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The Greatest Roy Thomas Stories Ever Told! – Voting

Here’s the latest of the daily voting threads for The Greatest ____ Stories Ever Told!

Our next creator up for voting is Roy Thomas.

Roy Thomas has been a mainstay of the comic book industry for nearly 50 years now! After a quick stint in DC’s editorial, Thomas began to work for Marvel where he took over from Stan Lee on a number of titles. He continued working for Marvel until the late 1970s (even a short term as Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief!). He then went to DC Comics where he worked on a number of titles. He returned to Marvel during the 1990s on a bunch of comic books. He has worked for a number of publishers in the last 20 years (including doing some adaptation work for Marvel).

You have until 11:59 PM Pacific time, November 27th to vote for your top ten favorite comic book stories drawn, written or co-written by Roy Thomas! Your choices will be revealed on November 28th.

You vote by sending your top ten choices to bcronin@comicbookresources.com (make the subject heading clear that it is about The Greatest Roy Thomas Stories Ever Told Voting) by that time (you send your votes by e-mail, not in the comments to this piece). If you legitimately don’t think you can think of ten stories, I’ll still allow the ballot if you can think of at least six stories.

Be sure to first click here to read about the rules and guidelines for the voting (so you don’t vote for stuff that is ineligible, like you can’t vote for “Roy Thomas’ Avengers run,” you have to pick a specific story or story arc).

I’d prefer you not share your votes in the comments section – please let’s keep it a surprise until the results go up. You can share your votes then if you’d like!

Have fun voting and be sure to check back November 28th to see the results!

8 Comments

This is going to be hard to choose because the sheer volume of stuff that he wrote.

Yeah, there’s no way I’m going to play in this one because I don’t think I could limit it to just 10 each from his Avengers, Thor and All-Star Squadron runs alone, so I’ll just take time to say happy 71st birthday to Mr. Thomas and move along.

Marvel owes a massive debt to Roy Thomas. His Avengers work in the ’60′s as a writer and his positioning as Editor-In-Chief in the ’70′s laid the groundwork for so many different concepts and characters that continue to fuel the company engine in the 21st Century.

For starters, take adamantium, introduced in the pages of Avengers V.1 #66, then connect that alone to Wolverine, a character that Thomas was involved with the creation of, as Editor-In-Chief, and then connect that to the X-Men, which, again, Thomas was involved with bringing back to life, revisioned as an “international Blackhawks”.

And wasn’t it Thomas who championed the idea of bringing Conan and Star Wars to comics?

Thanks, Roy!

For me, nothing Roy has done will top his first three years on All-Star Squadron. Uniting these golden age legends with all new stories while also creating Infinity, Inc – this was a standout run during my teenage years that I loved. I’ve enjoyed other Roy tales, but none to the level of his first three years on All-Star…

Wow, good catch Mike – today is indeed his birthday. So happy birthday, Roy!
There is indeed a lot to choose from here, and personally I think I’ll make it easier on myself by just ignoring his Conan stories – there’s just too damn many…

Looking through which Zoo Crew issue to choose stories form, I discovered to my surprise that Thomas stopped writing the series mid-way through. Some of the funnier stories I attributed to him (Crisis on Earth C-Minus), were written by other people. Craziness.

It will be very interesting to see how much of Roy’s Conan work makes it; for my money, Roy’s best work during the 70s (barring the Kree-Skrull War ) was on Conan.

An often overlooked gem in Roy’s oeuvre is his run on ARAK SON OF THUNDER. Roy’s mash-up of an American Indian raised by Vikings wandering through early 9th century Europe and the Middle East was an unbelievably fun ride, incorporating everything from THE SONG OF ROLAND to the legends of Harun al-
Rashid.

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