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Comics Should Be Good Top 50 Countdown! – #14

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Amazing Spider-Man #14

The first appearance of the Green Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man is pretty much the clear-cut choice for this issue number, but there are some other notable #14s out there, just not nearly as notable as one of Spider-Man’s greatest (and certainly one of his most famous, due to the movies) villains.

Jeff Ryan, for instance, wished to note the following issue of Quasar #14…

He flies to the Stranger’s giant spaceship orbiting Jupiter, and finds out the Stranger has been collecting anomalous lifeforms he’s detected on Earth, and keeping them in a giant zoo. The thing is, though, every single one of the lifeforms is an actual Marvel character who appeared once or twice and was then completely forgotten about! Bi-Beast, Alpha the Ultimate Mutant, Shanga the Star-Dancer, the friggin’ Fourth Dimentional Man! And even more guys (Rocket Raccoon, Jack of Hearts) show up in the following issues! Check out the list — http://www.quantumzone.org/issues/quasar/quasar14.html

Thanks, Jeff!

Okay, Fantastic Four #14 had a neat fight with the Sub-Mariner teaming up with Puppet Master.

Marvel Premiere #14 had the absolute classic issue where Doctor Strange and Sise-Neg go back in time to the actual moment of creation!!! WOW! This was the controversial issue that Englehart and Brunner faked a letter to get out of apologizing for offending religious types.

X-Men #14 was the first appearance of the Sentinels

All-Flash #14 was an issue “edited” by the Flash’s three dumb sidekicks. I always thought that that was a funny gag.

Sandman #14 was almost the end of Doll’s House. What a cool storyline that was. That really showed you what Sandman was all about, didn’t it? The beginning of quite a roll by Gaiman (the first story arc was good, but not nearly as good as the ones that followed).

But really, Steve Ditko and Stan Lee introducing the Green Goblin is the stand-out issue for this number, even if the actual issue wasn’t the greatest in the world (Goblin really got good once we knew who he was).

Okay, name me some more good #14s!!

Only two more issues left to go in the countdown!!


I’ll admit, the Sentinels are a big deal. That’s a key piece of a huge comic book franchise. #14 is a bit closer because of that then I’d thought it would be.

But yeah. So is the Goblin. Not just for himself either, but because so many OTHER villains spun out of him, as well as so many key events in Spider-Man’s life. Also, its kind of cool that Hulk is guesting in that too. Its like “The Green Squad” that issue, I guess. Okay, maybe that’s a bit much, since it wasn’t a great issue otherwise.

Check out the original glider GG is ‘riding’…

This ties in, sort of, with the last edition of Urban Legends: Lou Fine created the Ray in Smash Comics #14.

Still in the Golden Age, Superman #14 was the one with the classic American eagle cover.

The Atom was invited to join in the Justice League of America #14.

Conan encountered Elric of Melnibone in Conan the Barbarian #14 (one of those issue that seems caught in some sort of copyright conflict).

Eek. wwk5d is right. That “glider” must be hurtin’ Norman’s nads pretty badly. No wonder the Goblin is so grumpy.

And its phallic!

Brian, is there a Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed about that Englehart/Brunner story somewhere? I’ve never heard of it and it sounds interesting.

Oh, that last post was me by the way. Not that I probably post often enough for it to make that much of a difference to anyone. :-)

The Goblin actually rode a “flying broomstick” when he first appeared.

I’m surprised no one’s mentioned IRON FIST no. 14, the first appearance of Sabretooth! It was certainly a very sought-after number in the 90’s (and actually the first 14 that popped to my mind).

But yes, Green Goblin would be the more significant introduction.

