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Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown! – #7

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Crisis on Infinite Earths #7

#7 is surprising in how few notable issues happened at that number.

New Gods #7 was “The Pact,” which detailed the origin of the current situation between Apokolips and New Genesis, and the whole “Scott Free swapping places with Orion” story, which is a big part of New Gods history.

The very first Neil Gaiman Sandman storyline ended with Sandman #7.

Amazing Spider-Man #7 was the first time a Spider-Man villain returned (the Vulture, by the by).

The Fantastic Four and the Justice League of America are noted in how UNnotable their seventh issues were – really lowlights, actually.

The most notable issue other than the one representing this number would be Daredevil #7, which was the first appearance of the Wally Wood-designed red costume for Daredevil. That’s a big part of comic book history, but I think that the seventh issue of Crisis on Infinite Earths – the death of Supergirl, stands out a bit more, mostly due to:

A. The shock of a major character dying like this


B. The famous George Perez cover

Those two combine to make this a comic that continues to be referred to over and over again – heck, we were just discussing it a month ago, vis a vis the Perez cover (which has been homaged a lot since then).

So that’s the pick.

Name me some other lucky sevens!!


Yeah, good call. That issue made us all forget that no-one actually liked the character! – And it made my sister cry.

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #7 is the first appearance of…the Justice League International, being actually the continuation of JUSTICE LEAGUE. While not in ltself notable, the title change signals DeMatteis and Giffen distancing their League from the all-star Leagues of the past.

JLA #7 is the ish where Superman wrestles an angel. Notable for being the time SUPERMAN WRESTLES AN ANGEL!

CIVIL WAR #7 is the ish where Captain America is defeated by angry pedestrians. Notable for…hey look, Superman’s wrestling an angel!

FROM HELL #7 was the last Ripper murder, notable for being one disturbing piece of graphic literature and probably the last chance to include FROM HELL in the list.

SOVEREIGN SEVEN #7 was…probably not that notable, but the Seven Soldiers have never had a seventh issue and somehow no one thought to write BIG HERO SEVEN or SEVENBALL.

Avengers Annual 7 — the first time that Adam Warlock died.

Two more, from the Golden Age:

All-Star Comics #7 marked the first time that Superman and Batman appeared alongside the JSA, the first of only two occasions they would do so in the title’s original run.

Star Spangled Comics #7 marked the introduction of the Guardian and the Newsboy Legion. (I admit I had to look up this one.)

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 5, 2008 at 3:20 am

I’d agree with Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Another classic.

Quasar #7 showed off the combined might of Quaze and the recently-Cosmic Spider-Man! together, they handily defeat Terminus, and tow him off-planet like a garbage scow. This is the problem with accurately writing a really, really powerful superhero: even Avengers-level threats are no big deal.


August 5, 2008 at 7:11 am

The Death of Supergirl would probably be more of a landmark if they didn’t kill her off a bunch of times (in various other incarnations) afterwards.

And, as far as the cover is concerned… I liked it a lot better the first time I saw it (as Michaelangelo’s Pieta’ – OR as the cover of UNCANNY X-MEN # 136 – http://www.comics.org/coverview.lasso?id=34632&zoom=4 ).


However, as far as # 7’s go… I guess this is as worthy a choice as any.

It WAS a damned good series.


Random Stranger

August 5, 2008 at 7:15 am

“The Death of Supergirl would probably be more of a landmark if they didn’t kill her off a bunch of times (in various other incarnations) afterwards.”

Well they had to. The artist was out of ideas for a cover that month.

I prefer the Perez version of the theme over the Byrne version, personally. I think it’s partially it’s the fact that there’s a George Perez crowd shot entirely in mourning behind them and partially that having Superman as the central image on the cover is a more powerful image than Cyclops.

You know what bugs me the most about this column?

The fact that I’m finding out about Quasar all out of order.


Jeff Ryan, you should collect your Quasar reviews and get them in order, so I can feel a sense of narrative here. Maybe a few images, covers or interiors, and post em somewhere. Maybe even here.

Okay, let’s see…

The Fury of Firestorm #7 was the first appearance of Quebecois Separatist Terrorist Supervillianess Plastique, who, after a few appearances in that book would go on to reform, marry Captain Atom, and then get divorced and unreformed entirely off-panel between Captain Atom relauches and wind up hooked up with a minor Batman villian.

Cerebus #7 was the first appearance of Elrod.

Taboo #7 was the final issue of that anthology series, and contained the prologue that is the only part ever published of the Neil Gaiman/Michael Zulli “Sweeney Todd”.

issue #7 of the Invaders was the first appearance of… BARON BLOOD!!!

Bernard the Poet

August 5, 2008 at 9:40 am

Is it really such a good cover? I always felt Superman’s arms are too long – if he really held Supergirl like that, then his big red S wouldn’t be visible.

