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The 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC History – The Final Choices

Okay, rather than letting you pick FIVE of the final 19 choices, I’m just going to go with letting you pick EIGHTEEN of the final 19 choices (#100 is still going to be what it always was).

Below you will find a poll – vote for any moment you find memorable. The top 18 will make up 18 of the last 19 options that you will have to vote on the 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC History! There are tons of choices, so take your time (you can vote for as many moments as you’d like)!

NOTE: These moments will almost certainly contain some spoilers for past comic books, so be forewarned!

Enjoy!


48 Comments

What? Ampersand died at the end of Y? Ahhh!

I kid.

No Suicide Squad? Really? I can understand limiting it to the vote in poll, but at least give the series a moment or two in the vote in poll.

You know I love Suicide Squad. Loooove ‘em. But come on, a Suicide Squad moment being one of the 100 Most Memorable Moments in DC History? That just doesn’t work. The book was never particularly popular and it has never been collected, so how can it have one of the most memorable moments in DC history? 100 COOLEST moments, no doubt – it’d be on here a lot.

It was Highfather (Izaya) and Darkseid that made the pact (and swapped sons). Himon is a different character.

And I think Deadshot shooting that guy so Rick Flag couldn’t is a memorable moment!

well i saw a TON of moments up there that deffinitely did not deserve to be up there.

What? Ampersand died at the end of Y? Ahhh!

I DON’T kid.

Not much love for the Silver Age in that list.

Matthew Johnson

July 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm

That’s a good point, Brian, except that it did have a big influence in the form of Amanda Waller — she wound up being a major character in the DCU. I would say her confrontation with Batman would count as a memorable scene — it set up the whole dynamic between the two in the in the JLA animated series (and also wound up providing the coda to Batman Beyond.)

I’m disappointed I couldn’t vote for Catman biting someone’s eyes out while referring to an internal flashback his victim had no clue about. I guess that’s a better fit for the most awesome moments in DC comics history.

John Trumbull

July 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm

It was Highfather (Izaya) and Darkseid that made the pact (and swapped sons). Himon is a different character.

I was going to point his out, but Patrick beat me to it.

And I think Deadshot shooting that guy so Rick Flag couldn’t is a memorable moment!

Agreed!! I first read that more than 20 years ago, and I bet I could quote it almost word-for-word today.

cactusjac2000

July 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Where’s Supergirl’s death from COIE?

Sorry Ivan, but you gotta admit, it IS a list entirely made up of spoilers.

This is a veritable chocolate box of great moments (I’m not a fan of all of them, but I appreciate the variety).

I’m glad to see some good Swamp Thing representation, but still wish Arcane’s “Yesterday scream” was on the list (plus someone else mentioned Spectre’s eye opening, which was also great). I guess maybe these fall under the heading of COOL moments instead of memorable ones.

Which leads to the question: Can we please have Swamp Thing Annual no. 2 featured in the Cool Comic Books feature?

But as for this feature, thanks for all the great work, Brian!

I recommended Orpheus’ death in the other thread, but I meant the one at the end of Brief Lives, when he really dies, not the one in the Sandman Special, when he doesn’t.

Can’t even fricking read the “no one loved him better” line out of context, on a poll, without a picture without misting up.

Pretty good list. I still would have put some from Rucka and Williams’ Detective comics run up there, but I think that’ll become more memorable whenever Batwoman hits the 50th or 100th issue, H’ronmer willing.

really loved the scene from JLA: rock of ages where ray palmer and conner hawke kill darkseid, it’s probably my favourite story from morrison’s stellar run. as much as i liked final crisis it never stood up to this in my opinion. glad to see it get some love.

Diarmaid Dineen

July 29, 2010 at 6:00 pm

i cried when ampy died, broke me up for a few days

The death of the Tornado Twins on Legion of Super-Heroes. Or maybe Earth blown-up, as previously mentioned. Or the revelation of Shvaughn Erin as a transsexual. I mean, pick any Legion of Super-Heroes issue under Giffen and you will find a memorable moment, if not for sheer brilliancy, but for a lot of 1st moments in DC.

i voted for the death of ampersand, but i was really hoping to see the final conversation between death and dream as an option, with the “moment” being when death realizes that doing what destruction did was never really an option for dream.

though maybe that will be the secret moment #100?

Just in case, the poll i supposed to be multiple choice right?

No SW6? Magic Wars? Quiet Darkness? Mordu Earth? Venado Bay Reveal? Cronin, To my knowledge V4 Legion hasn’t been collected, and if Earth getting blown up, then the Squad and a bunch of other things can get mentioned.

Memorable should be if you read it, you would remember it, not if it is popular.

No SW6? Magic Wars? Quiet Darkness? Mordu Earth? Venado Bay Reveal? Cronin, To my knowledge V4 Legion hasn’t been collected, and if Earth getting blown up, then the Squad and a bunch of other things can get mentioned.

Giffen’s Legion was more popular than Suicide Squad, hence it getting an option, but it wasn’t THAT popular, and yeah, it was not collected. And of Giffen’s Legion, the destruction of Earth is the most memorable.

