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Top 100 Comic Book Storylines Master List

Here is the master list of all the storylines listed on the countdown so far! Click on each storyline for a link to the write-up on (and reader response to) that storyline! Check back each day as we count down all the way to #1!!

100. “Who Killed Retro Girl?” by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming (Powers #1-6) – 98 points

97 (tie). “Crawling From the Wreckage” by Grant Morrison, Richard Case, Carlos Garzon and Scott Hanna (Doom Patrol #19-22) – 100 points (2 first place votes)

97 (tie). “The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck” by Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge #285-296) – 100 points (3 first place votes)

97 (tie). “Jimmy Corrigan, Smartest Boy on Earth” by Chris Ware (Acme Novelty Library #5, 6, 8, 9 and 11-14) – 100 points (5 first place votes)

96. “Love and Death” by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben (Saga of the Swamp Thing 28-34 & Annual #2) – 101 points (2 first place votes)

94 (tie). “The Great Cow Race” by Jeff Smith (Bone #7-11) – 102 points (1 first place vote)

94 (tie). “Blood of Palomar” by Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets #21-26) – 102 points (3 first place votes)

93. “The Slavers” by Garth Ennis, Leandro Fernandez and Scott Koblish (Punisher MAX #25-30) – 103 points (5 first place votes)

91 (tie). “First Tale of the Demon” by Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Bob Brown, Irv Novick and Dick Giordano (Batman #232, 235, 240, 242-244 and Detective Comics #411) – 105 points (2 first place votes)

91 (tie). “Welcome Back, Frank” by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (Punisher: Marvel Knights #1-12) – 105 points (2 first place votes)

90. “Weapon X” by Barry Windsor-Smith (Marvel Comics Presents #72-84) – 106 points (1 first place vote)

88 (tie). “March of the Wooden Soldiers” by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha (Fables #19-21, 23-27) – 108 points (2 first place votes)

88 (tie). “Church and State” by Dave Sim and Gerhard (Cerebus #52-111) – 108 points (3 first place votes)

87. “The Death of Speedy” by Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets #21-23) – 110 points (4 first place votes)

86. “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1″ by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1-6) – 111 points (1 first place vote)

84 (tie). “Top 10 Season 1″ by Alan Moore, Gene Ha and Zander Cannon (Top 10 #1-12) – 112 points (1 first place vote)

84 (tie). “High Society” by Dave Sim (Cerebus #26–50) – 112 points (5 first place votes)

83. “Immortal Iron Fist” by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, David Aja, Travel Foreman and Various Artists (Immortal Iron Fist #1-16, Civil War: Choosing Sides, Annual #1, Orson Randall and the Green Mist of Death, and The Origin of Danny Rand) – 115 points (1 first place vote)

82. “Hardcore/King of Hell’s Kitchen” by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev (Daredevil #46-50, 56-60) – 118 points (1 first place vote)

81. “Faith in Monsters/Caged Angels” by Warren Ellis and Mike Deodato (Thunderbolts #110-121) – 120 points (1 first place vote)

80. “Homelands” by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha (Fables #36-38, 40–41) – 126 points (3 first place votes)

79. “Kree/Skrull War” by Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, Sal Buscema and John Buscema (Avengers #89-97) – 127 points (5 first place votes)

78. “Winter Soldier” by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Michael Lark and Michael Perkins (Captain America #1-6, 8-9, 11-14) – 128 points (2 first place votes)

76 (tie). “Unmanned” by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan, Jr. (Y The Last Man #1-6) – 131 points (1 first place vote)

76 (tie). “Annihilation” by Keith Giffen, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Simon Furman, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Scott Kolins, Kev Walker, Renato Arlem, Jorge Lucas, Greg Titus, Andrea DiVito and more (Annihilation: Prologue, Annihilation: Nova #1-4, Annihilation: Silver Surfer #1-4, Annihilation: Ronan #1-4, Annihilation: Super Skrull #1-4, Annihilation #1-6) – 131 points (2 first place votes)

75. “Planetary” by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday (Planetary #1-12) – 132 points (3 first place votes)

74. “Sleeper Season 1″ by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Sleeper #1-12) – 133 points (4 first place votes)

73. “A Game of You” by Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran, Shawn McManus, Bryan Talbot and many inkers (Sandman #32-37) – 139 points (2 first place votes)

71 (tie). “The Magus Saga” by Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom and Steve Leialoha (Strange Tales #178-181, Warlock #9-11) – 140 points (3 first place votes)

71 (tie). “Coming Home” by J.M. Straczynski, John Romita, Jr. and Scott Hanna (Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 #30-35) – 126 points (3 first place votes) – 140 points (6 first place votes)

70. “The Korvac Saga” by Jim Shooter, Roger Stern, David Michelinie, George Pérez, Sal Buscema, David Wenzel and Pablo Marcos (Avengers #167-169, 170-171, 173-177) – 141 points (1 first place vote)

68 (tie). “Knightfall” by Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Jim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent and a number of inkers (Batman #491-500, Detective Comics #659-666) – 142 points (3 first place votes)

68 (tie). “Sins of the Father” by James Robinson, Tony Harris and Wade Von Grawbadger (Starman #0-3) – 142 points (5 first place votes)

67. “Authority” by Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary (Authority #1-12) – 147 points (2 first place votes)

66. “New World Order” by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter and John Dell (JLA #1-4) – 149 points (1 first place vote)

65. “No Man’s Land” by Various Writers (notably Greg Rucka and Devin Grayson) and Various Artists (Notably Alex Maleev and Dale Eaglesham) (Basically every Batman title that came out in 1999) – 160 points (1 first place vote)

64. “The Elektra Saga” by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Daredevil #168, 174-182, 187-190) – 162 points (2 first place votes)

63. “Year of the Bastard”/”The New Scum” by Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson and Rodney Ramos (Transmetropolitan #13-24) – 164 points (5 first place votes)

61 (tie). “House of M” by Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel and Tim Townsend (House of M #1-8) – 165 points (2 first place votes)

61 (tie). “Planet Hulk” by Greg Pak, Gary Frank, Aaron Lopresti and Carlo Pagulayan (Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 #92-105) – 165 points (2 first place votes)

60. “Reign of the Supermen” by Dan Jurgens, Karl Kesel, Louise Simonson, Roger Stern, Jerry Ordway and Gerard Jones (writers), Dan Jurgens, Tom Grummett, Jon Bogdanove, Jackson Guice, Jerry Ordway and M.D. Bright) (pencilers) and Brett Breeding, Doug Hazlewood, Dennis Janke, Denis Rodier and Romeo Tanghal (inkers) Action Comics #687-691, Adventures of Superman #500-505, Superman #78-82, Superman: The Man of Steel #22-26 and Green Lantern Vol. 3 #46) – 167 points (2 first place votes)

59. “Whys and Wherefores” by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan, Jr. (Y The Last Man #55-59) – 169 points (8 first place votes)

58. “From Hell” by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell (From Hell #1-11) – 171 points (1 first place vote)

57. “Avengers Forever” by Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino (Avengers Forever #1-12) – 172 points (4 first place votes)

56. “The Kindly Ones” by Neil Gaiman, Marc Hempel, Richard Case, D’Israeli, Ted Kristiansen, Glyn Dillon, Dean Ormston and Charles Vess (Sandman #57-69) – 173 points (4 first place votes)

55. “We3″ by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (We3 #1-3) – 174 points (3 first place votes)

53 (tie). “Confession” by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson and Will Blyberg (Kurt Busiek’s Astro City #4-9) – 179 points (2 first place votes)

53 (tie). “The Death of Jean DeWolff” by Peter David and Rich Buckler (plus many inkers) (The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #107-110) – 179 points (6 first place votes)

