Luke Cage History: From Hero for Hire to Hollywood
TV, Comic Books
Every day in May we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!
Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).
Today’s list is the Greatest Len Wein Stories Ever Told!
I’ll give you the top five stories that DIDN’T make the Top Ten…
15. Amazing Spider-Man #153 “The Longest Yard”
Touching one-off story about the lengths a former football player will go to to protect his daughter’s life. Ross Andru did the art.
14. Fantastic Four #187-188 “The Rampage of Reed Richards”
The Molecule Man takes control of Reed’s body and chaos ensues. George Perez art!
13. Defenders #13-14 “Defenders versus Nebulon”
The introduction of Nebulon, but most importantly, this is the story where Nighthawk reforms and joins the Defenders. Sal Buscema did the art.
12. Incredible Hulk #202-208 “The Jarella Saga”
The Hulk’s love, Jarella, returns and, well, let’s say that something happens that makes the Hulk go on one of his most savage rampages ever. Sal Buscema did the art.
11. Batman versus the Incredible Hulk
Drawn by Jose Garcia-Lopez, this was the third DC/Marvel crossover, and Wein marvels, particularly with his take on the Joker.
10. Amazing Spider-Man #176-180 “New Green Goblin”
The return of the Green Goblin! But who is under the mask?!?! Ross Andru did the art.
9. Tales of the Green Lantern Corps
This mini-series, plotted by Mike Barr, introduced some concepts still being used at DC, including the big bad behind Blackest Night, Nekron! Joe Staton did the art.
8. The Untold Legend of the Batman
Wein tells Batman’s (then current) origin in this early mini-series from DC. Art by John Byrne for the first issue, Jim Aparo for the other two.
7. Phantom Stranger #20-24 “The Dark Circle Saga”
The Phantom Stranger faces off against an evil organization known as the Dark Circle. Art by Jim Aparo.
6. DC Comics Presents #27-29 “Where No Superman Has Gone Before”
Mongul is introduced, along with Warworld, in this three-parter that also involved the Martian Manhunter, Supergirl and the Spectre!! Art by Jim Starlin.
5. Justice League of America #100-102 “The Return of the Seven Soldiers of Victory”
The name of the tale says it all! Art by Dick Dillin.
4. House of Secrets #92
The introduction of Swamp Thing! Art by Bernie Wrightson.
3. Incredible Hulk #180-181
Hulk tangles with Wendigo and some other guy! Art by Herb Trimpe.
2. Swamp Thing #1-10
Wein’s run on Swamp Thing with Bernie Wrightson – Anton Arcane is introduced and killed (for the first and not the last time).
1. Giant-Size X-Men #1
The introduction of the All-New, All-Different X-Men!
Art by Dave Cockrum, who co-created the new X-Men alongside Wein (except for Wolverine, Banshee and Sunfire, of course, who were already around before this issue).
That’s the list! I’m sure there is a lot of agreement and disagreement with the list out there! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!
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