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The Top 70 Most Iconic Panels in Marvel History – Day 6

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! And click here for the master list of all the panels posted so far!

Avengers (Vol. 1) #4….

Amazing Fantasy #15….

House of M #7….

50 Comments

Hey, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who thought of it, but Thank You for including Wanda’s words. It’s a panel that is still affecting Marvel today.

Cheers,

B

I would say that the panel where Daredevil sits atop the lamppost above the reporters and lifts his mask and thinks, I am the man without fear.
THAT is one absolutely awesome panel!

Second one, not so iconic… but glad to see you’re pulling from current comics too!

I think the House of M panel belong on the “most contrived panels”.

Stephane Savoie

August 6, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Nominations:
-The first time we see Galactus (FF 47?)
-Skurge firing machine guns (Thor)
-the fissure in space when the Beyonder first appears (Secret Wars)
-Reed Richards finds out about Sue’s miscarriage (Byrne FF)
-Jean Grey sacrifices her life on the moon.

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 6, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Put me down for panel # 3.

Yellowjacket slaps Wasp

Mantis/Kotati and Vision/S.Witch double wedding

Thing mangles Doom’s gauntlets

Galactus Falls!

Silver Surfer condemned to Earth (“I strip you of your time-space powers!”)

Thor and Loki: “Father!”

” – – why not try your luck against the Wolverine!”

First flashback reveal of Ultron-1 (you know which one I’m talking about, when Ulty looks like a big vacuum cleaner – I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Ultron story that didn’t include this shot)

“Don’t you recognize the star-spangled uniform of Captain America?” “She’s right!”

@ Stephane Savoie

“-Skurge firing machine guns (Thor)”

One of my all-time favorite issues (#362, I think), only I’d pick the panel on the next page where Skurge is fighting off the horde, swinging an M-16.

I want to go out like that; its in my Will.

i have to go with pannel one for bucky death is what drove cap for so long until learning he was not dead and was the winter solider. the no more mutant pannel to me showed why bendis should not be doing the xmen or scarlet witch

I haven’t read much of current superhero comics (since the dreck in the 90’s) so I don’t get Panel #3.

Anyone have a quick recap for me why a woman (I say a woman because with that picture you have no way of knowing who’s speaking) saying “No more mutants” is iconic?

This has been kinda Spidey/FF/Avengers heavy. I’d like to see Bruce Banner getting hit by the gamma bomb, please.

Here are some X-Men-centric ones:

1. Magneto ripping out Wolverine’s adamantium

2. Juggernaut being knocked into the ground and only saying “…Onslaught…” or this image: http://www.uncannyxmen.net/images/crossover/onslaught07.jpg

3. Kitty saying “Professor Xavier is a JERK!”

4. Professor Xavier asking Nightcrawler to join the X-Men

I definitely agree with the suggestion of ‘Professor Xavier Is A JERK!’ I LOVE that one. I only have a handfull of X-Men books. I used to have a lot back in the ’80s, but when my brother moved out he took all the mutant books, while I got to keep the Spider-Man. (He later sold all of his, too. What a Jerk!) But by some lucky break, I managed to get a copy of the “Professor is a jerk’ issue for just a quarter, and I’m so glad that’s one of the few I have.
I also have Yellowjacket slapping the Wasp, the Mantis and Vision/Witch double wedding, and Galactus falling. I didn’t even search out these particular issues– they’re just ones that I happned to find really cheap over the years. (Garage sales should to be great for this sort of thing.)
So I guess I’m lucky that I’ve got several of the suggestions that are on here. (Don’t have any of the actual iconic pictures you’ve listed thus far. Most of those are way out of my price range.)

I can’t see “no more mutants” being an iconic panel. For one thing, no one would recognize it without the dialogue balloon. All of the other panels up to now are instantly recognizeable without reading the dialogue. For that matter, most of them can be identified from either the image OR the dialogue. “NMM” doesn’t rank with the rest.

Elf with a Gun.

Everything else is secondary.

Yeah, Elf with a Gun.

The HoM panel is pathetic. Look up iconic dude.

For some reason, I have a very different image of the spider biting Peter in my mind that I have always assumed was the original. It’s drawn by Ditko. It’s a close-up of the spider on his arm. Yellow background? Was it from a retelling? Am I crazy?

Panel two.

Derek J. Goodman

August 6, 2009 at 6:28 pm

I can’t believe this one hasn’t been mentioned yet: Spiderman clinging to Juggernaut as he tries to stops Juggy’s rampage.

Why is everyone hating on No More Mutants. That is an awesome panel. Glad it is included.