52. “The Death of Superman” by Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson and Roger Stern (writers), Dan Jurgens, Tom Grummett, Jon Bogdanove and Jackson Guice (pencilers) and Brett Breeding, Doug Hazlewood, Dennis Janke, Denis Rodier and Rich Burchett (inkers) (Superman #74-75, Adventures of Superman #497, Superman: Man of Steel #18-19, Action Comics #684, Justice League America #69) – 181 points (1 first place vote)

51. “Batman R.I.P.” by Grant Morrison, Tony Daniel and Sandu Florea (s #676-681) – 183 points (2 first place votes)

50. “Final Crisis” by Grant Morrison, JG Jones, Doug Mahnke, Carlos Pacheco, Lee Garbett, Matthew Clark, Marco Ruby and a host of inkers (Final Crisis #1-7, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1-2, Final Crisis: Submit #1 plus I would throw in Batman #682-683) – 184 points (3 first place votes)

49. “Marvels” by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross (Marvels #1-4, plus #0, I guess) – 186 points (4 first place votes)

47 (tie). “Rock of Ages” by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter, Gary Frank, Greg Land, John Dell and Bob McLeod Doug Mahnke, Carlos Pacheco, Lee Garbett, Matthew Clark, Marco Ruby and a host of inkers (JLA #10-15) – 184 points (3 first place votes)

47 (tie). “Death of Captain America” by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Mike Perkins, Jackson Guice, Roberto De La Torre, Luke Ross plus a bunch of inkers (Captain America Vol. 5 #25-42) – 188 points (4 first place votes)

46. “Seven Soldiers of Victory” by Grant Morrison, JH Williams, Simone Bianchi, Cameron Stewart, Ryan Sook, Pasqual Ferry, Doug Mahnke, Frazer Irving, Yanick Paquette, Billy Patton and Freddie Williams (plus a host of inkers) (Seven Soldiers #0-1, plus four issue mini-series for Shining Knight, Manhattan Guardian, Zatanna, Mister Miracle, Frankenstein, Klarion and Bulleteer) – 186 points (4 first place votes)

45. “Gifted” by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men #1-6) – 195 points (4 first place votes)

44. “Olympus” by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, John Totleben, Tom Yeates and John Ridgway (Miracleman #11-16) – 197 points (6 first place votes)

43. “If This Be My Destiny” by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee (Amazing Spider-Man #31-33) – 206 points (4 first place votes)

42. “The Surtur Saga” by Walt Simonson (Thor #349-353) – 211 points (5 first place votes)

41. “Mutant Massacre” by Chris Claremont, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, John Romita Jr., Alan Davis, Rick Leonardi, Sal Buscema, Terry Shoemaker, Jon Bogdanove and a host of inkers (Uncanny X-Men #210-213, X-Factor #9-11, Thor #373-374, New Mutants #46 and Power Pack #27) – 218 points (4 first place votes)

39 (tie). “Hush” by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee and Scott Williams (Batman #608-619) – 220 points

39 (tie). “Secret Wars” by Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck, Bob Layton, John Beatty and a host of other inkers (Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #1-12) – 220 points (3 first place votes)

38. “Dangerous Habits” by Garth Ennis, Will Simpson, Mark Pennington and a host of other inkers (Hellblazer #41-46) – 222 points (3 first place votes)

37. “Green Lantern: Rebirth” by Geoff Johns, Ethan Van Sciver and Prentis Rollins (Green Lantern: Rebirth #1-6) – 231 points (4 first place votes)

36. “The Painting That Ate Paris” by Grant Morrison, Richard Case and John Nyberg (Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #26-29) – 235 points (4 first place votes)

35. “Return of Barry Allen” by Mark Waid, Greg Larocque and Roy Richardson (Flash Vol. 2 #73-79) – 239 points (8 first place votes)

34. “The Death of Gwen Stacy” by Gerry Conway, Gil Kane and John Romita (Amazing Spider-Man #121-122) – 250 points (3 first place votes)

33. “The Long Halloween” by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (The Long Halloween #1-13) – 254 points (5 first place votes)

32. “Deus ex Machina” by Grant Morrison, Chas Truog, Doug Hazlewood, Mark Farmer and a few other artists (Animal Man #18-26) – 256 points (5 first place votes)

31. “Doll’s House” by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III (Sandman Vol. 2 #9-16) – 258 points (6 first place votes)

30. “Infinity Gauntlet” by Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim, Joe Rubinstein and a couple of other inkers (Infinity Gauntlet #1-6) – 268 points (2 first place votes)

29. “Brief Lives” by Neil Gaiman, Jill Thompson, Vince Locke and Dick Giordano (Sandman #41-49) – 269 points (6 first place votes)

28. “Ultimates 2″ by Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary (Ultimates 2 #1-13) – 294 points (3 first place votes)

26 (tie). “Identity Crisis” by Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales and Michael Bair (Identity Crisis #1-7) – 304 points (2 first place votes)

26 (tie). “Super-Human” by Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch and Andrew Currie (Ultimates #1-6) – 304 points (5 first place votes)

25. “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” by Alan Moore, Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger and George Perez (Superman #423 and Action Comics #583) – 308 points (4 first place votes)

24. “New Frontier” by Darwyn Cooke (New Frontier #1-6) – 314 points (2 first place votes)

23. “All in the Family” by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (Preacher #8-12) – 318 points (13 first place votes)

22. “American Gothic” by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, Stan Woch, Ron Randall, Alfredo Alcala and Tom Mandrake (The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37-38, 42-45, Swamp Thing #39-41, 46-50) – 330 points (5 first place votes)

20 (tie). “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin (X-Men #141 and Uncanny X-Men #142) – 350 points (2 first place votes)

20 (tie). “E is for Extinction” by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely and Tim Townsend (New X-Men #114-116) – 350 points (6 first place votes)

19. “The Galactus Trilogy” by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott (Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #48-50) – 352 points (6 first place votes)

18. “Civil War” by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines (Civil War #1-7) – 350 points (2 first place votes)

17. “Under Siege” by Roger Stern, John Buscema and Tom Palmer (Avengers #270-277) – 361 points (5 first place votes)

16. “The Sinestro Corps War” by Geoff Johns, Dave Gibbons, Peter Tomasi, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, Patrick Gleason plus a whole lot of other pencilers and inkers (Green Lantern Sinestro Corps Special #1, Green Lantern Vol. 4 #21-25, Green Lantern Corps #14-19) – 452 points (9 first place votes)

15. “V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (After beginning serialization in Warrior, V for Vendetta #1-10) – 455 points (9 first place votes)

14. “Kraven’s Last Hunt” by J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck and Bob McLeod (Amazing Spider-Man #293-294, Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132 and Web of Spider-Man #31-32) – 473 points (10 first place votes)

13. “The Judas Contract ” by Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Dick Giordano and Mike DeCarlo (Tales of the New Teen Titans #42-44, Tales of the New Teen Titans Annual #3) – 492 points (6 first place votes)

12. “The Age of Apocalypse” by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid, Fabian Nicieza, Andy Kubert, Joe Madureira, Steve Epting, Roger Cruz and a pile of other artists and writers (X-Men: Alpha #1, Amazing X-Men #1-4, Astonishing X-Men #1-4, X-Men: Omega #1 plus a bunch of tie-ins) – 511 points (14 first place votes)

11. “The Great Darkness Saga” by Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt (Legion of Super-Heroes #290-294) – 704 points (16 first place votes)

10. “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” by Art Spiegelman (For simplicity’s sake, let’s just say Maus: Book 1 and Book 2) – 723 points (17 first place votes)

9. “Kingdom Come” by Mark Waid and Alex Ross (Kingdom Come #1-4) – 740 points (19 first place votes)

8. “Season of Mists” by Neil Gaiman, Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt, and P. Craig Russell (Sandman #21-28) – 752 points (18 first place votes)

7. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” by Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Dick Giordano and Jerry Ordway (Crisis on Infinite Earths #1-12, plus a bunch of tie-ins) – 782 points (24 first place votes)

6. “All Star Superman” by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (All Star Superman #1-12) – 930 points (34 first place votes)

5. “Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight #1-4) – 1112 points (24 first place votes)

4. “Year One” by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (Batman #404-407) – 1149 points (21 first place votes)

3. “Born Again” by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (Daredevil #227-233) – 1349 (29 first place votes)

2. “The Dark Phoenix Saga” by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin (X-Men #129-137) – 1472 points (59 first place votes)

1. “Watchmen” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen #1-12) – 2003 points (78 first place votes)

168 Comments

Great list ! I haven’t read some of these but might later on.

