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The Top 70 Most Iconic Panels in Marvel History – Day 9

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!

Uncanny X-Men #168…

Daredevil #232…

Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #57…


Panel #3 is awesome. Love it.

# 2 & #3 are great.
To tell the truth, I’d forgotten all about that first panel.

Plesantly surprised to see Uncanny 168 included….if the contest were for best integration of a title into the story narrative, this would get my vote. Love the motion lines and the flip out of Kitty’s hair.

What’s up with the Panel 3/Giant Beltbuckle connection?

Kirby often used to draw Doom with a giant belt buckle.

While I don’t think it’s the best panel even of the three selected, I gotta go with #1.

I love Kitty Pryde’s looks. Especially here in the Member’s Only looking jacket. Her and Dazzler’s when she made her 80’s appearances. While they weren’t the greatest characters ever, their looks remind me much of what I perceived feminine beauty to be in those days. They are so 80’s and remind me of a simpler, happier time when The Dark Phoenix Saga didn’t involve Magneto, the Transformers didn’t have testicles, and G.I. Joe didn’t need special suits to slap around Cobra any where in the world without assistance from other elite units.

Time to get more alternative: we need something from Swamp Thing, Miracleman, maybe Flex Mentallo?

“”Kirby often used to draw Doom with a giant belt buckle.”

I think Matt meant that there’s a trend to put people with giant buckles in the third panel, judging by yesterday’s Wolverine one.

Time to get more alternative: we need something from Swamp Thing, Miracleman, maybe Flex Mentallo?

Top 70 Most Iconic Marvel Panels, Shawn.

I think Matt meant that there’s a trend to put people with giant buckles in the third panel, judging by yesterday’s Wolverine one.


Ha, that’s true!

I go with Panel 1, mainly because I like Paul Smith’s art. Plus that title has pretty much become policy under Joe Q; Professor Xavier, alas, has been retconned into being a jerk.

i would have to pick number three though loved seeing something from daredevil born again. i have to go with three for it shows how doom is power mad even going so far as to make himself a god by stealing the power cosmic from the silver surfer besides its doom

I’ve always kind of thought Prof X was a jerk, a pragmatic jerk, but still…

Re: Panel 1, didn’t Supergirl have a similar first page in the early 70s – “Johnny Dee, Hero? Bum!” (I know it’s not Marvel).

Never mind me, I’m obviously drunk today, and forgot the Marvel focus.

No problema, Shawn.

I’m ashamed to admit I don’t think I’ve ever seen that third panel before…

When thinking of iconic panels, several from Rick Jones’ bachelor party come to mind, especially the one of Vision monotonally pronouncing “You must be proud.”

Gotta go for the Kirby Krackle!

Though the Daredevil one is utterly brilliant.

Number three, without a doubt.

Kirby’s crackles win this round.

All great panels. I have no particular recollection of #3, though I recall the context; I totally remember the Kitty panel but not the context; and the DD one is a total classic. So it’d have to be #2 for me, out of a good batch all ’round.

I totally remember the Kitty panel but not the context;

Prof. X has just told Kitty that she must leave the X-Men and join the new New Mutants team, since she’s the same age as them. Kitty, obviously, hates the idea, feeling like she’s more experienced than the New Mutants, not to mention already friends with all of the adult X-Men. She does get sent down to the NM team, but eventually works her way back up to the main X-team.

Wow, splash page day, huh? I’ve always loved that first panel…also really love John Cassaday’s re-creation of it in Astonishing X-Men #1, perfect down to the lettering (although I guess that bit is Chris Eliopoulos homaging Tom Orz).

Okay, I know my memory’s shot, but I swear I always remembered the story where Doom steals Surfers powers as having John Buscema art, but that’s clearly Kirby in that panel.

Kirby Krackle + Doom = win for number 3. No contest.

No love for pre-crazy Frank Miller?

A lonely vote for #2.

Doug M.

Another vote for #2.

I am going with #1. It calls back an entire period of my life. None of the others do that.

Why is there not a t shirt of Panel #1? That is so iconic

A strong vote for #3. I don’t think anyone captured the majestic villainy of Dr. Doom better than the Kirby / Sinnott team. Whenever I hear anyone talk about how cool Darth Vader is, I tell them that they have Victor Von Doom to thank. On a side note, I always associated this splash page with Kirby’s terrific splash of the Thing in the pouring rain that led off FF #50. I wonder if that panel will make the cut.

#3, definitely. Either 1 or 2 would have gotten my vote on another day. All 3 are excellent.

Gotta be panel 2. Panel 1 is also a memorable attention-grabber, but I think the gravity of the Born Again story gives #2 greater staying power. And it was also featured by Dave Campbell in a “F— Yeah” moment, so it HAS to be iconic.

As for #3, the story is a classic, but I don’t know if that panel itself is iconic.

See, on #2, if you haven’t read Born Again, it really doesn’t have much oomph to it. I mean, it’s a great picture of Daredevil, but there’s nothing in there that gives you a sense of what it’s about.

For me it’s all in in reverse order… sort of that biblical thing of the last being first. So its: Kirby/Doom unbeatable at number #1, then Mazzucchelli Daredevil in the middle ground where it sits on this page, and shoring up the rear is the Kitty Pryde entry. I do like Paul Smith art, and this is of memorable period from the X-Men, but I’ve overall never been much of a fan of the many mutant books, including the mother title. So I guess I have some natural biases.

I’m with jjc on this one. Professor Xavier IS a jerk. He was all about the greater good, but never seemed to care about his individual students. What does he do when the original X-Men are missing? He doesn’t contact the FF or the Avengers, he spends his time tracking down and recruiting a whole bunch of other mutants (to go and rescue them, but still). Way to be efficient, Prof!

Panel #1 FTW.

Panel 3. Hard to compete against an iconic artist, never mind the panels. But panel 1 does hold a soft spot in my heart. Glorious ’80s x-men, it’s what I (somewhat) grew up on reading.

1 is fine, but doesn’t seem to be particularly iconic.
2 is a great pic from a great story, but doesn’t seem to iconic either.
3 is a typical Kirby pic which all carry a certain amount of iconicness (that word copyright to me) to them, but seeing as I don’t have a clue where it’s from and have never seen it before I wouldn’t count that either.

Hey, Kitty, don’t blame the Professor for your bad hair day.

This one is a dead heat tie vetween number two and three, and the tie should always go to Kirby, so….

#2. Best image of Daredevil ever.

I’ve been re-reading the earliest issues of X-Men lately, and yeah, Professor X is pretty much a jerk, one way or the other, from the beginning. Let’s just say he never met a memory he didn’t want to erase.

Number 1 for me, it speaks the truth and it was from one of the greatest times in X-men history

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