Ben, you can’t possible mean “the second one”. That’s Amazing Fantasy #15. You have to mean the third one, “No More Mutants”, right?

Honestly, of these three I think the Cap & Bucky one is the one which doesn’t apply. Sure its old. Sure the issue itself overall is VITAL, it being the introduction of Cap to the Modern Age. But that particular image isn’t all that vital. The one where the ice melts and Cap is revealed is.

And actually, if there HAS to be a panel from the “flashback” part of that issue? The most visibly and emotionally arresting image, BY FAR, is the panel immediately AFTER the one with Cap and Bucky astride the plane. Bucks falls off between panels and we get an INCREDIBLY interesting shot of Cap, hanging upside down and starting to fall himself, the sky red behind him, in the moment where he despairs at Bucky’s death (well, what for so long we and he assumed was Bucky’s death). Even the narrative box above is interesting, as Cap in the Present recalls: “And those were the last words that brave wonderful lad ever uttered… May the lord rest his soul!” Which is pretty powerful phrasing for speechifying in a comic book, especially back in 1971.

I agree that “Professor Xavier is a JERK!” needs to be up here eventually.

I also hope to see a panel of Ben Grimm shouting “It’s clobberin’ time!”

No more mutants. I do not vote for the other two.

Re “No more mutants. I do not vote for the other two”: No “No more mutants.” I vote for the other two.

It’s too soon to tell whether the third panel will be iconic. Ask Marvel readers in 25 of 50 years if “No more mutants” was one of the moments that cemented their love of comics. Let’s hope they don’t say, “Huh? Comics? What are those?”

@Callen493: “Why is everyone hating on No More Mutants. That is an awesome panel. Glad it is included.”

Why?
Why is that panel so iconic?
I don’t get it.

Am I the only Marvel reader who doesn’t like the X-Men much?

comicbookreader

August 7, 2009 at 6:24 am

@Richard J. Marcej: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_M

That’s Scarlet Witch saying those words, the result of which leads to there being only 198 (or so) mutants left in the entire world.

The two that really should be there, Avengers-wise …

The Ultron we will have wills with thee shot form the Busiek run.

The shot from the end of Mansion Siege, with Cap crying over the remains of his room.

Glad to see No More Mutants made the cut. I don’t understand how the other two are iconic. They show famous Marvel moments for the first time, but I don’t see how the panels themselves are particularly iconic.

@JK ” don’t see how the panels themselves are particularly iconic.”

????

Actually those two panels are extremely iconic!

• The Parker getting bit by the radioactive spider is a panel that’s been referenced and referred too numerous times since it’s first appearance. It’s also been, though a bit modified, used in the Spider-Man movie. It not only fits the iconic definition but even if you’ve never read an issue of Spider-Man, you can understand it’s significance.

• The Cap/Bucky plane drone panel isn’t as well known as the Spidey panel, but it too has referenced and referred too many times as well. It also tells the story of Steve Rogers years-and-years of guilt, which had been so paramount to the Captain America character for 40 years now.

The problem with the “No Mutants Panel” is:

• It’s not that old. To be iconic and well known,standing the test of time is important. Through no fault of it’s own it’s so relatively new that I’m guessing, it has never been referred too or seen outside it’s initial appearance.

• If you’ve never read that issue (like me) you have no idea who’s talking or why “No More Mutants” is so important. An iconic panel should be immediately recognized and the grasp of what was going on in the moment of that story should be apparent. This one isn’t.

• It’s not that old. To be iconic and well known,standing the test of time is important. Through no fault of it’s own it’s so relatively new that I’m guessing, it has never been referred too or seen outside it’s initial appearance.

In the (three? four?) years since it came out, that panel has been referenced in a great many Marvel comics. It’s quite possibly is the most referenced Marvel panel of the past two decades. Now you might not have read those Marvel comics, but they’re there. Just like all the tons of comics which reference the spider bite panel.

• If you’ve never read that issue (like me) you have no idea who’s talking or why “No More Mutants” is so important. An iconic panel should be immediately recognized and the grasp of what was going on in the moment of that story should be apparent. This one isn’t.

If you’ve never read Fantastic Four #1, you have no idea why a bunch of people sneaking on to a flight is important, no?

The vast, vast majority of these panels are going to be old panels, but we still have to leave some room for a few newer ones, especially one as referenced as “No more mutants.”

@Brian “If you’ve never read Fantastic Four #1, you have no idea why a bunch of people sneaking on to a flight is important, no?”

Well, yes you kind of do. The Fantastic Four (especially their origin) is very well known. Just like Spidey’s origin and Bat Man’s origin, Superman’s origin, etc… An origin for a long lasting, well known character is iconic enough. Especially since (with VERY rare, if any, examples) an origin of a 40+ year old character stays in canon.