Crawling From the Wreckage, Weapon X, High Society, Church and State, Love and Death were all close calls on my list.

Top Ten Season 1 was on my list and rightfully so. I loved every issue. I’d recommend the entire Promethea run too. I didn’t know how to breakdown a definite storyline there and it’s been years since I read it.

Excellent list so far. Promethea also gets a thumbs up from me but if Top Ten is this far down the list I don’t see Promethea placing at all.

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Disappointed to see some of these so low on the list, but still, good fun…

some advice for any of you trying to read a lot of stuff on the list that you haven’t, but can’t really afford it all: public library. for any of you that live in decent sized city, your public library should have a lot of this stuff. i’ve only read about half of the list so far, but i found everything i hadn’t read at my public library except for love and rockets and scrooge mcduck.

but especially as we get further down the list and begin approaching some of the serious classics, any decent library should have most of it.

You might find the Love and Rockets stories collected in newer collections. The ones I showed here are long out of print (I used them because they were separated by arc title, unlike the new ones).

So glad to see Hardcore/King of Hell’s Kitchen on there. I still reread the Bullseye issue every so often to relive the intensity of Daredevil carving the bullseye into his forehead.

Regarding “Love and Rockets”, I looked around, and seemingly the only in-print collection of the older stories that I could find is a massive collective package sold at Fantagraphics’ website:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=1462&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=62

Sean C.: try Powell’s books (http://www.powells.com/s?header=Search+Form&kw=love+and+rockets). I bought a used copy of Love and Rockets X a few years ago (great buy, my personal favorite out of all the Hernandez Bros. material I’ve read so far), for $10. I don’t know what their shipping costs are these days, but they are a good resource for cheap used out of print tpbs.

Brian Cronin: Someone asked earlier if there was any way we could eventually see the entire list, of every storyarc everyone voted for. If you still have this info left over from completing the top 100 list, I would be really interested to see the results. There must have been thousands of distinct runs that were voted for. Personally, it’d be nice to see if anyone else voted for Finder, even thought I assume it didn’t make the cut. :)

Excellent list so far. Promethea also gets a thumbs up from me but if Top Ten is this far down the list I don’t see Promethea placing at all.

I expect it will turn up. It’ll probably have fewer votes than some of the lower titles, but some people consider it the best comic of all time and those first place votes are likely to boost it.

(If you know anything about me you’ll be impressed at how diplomatic I was there)

The Slavers was a top 10 for me – glad to see it on the list – wish it had finished higher

Weapon X, Welcome Back Frank, Who Killed Retro Girl – some great stories.

Daniel: I agree with you on the public library thing. I can’t tell you how many classics I have been introduced to thanks to funding from my local government.

I’m really glad that comics are such an accepted medium now that they are available for circulation.

Sad that there are no Manga on the list. I’d put Akira, Nausicaa and some of the Lone Wolf and Cub arcs above most of the books listed so far.

Brian, I am very glad that you are acting as a judge in this poll, and not just as a vote-counter. Features like this poll are why I started visiting this site every day.

Mr. Cronin,

If Secret Invasion, Final Crisis or Infinite Crisis are going to show up, please stop the countdown before it happens.

Thanks a lot!

I LOVE the idea of this list. Seriously, this is why CBR (and CBSG) is my favorite site. I lead a really busy life, so I won’t visit it for weeks at a time, but then when I come back I can spend hours sifting through awesome, content-heavy comic book goodness. It’s impossible not to appreciate the time and effort that goes into compiling something like this. Great job! Thanks to Brian and the CBSG crew

Is there any possibility a “Top 100 Creative Runs” list could be polled in the future? Maybe limited only to runs that are ‘finished’ (For the sake of example: Grant Morrison’s New X-Men and JLA runs as opposed to Batman which is still being worked on) or would that run the chance or being redundant to this list?

If you look to your left, you’ll see a link for the top 100 comic book runs we recently voted on. That may be what you’re looking for, Mr. Smith. Some good stuff there.

Except for the upsettingly low ranking of Ditko’s Spider-Man, over which I remain bitter.

Thanks, Chris! That’s exactly what I was looking for.

Brian, how about a TOP 100 COMICS of the DECADE

man, I missed voting, and am afraid some of my storylines gt hurt by it (most notably man without a country, I imagine the Cap losing the suit will still make the list)

I predict the newer storylines will place higher. Todays Readers have short memories.

Am I the only one who voted for Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee’s Inhumans??
or Christopher Priest’s Black Panther Enemy of the State 2????

I fear so, MT. Inhumans came very (very) close to making my list but it didn’t. And I doubt it will break the top 100. Which is too bad.

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I love lists! I love making them, reading them, and arguing over them. It’s amazing how even the process of disagreeing with a “bad” list can help to clarify what you personally find important.

I’m impatient to see how this list ultimately turns out. At a little past the half-way point, the list is focused primarily on the 90s and the 00s, it’s dominated by the Big Two (even if you separate out the imprints), and it’s slanted toward super-heroes.

There has been a lot of speculation about things that seem likely to show up — Dark Phoenix, Great Darkness, Judas Contract, Kraven’s Last Hunt — but that would only stretch the list out to include a better representation of the 80s. I wonder if the list is going to see any 60s storylines — Lee and Kirby’s Fantastic Four and Thor, Lee and Ditko’s Spider-Man At this point in the list, I think the odds are shrinking for much more non-super-hero storylines.

I would love to see some follow up lists by decade and by genre.

I love lists, too!

When are the rest of these going to be revealed??!!!! I thought it was ten per day!

I thought it was ten per day!

No. Five.

@MT & Chris Nowlin: I put in my vote for Jenkins & Lee’s Inhumans. It remains one of my favorite series ever and, to my mind, reinvigorated some fascinating and almost-forgotten characters. Having not made it into the 100-40 range, I’m not terribly optimistic it’s going to show up in the top 40, but here’s to hoping!

@Aaron Kimel and Chris Nowlin: You sirs are fantastic

I think that the mini series are ruining this top . It’s ok for storylines or events that became known as mini series ( X-men’s “Mutant Massacre”, Wolverine’s “Weapon X”, Hellblazer’s “Dangerous habits” ), but not self contained events like “House of M”, “Secret Wars” or “Seven Soldiers of Victory” .

I think Brian has pointed out that the likes of House of M and Seven Soldiers of Victory are “ok” for this list.
Why, they’ve even made the list already (much to my chagrin, in relation to House of M).
What about JSA: Liberty Files?
Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E?
The Dark Horse Conan by Busiek and Nord was good.
Goon, anyone?
Okay, how about Blood Will Run or Waid’s JLA?
I didn’t include these because i’m only limited to 10
Heck, even Civil War (which i hope doesn’t make the list, weird for a Marvel fan) was better than House of M.

