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You Decide ’09 – Week 3 Results!

Each day in October I’ll give you folks a poll question. Each poll will last four days. The results will be posted every Tuesday leading up to (and ending with) Election Day on the first Tuesday in November. Here is the master list of all questions asked so far!

And here are the third week’s worth of poll results!

Enjoy!

I’ll be giving the rounded percentage numbers (like 37% instead of 36.8%), except to break a tie! Because of rounded numbers, some percentages may seem to add up to more than 100%.
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Out of 1,291 replies to the question:

What Was the Best America’s Best Comics Title?

You decided:

35% Top 10

33% League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

18% Promethea

12% Tom Strong

2% Tomorrow Stories
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Out of 2,280 replies to the question (2,280? Wow!):

Who is your favorite Robin?

You decided:

46% Tim Drake

31% Dick Grayson

12% Damian Wayne

6% Carrie Kelly

2.41% Stephanie Brown

1.84% Jason Todd
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Out of 1,249 replies to the question:

Which of these Garth Ennis works is the best?

You decided:

56% Preacher

23% Punisher

21% Hitman
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Out of 1,884 replies to the question:

Which is your favorite Hank Pym identity?

You decided:

34% Yellowjacket

21% Doctor Pym

18% Ant-Man

13% Giant-Man

7.32% Wasp

6.53% Goliath
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Out of 1,225 replies to the question:

Who was your favorite member of the Suicide Squad?

You decided:

43% Deadshot

17% Amanda Waller

10% Captain Boomerang

3.84% Bronze Tiger

3.51% Oracle

3.27% Shade, the Changing Man

3.1% Rick Flag

2.69% Captain Cold

2.12% Nightshade

1.96% Poison Ivy

1.63% Count Vertigo

1.31% Nemesis

1.22% Vixen

1.14% Enchantress

0.98% Punch and Jewelee

0.57% Atom

0.57% Black Orchid

0.49% Duchess

0.49% Doctor Light

0.41% Ravan

0.24% Major Victory

0.08% Outlaw

0.08% Javelin

0.08% Thinker

0.0% Karin Grace
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Out of 1,334 replies to the question:

Who was your favorite penciler from Chris Claremont’s original X-Men run?

You decided:

40% John Byrne

14% Jim Lee

12% Paul Smith

8% Dave Cockrum

5.43% John Romita, Jr.

4.99% Marc Silvestri

4% Alan Davis

3% Art Adams

1.86% Barry Windsor-Smith

1.71% Bill Sienkiewicz

1.26% George Perez

0.74% Andy Kubert

0.6% Rick Leonardi

0.6% Walt Simonson

0.3% Bret Blevins

0.3% Whilce Portacio

0.22% Brent Anderson

0.22% Rob Liefeld

0.07% Larry Stroman

0.07% Klaus Janson

0.07% Kieron Dwyer

0.07% Kerry Gammill

0.07% Bob McLeod

0.07% Michael Golden

0.07% Steve Leialoha

0.0.% Tony Dezuniga

0.0.% June Brigman

0.0.% Bill Jaaska

0.0.% Mike Collins

0.0.% Jim Sherman

0.0.% Jackson Guice
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Out of 1,244 replies to the question:

Who is your favorite Captain America writer?

You decided:

49% Ed Brubaker

16% Mark Gruenwald

10% Mark Waid

7% Steve Englehart

6% Roger Stern

3.27% J.M. DeMatteis

2.87% Jack Kirby

2.31% Jim Steranko

1.67% Stan Lee

1% Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

0.48% Robert Morales

0.16% Steve Gerber

0.16% Roger McKenzie

0.0% Gary Friedrich

0.0% Dan Jurgens
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Check back next Tuesday for the latest results, and check back every day to vote on the You Decide ’09 question of the day!

47 Comments

Man, it’s interesting how the people who comment on these polls often seem to indicate a far different margin and sometimes even a totally different result for some of these questions.

I guess Nixon was right?

WHOA! Top 10 beat out LoEG? :o

Did NOT see that coming!

Hey, all the ones I voted for won! Sweet!

Not surprised that Top Ten won, but I am surprised that Promethea was such a distant third.

wow, i voted for tim drake too, but i’m surprised he won over grayson.

Wow… indeed. Following all the support in the comments for Dr Pym, I’m amazed he was beaten by Yellowjacket…

I find funny Hitman only got 21% of the votes…

The Crazed Spruce

October 21, 2009 at 3:20 am

So let me get this straight, nobody liked Karen Grace? ….Yeah, that sounds about right.

I thought Promethea was going to win with a large percentual…

I don’t think TOP 10 was the best ABC title, but it was the most conventional superhero-y one (leaving out TOM STRONG, which always walked the borderline between tongue in cheek and sincere) and as such I’m not surprised it got the most votes.

