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The Top 70 Most Iconic Panels in Marvel History – Day 21

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!

Giant-Size X-Men #1….

Fantastic Four (Vol. 1) #40…

Amazing Spider-Man #248….


“The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man” … still one of the most touching comic books stories ever.

Those shadows give Peter Parker a kind of faintly creepy ‘stache.

Suggestion: the Luke Cage/Dr. Doom “Where’s my money, honey?” panel.

I’m not sure I recognize panel two. Little help?

I love the FF panel, but it sort of fails to sum up the awesomeness of that story.

The third one, without a doubt.

As much as I love Giant-Sized X-Men #1, that particular panel isn’t as memorable to me as the Thing crushing Doom’s hands.

#3 FTW! (I’ve always wanted to type that.)



This is unfair. Number 3, easily.

Hands down #1 for me. Finally Storm makes into one of the choices! Don’t dare dig up the Iron Fist issue where she gets a bowl of potato salad in the face, either!

Sure, they’re all just standing around talking in the foyer of the X-mansion … but who ever expected at the time that THESE heroes would comprise a reconstituted X-men? A blast of changing times right where it belonged, in the middle of the Marvel Age of comics!

on the 3rd, AMEN!

” As much as I love Giant-Sized X-Men #1, that particular panel isn’t as memorable to me as the Thing crushing Doom’s hands. ”

It’s like a precursor to Ben crushing Doom’s skull in Ultimatum #5, except good instead of awful…

i have to go with the kid how collected spider man for knowing the reason spider man is visiting the kid and his fate is touching. and shows spider man is a hero with a gold heart.

Bernard the Poet

August 23, 2009 at 2:19 am

The Kid who collected Spider-man. Mawkish, manipulative, sentimental drivel.

Oh, Bernard the Poet, have you no soul? Don’t make me take your comics away.

But speaking of which, can anyone think of any other comic book stories that approach or exceed that story in sentimentality?

I actually realized that an ex-girlfriend of mine was a soulless fiend when she read the Kid Who Collected Spider-Man at my behest and had the only reaction of “So What?”

joecab, Peter Parker: Spider-Man #35 comes very, very close. Probably exceeds it.

Three good choices, only one can prevail….

The crushing of the hands, has to be.
Panel # 2 for me.

I love how the three mutants with uniforms before joining the X-men are on the staircase, and the four new outfits are standing in a row showing them to Xavier.

I do wonder when exactly he had the time to MAKE those outfits. An early hint that Xavier had a list of mutants already assembled?

All 3 are quite memorable.
The whole sequence with Reed turning a reluctant Ben back into a Thing followed by the one on one with Doom should be in the Cool Comic Book Moments. For me, starting with Franklin Storm’s death at the hands of the Skrulls, first appearance of the Frightful Four, and the Battle of the Baxter Building starts the real golden years of Stan and Jack’s FF run.

BTW, since Johnny and Sue lost their father to the machinations of the Skrulls, I always thought that Sue and Johnny would have had a more personal stake in “Secret Invasion”. Even if Johnny was once married to a Skrull :-)

I think Storm was going to finish her sentence with “know I enjoyed dressing like a dominatrix?”

The answer, of course, is telepathy.

I really like #3 as a choice, but I wish we were getting more than 70 choices. Then consensus could whittle it down to the true 70 most iconic panels. Of course, I appreciate all the work that has gone into this.

Whoa….I think the Stern authored Spidey story just jumped up to one….this will be a battle of sentiment vs. intellect and quiet passion against stories of raw fury…whew!


August 24, 2009 at 9:26 am

I’m a huge FF fan, and Doom is my favorite villain by far. This is a very important moment in the history of the FF and a personal milestone for the Thing.

All that said… Panel #3 easily.

This is hands down my personal favorite Spidey story.
One of the most poignant (and yes Bernard, mawkish as well) comics I’ve ever read.

JoeMac – damn that had to be a hard moment of realization. It’d be almost the same thing as if she laughed at a hurt puppy!

I once actually saw her eat a hurt puppy! Nah, just kidding.

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