Too many recent books made the list… I mean Brubaker’s immortal iron fist was ok, but was it 30 points better than Alan Moore’s Swamp thing? Really? C’mon

I have read 41 so far. I have read none of Animal Man or any of the Doom Patrol story lines. I’ve always been more of a Marvel guy than a DC guy. Lately reading tons of Vertigo and independants. Interested to see how the rest of the list progresses. I’m always interested in these lists because as we look back will we really think that Batman RIP, House of M, Immortal Iron Fist or Final Crisis were really some of the 100 greatest ever (and I imagine Rebirth will be on here and some more recent ones) or are they just fresh in our mind? For the record I enjoyed all of the ones I listed there, just don’t know that they are “legendary”.

to Shane Gerlach—-# 36 is Doom Patrol from Grant Morrison’s run

What I’m most upset about is that you can pretty much count on 1 hand the stories on this list that WEREN’T published by DC or Marvel (and yes, Vertigo counts as DC). Did nobody else vote for a Madman story arc, or for Valiant Comics’ Unity Saga?! I want so badly for Unity to make the list, but at this point I don’t figure it will. I guess alot of the voters don’t remember or didn’t read Valiant back in the early ’90s…

I’m just shocked that there isn’t a single Manga either….you guys need to go pick up and read Miyazaki’s Nausicaa, Long Wolf and Cub, Monster, Akira, Berserk. In all fairness pretty much anything that Ozama Tezuka has done is better than 50% of the stuff listed so far.

I find your shock at the choices selected to be even more surprising than some of the selections themselves. Of course the list is going to be biased towards the 2000s. Of course Marvel and DC are going to dominate. This isn’t the Committee for Comic Excellence: this is a bunch of fans throwing out their favorite stories that they can remember. Don’t make the list more than it is intended to be and you won’t be so horribly upset. Calm down, folks! This isn’t science; it’s fun!

I am at 21/70

Guess I just assumed that folks read more than the big two.

Nah, John..Folks will never read more than the big two.
As much as we’d like to see more of Hellboy, Concrete, Madman, Usagi Yojimbo, Conan, and the like, fans (including myself, unfortunately) will definitely read and remember more stories from The Big 2.
Even “better” stories from WITHIN The Big 2 featuring less popular characters or/and written by less popular writers will get shut out by the Morrisons, Millars, Bendises, and so on.
That’s how the system works. We gotta deal with it.
Well, at least Sin City will be featured somehow on this list (hopefully represented by at least That Yellow Bastard..By far, my favorite Sin City story). And there had better be 300 as well (Ah yes, the glory days of Frank Miller’s writing..I really miss those days).

That Yellow Bastard is indeed glorious, but I think the comics Miller is writing these days are way better than 300

I love Sin City and 300, but I don’t think we’re expecting anything outside of the big two for the top 25. Prove me wrong, fans!

It’s a pity miniserieses were allowed, they’re going to wreck the top 25.

A separate top 100 limited series poll would have been cool.

“I find your shock at the choices selected to be even more surprising than some of the selections themselves. Of course the list is going to be biased towards the 2000s. Of course Marvel and DC are going to dominate. This isn’t the Committee for Comic Excellence: this is a bunch of fans throwing out their favorite stories that they can remember. Don’t make the list more than it is intended to be and you won’t be so horribly upset. Calm down, folks! This isn’t science; it’s fun!”

Of course, and I’m not taking it any more seriously than it being just fun, but I AM pulling for some of my personal favorites to make the list, just like everyone else. Yeah, of course the Big 2 are going to dominate the list, I don’t think anybody’s pulling for a list dominated by obscurity. I just tried to think of the stories that I went back to again and again when I was a kid, and the ones that I go back to again and again now in my adult era of comic collecting, of course Batman Year One is an iconic storyline, but I’ve read X-Men: Mutant Genesis and Madman: The Oddity Odyssey many more times than I’ve read Year One. We all have emotional connections with different stories, and I’m just pulling for mine! GO UNITY SAGA!

Additional comment/question double post: What were everyone’s methods of selection for your votes? Most of the storylines on my list, as stated above, were the stories I had as a kid and in Jr. High that I read the most and kept going back to, and since getting back into comic collecting as an adult in the past couple of years, which stories from this era have been my favorites, like All-Star Superman (the most “iconic” of my selections) and Brad Meltzer’s first 6 issues of the current Justice League series. I didn’t just pick my favorite iconic storylines.

So how did everybody else determine their votes?

I just tried to think of the stories I’d enjoyed most; I’ve been reading since 2004, so the amount of time since I first read them is fairly limited in all cases.

I excluded miniseries from my list, though, because ‘storyline’ to me is one story within a larger narrative.

Yeah, I’m actually kind of sad that very few independent comics made the list. I understand WHY, but it’s just sad.h

It is disapointing that the entire top 100 is so much centered around American superhero titles, but that is the nature of a poll such as this one.
Judge Dredd: The Apocolypse War or America, Strontium Dog: Rage, Grant Morrison’s Zenith, Alan Moore’s Ballad of Halo Jones and stories such as Charley’s War or Johnny Red are by far and away better than a good half of the titles on this list, but such is the lack of penetration that 2000AD and British titles have made on the American comic readers, and this is such a shame, because they are missing out on such good stories.
But for an awful lot of the comic buying crowd, if it ain’t Marvel or DC, it ain’t worth bothering with.

Such a shame.

ugh. my faith in the masses further degraded (and I didn’t think it possible)
No Valiant (you kids need to get to a cbs and read more)? No Grendel? No Akira? Secret Wars above The Kindly Ones? None of Ostrander’s Spectre or Suicide Squad? Milligan’s Shade: The Changing Man?
UGH.

I dont see the point in getting upset at some of the drivel that’s getting the higher spots on the list, or even getting ON the list. People are voting for what they like, and it’s a fact that most people have no taste.

My #1 was Marshal Law: Fear And Loathing.
I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who voted for that.

Glad to see Morrison’s Grant Morrison so well represented on that list.

Oops, meant to say:

Glad to see Morrison’s Doom Patrol so well represented on that list.

Hmm, so far I’ve read less than a third of this list (as its posted to #16).

I wouldn’t say people have no taste just because they lean towards the commercial.

I personally didn’t vote for the most popular or the most technically brilliant.

My personal way of voting was to choose those stories that had some thing in them that resonated with me personally. Which is why, for example, I voted for Sandman: The Doll’s House over say, Brief Lives. I was actually surprised to see that one place.

I’ve fully read 13 of the 85 stories posted thus far, I could probably say 16 or 17 if I counted stories that have been partially read.

It sounds to me like most of us are extremely surprised at how this list turned out and (as other commenters have stated) how unsimilar it is to the Top 100 Runs list. I’m fascinated to see what gets posted everyday and to read both the writeups and the comments on the stories posted for the day, even if I am disappointed that NONE of my personal votes have made it up yet (I nearly put Reign of the Supermen on my list, but opted for X-Cutioner’s Song instead). I think most of us are expecting All-Star Superman to make the list at some point, and if it does, it will likely be the only thing on my list to make it. Glad to see some love for Valiant in the comments, though! Valiant’s glory days were Marvel done right!

I voted for the Unity Saga. It’s a toss up between that and Crisis for Biggest Bestest Universal Colassal Great Universal Mini that I’ve read.

My collection has been packed away for years and I’m voted going strictly off of memory. In some instances, I would’ve voted for some other indies but didn’t recall were the story arcs started and stopped, like Dreadstar and Nexus (I miss First Comics).

Is anyone really surprised that the Big Two dominate this list ? I’m not. They’ve been in business longer than any other comics publishers and are much better known among fandom.

The Flash Story Rogue War

I’m noticing a lot of comments about “If I’d remembered such-and-such story I’d have voted for it”. So I guess these aren’t the best stories but the ones that made the strongest impressions.

The big two dominate the marketplace so it makes sense that they should dominate this list. I love Blankets, Bone, Mage, Strangers in Paradise, Love and Rockets, Concrete, Astro City, Tin Tin, The Crow, Lost Girls, etc, etc, etc…but I honestly didn’t expect any of them to make the list.

