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Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown! – #16

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Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16

As promised, the first appearance of a comic book character in a hyphenated comic book title!

Monica Rambeau, Captain Marvel II, debuts in this neat issue of Amazing Spider-Man Annual, written by Roger Stern with art by John Romita, Jr. It should be an essential part of every comic book library!

Okay, okay, seriously speaking…

All-American Comics #16

This was a tough little battle, with the last issue of Alan Moore’s Miracleman competing against the first issue of the new Avengers lineup competing against the first appearance of Green Lantern, but in the end, I think the significance of Green Lantern’s first appearance wins out.

Of the three, I think Avengers #16 is probably the runner-up, as that issue certainly has taken on a certain life of its own (I recently posited that the cover to #16 is the second-most notable cover in Avengers history – second only to #4, which we may or may not see in a few days ;) ), while Miracleman #16, while still a big-time issue, has a bit smaller of a following.

Still, I think enough people know what issue Green Lantern debuted in, so when you couple that with the fact that Green Lantern was possibly the third-most popular superhero DC had in the 1940s, and I think that his first appearance (drawn by Marty Nodell and written by Bill Finger) is the tops.

Although boy, it’d have been fun for Monica Rambeau to have the spot! :)

Other sweet sixteens include a cool Doom fight in FF #16 and a neat Daredevil guest appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #16.

Name me some other good ones, folks!

Ajit notes that Alfred first showed up in Batman #16!


How could you ignore Batman #16?

I’ll give you any odds you care to name that more people are familiar with Alfred Pennyworth — who made his bow in this issue — than with either Monica Rambeau or Alan Scott, or even both of them put together.

Seriously, has there ever been a supporting character who has lasted longer than Alfred without being either a sidekick (Robin) or a romantic interest (Lois Lane)?

If ever any issue deserves an honourable mention, it’s ***got*** to be Batman #16.

Oh yeah, ‘Batman’ bore a hyphenated name in his early appearances, so there’s that too! :-)

Sure, I’ll mention it as an honorable mention!

If there were no notable numbers up this issue, he’d definitely be in the running (this time around, though, there were THREE notable numbers!).

Pedro Bouça

August 4, 2008 at 4:02 am

“Seriously, has there ever been a supporting character who has lasted longer than Alfred without being either a sidekick (Robin) or a romantic interest (Lois Lane)?”

Of course there is! Comissioner Gordon, first appearance on Detective #27, even before Bruce Wyane shows up as Batman. Gordon rules!

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

“Gordon rules!”

Yes, he does! I have no idea how I forgot #27.

Not many holes left in the ole’ chart! Are 7 and 8 both going to be from Crisis on Infinite Earths? Or will New Gods #7 win a spot?

I think 7 is going to Crisis, because I think 8 is going to Sandman.

Quasar #16 finished up the Journey into Mysery four-parter, with Quaze saving the lives on an uncountable number of Watchers from the Oblivion plague! If not for him, we’d never have What If…?! (Or, not a giant toga’ed baby to serve as its framing device…)

It’s a wonder what #8 will be.

William O'Brien

August 4, 2008 at 6:23 am

Wasn’t this by Bill Finger? I know he co-created and wrote most of the early GL stories.

Well New Teen Titans 16 obviously because it features the first appearance of Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew!

Matthew Lazorwitz

August 4, 2008 at 6:55 am

As much as I’d love to see Sandman #8 in the #8 slot, my money is on All Star Comics #8, the first appearance of Wonder Woman. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Ajit – Perry White, too, appeared before Alfred.

Wow, Bill, you’re right, I wrote Gardner Fox when I meant to write Bill Finger! Thanks for noting it! I fixed it now.

While ASM #16 featured a yellow-and-gold Daredevil guest appearance, it’s also worth noting that Daredevil #16 guest-starred Spider-Man and represents the first time that the great John Romita, Sr. ever drew Spider-Man! I always think about that awesome Romita cover when I think about #16.

Great choice, David!

I should have thought about that, too (I remember looking at Spidey #16 when I put it on the list and thinking “There’s something else connected to this, isn’t there?”) and that issue of Daredevil was it! :)

For #7 I would argue in favor of DAREDEVIL #7, the first appearance of DD’s Wally Wood-designed red costume and an absolute classic of a story featuring a mis-matched fight with the Sub-Mariner. Though I can see CRISIS ON INIFINITE EARTHS getting the nod for being better-known.

ESSENTIAL DAREDEVIL VOL. 1 is still one of my favorite Essentials.

#16 marked the final issue of Luke Cage, Hero for Hire before the title changed and he took up the mantle of Powerman!

Andrew Collins

August 4, 2008 at 9:21 am

Swamp Thing #16 also featured the debut of new regular art team Steve Bissette and John Totleben, 4 issues before Moore took over writing duties.

Sandman #16 was the conclusion to the Doll’s House storyline, which was the storyline where the book finally started to get the recognition it deserved.

Doom Patrol #16 pre-dates Morrison and is fairly inconsequential…

#8 is clearly going to be Spawn which featured Alan Moore’s first work for Image

You had me going there for a bit with the AS Annual #16! I was thinking, “boy, there better be a GREAT explanation for this.”

>> “It’s a wonder what #8 will be.”

If only you would give us a clue…

Let’s see, other notable 16s (besides Avengers, which is huge): the debuts of Captain Carrot in New Teen Titans, Alfred in Batman of course, Phanton Eagle in Marvel Super-Heroes, Madam Satan in Pep Comics, and Interplanetary Insurance, inc. in Mystery in Space!

Once again…Impulse #16, with a major revelation about Max Mercury. Very poigant stuff.

Howard the Duck #16 was the famous/infamous “Dreaded Deadline Doom” issue, where Gerber wrote a rambling, philosophical text essay, illustrated by various artists.

Pedro Bouça

August 4, 2008 at 2:45 pm

The 16th Tintin book is a cool one indeed, Destination Moon. It is one of the most famous (if not THE most famous) Tintin book.

On it, Tintin and his pals go to their most ambitious adventure: A journey to the moon! Not the first for a comic character, of course, but probably the first in comics to be written in a realistic, hard SF way.

This book doesn’t include the moon flight itself, but just whole preparation for the mission. An unusual choice that helps Hergé show off all the research that went on the story’s conception. An industrial espionage subplot helps keep the story moving.

Also, it has some of the most beautiful artwork on the series, including a rare page spread of the moon rocket that is still breathtaking more than half a century later! The distinctive moon rocket became one of the series icons and is recognizable all over the world.

The story was serialized on the Tintin magazine in 1950 and, after a long hiatus while Hergé was looking for an art assistant (eventually he found the talented Bob de Moor, who worked with him for the rest of his life), in 1952. The album was published on 1953. The story finishes on the sequel, Explorers on the Moon, that includes the moon flight proper.

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

New Teen Titans (v1) #16 featured, in a preview insert, the first appearances of Captain Carrot and the Amazing Zoo Crew.

Grendel #16 contained, in the main feature the first new Hunter Rose story since Devil by the Deed concluded, and in the back-up, the first new Mage story since that mini-series concluded.

Just swingin’ by to say: Yawn

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