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The Greatest She-Hulk Stories Ever Told!

Every day in November we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you’ll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week’s lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!

Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).

Today’s list is the Greatest She-Hulk Stories Ever Told!

Enjoy!

10. Savage She-Hulk #1 “The She-Hulk Lives”

Stan Lee’s last major creation for Marvel, Savage She-Hulk #1 delivers an interesting origin for the She-Hulk. John Buscema and Chic Stone did the art.

9. Sensational She-Hulk #50 “He’s Dead?!”

In the final issue of John Byrne’s run of Sensational She-Hulk, Byrne has been killed (or has he?) and She-Hulk tries out a number of different well-known artists like Walter Simonson, Frank Miller and Adam Hughes (all doing parodies of their own styles) before determining on Michael Eury, Todd Britton and Mike DeCarlo. Very cute send-off for Byrne.

8. She-Hulk #7-12

In the final issues of the first volume of Dan Slott’s She-Hulk run, She-Hulk is set against the Champion, which leads to Titania becoming empowered by the Champion for his (and her) revenge on She-Hulk.

7. Avengers #221-222

In these two issues (written by Jim Shooter and David Michelinie), She-Hulk joins the Avengers and begins what became a very cool friendship with Hawkeye.

6. She-Hulk #3 “Time of Her Life”

Billed as the 100th issue of She-Hulk (counting all of her various series), this story by Dan Slott (with art by an army of artists) has She-Hulk on trial defending her very existence!

5. Solo Avengers #14 “Court Costs”

In this one-off tale by Chris Claremont, Alan Davis and Al Rubinstein, She-Hulk is arguing the legality of the Mutant Registration Act in front of the Supreme Court. Sadly, what should have been her greatest moment of success is constantly derailed by her needing to do superhero stuff while in court. A nice piece of tragic character work by Claremont.

4. Sensational She-Hulk #5 “The Doctor is in”

In this issue, by John Byrne and Bob Wiacek, Dr. Bong brings Saturday morning cartoons to life. Seeing Byrne draw various cartoons in realistic fashion is hilarious.

3. She-Hulk #4 “Web of Lies”

While right off the bat, it was clear that the She-Hulk run of Dan Slott, Juan Bobillo and Marcelo Sosa was something special. However, this fourth issue was still particularly notable, as She-Hulk represents Spider-Man
in a libel suit against J. Jonah Jameson. A hilarious issue (especially when Spider-Man asserts that Jameson hates him because he is black).

2. Fantastic Four #275 “The Naked Truth”

In this classic one-off issue of Fantastic Four (by John Byrne and Al Gordon), She-Hulk and Wyatt Wingfoot try to deal with a porn magazine that took naked photos of She-Hulk sunbathing.

1. Marvel Graphic Novel #18 “The Sensational She-Hulk”

In this graphic novel, written and penciled by John Byrne (with inks by Kim DeMulder), She-Hulk goes on an adventure with SHIELD (who kidnap her to see if she poses a threat to them like her cousin) as the organization is almost overthrown by some mysterious roach-like creatures. This has one of the coolest Helicarrier crashes in Marvel history!

That’s the list! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

19 Comments

“This has one of the coolest Helicarrier crashes in Marvel history!” There is something…amusing about that line. I think the helicarrier as crashed more times the last 10 years then the 30 years before it was first featured.

Seriously, great list! All winners. And a nice reminder that John Byrne was a pretty good humor writer!

Isn’t the She Hulk graphic novel the first Helicarrier crash?

So pleased to see the Dr Bong story in here, but I’ve got a soft spot for the story that starts the title in 1-3.

While the Spidey story is hilarious, my respect for Pug as a lawyer went way down once I learned a few things about actual New York civil law.

nice love how almost all the picks on the list were Byrne stories for he sure knew how to do characters like she hulk a certain way. plus nice to see the dr. bong story make the the list.

The Naked Truth is my all-time fav and is what cemented Shulkie as my favorite superheroine ever! Brian, come on over to the She-Hulk Appreciation thread (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?t=317212) and say hi!

Fantastic Four #275 “The Naked Truth” is a lot of fun. I recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it. I especially enjoy Johnny Storm in that story.

Both Sensational She-Hulk #5 and #50 were barely left off my list, and #5 still has my favorite double page spread ever. People who have read it know exactly what I am talking about. All in all, these were pretty good results. Here was my list:

1. Sensational She-Hulk #34-35 ‘She-Hulk vs. Black Talon and The X-Humed’
2. Marvel Comics Presents #18 “X-Mas Tease”
3. Sensational She-Hulk #59 “Disorder In The Court”
4. Solo Avengers #14 “Court Costs!”
5. Sensational She-Hulk #1-3 ‘She-Hulk vs. The Headmen’
6. Marvel Graphic Novel #18 “The Sensational She-Hulk”
7. Sensational She-Hulk #38-39 ‘She-Hulk vs. Mahkizmo’
8. She-Hulk (1st Series; 2004 Series) #4 “Web of Lies”
9. Sensational She-Hulk #40-46, 48-49 ‘Cosmic Storyline’
10. Fantastic Four #275 “The Naked Truth”

Great list!
A lot of these She-Hulk stories could be adopted into animated features.
Too bad She-Hulks from last year didn’t make the cut.

Here are my top ten She-Hulk stories:

1. She-Hulk #4 (2004 Dan Slott run)
2. Fantastic Four #275
3. Savage She-Hulk #1
4. The Incredible Hulk #282
5. Solo Avengers #14
6. She-Hulks #3
7. Avengers #222
8. Her-Oes #2
9. The Sensational She-Hulk Graphic Novel #18
10. She-Hulk #12 (2004 Dan Slott run)

Good pieces here, and also nice to see “He’s Dead?!” get an individual nod as it is my favorite single issue of the the series…(she was right too, I came to recognize the Black Kiss reference only later).

All I’m seeing is a conspicuous lack of the Man-Elephant.

Isn’t the She Hulk graphic novel the first Helicarrier crash?
This is brought up during Slott’s run- or Peter David’s, I’m not sure. It is revealed that some SHIELD agents resent She-Hulk because the helicarrier never crashed before she came along,

Isn’t the She Hulk graphic novel the first Helicarrier crash?

We talked about this when Brian did a whole entry about Helicarrier crashes. I asked if it was really possible that there were no Helicarrier crashes in Marvel’s Godzilla series of the late 1970s, 6 or 7 years before the She-Hulk graphic novel, and he confirmed that there were some in the Godzilla series but they weren’t nearly as cool-looking.

While the Spidey story is hilarious, my respect for Pug as a lawyer went way down once I learned a few things about actual New York civil law.

Like how you can’t randomly add witnesses to a lawsuit in mid-trial?

That resolution keeps the issue from being a classic to me. Although Spidey’s “because I’m black” line is still hilarious.

For me, it was Shulkie’s spider signal that instantly solidified that issue as one of my faves.

As I was going down the list I started to worry that none of her F4 issues were going to make it. I’m glad at least one did. Fantastic Four #299 is also a good issue with a nice brawl between Thing and She-Hulk.

I’ve got that “Saturdaze” issue. It is indeed quite good, as is the double page spread.

But I must take issue with your assertion that She-Hulk was the last major creation of Stan’s at Marvel. Obviously you’ve never read Ravage 2099! :)

That’s a really great list here, I totally agree with the choices. And my top three stories were in the top three :).

Well I gotta say for me my list would almost exclusively the Slott run. Lots of great stories and a unique take. The Bryne stuff I have read is decent but not at the same level for me at least.

Juan Bobillo was brilliant in the first six issues.

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