Starting off with DC which I can only speak so much about their stuff. I read a couple issues of the Sinestro Corp and was impressed by what I saw both in story and in artwork. Marvel could learn from these guys. That’s from someone who also considered himself a big Marvel fan for far over a 15 years.

As for my old favorite Marvel ‘I really loved Avengers Forever by Busiek and Pacheco. Busiek was the first time I really paid attention to the Avengers book. It was the Avengers at its finest, maybe because it was actually the Avengers. Cap was Cap and Iron Man was Iron Man and people had personalities and motivations.

Which brings me to the sad thing that was ‘House of M’ wasn’t very good and kind of represents what I dislike about Marvel now. It’s just poorly concieved concepts that they go ahead with despite the fact it was obvious they didn’t know what to do with it and would just spread it out over 7 issues. Especially since they were going to end it with ‘No More Mutants’ a poor concept to begin with as it has no explantion and leaves the poor writers on the X-book with this non-sense. Just saying ‘It’s magic’ to such a big idea is lazy and insulting.

The same, but worse idea with Civil War. They put forth concepts they can’t even begin to pull off. Where is that Unmasking story we were promised and that actually got press on CNN? Where is it? Why is it they main idea for Thor being in the book is ‘It’s not really Thor’ which later became ‘It’s not really Captain Marvel’ Wow, what grea thought was put into that. I was never so insulted by a reader in all my years that I was about Civil War and it’s pointless aftermath. ‘I quit’ indeed.

‘Weapon X’ Great Stuff. Barry Windsor Smith crafts a great story about how Logan (and his name IS Logan not James or Rich-kid Deluxe) BWS’s unique artwork just fit so well, if only it was put into a limited series rather than 8 pages each in ‘Marvel Comics Presents’ This is back with Wolverine was Wolverine.

Planet Hulk I could be for or against. I enjoyed it, but at the same time I wonder how much of it was actually ‘Hulk’ Everything at Marvel for that past few years seems ‘Change for the sake of Change’ no matter how bad the idea might be. This idea isn’t bad and actually had an ending to which I think we can all be grateful it wasn’t ‘just stop the story at 7 issues and go somewhere else’.

The big two dominate the marketplace so it makes sense that they should dominate this list. I love Blankets, Bone, Mage, Strangers in Paradise, Love and Rockets, Concrete, Astro City, Tin Tin, The Crow, Lost Girls, etc, etc, etc…but I honestly didn’t expect any of them to make the list.

Three of those books DID make the list, Shane. Love and Rockets actually made it TWICE.

I read 30 of the 85 storylines posted so far. I’m also glad to see that many of my picks made it.

This list hardly representative of the best comics published in this medium – no Little Nemo in Slumberland, Plastic Man, Spirit, or Captain Marvel; it’s worth noticing that we’ve only chosen comics after the introduction of continuity in the ’60s.

I thought there was a 12 issue limit. I count 14 issues in American Gothic.

My method of voting was to go through the limited set of favorite comics I keep next to my bed for re-reading.
I didn’t pick Marshal Law as number one, but it made my list – it’s always a kick to read, alive with ideas, nastiness and good art.
I brought in some non-Marvel/DC reading, but if you approach it from an emotional point of view (and I think this type of listing calls for that) you’re always going to lean towards what impacted you as a kid.

I saw that Brian…said I didn’t expect them to but am very happy they did, and I haven’t given up hope for more appearances.

I thought there was a 12 issue limit. I count 14 issues in American Gothic.

I think this is one that gets allowed because it has a distinct name (which is one of the exceptions listed in the rules). Tricky though as there is no TPB with that name and as far as I’m aware the name was never mentioned in the comics except in the letters columns. TBH I’ve no idea where the name came from.

Or maybe it comes under the “but I can bend the rules as I like” disclaimer that Brian stuck in. I think that’s the one that he used to combine multiple stories into one for several of the entries.

I have not read:
Crawling from the wreckage (Morrison is REALLY hit and miss for me)

Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck (at least don’t think I have my cousins Todd and Brad have literally hundreds of Scrooge comics and I read them all when growing up. I’m 41 so maybe I read it…I don’t know)

First Tale of the Demon

Church and State (need to read Cerebus. I’ll have to inter library loan it.)

High Society

Immortal Iron Fist (Baby born, comics take hit, no friends read this for me to borrow it and haven’t gotten it from any library. I consult local libraries on purchase of OGN’s and Trades and give Comic Book talks to kids and adults, so I need to get some of this ordered in. In the last year I had all the Fables, Y: the last man, Promethea, Lost Girls, Morrison Batman and Event stuff brought into comic stores)

Sleeper Season 1 (someday maybe)

The Magus Saga (No interest)

Knight Fall (I have tried to read this…I don’t like it)

Planet Hulk (read some of it)

Reign of the Supermen (I don’t like 99% of the Superman stories I have read.)

7 soldiers of victory (This is next on my list to read)

Olympus (miracleman has been on my list for some time)

Dangerous Habits (Read some Constantine…not this)

Painting that ate Paris (No interest…even just in theory reminds me of Invisibles which I hated)

American Gothic (Haven’t gotten this far in Moores run on Swamp Thing yet)

Still waiting for more Miller, specially for one storyline Sin City (Hard Goodbye and A Dame to Kill For are my favorites) and DD´s Born Again. I’d really like to see some Lee/Ditko´s Spider-Man and some of Byrne´s FF too. Still confident!

Has there been anything by Byrne on this list? Just Days of Future Past? That is kinda surprising, but maybe not… he strikes me as someone that had great runs, but not necessarily great ‘storylines’

That’s a really interesting point about Byrne. I tried to think of favorite Byrne stories as a result, and… I didn’t come up with anything. I don’t even like Days of Future Past very much….

I wonder if this says something about the sort of creator Byrne was, or how the current generation of comic readers feel about his work.

Other than the local library or scouring a comic book shop, internet searches…. (yes , trying to make it easy by relying on others expertise), which of these story lines have been collected? And or will there be a note next to each on the master list, stating if they are bound in a collection or still individual titles?
Or am I just missing something altogether?

Ben

Identity Crisis and Hush? Is this a ‘best storylines’ list, or just a ‘most popular for some reason’ list?

Is there any chance that we could get a list of the storylines that were voted but did not make the list?

Cannonballzombie

December 15, 2009 at 2:47 am

Great List! As long as Watchmen isnt #1

ben-

the picture shown for each entry is the picture of the collected edition. i believe every single one of these has been collected, though a handful are now out of print.

After checking out # 10-6 i’m sad to say that apparently there won’t be ANY Sin City storylines, much less That Yellow Bastard.
No 300 either. Sigh.
I should’ve voted for those instead of some others which apparently are “sure things”, since they’ll get the votes anyway.
Brian, can you maybe let us know how far off Sin City and 300 were off the list?
House of M, Civil War, Identity Crisis, Final Crisis beating Sin City and 300?
Please.

What was #101? Just curious.

Yeah,
That Yellow Bastard
Elektra Assassin
Riot at Xaviour’s (which was far superior to E is for Extinction)
Superman: Secret Identity
Superman: Red Son
Flex Mentallo
Ultimates: Superhuman
The Golden Age
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen v2

All books that I’m really surprised not to see.

Because of this list list I tried out Doom Patrol. Read the first two trades yesterday. I loved “The Painting that Ate Paris”, so fun and so crazy. I loved it. I didn´t like Crawling from the Wreckage very much, but I can understand the love for Doom Patrol because of Painting that Ate Paris. Genius.

Because of this list list I tried out Doom Patrol. Read the first two trades yesterday. I loved “The Painting that Ate Paris”, so fun and so crazy. I loved it. I didn´t like Crawling from the Wreckage very much, but I can understand the love for Doom Patrol because of Painting that Ate Paris. Genius.