This would definitely be my pick for #7 — but speaking of Marv Wolfman’s work, he also took over Tomb of Dracula starting with #7.

Some other notables: Star-Spangled Comics #7 featured the debuts of Guardian & Newsboy Legion, TNT & Dan the Dyno-Mite and Robotman, which is a whole lot of awesome in just one issue.

And, um, let’s see, Blue Diamond came and went in Daring Mystery Comics #7, and Freedom Fighters #7 introduced the never-again-seen Invaders clones, the Crusaders.

NEXUS #7 was the first First Comics issue, when the title was rescued from Indy obscurity and given its wider exposure.

IDENTITY CRISIS #7 took a major DC characte’s wife and set her on the path to becoming a major league villain for the last several years.

Final Crisis #7 was notable as the first appearance of the first character of the early 21st Century to have their adventures chronicled..

Oh, wait. Wrong time line. Never mind.

I second the request for a compilation of all Jeff Ryan’s Quasar related comments, in numerical order. I actually want to go out and read that series now. It sounds pretty darn fun.

I’ve been waiting in anticipation for this one, because I *knew* that it simply *had* to be New Gods #7, right? Right? It’s only one of the finest single issues of all time…

“JLA #7 is the ish where Superman wrestles an angel. Notable for being the time SUPERMAN WRESTLES AN ANGEL!”

Great two-part story, too – one of my favourites from the Morrison era.

“Is it really such a good cover? I always felt Superman’s arms are too long – if he really held Supergirl like that, then his big red S wouldn’t be visible.”

He’s in proportion – it’s just that it’d normally be hard to hold a person in that pose that low.

Then you remember that it’s freaking SUPERMAN (pre-Crisis version, even), and that curling Kara’s weight probably wouldn’t be that big a deal. Actually, I always liked Perez’s (and, I suppose, Garcia-Lopez’s) lankier rendition of Superman – having him be too bulked up misses the point a bit. It’s why I’m not a big fan of Quitely’s version of him in All-Star; he looks too doughy.

Big question now is whether Crisis can go two-for-two with #8.

Big answer is, very unlikely.

R. J. Sterling

August 5, 2008 at 7:32 pm

‘Quasar’ was an AMAZING series. I could not WAIT for that title every month.

I think the old Mantlo/Golden Micronauts #7 was the first time the ‘Nauts met an established Marvel Universe character, the Man-Thing. Also notable for being about the only time I found him scary, even though he’s beaten pretty easily! I think issue #8 is actually better though, as an awesome cosmic fight between the first-appearance Captain Universe against a human-sized Baron Karza. Certain panels of that still give me shivers.

I would like to throw in my support for having all of Jeff R.’s Chronicles of Quasar collected…. I’ve got one Quasar issue (and some pages were torn out) but it seems like a pretty fun read.

What do you say, Jeff?

Much as most of us have wound up loathing mega-events like “Crisis”, this is indeed the only #7 to consider.

It was dulled quite a bit by other Supergirls coming back after that (particularly the current one, who most resembles the “dead” one), but still, it has some real impact.

I just realized, reading through the comments, that I’ve found myself stunned that Pedro Bouça hasn’t (yet) posted with some Tintin issue to “trump” all of those pesky minor DC and Marvel possibilities. :lol


Pedro Bouça

August 6, 2008 at 5:20 am

I was too busy, but the Tintin #7 is a good one, The Black Island!

Tintin goes to ol’ blighty to catch a counterfeit gang. This isn’t one of the best Tintin books, but it’s interesting because there are no less than three different versions of the adventure.

The first was serialized on the belgian comic supplement Le Petit Vingtième in 1937-38 and later compiled on a B&W album. The second version was the 1943 color album, which was a colored and slightly altered version of the original. But on the 60s, the british Tintin publisher said that version was too out-of-date and suggested Hergé to do a new one. He did it in 1966 (most of the gruntwork was done by his assistant Bob de Moor) and this is the version we know nowadays.

And you guys thought Batman’s origin had a lot of different versions…

There is a book in french compiling all three versions side by side. It’s quite fun to see the differences between each one of them!

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Awesome choice. I own the issue, and Perez puts so much detail into it that you can identify just about every character on the cover. The epilogue, with Superman giving kara a private funeral, is very touching. A lot of other good choices mentioned, but this is def the right choice.

New Mutants number 7.

First appearance of Mr. T (alias “Axe”).

Hi! Just a question: I always assumed that the Perez cover was a tribute to X-Men #136, where Cyclops is holding Jean in exactly the same way. This would have been around 1980, right? So, aren’t the “homages” mentioned also homages to that famous X-Men? If I’m wrong, please let me know!



The pose, Shaun, is a real common one, and had been used on covers before Byrne’s (although Perez may have specifically been homaging Byrne’s cover).

What I mean by homages of this cover is covers that are clear that they’re homaging THIS cover, you know, with the people in the background and everything.

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