Was Karen Grace, the Robin of TDKR, even _meant_ to be liked? I always thought of her as a spoiled brat that Miller included in TDKR as some kind of satire.

On another point: only 7% for Englehart on Cap? I guess it is time for some Essential-like treatment for that run.

Hooray for Brubaker!

Luis, the Robin of TDKR was Carrie Kelly…. you’re mixing your polls…

;-)

Yay, Preacher!

I can’t believe Liefeld is so high, beating guys like Golden and Guice. What a shame.

Yeah, I can’t believe anybody voted for Liefeld, let alone that many. I guess he wouldn’t be where he is if some people didn’t like his crap.

Apparently I need to read Top 10. I usually like Gene Ha’s art too.

“Man, it’s interesting how the people who comment on these polls often seem to indicate a far different margin and sometimes even a totally different result for some of these questions.”

Its always like that on the internet. WeeklyCrisis brought up that Batman RIP has the most appearances of any comic graphic novel this year not named Watchmen with 31 straight appearances on the NY Bestsellers List. Contrary to everybody on the Internet, where everywhere you go seemed to hate it(I know I didn’t).

The vocal minority at work.

I’m kinda surprised Jim Lee came in second. I voted for him, but I’m sure you guys would have went with Paul Smith or Romita Jr. Brubaker with the HUGE win, that almost didn’t seem fair.

The winners were all either what I voted for or something that look slike a reasonable result. (Now if Dr. Pym had won, I would have words… that is the worst version of the character, bar none.)

I am kind of surprised that Waller beat Boomerbutt, but that’s okay.

Marvel DESPERATELY needs to reprint that glorious J.M. DeMatteis Captain America run. It just showed up behind CapWolf in the poll!

dreamweaver: Personally, I voted for Tim Drake as well, but I’m not really that surprised that he beat out Dick Grayson. My guess would be that Dick had been established as Nightwing for so long, that people prefer that identity for him, and prefer Tim as Robin. (At least, that was my reasoning for voting for Tim…)

Tim Drake and Ed Brubaker’s victories seem to tell me that I may have been collecting alot longer than I care to realize. Still love me that TOM STRONG!

I’m not shocked by any of these, and most of the ones that won were my first, or second, choice.

Top Ten winning doesn’t surprise me because it’s GOOD with all caps. Technically it’s not as good as Promethea, but it’s far more accessible, and for the most part, fun.

“Wow… indeed. Following all the support in the comments for Dr Pym, I’m amazed he was beaten by Yellowjacket…”

Very few readers ever read Hank as Dr. Pym. His most recent appearance on that identity (the excellent mini Beyond) had confidential sales, while he appeared as Yellowjacket on the Avengers until fairly recently.

Besides, most super-hero readers (i.e. the people who answer those pools) have a strong preference for straight super-hero concepts, so a “science adventurer” like Dr. Pym doesn’t move them. Since Yellowjacket was by far the character’s best COSTUMED identity, it was a clear favorite from the onset.

But I AM impressed Dr. Pym made second place!

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Got all the ones I voted on (didn’t care for Ennis for example) right, except for Gruenwald on Cap. But at least he came second. :D

Wow. I voted for Promethea, Dick Grayson, Preacher, Doctor Pym and Amanda Waller, and only one of them won their poll (I couldn’t choose a favorite Captain America writer).

Apparently I’m not in the majority, which doesn’t surprise me at all.

It seems to me that Marvel should split the difference and call him Dr. Yellowjacket and give him a jumpsuit (speedsuit) with a yellow jacket logo and some superhero flair.

Everyone could be happy.

Matt Bird, I agree. J.M. DeMatteis Captain America is awesome

These polls are always going to be based toward the more recent answers.

Only three of these went the way I voted, but the ones that didn’t don’t bug me much.

I love Brubaker’s stuff and it’s got me reading Cap again for the first time in decades, but my favorite issues were written by Stern.

Ant-Man’s my favorite Pym, with Goliath a close second, but I started reading Avengers during the (first) Yellowjacket era and am pretty content with that result.

I have a strong preference for the sensational character find of 1940, but I agree that Tim has really made that role his own, which makes his current Red Robin thing seem out of left field.

I’m surprised Waller was such a distant second to Deadshot, but I’ve got no beef with that result. I went with Count Vertigo, because what I loved about that series was how thoroughly it brought the D-listers to life.

Ian: the appeal of yellowjacket is that he actually has a pretty recognizable costume, I like the current characterization that he is being shown as the wasp(which is basically mixing up yellowjacket and dr pym) but the costume just isn’t that cool. Some people hate the yellowjacket costume, others love it, for the most part there aren’t going to be middle ground for Yellowjacket. If the poll was reversed to say which costumed identity of Pym do you dislike the most, I’m pretty confident that Yellowjacket will finish first or second in that poll also.

