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The Top 70 Most Iconic Panels in Marvel History – Day 22

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 Annual #7…

Fantastic Four #243…

Marvel Premiere #14….


The Galactus one is the first iconic one you’ve posted in days (just my opinion of course).

Also, I’ve never read the Warlock Saga including Avengers Annual 7, but you’ve just convinced me to. That is beautiful.

And I don’t know how iconic the Sise-Neg panel is considering I had to look up the issue to find out what was going on there, but that’s pretty nice as well. Don’t know if there’s a difference between Iconic and Mind-Blowing though.

Aw man, you put the Siseneg/Genesis splash panel in there! I LOVE YOU :D My brother introduced me to that Dr. Strange story and it blew my mind.

The Galactus one is awesome. Byrne’s FF is so classic to me. So many great moments. As a kid, I particularly liked the storyline when Sue Storm becomes Malice and afterwards changes her name from Invisible GIRL to Invisible WOMAN (if I’m remembering that correctly… its been a long time). The most vivid image I have of her as Malice is her expanding a spikey-balled forcefield inside Reed’s body, just viciously messing him up. It is the first story I am aware of that showed that Sue has the most raw physical power out of the FF. She takes them all out with ease if I remember correctly.

I think I will have to go back and reread all my Byrne FFs one of these days!

Galactus falls was such a great moment.

JoeMac you are right in that Byrne turned into the Invisible Woman in more than just name alone. It was a name change that had been a long time coming, but also proper respect for being a key member of the FF and not just arm candy for Reed. She became a powerhouse and rightfully so. Also, her as Malice was dead sexy.

But back to the choice at hand…I have to go with Starlin because that panel is just a brief glimpse into the Starlin impact on the Marvel Universe. He took the Galactic Epic and basically showed what it COULD be if the the writer really went epic big time. Not many writers were able to pull this off, and yet Stalin knew not only how to craft the proper storyline directions for Marvel’s space operas, but he knew how to draw them. Starlin’s impact on the Marvel continuity, creation of characters, etc, etc, etc…well he was a genius. That single panel is simply fantastic.

I have to confess my ignorance regarding the Siseneg/Genesis panel.

What story was that?

Here you go, with even a pic of the issue’s cover: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sise-Neg

Galactus. Panel #2.

Can someone explain the first panel to me?

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 23, 2009 at 7:11 am

Galactus panel.

Warlock died at the end of the panel, but before he died, he meets with all the people whose souls were taken by his gem (if memory serves me correct).

I vote number 1, although I had never considered those two scenes to constitute one panel. But if they do, so much the better.

The Warlock saga was such a great story, and a nice precursor to how well comics could do a self-contained epic. I’ve actually been trying to think of a good panel from that story to use, but this one fits the bill nicely.

Panel 2 is a good choice as well.

Panel 3 looks nice, but is the first item on this list where I not only have never seen the panel, but have no clue about the context, main character artist, or even what title it appeared in!

But, again, looks nice.

Hey, since this batch has been especially cosmic, I am reminded of the most memorable image of the Korvac saga from Avengers 177:

Splash page of a room full of dead Avengers!

Either that or Korvac’s revelation on the last page of 176, but I’d go with 177’s death-panel.

I’d say #2 is the most iconic because it’s probably the most famous storyline in marvel’s oldest flagship series, and it’s pretty well-drawn, too.

but panel #1 is pretty darn cool, too. starlin does have a way with death scenes, doesn’t he?

The Galactus panel just stands out among the three. Glad to see some of Bryne’s FF represented.

Galactus of these for me for sure, though the Adam Warlock one brought a smile to my face. I’d forgotten all about that.

I think I even read that issue of Marvel Premiere, but this panel still doesn’t ring a bell.

The Sise-Nig story is probably the best Dr. Strange story of all time… and I LOVE Dr. Strange. Good choice.

I think you’re 0-3 here.

The Galactus one is the only one I recognize even a little bit, so my vote would go for that one.

have to go with the Galactus one for that shows he may be a force of cosmic nature but the thing is a powerhouse not to be taken lightly.

Holy crap, I’d almost forgotten about that Warlock panel. That whole storyline is one of my favorites. And finally a panel from Byrne’s FF. I recently re-read it and I loved every bit of it. I’d say to throw something in there with Malice, but god, Sue’s hair was horrible at the time…

#1 and #2 are perfect picks. #3 I remember, but it does nothing for me.

Some suggestions….Dr. Strange #55 pg.1 panel 3 X-men #136 pg.12 panel 4 (I still feel Pete’s pain)

Number 2 rules. It’s just damn epic.

Wow. I actually own TWO of these! (The first two.) I would’ve gone with Warlock’s collapse, or his taking of his own soul instead of this one, but this is still good.
For some reason, Galactus falling didn’t make much of an impact on me when I read it, even though it is a good story.

The suggestions of Sue as Malice are a good idea. The spiky force-field inside of Reed DID make a big impact on me when I read it. There are a lot of gruesome attacks in comics, but that one looked so incredibly painfull when I first saw it.
(And in response to JoeMac, Sue changed her name three issues later, after her brutal off-screen torture of the Psycho-Man, who had been responsible for turning her into Malice in the first place.)

I think #1 is a great panel from a great story, but I’m not convinced that either the character or the story are important enough to merit icon status. No quibble on #2, but put me down as another who had no idea where #3 is from or what it’s about.

Y’know, life was pretty good for Galactus before he ever come to Earth that first time.

They were all great moments from good storylines, but iconic…?
Guess I’ll go with Galactus falling, but I can’t really see any of these making a short list.

If you’re still taking suggestions, how about the center panel of these three, from Secret Wars #1: http://www.quickstopentertainment.com/comics101/images/2004/feb18/beyonder.jpg

I don’t know if the Sue as Malice storyline has any iconic panels, but I do think it would be nice to see it featured in “A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments”

We’re already at 64? Wow. There’s slim pickings here. I think the focus has been too narrow thusfar.

Hrm. The Engelhart Doctor Strange is one of my five-or-so favorite runs of all time, but it took me a while to place that panel. So I’m torn between “Good pick” and “maybe some great works are just too complex to boil down to a single image.”

Scott MacIver
August 24, 2009 at 8:36 am

We’re already at 64? Wow. There’s slim pickings here. I think the focus has been too narrow thusfar.

I tend to take the opposite view. I think that, in attempt to meet the quota, the focus has been too broad, resulting in the inclusion of a number of moments that fall pretty well short of iconic.

Another potential problem with the concept is the selection of individual panels rather than entire stories. Not every historically meaningful story can necessarily be summed up with the selection of a single money shot.

I have never seen that third panel before.

Wow. I guess I need to read that story, huh?

Also, one of the remaining ones has to be Wolverine in the sewers about to get revenge on the hellfire club. I couldn’t guess on any of the rest off the top of my head.

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