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The Top 70 Most Iconic Panels in Marvel History – Day 23

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 #57…

Alpha Flight (Vol. 1) #12…

Daredevil (Vol. 1) #7…


As much as I love that death of Guardian panel, the one in which Heather finds out the truth about Guardian’s resurrection (#26) has always been iconic to me.

I was hoping the Wally Wood DD/Sub-Mariner showdown would make it. That was one of my favorites. Another day with 3 great choices…. Kirby, Byrne, and Wood. Bravo, Brian. Those guys may not have done it pretty or used digital techniques but they made up for it by being storytellers in their own right just as much as the guy doing the scripting.

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm

I’d go with panel # 2.

So it’s the 24th–do we just email you?

Don’t worry, you’ll be informed!

Let’s level about Daredevil — #7, that is. This one doesn’t need any hard sell — it’s one of Marvel’s greatest. One of my all-time favorites, even if Marvel has reused that plot dozens of times since. The panel just before it, where the battered DD reaches out from the ground to beg Namor not to injure New Yorkers is also a good one, and the ones following it:


It’s also notable for two things: the debut of the red costume he’s used ever since (I found the original one too circus-like), and the fake newspaper in corner of the cover:


See that phony news headline? “Panic In New York; Menagerie Breaks Loose.” This is the famous fake newspaper also used in dozens of cheap horror movies like The Horror of Party Beach and even the Rankin-Bass Year Without a Santa Claus. Even as a kid I recognized it on this comics cover. See here for an amusing video blog essay about it:


Oddly, none of the fans of bad movies who noticed this seem to know about its use by Marvel.

All of these are meaningless to me.

Panel 2…easily.

I remember the story where Mac came back and Byrne made up this crazy convoluted reason why which turned out to be a big lie. Great story.

Then someone used the EXACT same story to explain why he was alive.

Uh, no. Lazy, lazy, lazy. And lame.

I damn near almost cried when Guardian died. I dunno why I barely knew him as a character I think it was the way he just was cooly taking apart his suit and then Heather shows up distracting him and bamn. dead.

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