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The 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History – Day 13

Okay, in case you didn’t see the introduction, the concept is that each day up to and including the 31st of July, I’ll be posting six of the most memorable moments from DC Comics’ 75-year history. On the 31st, you folks will get a chance to pick your Top 10 out of the 100 choices. I’ll tabulate the votes and I’ll debut the Top 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History starting on August 8th. In the meantime, feel free to post suggestions for moments you think should be featured either at our Twitter account (twitter.com/csbg), our Facebook page (facebook.com/comicsshouldbegood) or just e-mail me (bcronin@comicbookresources.com)!

Here’s the next six moments! And click here for the master list of all the moments posted so far!

NOTE: Each day of moments will almost certainly contain some spoilers for past comic books, plus each day might include content that originally appeared in “Mature Readers Only” comics, so be forewarned!

71. Superman races the Flash (Superman #199)

Jim Shooter and Curt Swan give us the race everyone was waiting for!

72. Batman tells us who he is (All Star Batman and Robin #2)

Frank Miller and Jim Lee deliver an extremely memorable line.

73. Rorschach enjoys prison life (Watchmen #6)

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Outside of the “35 minutes” line, probably the most famous quote from Watchmen.

74. Captain Marvel saves the day…kinda (Kingdom Come #4)

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That is one dramatic scene from Mark Waid and Alex Ross.

75. The Red Hood takes off the hood (Batman: The Killing Joke)

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Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, particularly Bolland, deliver one of the most iconic Joker panels ever.

76. Batman…lives! (Batman: The Dark Knight #4)

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Frank Miller ends the Dark Knight Returns with a wink. A very cool wink.

34 Comments

bernard the poet

July 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm

To hold a race to decide who is the faster between the Flash and Superman and then “limit their speed” seems to defeat the object of the exercise.

Oh Frank Miller. I wish whatever ate your brain would give it back and we could get a few more good comics out of you.

I could be wrong, of course, but I’d think that even people who hate The Killing Joke would have little to argue with today’s moment from it. Pretty amazing image from Bolland.

i agree with mike. frank miller is working to destroy his own legacy even harder than tiger woods. he should have the good sense to just walk away like alan moore did (twice).

I think that last panel in #75 was based on a Batman And Robin cover…

funkygreenjerusalem

July 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Sorry, anon was me.

Other way around, if you are referring to the current Batman & Robin series. The Batman & Robin image was inspired by the Killing Joke image. I’m not aware of Bolland’s image being an homage to anything else, but I could be wrong?

It was completely incidental, I remember Frank Quitely himself said that.

But MAN, that Killing Joke coloring…not saying its bad, its just…not what I’m used to.

was wondering when the flash superman race would show up . and figured the final part of dark knight returns would be on the list. since it showed that batman always has a plan . watchman another nice moment though still say the thing could have its own list. killing joke. that moment gives at least some origin to the joker.

Is all-star indulgent? Yes. Is it silly? Yes. But I also think it shows off some amazing characterization and some great work by Jim Lee (who I have never been too fond of). It’s one of the few comics that gives Bats and Robin something of an interesting relationship.

I love how unimpressed young Dick is. I mean, he just saw his parents killed. Makes sense that he sees Batman for the character he is. His response to the ‘Goddamned Batman’ is ‘whatever man.’ I think it’s fantastic. I love this Batman and Robin… though Morison’s Damian and Dick comes close imo.

I really don’t get all the hate Frank Miller gets. He’s just doing the exact same thing he always has. Push our conception of what we expect with these characters.

Also, I think in KC the moment right after the explosion is burned more into my mind. It’s not the violence of the act… but the fallout, the devastation of the nuke that really stuck with me. And the part where Supes, eyes burning, walks out of the ashes… chilling.

I agree 100% about ASBAR. It’s a great book and about the only time I’ve liked Jim Lee’s art.

I could be wrong, of course, but I’d think that even people who hate The Killing Joke would have little to argue with today’s moment from it. Pretty amazing image from Bolland.

I’m kind of luke-warm on The Killing Joke, but that’s mainly because of the main story. I think the origin flashbacks are excellent. That said I never liked that final image of The Joker. The foreshortening of his arms just seems a little off to me. Mostly though, TKJ is some of Bolland’s finest work.

ASBAR is awful.

That quote of Batman’s from the second to last panel of the Superman / Flash race above made me laugh:

“YOU HAVE US ALL IN SUSPENSE! EVEN WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE OBSTACLES ARE!”

Could you imagine the Batman of the past 15-20 years saying anything akin to this under any circumstances?

Well, watchman another nice moment though still say the thing could have its own list. killing joke.

No all star superman-besides ledge jumper scene yet?

Absolutely top-notch set of moments, though I’d argue the SECOND most famous line from ‘Watchmen’ is “Dark by then – Dark as it gets” (I have been quoting that for over 25 years, to the great annoyance of everybody).