I believe this is the 13th Stan Lee comic on the list! He’s certainly dominating this post (and rightly so, I might add…)

Let me take the Legion-Nut stand, and remind the board of the events of the 14th issue of Paul Levitz’s Baxter Legion of Super-Heroes in 1985. Probably the best try-out issue of all of the try-out issues, largely due to the fantastic art of Steve Lightle. This issue not only saw 5 new Legionnaires join (maybe only 4 due to Sensor Girl) including the long-overdue Polar Boy, but also introduced Quislet and set up a host of new sub-plots that would drive the series for over a year. That’s why when I think of fourteenth issues, this is the one that comes to mind.

In addition to the Sentinels, X-Men #14 also introduced the concept of humanity’s hatred and fear of mutants, which would go on to be one of the book’s major themes.

Aha, I didn’t know about the Goblin, but it’s true, everyone loves Normie. Retcon writers, for instance, love him wayyy too much.

I don’t know why, but the first thing that occurred to me was Invaders #14, which introduced The Crusaders. I guess I still have the Spirit of ’76 on the brain a month after the 4th of July. I guess that’s just how much I love America.

I’d like to say that the first thing that came to mind was Tales of Suspense #14, which introduced It the Living Colossus, because he’s awesome. But I’m a bad giant monster lover, and forgot all about it. Sentinels are cool too, I guess.

Other good 14s:

Lord Julius waggled in with Cerebus #14, Fire & Ice joined up in Justice League International #14, and Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew #14 brought in the Justa Lotta Animals.

Pedro Bouça

August 9, 2008 at 9:14 am

The 14th Tintin album, Prisoners of the Sun, is the second part of the adventure started on The Seven Cristal Balls book. On it, Tintin and Haddock go to Peru to try and rescue their friend Professor Calculus, who had been kidnapped by incan agents.

It was the first book to be serialized on the Tintin magazine (from its inception on 1946 until 1948), where it was published on the double central pages. That was A LOT of trouble to fit in the album version later, which caused a large number of sequences to be cut off from it (there is an horizontal format edition in french that reprints the original double pages). The adventure itself is one of the most memorable globetrotting adventures the character has had, although its ending is a bit of a letdown in my opinion (it was inspired on a real-world ruse done by Christopher Columbus). The first album edition dates from 1949. It was later adapted to an animated feature film.

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

I can’t believe I forgot to put in Sabretooth!

I honestly left myself a note the other week to make sure to remember to include Sabretooth’s first appearance, and I totally forgot! :)

Probably because the present volume of Iron Fist defied all probability by giving us an even better #14 than the original…

Cronin said: “I can’t believe I forgot to put in Sabretooth!”

Ah, what’s worse? You forgot Tintin too. :rofl

Ah, the coveted issue of my childhood that I spent a good chunk of my birthday money to acquire one year. In my mind, there are NO other notable #14s.

Andrew Collins

August 9, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Well, it won’t go down in history but DAZZLER #14 did feature the Disco Dazzler vs. The Savage She-Hulk. How cool is that?

"O" the Humanatee!

August 9, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Err, Brian, that’s not “Sise-Eneg,” but “Sise-Neg” (y’know, “Genesis” spelled backward, with an added hyphen).

Uh, Astonishing X-Men #14 had Kitty and Peter ‘do the deed’, and Kitty ends up phasing through the bedroom floor, because Petey’s just that good!

Well, I thought it was funny, anyway.

Kitty: “This is entirely your fault, y’know.”
Peter: “I like to think so, yes.”

Peter’s DA MAN!

That was a broom stick? The redesign of it into a glider was a huge improvement.

Greg, didn’t that issue also introduce us to Tellus as well? Or was a already a trainee at the Academy like Magnetic Kid? (Of course, I wouldn’t say that issue should make the list the way the others that Brian listed should, but it’s a good issue from my favorite Legion era).

GG lost it to me when they brought him back from the dead.

wwk5d: I believe Tellus was shown a couple of times before #14, and was definitely referred to back when Giffen was still drawing the old series, even though never shown. He was a Legion Academy student who couldn’t survive on Earth unaided, and they hadn’t worked up his breathing apparatus yet. I believe his final appearance was a Steve Lightle design.

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