Sonuvagun, Ajit, I TOTALLY meant to mention that Showcase #30 cover! D’oh!

That was the first time he was the FEATURED cover character, true (Brave and the Bold #28 was his first cover appearance period).

Oh, this is awesome. Great pick for #30. … It’s weird how he sort of resembles George W.

Doom Patrol 30 was the issue where Cliff goes into Crazy Jane’s head and meets all her different personalities. Terrific issue.

Hyphneated? So much for the thought of Impulse #16 making it. That was one helluva story about Max Mercury’s past, with Bart as comic relief.

Ooo, first appearance of Phantom Eagle in Marvel Super-Heroes #16? How discerning of you.

That said, it would be kind of amusing to see what kind of argument you could make for Rambeau’s debut being more memorable than Cap’s Kooky Quartet.

He has Obama ears.

Minor Typo, brian?

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Mad #30

Presumably this was also the first use of “What–me worry?”

And if I remember correctly, X-Men #30 was total shit.

Not to be too nitpicky, but Mad was no longer a comic book at this point. If this is a list of greatest comic and magazine (or comic-related magazine) issues then I stand corrected, but Mad was a magazine as of issue 24.

It might be a magazine for the stiffs at the Comic Code Authority, but it’ll always be a comic book here! :)

Thanks for the pick-up, onion!

Quasar #30 is a doozy: he crosses over into some of the best What If stories ever told! The Living Laser’s duplicates are loose in the multiverse (which crosses over with a previous Quaze comic, some Iron Mans, AND the better part of a dozen What Ifs!). Quasar has to track them down! This was also the first-ever Quasar comic I picked up, so for me this is the one that made me realzie that stiching together the distant parts of the multiverse with a solid adventure story can be lots of fun, not just a *cough, cough*Countdown*cough* slog.

Cerebus #30 was the first appearance of “Moon-Roach”!!!

wow, I think I have stumbled across the most vast collection of useless information on the internet. I hope all of you have revenue-making ventures that you embark on in between correcting eachother on meaningless history.

“Saga of Swamp Thing #30 was a particularly good issue.”

But was it memorable?

Nice! That’s going outside the box for a pick.

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