Top 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History: #45-36
We provided a series of memorable DC moments for you to vote for, we also gave you the chance to nominate other moments (which you then also voted on to get them on to the “ballot”) and then you came out in droves to vote for them all! I think it was our biggest turnout yet (as it turns out, more people will vote if they just have to click buttons to vote). So now, we begin the countdown of the Top 75 most memorable moments in the 75-year history of DC Comics!!! Do note that spoilers will almost certainly be present in these moments, and some of them could have come from comics that were intended for mature audiences only. So be forewarned!
And now, here’s 45-36!
45 Hal Jordan becomes Parallax (Green Lantern Vol. 3 #50 by Ron Marz, Darryl Banks and Romeo Tanghal)
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Hal Jordan is convinced that he can use the power of the Green Lantern battery to fix the destruction of Coast City. And if he has to kill a few people along the way, it does not really matter, since he’ll just fix THEM later, too. Here, after killing his good friend Killowog and snapping Sinestro’s neck, we see Hal reach the final stage where he destroys the giant central power battery of the Green Lantern Corps and becomes something new…Parallax!
44 Green Lantern learns a difficult lesson (Green Lantern Vol. 2 #76 by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams)
In Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ first issue of Green Lantern (where Green Lantern began teaming up with Green Arrow), Hal Jordan is shown how out of touch he is with the plight of typical Americans at the beginning of the 1970s – this helps spur Jordan to travel across the country with Green Arrow re-discovering America.
43 Darkseid and Batman trade blows (Final Crisis #6 by Grant Morrison and JG Jones)
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Batman begins the downfall of Darkseid by shooting him with the same bullet Darkseid used to kill Orion earlier in Final Crisis, but Darkseid gets off one last blast of his Omega Beams, so Batman’s success is short-lived, as seen in this dramatic sequence by Grant Morrison and JG Jones. Of all the moments, this one seemed to benefit the most from the expanded voting population, as it was the second-to-last vote-getter of the 18 audience nominations, yet it finished ahead of almost all the other the audience nominations.
42 Aquaman’s son is murdered by Black Manta (Adventure Comics #452 by David Michelinie and Jim Aparo)
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There is a good case to be made that this 1977 story by David Michelinie and Jim Aparo was the one that started DC Comics down a path of having the loved ones of superheroes be killed off. In any event, a super villain murdering a superhero’s infant son? That’s a major turning point in DC history.
41 Superman expresses his frustrations at Mongul (Superman Annual #11 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons)
From Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s brilliant “For the Man Who Has Everything,” Superman was just subjected to some heavy duty psychological torture at the hands of the villain Mongul (and on Superman’s BIRTHDAY, of all days!), and Superman is quite displeased with Mongul. Some commenters have suggested that this might very well be the first time Superman ever used his heat vision to hurt an opponent. Can anyone confirm or debunk that?
40 Superman meets the cousin he didn’t know he had – Supergirl! (Action Comics #252 by Otto Binder and Al Plastino)
Otto Binder and Al Plastino give the world a brand-new superhero, and one of the most popular female superheroes ever! Doesn’t Plastino do a fantastic job on her facial expressions?
39 Dick Grayson becomes Nightwing (Tales of the Teen Titans #44 by Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Dick Giordano and Mike DeCarlo)
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No offense to Jericho, but man, it is too bad Dick has to share his big moment with someone else. Anyhow, in this penultimate chapter of the Judas Contract, we see the debut of the new costumed identity for Dick Grayson. This was pretty much the first time a character THIS big got a new identity (other than characters taking up new names for a storyline, like Cap becoming Nomad for a few issues).
38 Gordon and Batman’s alliance begins (Batman #407 by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli)
As awesome as Batman Year One was, only this last scene was actually more or less transcribed from the page to the screen in the film Batman Begins. It’s a beautifully memorable ending by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.
37 The Justice Society of America has their first meeting (All-Star Comics #3 by Gardner Fox and Everett Hibbard)
Gardner Fox and Everett Hibbard deliver the first meeting of the Justice Society of America. The early meetings were just framing sequences to cover up the fact that All-Star Comics basically remained the same anthology it was before. To wit, in the first issue, the meeting just sets up Johnny Thunder asking each member of the team to tell a story, and they do so, with each story naturally being the story that would have appeared in the issue had they not all been on a team. Still, the first meeting of a superhero team was a BIG deal!
36 Coast City is destroyed (Superman Vol. 2 #80 by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding)
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Reign of the Supermen took a major U-turn in this issue by revealing that the Cyborg Superman is actually a VILLAIN working with the alien despot, Mongul! He demonstrates this in dramatic fashion when he and Mongul destroy Hal Jordan’s home of Coast City!
Here is a link to #35-26!