Yep, i’m sure because of this list as well eBay sellers with trades/sets/HC’s of the abovementioned storylines will be listing them quite soon, knowing how “the fans” loved them so much and the prospects of getting new interest for the storylines with the added hype” of this list..
Look for previously unexpected sale spikes on Doom Patrol TPB’s, Animal Man TPB’s, Swamp Thing TPB’s, Return of Barry Allen TPB’s, along with the oh-so-commonly brisk sales of House of M, Civil War, Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis, etc sets (Oh, and anything by Grant Morrison..Yes, absolutely anything by him is much loved, apparently).
In fact, i’m thinking of getting a Starman Omnibus vol. 1 soon (yes, i too believe “the hype”..well, some of it anyway. I’ve been hearing good things about Starman for quite a while now).
I’ve also traded my Dark Knight # 1 CGC SS 8.5 and Daredevil # 181 for an Absolute DC: New Frontier and an Earth X HC (who got the better trade, i wonder?).
Speaking of which, i’m also surprised that Earth X did not make the list.
If i could revise my votes, i would add:
- Sin City: That Yellow Bastard
- 300
- Earth X
- Superman: Red Son
- JSA: The Liberty Files
- Concrete: Think Like a Mountain
- Johnny The Homicidal Maniac
- Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect
I’ve also heard good things about the Old Man Logan storyline. Surprised it didn’t make the cut at all considering the likes of Final Crisis and Batman RIP made it (both are recent, popular and best-selling storylines just like Old Man Logan..The difference? Old Man Logan went on to multiple printings, so i assumed it was more popular and got even more so as word of mouth spread around. Apparently i was mistaken.).
Ah well…Next time, eh?

I am pleasantly surprised that Batman Year One (on my list) will finish higher than the Dark Knight Returns. I am still hopeful for Saga of the Swamp Thing (the first Alan Moore trade) finishing in the top 4. I am not expecting it- I know 3 of the remaining ones and am guessing the fourth will involve a certain fire bird. Perhaps Watchmen (and to a lesser degree, V) took all the high Alan Moore votes.

I am surprised that Infinite Crisis did not make this list. I did not like it, but once Final Crisis (which I liked less) made the list, I was certain that IC was not far behind.

Unfortunately , my favorite Defenders storyline-the Six Fingered Hand, featuring a story by DeMatteis, art by Don Perlin, Dracula, Ghost Rider, Man Thing, Mephisto, and the first appearance of the Gargoyle has no chance of making the top 100. Check it out if you get a chance. I don’t think that it has ever been collected, but it appeared in Defenders 94-100.

I believe the Infinite Crisis trade was poorly reviewed due to outright changing a substantial amount of the book’s dialog. That would put off the trade readers, who would probably be the only bloc likely to vote for it.

FC, on the other hand, was by most accounts a much more comprehensible read in trade than it was in singles. Factor in the local Morrison bias and that explains why it’s here… though I admit I’m a bit surprised at how high it charted.

It’s already too far down for Promethea to make the list.

While there was absolutely no hope in getting an order with which I would agree (or even a selection with which I would agree), a list like this is always helpful for future discoveries. So thank you.

Phew! G-Moz won’t be number 1!

The two that I wish were here would be That Yellow Bastard (or, in fact any of the first 4 volumes of Sin City) and Superman Red Son (which is the best thing Mark Miller has ever written)

Other than that I’m fairly content

A few forgotten storylines that I loved: Batman vs Predator, Ten Nights of The Beast and A Death in the Family

and the first Lone Ranger Arc

Batman vs Predator was surprisingly excellent. The other two, not so much

Would 52 be considered a comic storyline? If so, I’m surprised it didn’t make it.

Would 52 be considered a comic storyline? If so, I’m surprised it didn’t make it.

52 itself, no – the individual stories within it, yes.

Off the top of my head, I believe the Animal Man/Starfire/Adam Strange story got the most votes out of the 52 stories.

Kraven’s Last Hunt and the Mutant Massacre belong in the top 10. Mutant Massacre definitely belongs higher than it is.

i wish ‘unity’ from valiant would’ve made the list, that was genius…and now seemingly forgotten by most.

Haven’t read 13 of these 100. I’m astounded by the placements of some of these company cross-over storylines placing so high (even placing in some cases) and would join my voice in the tragedy that such notables as Grendel (a personal favorite of mine that drew me out of reading exclusively superhero comics). Still I love perusing lists and seeing the discussions that follow. Nicely done.

A really great list. I’m surprised at some of the placings.

Civil War to me seems good but not as good as some of the stories it beat. Also felt Sinestro Corps war, while one of my ALL-TIME faves, placed too high. Secret Wars and Infinity Gauntlet certainly placed too high. (Heck, even Thanos Quest was better)

I thought Days of Future Past, Animal Man, Deus Ex Machina, AuthorityAlan Moore’s Top 10, LXG, New Frontier, Long Halloween, Death of Gwen Stacy and Return of Barry Allen were all better than these.

I also thought Who Killed Retro Girl should have placed much higher as well. easily Top 50.

The Top 15 is SOLID. Must Reads, every single one of them.

I’ve been wanting to read Age of Apocalypse. I’ve heard so many good things. And those volumes are always staring at me. But I can never find Volume 1.

I question House of M. Shouldn’t be that high. It was…. okay.

Some glaring omissions in my opinion were:

Green Lantern/Green Arrow: Hard Traveling Heroes
Squadron Supreme 1-12
JSA: Golden Age (if you haven’t read it… READ IT!!!!)
Ultimates 1
Green Arrow: Archer’s Quest (lower echelon but top 100)
52
JUSTICE
Superman: Red Son
Green Arrow: Longbow Hunters
Thunderbolts (The first arc)

ALL were FAR better than Hush, Infinity Gauntlet, Secret Wars, House of M, Reign of Superman, Knightfall, and Planet Hulk.

oh, and i almost forgot:

JLA YEAR ONE by Waid and Kitson.
Easily one of the best JLA stories ever. DC is re-releasing the TPB this month.

I´ve read 34 so far. I have read parts of 7 others. Since the list countdown started I´ve read 5 on the list and I am planning on reading more of this.

I’ve read about 75 of them. But a few of them, like Death of Superman or Age of Apocalypse, I may have missed some of the less important titles.

I have read 45 of them…and 8 of my choices made the list (Watchmen, Dark Phoenix, Batman Year One, Ultimates, Top 10, Avengers Under Siege, Kravens Last Hunt, Kingdom Come)…I did forget about a couple things that might have altered my results..

My two choices that didnt make the List, “The Client” from Christoper Priests run of Black Panther, and the Gotham Central Arc featuring the Joker.

Wow, I’ve read 55 of them! Considering I’ve only been seriously reading comics for about a year, that’s kind of scary, I’m a little disappointed that my top two didn’t make the list. I guess Black Hole and Persepolis are still too new to be on people’s radar but I think if there was another list in 10-15 years they would give Maus a run for its money.

Thanks for doing this list it was real entertaining to follow it everyday.

I guess Black Hole and Persepolis are still too new to be on people’s radar but I think if there was another list in 10-15 years they would give Maus a run for its money.
I doubt they will – though for what it’s worth I think they’re both better than Maus

Well. At the end of all that only three of my picks made it. (well, alright, two and a half…)

But these were the comics I chose as my favourites. Those that I go back and read again and again…

1: The Adventures of Luther Arkwright
2: Cerebus: High Society (Ranked 84th)
3: Books of Magic: The Mini-Series by Neil Gaiman.
4: Watchmen (Ranked 1st, surprise, surprise!)
5: Planetary: The Fourth Man (Ranked 75th as part of Planetary 1-12)
6: Hellblazer: Rake at the Gates of Hell
7: New X-Men: Riot at Xavier’s
8: Atari Force.
9: Scarlet Traces (Ian Edgington and D’Israeli’s stunning “sequel” to H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds)
10: Zenith: Book One

I would love to know what stories came in between 100 and 150…

My votes went as follows (with the final placings in brackets):

1 – The Dark Knight Returns (5)
2 – Batman: Year One (4)
3 – Animal Man: Deus Ex Machina (32)
4 – Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow (25)
5 – Swamp Thing 51-53 – the Gotham City arc.
6 – Watchmen (1)
7 – Daredevil: Born Again (3)
8 – Elektra Assassin
9 – Flex Mentallo
10 – Superman: Red Son

Brian – You need to look forward to the CBR Top 100 done-in-ones.

