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The Top 70 Most Iconic Panels in Marvel History – Day 20

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!

The Mighty Thor #353…

Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #12…

Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #49…


#3, if only for Reed’s whiskers.

Boy, Reed looks a lot like Fury in that panel.

I too love the look of RR sporting a beard, but I’d say this image is more iconic:


Still get the bearded Mr. Fantastic as well.

P.S. http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y106/13TonGimp/lol.jpg

Ooops, forgot to add that I’d go with the Ditko one because that unmasking of Spidey is a great scene and a truly classic frame.

When I was first getting into comics, the ‘death’ of Odin always disturbed me- it was a weird thing- I’d never really given Thor much of a look, I can’t recall reading any Thor comics and don’t recall the character outside a few cartoons and perhaps appearances in Secret Wars and Avengers- yet I knew my Norse mythology and for some reason, Odin being swallowed up by the Earth, locked in combat with Surtur, just felt so wrong- its probably what drew me to the book (which then easily thralled me with Simonson’s dazzling art), and I picked up every issue prior to it and stuck with it for every issue after. “Into your hands I give the future”- Villi and Ve’s words to Odin, Odin’s words to Thor and Loki, who seems every bit as upset as his “good” stepbrother. It still gives me chills.

Really an unparalleled, dynamic run by Simonson.

And watch Thor scare the crap out of Hela next issue too when she decides to taunt him about Odin’s disappearance!

“I’ve never seen Reed so grim… so resolute… so unshaven!”

I like the Spidey one.

BTW, I have another suggestion for a panel. In New Mutants #45 (?) when Kitty is speaking to the students. Talking about how people should be treating each other, and not classifying people based on sex or gender or colour or lifestyle.



I love unshaven Reed. Though I’m surprised Johnny didn’t burn that beard off of him.

It must be hard to shave your face when it is rubbery.


August 21, 2009 at 6:45 am

In the FF panel, I love how there’s 4 people standing there with 5 different dialogue balloons. It looks as though Ben couldn’t make up his mind over which comment to say, so he said them both.

Have we seen any Thanos yet? It strikes me that there ought to be at least one (and in fact multiple) iconic panels from Starlin’s various Infinity Sagas, even if I’m not sure what panels should be considered iconic.

One of the hardest selections of all…I guess the FF one because you see the absolute panic in their faces…which makes them so human….Zounds, what artistry!

Although that panel from Thor #353 is good, I prefer the panel that takes place earlier in the same issue:

ODIN: But how better for a god to die, Surtur of Muspelheim than facing fearful odds? And when better to die than with a man’s sons beside him!
ODIN: For Asgard!
THOR: For Midgard!
LOKI: For Myself!

I agree, Roger, I prefer that panel, as well.

I was planning on posting that in the next couple of days as a sort of bonus. It’s a wonderful panel (and thoroughly captures each character’s personality). I just don’t think it is as well-remembered as the closing splash, and I didn’t feel right giving that issue TWO panels, ya know?

YES! THOR! My favorite panel from Simonson’s run, especially since it subtly echoes the last panel of his first issue so well.


Not only do I think it’s one of the most iconic comic panels in history, Simonson’s run is the reason I read comics for nigh 25 years.
I also think the Death of Skurge would make a great cool comic book moment.
What a run.
While everyone that I knew were scrambling after the X-Men, the two books that got me were Thor and New Mutants (with Bill Sienkiewicz)… definitely runs to remember.
(Thank god for PAD and the Hulk afterwards or I’d have been lost)

“…and I didn’t feel right giving that issue TWO panels, ya know?”

I don’t know, Brian… Would it be the first instance of an issue having two panels on this list?

A classic’s a classic… and this issue was definitely a classic.

i have to go with pannel three the look of fear on the ff faces over seeing how larger Galactus is and that seeing reed has not shaved is classic

I can’t look at that Thor panel without thinking of this scene from the IT Crowd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsriu6a_ukw

These are all good but I’d have to go with 3 out of the 3 of them.

#1. Did Simonson do his own lettering for the sound effects/short dramatic proclamations? He used a lot of them, and used them very dynamically.

I’ve actually never seen the Spider-Man panel before. Very nice.

I like the Kirby one as well. Funny, between Reed and Johnny, I’d picture Johnny as the guy who’d let his personal grooming slide. Although I guess he wants to look good for the chicks.

Out of sentimentality for both the panel and one of my favorite single comic book issues ever, I would have to go with the Thor panel as my favorite.

(A nice candidate for a cool comic book moment would be the opening pages where Loki takes on Surtur, including Loki’s nice entrance, “Many questions. One answer.” It’s easy to forget that Loki’s stalling pretty much saves the universe in that scene!)


August 21, 2009 at 10:09 am

Re: the Thor panel — I know who “Stan” and “Jack” are, but who are “Vinnie, Artie and Sam” also referenced at the bottom of the page?

“#1. Did Simonson do his own lettering for the sound effects/short dramatic proclamations? He used a lot of them, and used them very dynamically.”

I’m pretty sure all the lettering in Simonson’s THOR was done by the great John Workman.

Vinnie – Vince Coletta, inker.
Artie – Artie Simek, letterer.
Sam – Sam Rosen, letterer.

All worked with Stan and Jack during their classic Thor run.

(Although, to be fair, Bill Everett was a much better inker during his short stint as Kirby’s Thor inker.)

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

I like unshaven Reed. It seems fitting to his personality too. Too busy to shave because he’s locked away in his lab.

Man it’s tough for me to choose between #2 and #3.

The unintentional deception in panel 2 is divine, but what’s more terrifying than the thought of Galactus in your ‘hood?

#3, but only because I flipped a coin.

Workman did the lettering, but I’m pretty sure Walt draws his own sound effects.

I love that Simonson moment, but unshaven Reed and “IF THIS BE DOOMSDAY!” (my favorite FF title ever) must prevail.


you must post the other one form Thor #353. That´s the one I remember from that issue.

Wow…tough choices but I kind of agree with Gavin about the panel with the Watcher and Galactus talking while the FF look on might have been a better choice.

As to the one that got chosen for the FF, the pencilled version before the inks looked a bit better IMO

Here is a scan I made from the Jack Kirby Collector:


The Spider-Man and FF panels are great choices.

But for my money, the last panel of Simonson’s first Thor issue, with the powerless Don Blake crying out, “FATHER!”, was a lot more iconic than your choice above.

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