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The Top 70 Most Iconic Panels in Marvel History – Final Day!

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 last three panels! And click here for the master list of all the panels posted so far! I;ll be giving you folks a chance to vote for your top ten in an hour or so!

The Mighty Thor #353…

Amazing Adventures (Vol. 2) #5…

Captain America (Vol. 5?) #25….


Whoa, I see Gene Colan’s racy (for the 1960s) Black Widow panel made it in. I thought I would be the only one old enough to remember that :-)

I liked his work here in Astonishing Tales 8. Ed Brubaker picked it as his favorite Gene Colan work for the Tribute issue last year.

Wow, I’ve never seen that Widow panel before. (If I say anything more, my wife will kill me.)

That Cap panel had to make it, for better or worse.

I think the Cap panel would win this round for me (and it’s a fitting conclusion to this list, what with it being the death of an icon and all).

I’ve never seen the Amazing Adventures panel before, but something this list had been missing was some classic pin-up sort of eye candy (the closest we’ve gotten was the Mary Jane panel). This looks like just the sort of avant garde comic panel that probably had a big impact back in the day. I also would have thought of one of Byrne’s explicit She-Hulk panels, but this Colan panel was probably a more subtle forerunner of that sort of cheesecake.
Good to see Gene Colan on the list at last!

This list turned out to be way more diverse than I thought it would be. I was worried it would be all Lee/Kirby/Ditko from the 60’s, but I’ve really enjoyed the different artists and eras, particularly from the 70’s and 80’s.

Any chance we’ll see some panels that almost made the cut?

All in all, thank you for a very entertaining exercise, Brian.

Was there something wrong with this website today? I checked a few times throughout the day, and there was absolutely nothing new here; it was all stuff from yesterday. Now, all of a sudden, there’s a bunch of stuff, including two days of Iconic panels that weren’t here a few hours ago.
You’re probably not the one to ask, but I wanted to ask someone.

I’m going to go with the Thor panel of this batch.

Great work, Brian. You really managed to summarize what makes Marvel unique. The cheesecake shot is a perfect example of the way Marvel incorporates Good Girl art into its comics.

Any chance we’ll see some panels that almost made the cut?

The last three “cuts” were the panel where Reed finds out that Sue has miscarried, the panel where Warlock realizes that the Magus is him and the panel where Spider-Man looks at Ground Zero after 9/11.

And yeah, a key part of this for me was to capture the most iconic panels from various eras of Marvel’s history (except the 50s), so stuff like Guardian’s death, which is not as big of a deal NOW but was a major deal back during the 1980s (similarly, Venom’s debut, the McFarlane Spider-Man pose, Black Widow coming out of the shower – each of these panels were very special to Marvel fans in the eras where they came from).

Hmm… it’s just occurred to me that one panel that should have been in the list is the infamous shot of Nick Fury’s gun on that infamously edited Steranko page.

I would say the Cap one… but the miscarriage panel from FF that DIDN’T make the cut woudl beat all of these and many others of the ones in the poll.


August 25, 2009 at 5:40 am

For a death of Cap panel, I would’ve gone with the overhead shot of Tony sitting over Cap’s body and muttering, “It wasn’t worth it,” in Civil War: The Confession. That was a touching panel. The one above with Cap laying on the steps is just schmaltzy melodrama. Or for an even better panel from Cap #25, you could go with Cap’s body underneath a sheet with a vacant eye staring out from underneath.

have to go with the death of captain america for it showed that the marvel universe has become a darker place .

Gotta think Sue’s miscarriage beats out Sise-Neg

None of the Jack Kirby collages for FANTASTIC FOUR made the cut, huh?

Steve, NooooOOOOooooooOOOOOOoooooooooOOOOOOooooooOOOOOOOOooooooooo…..

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