The rules will need careful thought though.

Personally I’d like it if anything squarebound was disqualified. It doesn’t seem fair to have graphic novels like The Killing Joke and The Death of Captain Marvel competing with individual issues within a run of a comic.

Also it would clear the way for the CBR Top 100 Original Graphic Novels (though admittedly I’d be pushed to think of 100 original graphic novels – especially if you consider that things like Tintin were originally serialised)

No Earth X? :(

Agreed ! Earth X ! Very surprised more people didn’t like this.

Surprised by the absence of:
A Lonely Place of Dying
Spider-Man vs. Juggernaut
Trial of Galactus
Avengers-Defenders War
Fall of the Mutants

Very disappointed to see nothing from Usagi Yojimbo or Zot!

My top ten list:
1) Master Planner Saga: Amazing Spider-Man #31-33 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
2) Marvels #0-4, by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross
3) Avengers vs. Thanos: Avengers annual 7, Marvel Two-in-One annual 2, by Jim Starlin
4) Grasscutter: Usagi Yojimbo (vol 3) #13-22 , by Stan Sakai
5) Infinity Gauntlet #1-6, by Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim
6) Confession: Astro City (vol 2) #4-9, by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
7) Earth Stories: Zot! #30-36, by Scott McCloud
8) Trial of Galactus: Fantastic Four #242-244,257-262, by John Byrne
9) Earth to Earth: Swamp Thing #51-56 by Alan Moore, John Totleben and Rick Veitch
10) Magneto vs. Dr. Doom: Super-Villain Team Up #14, Champions #16, by Bill Mantlo and Bob Hall

Other stories I wanted to vote for in the top 10
Inhumans Jenkins and Jae Lee
Six-Fingered Hand, from Defenders by Dematteis
Human Target by Milligan
Metamorphosis Odyssey Jim Starlin
Magus Saga, by Starlin
Squadron Supreme, by Gruenwald
Kents, by Ostrander, Truman, Mandrake
Love & Death, from Swamp Thing, by Moore, Bissette etc.
etcetera etcetera etcetera

I don’t see Green Lantern/Green Arrow: Hard-Traveling Heroes by Denny O’Neil & Neal Adams on the list anywhere. Did I miss it? I mean, I personally think it’s a bit overrated, hasn’t aged well, and repeatedly throws Hal Jordan under the bus, but I realize that a lot of other people regard it as a groundbreaking classic. So I’m surprised to see that it didn’t get a huge number of votes here.

I’m amazed by so many new/newer sagas…

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I’m not sure “Hard-Traveling Heroes” meets the criteria for consideration on this list. It was a change of direction for a struggling title and consists of 12 issues (Green Lantern #76-87 and 89–#88 was all reprints) with a 13th published as backups in The Flash #217-219. There were two two-parters in there, but the run itself wasn’t conceived as a single story, with a beginning, middle and end.

Will Eisner, anyone??

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Now, that’s a BIG list, with plenty of comments.

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wheres Ronin by Frank Miller

It would be interesting to see the top-selling storylines of all time.

These could easily be my favorite and none made the list nor mentioned in the comments:
Supreme – The Return/Story of The Year
JLA – the Nail
Inhumans mini by Ladronn
Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron (Eightball)
Marshall Law Fear Asylum
Judge Dredd – Judge Death
Hate – The death of Stinky
Teen Titans – The Brother Blood Saga
Hellboy (pick any !!!)
The Walking Dead (pick any!!)
Kirby – 4th World/Omac/Black Panther
LSH -Earthwar/Legion of Substitute Heroes
Spider-man : Venom

Can somebody please forward this list to DC and Marvel for trade paperbacks it might be nice to have in print. In particular, I’d happily read the Great Darkness Saga, which seems to be the most glaring omission in my reading, if it were easily available.

It’s probably too much to ask that anyone remember one of the first really long story arcs in comics, but the original Captain Marvel spent 25 months trying to find out who Mr. Mind, the head of the Monster Society of Evil, was.

JLA – The Nail was #11 on my list. Just missed the cut.

I’m eagerly looking forward to the upcoming collection of Captain Marvel vs Mr Mind (which I think is called vs. the Society of Evil or something.) I love old school CM. I’m sure the fact that it hasn’t been reprinted since the 70s or something makes it unreasonable to expect people to even have read it, much less vote for it.

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This might as well have just been limited to super-heroes. In no way, shape or form is something like Batman: Knightfall a better comic than Jimmy Corrigan. The very idea is ludicrous.

You’re missing The Golden Age by James Robinson.

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clearly a list from superhero fans for superhero fans.

Civil War was so embarrasing that I stopped reading so many Marvel titles for good. It’s shocking that it would be anywhere on this list. Not only did it barely have a plot, the one that was basically is about lying to the readers. I read the first issue and was shocked how bad it was, I was shocked they put it out as their main event.

1)They started up a ‘war’ on two fronts led by a psycho-battlehardened Cap and a beaucratic thug Iron Man. First off, they don’t seem like their characters at all.

2)It meanders from place to place. Cap goes on catching bad guys and pulls together a team that conists of people who could or could not be his friends. Meaning, I didn’t buy into supporting this law much less fighting against it in such a big way.

3)Lame payoffs to even more pathetic ideas: Thor shows up again on Tony’s side and then kills somebody we’ve hardly ever heard of and you find out he’s a robot….

4)It’s just promising stuff they can’t or won’t payoff. One of the plethora of problems with this mess is that you can’t buy into them just fighting each other. There was very little build up and you don’t buy people who have accepted these super-powered jerks just turning against them. Plus if they turn against them why are the Super-powered jerks going to help the people who turned against theml. WHy would the Human Torch even care about the public that apparently beat him with sticks after that? Why didn’t they do that before?

5)It tries to put real-life politics into a comic book but like the movies makes it all about how much worse the average American is supposed to be. Remember that film about how the American Infidel fought and destroyed those evil, enemy Jihadists and victory was won not only for America but for the world as a whole.

ME neither.

I would hate to see comics become as dull and poltiically correct as films have. Let’s not forget that they can’t make a film about some big foriegn bad guy becuase it’s not politically correct. It’s been going that way for a while even before those cartoonists were threatened and that Dutch filmmaker was murdered. This is basically super-powered jerks fighting super-powered jerks.

6)It was a delayed mess. WE got endless extra tie-ins to this non-story and this is your big story, why not finish it ON TIME!

7) It promises stuff that has no pay-off…. ever. Not only did it not go anywhere, it was obvious by the New Avengers that none of it was going ot mean a thing except that what happened in the comic didn’t matter, the thing down the road was the thign tthat mattered and that was going to be the pattern for every book in Marvel COmics under Joe QUesada’s rule.

8)’I quit’. The book started with Firestar quitting and then ended with Cap saying ‘I quit’.

That was the dumbest thing of all time. If any of us said ‘I quit’ like the characters in this stupid book we wouldn’t get anything done in our lives.

9)It ruined Spider-man.

It’s a cliche of ‘they ruined that character…’ that has been said, but they actually did it here. The sad thing is they ruined him a couple more times later on. Spider-man had become a shell of his former self. Now he was a resurrected magical Spider-being whose stories were just set-ups for this mess. Now, we were presented with this big idea of everyone finding out that Peter Parker was Spide-rman… then nothing happened. Other than about eight pages of J Jonah Jameson being angry in an authentic matter it was dropped and readers were obviously lied to about the material that was going to be in their books. Later on they did some silly Aunt May gets shot thing to set up the most insulting moment in comic book history.

