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Top 100 Comic Book Battles Master List

Here is the Top 100 Comic Book Battles Master List, as voted upon by you, the readers!


The Top 25 were revealed a little while ago, so now we’re filling in picks #100 to 26, five battles at a time! Check back each day to see which battles were revealed that day, all the way until Christmas Day, when the final battles will be revealed!

100. Superboy Prime vs. the Teen Titans

99. Skurge vs. the Forces of Hel

98. Squadron Supreme vs. the Redeemers

97. Superman vs. Batman (New Frontier)

96. Thanos vs. Warlock, Captain Marvel, Avengers, Thing and Spider-Man

95. Ogami Itt? vs. Yagy? Retsud? (Final Battle)

94. The DC Heroes vs. the Center

93. Spider-Man vs. the Hobgoblin (Amazing Spider-Man #249-251)

92. Silver Surfer vs. Thor (Silver Surfer #4)

91. Wolverine vs. the Hulk (First Battle)

90. Spider-Man vs. Sinister Six (First Battle)

89. Superman Prime vs. Ion

88. Avengers vs. Nefaria (First Battle)

87. Captain America vs. Red Skull (Cosmic Cube)

86. Spider-Man vs. Firelord

85. Authority vs. Kaizen Gamorra

84. Punisher vs. Barracuda

83. The Ultimates vs. Thor

82. Flash vs. Zoom (First Battle)

81. Deathstroke and Terra vs. the Teen Titans (The Judas Contract)

80. Spider-Man vs. Venom (First Battle)

79. X-Men vs. Cassandra Nova

78. Thing vs. Champion

77. Mr. Fantastic vs. Dr. Doom (Timeslip)

76. Captain Britain (and friends) vs. The Fury

75. Wonder Woman vs. Mind-Controlled Superman (Sacrifice)

74. Batman vs. Cops in Year One

73. Superboy Prime vs. Superboy

72. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vs. Martians

71. Avengers and Justice League vs. Krona

70. Wolverine vs. Sabretooth (Right before the Age of Apocalypse)

69. Spider-Man vs. Morlun (First Battle)

68. Doom vs. Beyonder

67. Magneto vs. Apocalypse

66. Swamp Thing and Friends vs. The Soul off Darkness (American Gothic)

65. Thor vs. Iron Man

64. Batman vs. Superman (Hush)

63. Batman vs. Ra’s Al Ghul (First Duel)

62. Supergirl vs. Anti-Monitor

61. Batman vs. Joker (Dark Knight Returns)

60. Wolverine vs. Sabretooth (Mutant Massacre)

59. Superboy Prime vs. Supermen

58. The remains of the JLA vs. Darkseid

57. Punisher vs. the Russian

56. Superman vs. the Elite

55. Nova vs. Annihilus

54. Colossus vs. Juggernaut

53. Fantastic Four plus Friends vs. Galactus

52. Superman vs. Muhammad Ali

51. X-Men vs. Magneto (Fatal Attractions)

50. Jesse Custer vs. Cassidy

49. Thor vs. Beta Ray Bill

48. Hulk vs. The Superheroes of New York City

47. Flash vs. Professor Zoom (Return of Barry Allen)

46. Spider-Man vs. Kraven (Kraven’s Last Hunt)

45. Heroes vs. Villains (Secret Wars)

44. JLA (with a spotlight on Batman) vs. Hyperclan

43. We3 vs. The Government

42. Batman vs. Bane (Knightfall)

41. Batman vs. Joker (Killing Joke)

40. The Battle of Fabletown

39. JLA vs. Avengers

38. Superman vs. Mongul

37. Daredevil vs. Nuke

36. Ultimates (and friends) vs. The Liberators

35. Jesse Custer vs. Jody

34. Daredevil vs. Bullseye (Daredevil #181)

33. Superman vs. Lex Luthor (All Star Superman #12)

32. The X-Men vs. Magneto (in the Volcano Base)

31. JSA vs. Dynaman

30. Thor vs. The Midgard Serpent

29. X-Men vs. Dark Phoenix

28. Legion of Superheroes vs. The Forces of Darkseid

27. The Final Battle of Civil War

26. Morpheus vs Choronzon

25. Fantastic Four vs. Galactus (First Fight)

24. Batman vs. Mutant Leader (Dark Knight Returns)

23. Invincible vs. Omni-Man

22. X-Men vs. Marauders (Mutant Massacre)

21. Ultimates vs. Chitauri

20. Avengers vs. Korvac

19. X-Men vs. Hellfire Club (Dark Phoenix Saga)

18. Avengers vs. Ultron (Ultron Unlimited)

17. Deathstroke vs. Justice League

16. Batman vs. Guy Gardner

15. DC Superheroes vs. Anti-Monitor (Last Battle in Crisis)

14. Wolverine vs. Hulk (Ground Zero)

13. Hulk vs. Thing (Fantastic Four #24-25)

12. X-Men vs. Imperial Guard (Dark Phoenix Saga)

11. Spider-Man vs. Green Goblin (Death of Gwen Stacy)

10. Bullseye vs. Elektra

9. Avengers vs. Masters of Evil (Avengers Under Siege)

