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The Top 70 Most Iconic Panels in Marvel History – Day 5

Okay, in case you didn’t see the introduction, the concept is that each day up to and including the 24th of August, I’ll be posting three iconic panels from Marvel Comics’ 70-year history (panels meaning any single enclosed drawing, including single page splashes). On the 24th, you folks will get a chance to pick your Top 10 out of the 70 choices. I’ll tabulate the votes and I’ll debut the Top 70 Most Iconic Panels in Marvel Comics History on August 31st. In the meantime, feel free to e-mail me (cronb01@aol.com) with suggestions for panels for me to use!

Here’s the next three panels!

Avengers (Vol. 1) #58….

Amazing Spider-Man #121….

Uncanny X-Men #142…

44 Comments

Love that Vision panel! That’s your #1 right there, folks.

Yes!

I was waiting for all three of these, but especially the Vision, which was the first one I thought of for this whole list.

And not a single Silver Ager in the bunch! (sorry, I was just O.D.-ing a bit on those ones).

The funny thing about the X-Men panel is that while it had great impact at the time, if anyone did that to Wolverine now he’d just get up fully healed one or two panels later and gut whoever did it.

@Andy: wasn’t even an issue of Wolverine during Civil War where they actually burn him so bad that only his skeleton remains and on the next issue he was back killing people?

Might as well call him the Highlander

Hey, is the “No More Mutants” panel eligible for this?

BTW< I'm voting for Spidey #121. That SNAP always make me sad…

Cheers,

B

I think that the above “snap” might be one of the most iconic (non-recurring) sound effects in Marvel’s history, certainly.

Alvin (locomambo)

August 5, 2009 at 9:30 am

Not really excited that Wolverine regenerates in a couple of minutes now, every time he does I think about this panel. I was nearly hostile during Civil War after the whole Nitro bit, No Bueno! These are all great images. but if I gotta, I’d have to go with AMZ SPM 121

Great ones all. So far I’ve only disagreed with one out of the how many? 14? Posted.

That Vision panel was parodied in a recent book (Marvel, I think), and I just can’t place it. Nextwave? Something by Dan Slott? Anyone help me out here?

Yeah, I knew that as soon as I hit post, I’d remember it. Aaron Stack with the Celestials, Nextwave #5.

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 5, 2009 at 10:03 am

I’d go with the death of Wolverine as # 1.

i don’t think Claremont ever intended for Wolverine’s healing power to be anywhere close to what it is now. It really wasn’t until the 90s.

I probably read that in a Legend Revealed.

Yeah… That Wolverine:Civil War sequence was pretty appalling… it didn’t actually fit in with anything told before or after… I had almost expected a sinewy/muscular skeleton (with no eyeballs) to leap out of the flames… that would have been a little better…

Then you compare him with Old Man Logan, where his healing factor is pretty non-existent…

I stand by my Wolverine clone theory: There are at least six Wolverines in 616 continuity… they just meet up from time to time to keep their stories straight… (ish)…

;-)

It may be a longshot given the Stan Lee dominance on this list thus far (except in this installment) but I’d love to see the Starlin panel with the head of Thanos, omnipotent from the cosmic cube, filling up the universe while Mar-vell, Drax and the Avengers are scattered.

Besides being a nice image it’s one that gets referenced whenever Thanos’s history is recapped and would represent that cosmic 70’s era of Marvel (we are celebrating 70 years of history after all…we should cover a few different periods of that history, I think…)

Thus far my favorites panels have been the Vision, two Byrne Wolverines and “Spidey no more”.

Well…looks like another vote for Spidey.

And speaking of Gwen…
Does the Mephisto retcon also mean that JMS’s Norman Osborn “O”-face never happened?
Here’s to hoping…

And not a single Silver Ager in the bunch! (sorry, I was just O.D.-ing a bit on those ones).

Well, not to harsh your buzz, but seeing as how the Silver Age is far and away the most iconic part of Marvel history, you’ll be seeing lots and lots and lots and lots more Silver Age moments on the list.

SNAP!!!!!!

I was waiting for that…

@ Aaron : it was parodied in “Nextwave”, by Warren Ellis [Marvel] . I think it was on issue #3 or 4 …
In the scene, Machine Man / Aaron ( heh ) Stack was crying after getting “fired” by the Celestials, in a flashback .

Oh, and while I’m here, I ‘d vote for #3, just to remember that Wolverine COULD be killed not so long ago …

After a lot of thought I think the winner is going to be Green Goblin flying with an unmasked Spidey in tow.

After a lot of thought I think the winner is going to be Green Goblin flying with an unmasked Spidey in tow.

Someone can correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think that’s actually a panel. The iconic image that is always referenced is of the cover to ASM #39, but it’s never actually recreated in the comic.

Am I remembering that wrong?