Seriously tempted to go with ‘Kingdom Come’ – those reaction shots are brilliant (and really deserved a 2-page spread)

I hadn’t considered it before but seeing that last Dark Knight scene with Superman hearing the heartbeat just made that moment jump to the top of my list. That’s a truly great ending.

Although it makes Alfred’s fate seem a bit unnecessary. Kind of sucks to take one for the team when everyone else is faking their deaths. Still, all very dramatic.

So maybe its just me, but the image linked to gives me a page not found every other image.

Ha! Good call, mackejn (the first images on each of the double images were linked to image files that were each missing the “t” in “moment,” resulting in the “Page Not Found.” They’re all fixed now! Thanks!

though I’d argue the SECOND most famous line from ‘Watchmen’ is “Dark by then – Dark as it gets” (I have been quoting that for over 25 years, to the great annoyance of everybody).

I don’t think so. I’ve read Watchmen probably about 6 times (maybe more) and I don’t recognise that quote in the slightest.

The only other line I can see as a challenger to “I’m not stuck in here with you” would probably the opening, the whole “‘save us!’ and I will whisper, ‘no!’” deal.

ASBAR is awful indeed. And embarassing.

I am not among those who enjoy watching a former giant making such a fool of himself so publicly.

In a series of memorable moments, shouldn’t you be using the version of the coloring that people, you know, remember? (This aside from the fact that the new coloring is immeasurably worse, aesthetically on its own and as a match to the content, than the original, It’s not as much of an atrocity as the Devil by the Deed decoloring, but it comes close.)

-Ehh, there’s been several Superman/Flash races already. The one from DC Comics Presents #1-2 (where they race all the way to THE END OF TIME and back) is much more impressive than this one.
- “The Goddam Batman” is just a current meme that will (hopefully) be deservingly forgotten in a few years.
-Rorschach’s catchphrase does indeed deserve mention.
-The Captain Marvel moment doesn’t work for me because the whole “magic lighting” thing isn’t supposed to be literal- how does Billy change indoors without shattering roofs etc?- still, this IS a famous moment from Kingdom Come.
- OK, that picture of the Joker going nuts is classic.
-I thought that the part with Superman figuring out that Batman wasn’t dead in DK was cool since it proved that a) Batman cannot plan for everything and b) Superman wasn’t such a tool after all. And it’s pretty famous, so yeah.

Not to say I don’t appreciate all the work Brian puts into these lists, but I have to agree with Jeff R here on the coloring of TKJ

ASBAR is the best book Jim Lee has ever worked on. It is absurd, yes, but it isn’t random silliness, there’s a reason why Batman is acting this way.

Batman Year One showed us the “lucky amateur”
DKR showed us the”lucky old man”
ASBAR shows a Batman who’s got his techniques down and he’s showboating. He’s got to grow up emotionally and that’s what Dick is going to help him do.

The only other line I can see as a challenger to “I’m not stuck in here with you” would probably the opening, the whole “‘save us!’ and I will whisper, ‘no!’” deal.

Really? I’d say “I leave it entirely to your hands” is the most memorable line in the whole series, alongside “I did it thirty-five minutes ago”.

“The Captain Marvel moment doesn’t work for me because the whole “magic lighting” thing isn’t supposed to be literal- how does Billy change indoors without shattering roofs etc?”

It’s magic. Maybe it’s only destructive against living beings?

Panzersharkcat

July 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm

He doesn’t. In “Black Adam: The Dark Ages”, when Black Adam accidentally rediscovers the magic word inside an ice cream store, the lightning shatters the windows of the place.

I have to disagree with most others when it comes to the new coloring in TKJ. The old coloring looks terrible in comparison. And Brian Boland also fixed up some faces too in the new edition. I get that some people don’t dig the ‘sepia’ thing he did for the flashbacks but over all the story is vastly improved with the extra forethought he put into the colors for the new edition.

Also, not many people have explained to me why they hate ASBR. I get that thematically some people can’t handle it… but I’ve never gotten why its so ‘terrible.’ People go ‘Batman is a sadist’ and dismiss the whole thing. Well why not make Batman a sadist? He beats the snot out of people as a hobby. Does that not ring any bells?

It also seems to sell well so it can’t be that bad. And its a very polarizing topic. Whenever I see something that people can’t really agree on I usually make a mental note to check it out.

@Panzersharkcat – First, Black Adam’s powers might not correspond exactly to Captain Marvel’s; second, note that scene takes place after Kingdom Come introduced the whole idea of using the Shazam lightning as a weapon. Which I’m not opposed to, specifically, IF it were explained as one of his powers instead of a side effect of his transformation. Again, how utterly inconvenient, not to mention dangerous, would it be if Billy REALLY were struck by lightning each and every time he said “Shazam?”(I recall a silver age story where he transformed *behind a thief’s back* and the crook didn’t even notice!)

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