8. Spider-Man vs. Juggernaut

7. Ultimates vs. Hulk

6. Sinestro Corps War

5. Thanos vs. Everyone (Infinity Gauntlet)

4. Miracleman vs. Kid Miracleman (Second Fight)

3. The Final Battle in Kingdom Come (Primarily Superman vs. Captain Marvel

2. Superman vs. Doomsday (First Fight)

1. Batman vs. Superman (Dark Knight Returns)


The first…hmmm…let’s say 10 (#100-91) will be up tonight.

the links for 1-25 just go to the first page of the countdown, not the individual entries.

I dunno.
I still think that # 10 and 14 should be be # 2 and 3.

But that’s just me.

One thing to say: Dark Knight Returns sucked. Having it as #1 is just wrong. #2,3 and 5 are all awesome though.

Where Punisher vs Barracuda? and Punisher vs the Russian?

Although I slacked off and didn’t submit my entry in a timely manner, and I don’t read a lot of DC fare generally, I have to say that I agree with #1 wholeheartedly. #8 and #22 also made my list, good stuff.

the links for 1-25 just go to the first page of the countdown, not the individual entries.

Just for you, Conor, I actually went back and individually linked to each numbered entry, 1-25.

Look at that service you get! :)

I hope that the first Batgirl (Cassandra Cain) vs. Lady Shiva (not known at the time but eventually to be revelaed as her mother) fight is on this list, Damion Scott and Kelly Puckett built that thing up and then delivered an insane fight. It was the real conclusion to the Death Wish storyline that had been going on through the first 25 issues.

Why are entries #26-85 missing?

Please dont ignore Fantastic Four # 112 22 pages of thing verses hulk. no one ever lists it

houseofjanzen thought DKR sucked?

fuckin idiot.

The first thing I thought of when I started the article was the DKR battle. the grit and determination of batman, and the resourcefulness he shows is fantastic, pretty rare in the cookie cutter comic book battle department. Awesome!

I also want to second Batgirl v. Lady Shiva. Seriously classic.

Right on, Scott, but I’m afraid the umpteen kick-ass fights in Akira may cancel each other out. I myself didn’t vote for any because I didn’t know whether to pick Keneda and his gang vs. Tetsuo leading the clowns, or Keneda, Kay and the kids vs. Tetuso in the Nursery, or the final fight in Olympic Stadium, or… etc.

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Thor versus the World Serpent, bitches!

Where do I go to nominate fights?

I’d like to nominate the Justice Alliance of America (of Earth-D) along with some of the E-1 heroes versus the Shadow Demons of the Crisis.

Walt Simonson´s Orion vs. Darkseid !!!!!

You’re right. It was Keneda v. Tetsuo. My bad. I think of it as one huge fight, but the final part is best. TETSUOOOOOOOOOOO……..

What about the Anti-Monitor vs. Supergirl ? they were killing each other and Supergirl was about to win when female Doctor Light distracted her..

No sign of Doom vs. The Beyonder from the original Secret Wars?

Wow…if Spidey vs the Original Sinister 6 checks in only at 90, and the FF vs Galactus barely cracks the top 25… then I’d say a lot of voters need to read more comics from more than just the last 5 years…yikes..and if the multi-part Spirit/Octopus doesn’t make it…then this list has no validity….

cant believe nothing from world war hulk or planet hulk is listed….wtf

Where is…

The Authority VS The Evil Doctor?

The Authority VS The mock Avenger Team?

Those were awesome!

And I’m with Scott too. Akira VS Tetsuo!

May i Nominate

Connor Hawke and Ray Palmer Vs Darkseid..

I am a big Punisher fan and hence tend to get disppointed when punisher doesnt figure in any top lists…..
So i recommend Punisher vs Russian, their first battle……No gadgets, no acrobatics, no super powers….
Pure, no holds barred pain fest……….and i hope this gets a higher place
I mean come on…batman vs mutant leader at rank 24?????…….well Punisher vs Barracude was anytime better than this,,,,,,and any of the two battles they had…………
One more recommendation….Punisher vs the russian army at the nuclear base in the From Russia with Love arc in Punisher max…….

