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Top Five Month (check here to see an archive of all the top five lists featured so far) continues with a sequel, of sorts, to a list that a lot of folks enjoyed. Let’s take a look at the top 400th issues out there!
Fantastic Four #400
I did not like this storyline a lot, and it’s really rough to have a 400th issue with Reed “dead” and then bring him back, what, 8 issues later? That said, DeFalco and Ryan are very good comic book creators, so they made this story decent.
Adventure Comics #400
Action Comics #400
Decent, if forgettable, issues. Not even really anniversary issues.
Decent issue by DeFalco and Frenz. Kind of tough to follow Simonson, ya know?
Clever issue with the Archie gang visiting the offices of Archie Comics to give their ideas on how to celebrate their 400th issue.
Kind of hard to do an anniversary issue right in the middle of an inter-galactic crossover story that really had nothing to do with Captain America. Mark Gruenwald tried his best, though!
A clever tribute to the eternal debate between Betty and Veronica. Plus, new Little Archie stories by Bob Bolling!!! Heck, the whole issue was written by Bolling.
Sgt. Rock #400
Decent anniversary issue.
Uncanny X-Men #400
Not at all what ANYONE expected it to be, but damned if Joe Casey didn’t write a nice little tale with a LOT of cool artists helping out, including Ashley Wood, Sean Phillips, Cully Hamner and more!!
The plot was a bit standard fare, but the art was amazing!
5. Amazing Spider-Man #400
J.M. DeMatteis did a wonderful job with the death of Aunt May in this issue. Too bad it was in the midst of the Clone Saga.
4. Incredible Hulk
While Jan Duursema is a great artist, it is still a shame that the 400th issue of Incredible Hulk had to be handled by a fill-in artist. Peter David did a really nice job with the conclusion to his Ghosts of the Past storyline.
3. Avengers #400
Mark Waid and the late, great Mike Wieringo got together to tell a very good one-off story that truly celebrated the history of the Avengers.
2. Detective Comics #400
Neal Adams art and the introduction of Man-Bat!! That’s a pretty awesome 400th issue!
This issue, though, made up for the lack of a celebration for Action Comics #400 by having a tremendous 400th issue with work from an array of amazing creators plus going out of their way to get Superman pin-ups and artwork done by artists who are not known for their Superman work (Frank Miller, Jim Steranko, Klaus Janson, Moebius, Mike Kaluta, Jack Kirby, Walt Simonson – and that’s just a drop in the bucket!!).
The kicker was that the stories (mostly written by Elliot S! Maggin) were really good, too!
An awesome anniversary issue.
Okay, that’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!!
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