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The Top 70 Most Iconic Panels in Marvel History – Day 11

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!

Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #51…

Avengers (Vol. 3) #22…

Captain America #113…


As much as I like Steranko’s art, does Cap have an extra joint in his left leg midway between knee and ankle? I prefer the two-page splash with the motorcycle.
Seriously, have you ever tried to stand with your legs spread that wide? Might as well paint a target on your groin.

Joe Sinnott was the only person capable of inking the Thing the way he was meant to be inked!

I’m betting #2 there is the only one of these panels to feature Firestar. Or Cap’s energy shield.

Captain America #113 is iconic. Nearly every panel in that issue is gold.

My fav is the explosion 2-page spread with Cap and Rick jumping to safety.

That cap issue I got as an over-sized album in French, at a garage sale or something, years before I really started collecting comics. I could barely follow the dialogue and narrative, but wow, what an impact.

Yeah, there’s your winner for FF. That’s a top 10 pick for sure. As much as you’d want to recognize something from FF #1, there’s nothing there that is as iconic and resonant as the “This Man, This Monster” splash. I can remember a dozen great panels from that issue: the reveal of the Negative Zone, Ben’s transformation back to human, fake Ben tossing Reed off the asteroid, and Ben’s hand morphing back to rock form as he knocks on the door. Stan and Jack were in full stride. Great pick.

Tough that pannel #2 had to be featured the same day as “This Man… This Monster!” That one is easily the most iconic of the three today.
Gotta say though, I personally like Thor telling Ultron he would have word with thee more.

Great Busiek Avengers choice. Definitely the Ultron story was very intense. I was trying to think of one I would pick … maybe Wanda calling Wonder Man back to life? Or Jan signing the submission letter to Kang during his world domination invasion?

Two more ideas:

“He” coming out of the pod in Fantastic Four.

and the Avengers discovering the pod that held Jean Grey’s body in the Hudson River (or was it the East?).

i have to go with the first one. for it shows the thing accepting that he will not be his old look any more and the rain represents his saddness and his acceptance of his true fate

I think I’d go with the Thing panel.

I admit I never understood why everyone loved that Thor/Ultron moment so much when that same story arc had one of the greatest holy s–t moments in Avengers history. I’m talking about the previous issue’s cliffhanger when, after spending a whole issue defeating Ultron, the Avengers encounter another Ultron with a higher number on its forehead, then another, until one shows up with a number like “612” or something incredible (sorry I don’t remember the exact numbers). I hope that sequence shows up in a Cool Comic Book Moment entry.

Having said all that, this Avengers panel has become legendary, so it’s earned a spot on this list, I suppose. But I still go with the Thing.

Panel #1, Best Splash Page Ever!

my favorite thing panels are when he is crawling through ego the living planet


August 12, 2009 at 11:29 am

#1 by a mile.

I love Cap and really love Hydra, but as has been said there are better examples of them.

The splash to FF#51 should easily make it into the top ten (I hope).

@Roman – 100% agreement.

will we see cap in the ovel office at the end of the secret empire.

FF #51 is one of my all time comics from any publisher. But while the splash page is great, and almost certainly the most iconic panel in the issue, I just have a personal preference for the pseudo-Thing sitting in resignation, as the asteroid upon which he rests hurtles towards oblivion.

If you’re going to bring in Steranko’s Cap work, you just HAVE to go with the Bucky/Grim Reaper montage (recently homaged by Bru/Epting)


That, or the two-page motorcycle splash.

Actually, you can find all three here



#2 is a contender for my favorite panel of all time, so I have to go with it, even though the other two are great.

That Avengers panel really seems out of place between those other two. Nice piece of artwork, but it doesn’t really represent a major “wow” moment for the characters, the book, or the medium. And, quite frankly, without those elements, it’s really too recent to have achieved real icon status.

#2 is the first one of these featured that is I read when it came out.

I don’t get #1. I like a lot of the Lee/Kirby FF stuff, but this seems pretty static to me. His body language and facial expression say nothing. I get it is important because of the story it is involved in, but it just doesn’t seem like the best of the Kirby FF stuff. His trademark energy is not at show here.

#3 is the only one I recognise here

I find it funny to even compare #2 to the other two panels, especially #1. It isn’t even remotely in the same league. That Avengers panel looks like it was drawn by a 15 year old kid who may or may not have some potential. It is just silly to me. Maybe the dialogue is cool, but the artwork is too… average (which is being kind)… to call that panel iconic. When I googled this issue I read it was drawn by George Perez… I hope that isn’t true. There is SO MANY better representations of his work than this panel.

Number 1 is definitely the way to go here, but man, 3 is superb.

Sadly I have to agree that while Perez is one of my favorite artists, the panel here (which I’ve never seen before) looks kind of sad in comparison. I know it wouldn’t count, but I’d take any single panel of JLA-Avengers over this one.

Are you guys kidding? That’s patented Perez detail, all over the place, and typical of his run on the Busiek Avengers?

However, if we’d prefer an iconic panel from JLA/Avengers, how about something from Superman vs. Thor: “I guess my dial goes up to 11!”

To be fair, Shawn, that’s not really Perez through and through.

That was Perez breakdowns and Al Vey finished art (that was their pretty clever solution to keeping Perez on schedule, they had him do breakdowns for most -if not all – of his Avengers issues rather than finished pencils).

By the end of his run, Paul Ryan was brought in to sort of co-pencil the book with Perez, where Perez would do extremely light breakdowns that Ryan would take to full pencils and then Vey would ink the finished pencils.

True, true, the inking plays a big role. I’m a Perez Zombie, always will be.

Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. You can kind of see Perez in there somewhere, but the inking and coloring is a hot mess.

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