It (Goblin towing Peter on cables) happens within the comic but the scene is drawn at a different angle. I would not call the version of the scene inside the comic an iconic panel.

that wolverine panel, while tight, is certainly undermined by the fact that he could heal from such an injury now. For me it is also deminished because in subsequent panels you can see the cybernetic housings his claws come from, when they were subsequently retconned (or re-conned, or decon-foggonned, or whatever) to be organic.

wolverine began as annoying, then byrne and claremont made him awesome (with an assist from frank miller IMHO), then the marvel cash machine made him annoying again (but in new and different ways)…

and that vision panel RULES, amazing color for the oldskool days too!

hard to pick just one for like them all but i would go with number two the moment gwen goes tumbling to her death and spiderman thinks he saved her only to learn later she was dead when she fell and the neck snapping was a side effect

dhole wrote; “(we are celebrating 70 years of history after all…we should cover a few different periods of that history, I think…)”

I bet there isn’t a single iconic “Marvel” panel from 1939 to 1960. Maybe a few iconic covers, like Captain America Comics #1 with Cap punching out Hitler, but I don’t think most readers can think of any panels from “Marvel” from that time period.

This is being called a celebration of 70 years of history, but I best most of the “Marvel” history that is still remembered is no more than 48 years old. The first 22 years (the Timely and Atlas years) are primarily unknown by most readers IMHO.

@JoeMac: “I bet there isn’t a single iconic “Marvel” panel from 1939 to 1960. Maybe a few iconic covers, like Captain America Comics #1 with Cap punching out Hitler, but I don’t think most readers can think of any panels from “Marvel” from that time period.

Two panels from Marvel’s Golden age comics come to mind.
• The transformation of scrawny Steve Rogers to Super Soldier
• The Torch flaming on inside his chamber on stage.

Wow! All three of these are iconic for me. If I could only pick one, it’d be the first one.

Vincent Paul Bartilucci

August 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Ah .. there we are. Coulda sworn that Vision panel was from Avengers #57, tho.

Anyway, that’s my vote. IMHO it’s gotta be in the top ten.

Kind of a grim set of panels this week.

By which I mean,”today”. Doy.

i agree with dhole 100% percent.

@joemac: I agree that there aren’t a lot of choices pre-1960 (although Richard J. Marcej’s picks aren’t bad). But the eras I’m thinking of are more stuff from the 70’s, 80’s and even 90’s and 2000’s.

Having said that, I got no ideas from the 90’s or 2000’s (maybe Alex Ross’s Marvels panels, but most of those are homages anyway, I guess).

And yeah, Brian, I know there’s going to be lots more Silver Age coming. I just enjoyed the break today!

Any chance of something by Gene Colan? Something in a Tomb of Dracula, maybe?

@adebisi: “I agree with dhole 100% percent”

thank you. I’m glad you live.

Wolverine getting killed by a Sentinel is a great panel, is in my top ten, really nice.

Peace.

@dhole: “Any chance of something by Gene Colan? Something in a Tomb of Dracula, maybe?”

Not sure how iconic this is, but when I think of the Tomb of Dracula series the panels that first come to mind is from when Dracula was in a church and confronted a painting of Christ. I’ve always thought that that was a hell of an intensive scene.

You gotta have the Doom/Surfer splash page from FF#57.

The SNAP for one reason only….Marvel matured after that story…major characrers died and they stayed dead. Even Joe Q. doesn’t have the chutzpah to bring Gwen Stacy back….cause if he did, the entire Marvel Universe would be one big joke. Super heroes and Super villians can’t be killed. But people without powers can be. THAT’s why that issue was and is a landmark.

Thirty-six years later, I still don’t quite get how being caught by your leg during a free fall would break your neck. Dislocate your hip, wreck your knee, sure, but what exactly broke her neck?
I always thought it would be a better scene if she’d just died without the “snap”, from an aneurism or heart attack or some such.

The Vision panel wins this bunch, no question.
Brian, I know it would make more work for you, but I would love it if you credited the artist and writer with each panel.

“Having said that, I got no ideas from the 90’s or 2000’s (maybe Alex Ross’s Marvels panels, but most of those are homages anyway, I guess).”

The revelation of the Thunderbolts’ true identities at the end of their first issue comes to mind.

It’s interesting to me how the Wolverine panel doesn’t match my memory of it. I don’t have the comic in front of me, but a proceeding panel had the most impact on me. We see his actual skeleton for the first time, and, as Johnny the boy mentions, the cybernetic housings of his claws.

The body posture in Buscema’s Vision; just so beautiful, poised but fragile, defined Vision for years (until Byrne’s West Coast Avengers destroyed it all).

Well the Spider-Man one is the only one I recognise so that’d be the one to get my vote.

@Richard J. Marcej’s: Excellent picks… I hadn’t thought of those, but I can picture them in my mind without having ever really seen the originals… that is pretty much the definition of iconic, no?

avengers panel was ok ..it would have been better if the visions head blew up..ha..and the xmen was ok to but to much dialog for a sentinel.. i liked it better when they were just killing machines..but the spider man one has to be it for me SNAP…ouch thats gota hurt…

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