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Top 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History: #35-26

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!

Here is a link to #75-66. Here is a link to #65-56. Here is a link to #55-46. Here is a link to 45-36!

And now, here is #35-26!

Enjoy!

35 Superman holds “Batman’s” corpse (Final Crisis #6 by Grant Morrison, Doug Mahnke and, I believe, Christian Alamy, but it might also have been self-inked)

This image of Superman holding “Batman’s” corpse was so powerful they based the entire Final Crisis hardcover design on it!

34 Sue Dibny is killed (Identity Crisis #1 by Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales and Michael Bair)

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The first issue extremely popular Identity Crisis mini-series was capped off by the dramatic death of the wife of longtime Justice League member, the Elongated Man. Not only was his wife murdered, but Ralph was about to learn that his, Sue, was pregnant! This dramatic moment kicked off what was to be a series filled with tragic twists!

33 Rorschach enjoys prison life (Watchmen #6 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons)

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The sixth issue of Watchmen spotlights Rorschach’s prison psychiatrist who thinks that he has won the lottery, of sorts, by being assigned such a high profile case, but as time goes by, Rorschach has more of an effect on him than he ever expected. One of the most dramatic parts of the issue also contains one of the most famous lines of the book – “I’m not trapped in here with you, you’re trapped in her with me.”

32 Terra reveals herself (Tales of the Teen Titans #34 by Marv Wolfman, George Perez and Romeo Tanghal)

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After a number of months of being slowly absorbed on to the team, Terra finally gains the full trust of the Titans by taking on one of their deadliest enemies, Deathstroke the Terminator, in one on one battle! However, we soon learn that the battle was not as real as it seemed, setting up the series of stories that would ultimately climax in the legendary Judas Contract storyline.

31 Batman duels Ra’s Al Ghul in the desert…bare-chested (Batman #244 by Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams and Dick Giordano)

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This really nails the whole “international man of action” vibe that Denny O’Neil and Neil Adams were going for with their take on Batman in this storyline. Dick Giordano does a great job on inks.

This fight has been homaged frequently.

30 Our introduction to Watchmen (Watchmen #1 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons)

Our introduction to Watchmen comes from Rorschach’s somewhat chilling narration as we open the book and see right off the bat that the world of the Watchmen is not a very pleasant place…

29 Hot shot District Attorney Harvey Kent gets a face full of acid (Detective Comics #66 by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson and George Roussos)

There’s not many SUPERHEROES who have as famous of an origin as the classic Batman villain, Two-Face. This is so dramatic that it was literally used again for the second Two-Face!!

28 Superman reveals his secret identity to Lois Lane (Action Comics #662 by Roger Stern and Bob McLeod)

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More than fifty years in the making, the first time Superman revealed his secret identity to Lois Lane (in a “real” story) sure was a doozy! Very well handled by Stern and McLeod (especially as it followed a not quite so memorable engagement).

27 The Justice League and the Justice Society meet for the first time! (Justice League of America Volume 1 #21 by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky and Bernard Sachs)

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Gardner Fox helped create both the Justice Society of America and then, roughly twenty years later, the Justice LEAGUE of America. And in this classic issue, the two teams meet for the very first time!

26 Frank Miller adds a little extra to Batman’s origin (Batman: The Dark Knight #1 by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson)

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This moment from the first issue of Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s Batman: The Dark Knight series features Batman being compelled to return to the streets while he watches the news and hears of horrors that remind him of the fateful night that his parents were killed. Miller added the striking visual of Martha Wayne’s pearls being broken during the ruckus that led to the death of Bruce’s parents, and that visual has become a key element of pretty much all future re-tellings of the origin, a rarity for origin re-tellings (to have that much of a permanent effect on the origin).

Here‘s #25-16!

21 Comments

Wasn’t the guy fighting with Robin, Adrian Chase, the “Vigilante”?

I think Terra’s battle with Terminator and the treacherous reveal happened in issue 34, not 42 (42 was the first issue of Judas Contract, where she prepares to take the team down, but by then we’re well aware that she’s a traitor…)

Surprised that Rorshcach’s food fight wasn’t higher, mainly ’cause, as you write, his last line is so famous.

Yes. That was the storyline leading up to Chase becoming the Vigilante.

figured it would not be long to at least have one moment from both watchman and dark knight returns show up on this list already though watchman could have its own list. as for idenity crisis it showed once again that loved ones of heroes can pay a price and also darken the dc universe more final crisis that image is still creepy mostly because the whole story is still confusing in parts. tera being a traitor shows that one can never know a persons true colors .

Yeah, the Titans scene is the right scene, I just wrote the wrong issue number down. The above scene is from #34.

Wow, there’s tons of the moments that I didn’t vote for that made this list. but like I said before, none of them (bar 3) were absolute NOs.

I love the Batman shirtless fighting! As I’ve said before, check out the Kyle Baker Plastic Man issue where he fights Ra’s. Great stuff.

I just watched the Watchmen movie this week and, while it was slow enough as it ws, starting with a Matrix fight instead of the pan up was a sin.
Moore was right. It shoould never have been a movie.

#29 – Dunno if anyone’s already mentioned this, but notice the surname of the doc who treats Harvey – and of course the name of who played Two-Face in The Dark Knight…

So interesting that one of the two most famous lines in Watchmen isn’t spoken on-panel– that is, we don’t actually “see” Rorshach say it, but just see it being recorded by someone who heard it from someone who heard it..

You know, the Silver Age proper is going to be wildly underrepresented on this list. Plenty of Bronze Age Batman, plenty of Crisis-and-after, and a solid smattering of the Golden Age, but very little from the 60s.

“29 Hot shot District Attorney Harvey KENT gets a face full of acid”

With a surname like that in the DC universe, a little acid should’t be a problem…

I’d say Superman holding Batman’s corpse is a “no.” We know Batman isn’t really dead because that’s impossible. In 10 or 20 years, I doubt this would make the list at all. It’s there only because it’s fresh in people’s minds.

I agree Rob. In that series alone Barry’s return was more memorable and in Legion of three worlds of course Bart allen mirroring it. Actually the union of the three legions itself is more memorable in the long term. People did get to vote on this though and Barry’s return was an option. The power of the batfans prevailed I think.

Yeah, that image of Adrian Chase-Vigilante reminded me of what should be in this list: the suicide of Vigilante after his realization that if he was going to kill all criminals, that would include him.

i think the pearls were referenced from the beginning in Bats’ 2-page origin: “I’ll take that necklace you’re wearing lady!” Miller just focused on that. not really a pure invention

guy with real name

August 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm

according to who you? the comic code authority?

I agree that the Final Crisis moment will not stand the test of time. About as significant as Gorilla Grodd munching on Ultramarines.

That Superman in moment #35 is really poorly drawn. His face and emotion makes it seem like he himself killed Batman with his heat vision and was proud of it. And his neck muscles are starting to look Liefeldian.

JLA mets JSA for first time should be top 10!

Oh, I’d forgotten Sue Dibny was pregnant. Possibly because I was so “shocked” from the effort of rolling my eyes. Man, Identity Crisis didn’t miss a cliche, did it? Right down to “How did you know there was a note???!!! OMG!!!”

Wasn’t Rorshach’s “You’re stuck in here with me.” line said earlier by the Punisher during Frank Miller’s “Daredevil” run or am I misremembering?

Identity Crisis and Sue’s brutal rape and death were disgusting– a low point for DC Comics and the harbinger of all the other brutal, death laden “kick ass” (which I use as a derogative) crap they’ve published of late….

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