The only one I voted for that won was Byrne, but I only voted on the Marvel stuff. I’m really shocked that Jim Lee came in second, because there wasn’t much support for him in the comments.

I’m really thrilled that plain Doctor Pym ranked so high. Until I read the comments on that one, I assumed I was the only person who preferred him that way.

I still haven’t read any of Brubaker’s Captain America. I just still too upset over Bucky being back. I have read a few of his Daredevil stories, and they’re all right, but not great. His Captain America stories would have to be much better than that to deserve this level of popularity. I went with Gruenwald. I just can’t see how anyone else should even be in the running with him. (But it is true that I haven’t read his later issues, which seem to be the ones that upset a lot of people.)

I didn’t vote on the Suicide Squad or ABC poll. But I was on the winning side of all the others. :) Except for the Cap writer, that I voted J. M. De Matteis, but I’m cool with Brubaker winning, he deserves it too.

Mary:

I thought Bucky coming back was a TERRIBLE idea, almost as bad as Jason Todd coming back, but when I actually got around to reading the story I had to admit Brubaker made it a pretty darned good yarn.

Its always like that on the internet. WeeklyCrisis brought up that Batman RIP has the most appearances of any comic graphic novel this year not named Watchmen with 31 straight appearances on the NY Bestsellers List. Contrary to everybody on the Internet, where everywhere you go seemed to hate it(I know I didn’t).

The vocal minority at work.

It wasn’t getting hate from me here!

FunkyGreenJerusalem

October 21, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Not surprised that Top Ten won, but I am surprised that Promethea was such a distant third.

As critically acclaimed as Promethea is – for it’s innovation, medium pushing and playing with narrative – it really didn’t have a hook/plot/character arc to keep the casual reader in place, or make an emotional connection with the reader.
Therefore, it’s never going to be as popular as something like Top Ten, which has characters, plots etc, but still feels like it’s innovative and medium pushing etc.

Man, I haven’t read ANY of those ABC titles. Apparently Top Ten has a city designed by Neo-Nazis, complete with flying castles, and thats pretty much peaked my interest. Also, Tom Strong sounds alot of fun, and JH Willams III is incredible. I think I might be too dumb to get the references of LoeG

“I think I might be too dumb to get the references of LoeG”

I don’t think so, Jeremy. I mean i knew these characters about as much as the next guy who is not well-read in that perticular direction, but i superficially (at least) recognized all the players. What you don’t know you can easily pick up from the internet, where a lot of people have written about it.

And you could also just sit back and read it for the story. It’s very good, i find it has a very cool “urban Indiana Jones” feel.

Kind of pleased Jim Lee ranked highly for his pencils on uncanny x-men back in the day. While there are certainly valid criticisms you can aim at his art, it also brought something pretty special to the book (in my opinion). But maybe I’m just nostalgic because thats around the time I first got into comics

FunkyGreenJerusalem

October 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I don’t think so, Jeremy. I mean i knew these characters about as much as the next guy who is not well-read in that perticular direction, but i superficially (at least) recognized all the players. What you don’t know you can easily pick up from the internet, where a lot of people have written about it.

Yeah, you can follow the main story without knowing a damn thing about any of them.
There’ll just be side characters and the odd bit of dialogue which will have you going ‘hmmm, there’s probably more to this than meets the eye’.

I have no big problem with Brubaker winning for the Cap runs, but Englehart not coming in second is daylight robbery.
Sorry Gruenwald fans, but he doesn’t even come close in my mind…

Yeah, i voted for Tim Drake about 10 times. voted once for each of the others.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

October 22, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Yeah, i voted for Tim Drake about 10 times. voted once for each of the others.

Good to know these polls are accurate then.

Did it feel good thinking your fave character is so unpopular you had to boost the numbers?

Also, why not just vote for him nine times, and give no votes to the other Robin’s?
Seriously, why vote for everyone once?

Yellowjacket came out on top as expected. I’m surprised as well that Dr.Pym got so many votes & Goliath got so little. Looking fwd to YJ’s return & the retirement of this silly “Wasp” concept. Just bring back Jan like we all know is going to happen eventually. Now, mind you, I don’t even read the current Avengers & haven’t for years but – it’s the principle of the matter. I just hear things from the sidelines & shake my head.

Tim Drake over Dick Grayson? For real? No, really. Seriously? Funny, it only let me vote once or I would’ve flooded the polls with YJ votes…

Someone voted for Rob Liefeld !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Um, yeah. Yellowjacket. Why am I responding to this?

I was so torn between voting for Marc Grunwald, because of his big commitment and love to the character and because I still miss the guy’s writing so much, and Brubaker, because he si simply the best.
So I’m happy that Marc got the (distant) second place.

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