In Amazing Spider-man #400 Aunt May had actually died. Earlier on in the Secret War Peter Parker got an alien costume that set upa big story that actually went somewhere. Peter Parker was a clone. Even if it was a poorly executed idea you had writers that understood the character and that made it all the better. I don’t care how many episodes of ‘Murder She Wrote’ the guy wrote, he should never of been on Amazing that long and didn’t get who he was writing.

Why should he be allowed to do everything in the space of a year and not do a decent story about it? How can the Editor In Chief lie to the readers like this? How can they make Peter Parker the most idiotic evil character of all time, who would rather sell out his friends than think for a moment or tell the truth? Worse yet, the Spider-man we knew is gone. The soul of the book exstinguished and not that it matters, but nothing will ever happen again in that book. I read one issue of BND and realized that this guy was totally different. He had the same name as did the other characters respective to their older characters, but they seemed completely different and who wants to read a book where nothing happens anyway.

Thanks for nothing, Joe Quesada.

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Loved Age of the Apocalypse. They ‘cancel’ all the books and it takes place in an alternate timeline. I think the only thing left to explain is ‘why make Sabretooth so nice?’ What a nice guy he was. The man was always a psycho killer. Makes ‘House of M’ look even worse.

Death of Superman was the first time I read Superman and he wasn’t even in it some of the issues. Shows what great writing is for in these big events.

Planet of the Hulk was completely nuts.

Kraven’s Last Hunt: a shocking story with an even more shocking death.

Dark Knight Returns: I read the Trade of that and can quote some of that stuff its so cool.

Still haven’t read the Watchmen and still haven’t seen the movie. I’ll probably read it and come up on the side of ‘it’s great’ or ‘it’s overated.’

So much DC stuff I never read.

2. “The Dark Phoenix Saga”???

My god, try giving that to a semi-literate adult reader. Good luck. I tried it with a friend of mine, and she couldn’t get through one issue. The rest of the Top 10 (minus Crisis) all have a shelf life in bookstores with younger, newer readers. The fact that this Claremont/Byrne thing is #2 betrays the number of marvel zombies keeping the comics publishing industry afloat, good or ill. *shiver*

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Memory! The world seems to be more and more lack of it!! Where is Alex Raymond? And Harold Foster? Don Rosa among the 10 first? – and what about Barks? Al Taliaferro? Disney himself? “Of all times˜? Indeed… Sorry.
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Mike-EL, I considered snagging a copy of Dark Phoenix off ebay because of this list. Never read it or had any interest before (I’ve yet to read any comic by Claremont that’s held my attention), but I assumed I was missing something huge. Your comments are making me reconsider, though. If I’ve hated all the other Claremont X-stories, it would probably follow that I’d hate this too.

Brian, any chance we can see the next 50? What didn’t make the list?

Please please please please please……

There’s a reason why it ranked so highly on the list. Claremont was on top of his game at the time. The run he and Byrne had was arguably the peak of both of their careers, though I personally think Byrne’s very best work was on the FF. I haven’t read it in years but still remember it fondly. I’m sure it made my Top Ten list.

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It’s a good list, but the title should have been

Top 100 American Comic Book Storylines Master List

There are some european and japanese comic books that would have dethroned at least ten tltles off this list, like Thorgal, Tin-Tin, Berserk, Lone Wold& Cub, Monster, as well as several Slaine and Judge Dredd runs.

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Don’t know why Reign of the Supermen isn’t finding much support in the comments section. I personally thought it was pretty great. I wish we could include the entire run of comics that Lex Luthor II was in as one storyline though, because that was all really good. If you followed Superman back then, then you know that Action #700 with Luthor going down and taking Metropolis out with him was a classic. One of the best “anniversary” I’ve ever read: brought so much to a huge climactic ending after sooo long.

Side comment to the guy who said the Death of Superman issues were not well written because Superman “wasn’t even in them all”. I’m not sure what issues you think he wasn’t in, unless you’re thinking of the Funeral For a Friend storyline that followed his death. And if you mean those, well, of course he wasn’t in them. He was dead.

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I’m sorry, but I respectfully disagree with the Watchmen story being number one. I watched the movie and I’ve been reading and collecting comics since 1978. Many in the top ten in my opinion are way better than Watchmen. Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Dark Phoenix Saga, the Sinestro Corps War and the Judas Contract easily topples that storyline. There must be a much of youngsters, not grown folks who voted for that series. While it belongs in the top ten because of its critical acclaim, I think those I mentioned are superior stories.

Where is the kiling joke?

Matthew DeBenedetto

March 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

where is Old Man Logan…?!

cade os da monica

Yeh… “Great” list. For people who NEVER read Akira, Ranma 1/2, Asterix, Tintin, Spirou&Fantasio and think the comics world is only Marvel, DC and the like.

Some of these seem more like the most popular comics rather than the best comics. It’s a little disappointing.

Great List. One comment though: WHY IN THE BLUE HELL is FINAL CRISIS in this list?

Why isn’t Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke on there anywhere ?
I’m sorry, but that belongs in the top 10. That is a MAJOR oversight.

I’d also like to think that A Death In The Family by Starlin and Aparo should be on that list somewhere.
If I missed something, I apologize. But these are two very important stories and both were ground-breaking in their time. To not include them is a HUGE error in judgment.

I believe Killing Joke is disqualified from this list by virtue of being an OGN. Note this list gathers up stories that were originally serialized. A Death in the Family simply didn’t get enough votes to make the cut. This list was the result of a vote taken by the site’s readers (at the time).

To be honest, that makes perfect sense to me. A Death in the Family was groundbreaking, yes, but it’s not an especially entertaining Batman story. If it didn’t happen to be the arc that killed off Jason Todd, it would probably be long since forgotten.

Jim Starlin’s Warlock saga where Warlock teams up with Thanos and is forced to kill himself to prevent his future self (Magus – Warlock in Latin) from enslaving the Universe. That’s a miss. Great, great story.

A miss? It’s at #71.

Hmmm, skipped right over it. My bad. I’m new to this site. But man, am I loving it so far.

110% Perfection

Enjoyable reading through that list. I noticed a lack of comments/summary on a fair number of the entries….any particular reason for that?

I think that you can see the influence of the trades in the list however.

I’m also curious as to the age groups of the people that voted. Do that many people that read comics in the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s come to this site? I would think that the majority of people are a bit younger and thus the importance put on more recent storylines while some from 25+ years ago are not as greatly represented.
The fact I saw comments from people who had never even heard of Under Siege or The Great Darkness, etc leads me to believe that.

That said I was pleased to see a great number of the classics there.

where`s lone wolf and cub, conan….

I agree with some of the previous comments that Batman A Death in the Family should have made the list. It’s the best Batman story I’ve read.

Another snub was the Masters of Evil storyline that ran in Avengers. I don’t remember the numbers but the gist of the story was that the Masters of Evil stormed Avengers mansion and beat Hercules within an inch of his life and tortured Jarvis…very powerful ending once of the best that I’ve ever read in terms of raw emotion. A MUST READ for any fan of comic books.

Last but not least, Thor’s Beta Ray Bill Saga should also have been on the list…it’s the BEST Thor storyline ever.

What the hell is Age of Apocalypse doing on this list? 90s X-Men books are some of the worst comics that were every produced(barely one step above 90s Image) . Horrid, horrid stuff, man. Some really low standards here. My brother bough that X-Crap every month during the 90s and I could never make sense out of half their storylines(not surprising seeing as Nicieza and Lobdell are terrible writers).

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Robert Feynberg

August 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm

A lot of stuff on this is crap.

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