But a story from a recent crossover series? Not so much.

I didn’t know that the “No more mutants” panel has been referenced a lot in the last few years, my bad. Like I said, I haven’t read many mainstream superhero comics in the last decade or so.

IF the ramifications from the “House of M” story continues for decades after, and it’s results continue to shape stories and characters, then yes, that specific moment will stand as iconic. But the way DC and Marvel have been playing fast and loose with storylines, Killing, resurrecting and killing again characters and situations, well, I won’t hold my breath.

But hey, that’s just my opinion.

I agree that if you never read FF #1 you have no idea why a bunch of people sneaking on to a flight is important. That is why it doesn’t belong as an iconic panel. The four hands of the FF, yeah that is iconic. Maybe even the cosmic rays hitting the ship. But four purple morons sneaking onto a ship… out of context, it is completely the opposite of iconic. If you didn’t tell me it was from FF#1, I would never ever know what the heck it was supposed to be. And I’ve been reading Marvel comics for just about 30 years now.

If you didn’t tell me it was from FF#1, I would never ever know what the heck it was supposed to be. And I’ve been reading Marvel comics for just about 30 years now.

I find that hard to believe. I can rattle off about five comic books just off the top of my head that have homaged the panel of the FF sneaking off to their flight to the stars – it is completely intermixed with their origin, hence the iconic stature (although, sure, I’ll admit that the other two panels are MORE iconic, particularly the cosmic ray one – that one even made the cover of an issue of FF!).

EDITED TO ADD: The first anniversary issue that I had handy was the 20th Anniversary (when Byrne was on the book), and the first page was this.

The last one isn’t iconic. It’s just a shot of some lips.

I think the House of M panel is iconic, but not really in a good way. It’s weird that in such an emotionally devastated condition and frantic, Wanda would calmly whisper that sentence. It just proved that the whole event existed to bring about that outcome.

But yes, it is iconic, being referenced and mocked to this day.

At least you can tell what is happening in the FF#1 panel from just the picture (the icon, ya know?). The House of M panel is wholly reliant on the line of dialogue to have any kind of impact. That’s un-iconic, in any sense of the word.

Okay Brian, you got me. I guess its been homaged quite a bit. Maybe I’m just biased and don’t like it. I still think that as important as FF#1 is to Marvel History, we don’t need 3 out of the 70 panels coming from that one issue, and this is the weakest of the the three. But you made your point. I concede.

Four people sneaking onto a spaceship?! How many people? Four? Not three? Or five? No? Four, okay. Well, I’ve been reading comics since, uh, the Bayeux Tapestry (great art), this shouldn’t be too hard to figure out. Spaceship, eh? And FOUR people. Four people in space. A group of four. Spaceship … Marvel Comics, you say?

Comics used to be great at telling stories visually. Look at any of those Silver Age panels and you’ll see that Stan Lee’s (or Roy Thomas’s) dialog is all but redundant. I think that’s what makes them “iconic” images.

Alright Sam, I already bowed down to Brian. What do you want from me?

Alright Sam, I already bowed down to Brian. What do you want from me?

Don’t worry, Joe, he’s not disagreeing with you. He’s just arguing that the panel is clearly depicting what is happening.

How much money do you have on you?

Another vote for a death-of-Skurge panel here. I’d agree with McE that it should be the clobbering-with-a-gun one, tho.

A few quick points (might as well make them here, as it seems to be the most crowded place) regarding suggested panels.

There is no real “introduction of Silver Surfer” panel. He just shows up well before we learn who he is.

Doom putting on the hot mask would be a good one, but the actual panel is not very good at all (check it out, it’s in FF Annual #2).

Matt Murdock jumping in front of the truck is also a weak panel.

Similarly, the introduction of Thor is sort of anti-climactic, panel-wise (it’s a nice sequence, but no one panel stands out). However, the introduction of the phrase on the hammer – THAT might work, what say you guys?

LouReedRichards

August 7, 2009 at 9:50 pm

“Am I the only Marvel reader who doesn’t like the X-Men much?”

No, trust me, you’re not the only one. I wish they’d just go away for a while.

But what do I know? If it were up to me it’d be nothing but 70 panels of FF and Capt. America.

I think the Scarlet Witch comic is quite iconic in a lot of ways, but especially for illustrating Marvel’s approach to the role “magic” is allowed to play in stories now. In some ways it seems to define an attitude.

HoM is iconic, even though I don’t liek that panel, I’m glad it is here

Vote for Professor is a jerk!

Sorry, just saw that it was there already

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