Just in case, the poll i supposed to be multiple choice right?

Yes, vote for every moment you find memorable.

“And of Giffen’s Legion, the destruction of Earth is the most memorable.”

Nah, the best single moment of the series is Mon El destroying the Time Trapper even though he knows it will erase his own existence.

The best story was the Mordru Earth.

I’m extremely fond of this series, but it was awfully derivative of Watchmen, it never lived up to its promise (another great moment, the little pamphlet that came out before issue #1), it loses focus after issue #7, and after issue #13, the quality of the writing slides way downhill. Some strong art in the later issues though. Pearson and Immomen.

Not best…memorable. Sure there are better moments than the Earth being destroyed, but that was the most memorable.

so many cool choices left it was hard to vote hope some on the list make the final thing. at least some stuff from what ever happen to the man of tommorrow

Slightly surprised at some of what was on there to choose from…and some of what wasn’t (also question the Blackest Night and Wonder Woman moments being up here…they were 5 minutes ago, so can they truly be memorable?)

On the whole, though, thanks for throwing it to a vote and doing this. It takes a lot of work, and it’s entertaining to see what others think.

Ugh…misread the Wonder Woman entry. Thought you were talking about this month. That’s what I get for running through this to quickly. Sorry…

I would consider the scene in Suicide Squad when Waller backs Batman up against the wall, poking him in the chest with her finger, to be memorable. I don’t know anyone who has ever read, or even just heard about, the scene forgetting it.

Theno

I can’t believe the JSA refusing to unmask for HUAC isn’t an option. That scene has pretty much been shorthand for the the demarcation between the Golden and Silver ages for the past thirty years, and has been included in at least 10 stories (the most recent being just last month in DCU legacies).

I would have thought that the JSA / HUAC one was an option as well, and I was really hoping for the first meeting between Lois and Clark in Byrne’s “Man of Steel” (“Hold it right there, buster!” or whatever), but I’m not too surprised to find it missing. There’s a lot up there that I was hoping for, but sadly, which I’d be surprised to make the top 100.

The Ugly American

July 29, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Man, Tommy Monaghan talking to Superman and Tommy’s death made it in, but not Tommy vomiting on Batman? Call me insensitive, but I remember that more than the other two moments.

I checked several things and then saw the Ampersand one. That is, for me, the most affecting moment in DC history. It’s like DC’s Skurge at Gjallerbru.

Michael Howey

July 30, 2010 at 2:58 am

Until a year ago I had 5 green lantern comics. 4 of them were just post crisis because I wanted to know what Guy Gardner did to the Russians (mentioned in JLI) and the Reign of the Supermen crossover.
Even though I had very limited exposure to Hal Jordan, the moment in Reborn where he returns gave me chills. Absolute genius. I particularly loved the fact that after being smashed through the watchtower he smirked. I barely knew but I still thought “He’s back!”

I voted for a number of items, but the Ampersand scene… well, I want to vote extra for that one. I know I can’t, but I would sure like to…

Superman creates Jerry & Joe, they return the favor (All Star Superman #10)

That sounds so unbelievably stupid I have to go read it.

Did I miss you listing the Death of Superman somewhere? That two page fold out in Superman #75 vil.2 is probably one of the most memorable scenes from my childhood.

Not a single moment from the Johns JSA series here? *harumph*

Thanks for fixing the Orpheus moment; now I’ll go back and vote for it!

Not best…memorable. Sure there are better moments than the Earth being destroyed, but that was the most memorable.

I disagree. The Mon-El/Time Trapper moment has been referenced several times since that series. Heck, it’s almost the ONLY thing from that run that’s been referenced or acknowledged by DC since the reboots.

Adam Weissman

July 30, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Good to see some Animal Man selections, but I would have really liked to have seen this one:

Animal Man #4 – last page

Adam Weissman

July 30, 2010 at 4:26 pm

And the page from COIE #8 where Barry Allen ages and crumbles into a skeleton — most haunting moment Perez ever drew…

Adam Weissman

July 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Oh, another — no one remembers this — Lex Luthor demonstrating compassion in Superman and Batman: Heroes Against Hunger.

I didn’t vote for Ampersand’s death, specifically because it just destroyed me. It was so damn heartbreaking that I don’t want to relive it again, memorable moment or not.

Ike: All-Star Superman #10 is probably the greatest single issue of any Superman comic anytime, anywhere. Enjoy!

Man, there’s such a different spread of stuff available to vote for. I find it really funny, because they vary between the god awful melodrama of crappy comics (i.e. Sue’s death in Identity Crisis), to some random moments that no one cares about, to the genuinely good, to the ultimately “spine-tingling” moments that are just awesome no matter how you slice them (many of them Vertigo, sadly).

I think this list will end up enraging me at some point.

Adam Weissman

July 31, 2010 at 8:59 am

And where’s the end of COIE #10 — the death of the multiverse?

I’m pretty sure that the 100th moment MUST be the Death of Superman.

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