What about the Anti-Monitor vs. Supergirl ? they were killing each other and Supergirl was about to win when female Doctor Light distracted her..

I believe those votes got counted towards entry #15 (though I know it wasn’t the last battle as the text says)

You know, the pace, it’s going to need to be picked up a whole lot to get the 40 remaining battles up in three days…

At this point, it would take a Christmas miracle!

OK Doom vs Beyonder is in, but I second Nick Pitarra in that The Authority vs. Mock Avengers should be represented here, or the Authority (mostly Midnighter) vs. New Authority/Seth round 2.

I’d love to see Blink vs. Holocaust on the list somewhere. And although it’s a little off the beaten path, Tao vs. WildCATS 1 & 2 would be nice to see.

You know, the pace, it’s going to need to be picked up a whole lot to get the 40 remaining battles up in three days…

It’s designed to give folks a specific reason to check out the site on Christmas Day, as that day will have more than one update. ;)

I believe those votes got counted towards entry #15 (though I know it wasn’t the last battle as the text says)

Looks like I was wrong about that as the Supergirl one has just turned up at #62. My guess is a lot of people said DCU Superheroes vs The Anti-Monitor without specifying which battle.

My guess is a lot of people said DCU Superheroes vs The Anti-Monitor without specifying which battle.



It’s a *32-page* fight scene!


I’m surprised that more people didn’t list Spidey vs the Green Goblin from Jenkins’ run on Peter Parker: Spider-Man, issue #47. Probably has the best line Spidey ever delivered to Norman- “Just being you… That’s life without parole.”

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So there’s THREE Superboy Prime fights on here, but no LOBO VS SANTA CLAUS MACHETE FIGHT???

What a joke…..

Now it’s all over, my votes that didn’t place anywhere (and I’m surprised by all three) are:
4 – Rorshach vs Prison
8 – Captain America vs Hank Pym in Ultimates
9 – Rorsharch vs Polics

Oops – That Anonymous was me. I don’ t know why my name disappeared from the box

A little disappointed that Tony Stark vs. Jack Daniels didn’t make the list.

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You didn’t mention one Avengers fight that should have made the list. It could be considered part of the Avengers vs. Korvac, I suppose. It is where Hawkeye takes down the Collector after the Collector has captured everyone single Avenger and Guardian. Great battle.

Carl J. Maltese

February 7, 2009 at 1:57 pm

You seem to have forgotten Killraven vs. Skar from Marvel’s Amazing Adventures #34 (Circa. 1976)

granted, the fight was only one panel, but i seriously can’t believe superman vs. azmodel from jla #7 wasn’t on the list. that one panel, with azmodel shouting “yield!” and superman responding “never!”, coupled with the reaction of flash and green lantern in the next panel– “this is the guy who says he can’t live up to his hype? he’s wrestling an angel!” is, i believe, the single most iconic superman moment.

What gave the battle between Spider-Man & Kraven the right to be in this list? There was absolutely no resistance from Kraven when Spider-Man was punching the blood out of him after Spider-Man left his grave and no resistance from Spider-Man before he gets drugged

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I disagree with #1, I think Miracleman vs Kid Miracleman should be #1. Also no mention of Hulk vs Sentry?

Ok…I understand that American Comics are all that American Comic Book Geeks known about. But that said, Where is Goku vs Freiza. Where’s Orochimaru vs Naruto(4-tailed form), Where’s The other countless Manga battles of the last 20 years? Or is your tendency to only see American making you blind to the world.

3 Fingers Brown

January 19, 2011 at 2:33 am

How about The Governor’s return to the prison and the ensuing battle in Walking Dead? Lori (and the baby) getting blasted was an absolute shock!

Garth Ennis’ Herogasm throw down. Brilliant!

I’m with anonymous about Rorshach vs. the prison. Too cool!

Ed (A Different One)

May 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

Wait, wait, wait . . . .hold on a second. We have a late entry here, and quite frankly, I think the list should be revised to reflect the new winner (see attached link).


It doesn’t get more badass than Pinder vs. Giggles.

Where is iron Man vs The Mandarin in the “Haunted” arc. They get into two of the most brutal and epic fights in Iron Man’s entire history.

My vote goes to three Epic Battles I loved DC Comics’ “Superman versus Doomsday (First Fight)”, X-Men versus Imperial Guards (The Dark Phoenix Saga), and X-Men versus Hellfire Club (The Dark Phoenix Saga).

While most of the battles are awesome, this is mostly a DC/Marvel list. Stormwatch, Planetary, Authority and a few dozen books are missing here…

no Batgirl vs Shiva?

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