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The Greatest Stories Ever Told Master List

You voted for your personal favorite stories starring the following characters or written/drawn by the following creators. They are listed in order that they were voted on (so the most recent list is at the end).

Spider-Man’s 50 Greatest Stories us #62 on the list!

Here were your picks for each of the following….

1. Batman (a Top 75 List!)

2. Peter David.

3. Punisher.

4. Steve Englehart.

5. Darkseid.

6. Ed Brubaker.

7. Black Panther.

8. George Perez.

9. Joker.

10. Warren Ellis.

11. Thor.

12. Geoff Johns.

13. Beast Boy/Changeling.

14. Chuck Dixon.

15. Magneto.

16. Len Wein.

17. Supergirl.

18. Rogue.

19. Keith Giffen.

20. Marv Wolfman.

21. Flash (Wally West).

22. Roger Stern.

23. Kingpin.

24. Peter Milligan.

25. Green Arrow.

26. Mark Millar.

27. Hawkeye.

28. Kurt Busiek.

29. John Constantine.

30. Mark Waid.

Here is Mark Waid’s personal list for his choices for Mark Waid’s Greatest Stories Ever Told.

31. The Thing

32. Daredevil

33. Joe Casey

34. Robin/Red Robin (Tim Drake)

35. Mike Mignola

36. Loki

37. John Ostrander

38. Deathstroke the Terminator

39. Steve Gerber

40. She-Hulk

41. Jason Aaron

42. Lois Lane

43. Scott Lobdell

44. Luke Cage

45. Gardner Fox

46. Martian Manhunter

47. Matt Fraction

48. Iron Fist

49. Neal Adams

50. Catwoman

51. J.M. DeMatteis

52. Nick Fury

53. Greg Rucka

54. Flash (Barry Allen)

55. Bill Mantlo

56. Silver Surfer

57. Dan Slott

Here is Dan Slott’s personal list for his choices for the Greatest Dan Slott Stories Ever Told.

58. Aquaman

59. Roy Thomas

60. Doctor Doom

61. Garth Ennis

62. Spider-Man (a Top 50 list!)

63. Iron Man (a Top 25 list!)

64. Jim Lee

65. What If…?

66. Brian K. Vaughan

67. Lex Luthor

68. Tom DeFalco

69. Barbara Gordon

70. Scott Snyder

71. Storm

72. Jim Starlin

73. Carmine Infantino

74. Doctor Strange

75. Black Widow

76. Gail Simone

77. Elseworlds

78. Joe Kubert

79. G.I. Joe

80. Superman (a Top 75 list!)

81. John Buscema

82. Hank Pym

83. Jeph Loeb

84. Kitty Pryde

85. Brian Wood

86. Ghost Rider

87. Bill Sienkiewicz

88. Thanos

89. Denny O’Neil

90. Two-Face

91. Alex Ross

92. Pre-Crisis Superboy

93. The Avengers (a Top 50 List!)

94. The X-Men (a Top 50 List!)

95. X-Men Spinoffs (a Top 50 List!)

96. Christmas Stories (a Top 24 List!)

97. Daredevil (a Top 50 List!)

98. Valiant Comics (a Top 25 List!)

99. Joker (a Top 75 List!)


I absolutely love this. I’ve been looking for something like this for quite some time. It would be interesting to see a list like this devoted to artists.

No Alex Ross?

No Alex Ross?

Maybe someday!

I absolutely love this. I’ve been looking for something like this for quite some time. It would be interesting to see a list like this devoted to artists.

George Perez, Neal Adams and Mike Mignola are on the list! Plus Keith Giffen (just to name a couple off of the top of my head)!

Brian, if you ever get around to it, would you count the original superhero X-Factor and the Havok-Polaris-Madrox X-Factor/X-Factor Investigations as two differnet entities or just one? I’d say two (or possibly three even).

Where are two of the greatest comics legends, the Lennon and McCartney of the genre Claremont and Byrne?

When are you going to throw up some X-men Characters? Please :D

Well, CBR did a Top 50 X-Men list back in 2010 that I did commentary for for each character. Would you like me to re-post those? I guess I could update the bios to make them current.

joe the poor speller

February 27, 2013 at 2:24 am

hey brian, it’s time we have another ‘the greatest stories ever told’ month, don’t you think?? lex luthor, wasp, black widow, black canary, doctor strange, ghost rider, matt fraction, kevin maguire, jim lee, doug moench, john byrne… there’s plenty of great ones waiting. and why not one of the heavy hitters? so far, only batman, flash and thor were featured. wonder woman would be nice, as would be hulk, iron man, wolverine and fantastic four

We’re actually a lot closer than you might think, Joe. 23 more followers on Twitter in the next two days and you’ll have one for March. ;) More likely it will have to wait for April.

joe the poor speller

February 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm

wow, now that’s the right incentive to create a twitter!

joe the poor speller

March 1, 2013 at 12:32 am

so, what will be, brian? march or april? i did my part!

Six followers shy, Joe! It is over 6,000 now, though, so April!

joe the poor speller

March 1, 2013 at 1:47 am

aaaaaw! you sure the 6,000 wasn’t before midnight? :p
anyway, I know it will be worth the wait! specially if you do use some of the characters/creators I mentioned some posts above! :p

joe the poor speller

March 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

brian, iron man is turning 50 this year, as we all know. will he be getting, as a gift, a spot in the (gracefully) upcoming third ‘the greatest stories ever told’ month? it could well be a top 25-30. come on, good old shellhead deserves it!

I will be seeking tips on how to improve the volume of comments without any help blog, exactly how would you achieve accomplishing this?

So 5 of Joe’s suggestions so far (Iron Man, Jim Lee, Dr Strange, Black Widow, Lex Luthor) 11 to go

joe the poor speller

April 17, 2013 at 2:05 pm

john, if we get at least john byrne, ghost rider and wonder woman, it’s good enough to me

Pedro Bouça

May 7, 2013 at 4:43 am

After the G.I. Joe list, we need a Transformers one!

[…] enjoyable. Or you can play it safe with this master list of all Comics Should Be Good’s Greatest Stories Ever Told. Speaking of the greatest ever, The Comics Journal reran this very 90′s Todd McFarlane […]

if Spiderman, Superman and Iron man have lists that exceed 10 issues why isn’t the Batman list longer?

Batman’s just not all that popular.

No Wonder Woman in this list? Really?

Although this list was created in 2011, I just discovered it. There’s quite a bit to go through and I enjoy the description of the various stories. It made me curious enough to seek those stories out myself.

I’m curious as to how Alan Moore doesn’t make this list aside from the occasional Superman or Batman story.

If you just count Swamp Thing, Watchmen, Miracleman/Marvelman, and V for Vendetta you could find a decent top 10 list.

I’m also surprised that Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, John Byrne aren’t on here with their own categories.


July 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm

What about Quicksilver?

Jim Armpriester

July 7, 2013 at 9:42 pm

No Captain America?

I’ve finally read my way through the entirety of the first year’s lists (and lots of the other years); I have to say that this series has been a really eye-opening experience for me. There are so many comics I’ve discovered, new creators whose work I’ve fallen in love with, new respect for characters I never even cared about before… these lists feel like a labor of love by all the fans who vote in each one; each list has provided me at least one new story to absorb and a new memory to add my collection. I want to thank you so much, Brian, for running this series, and I hope that you’ll bring it back again in the near future.

Just because this series has been my all-time favorite ever on this site, my dream list for a hopeful 2014 Greatest Stories Ever Told Series:

1. Matt Wagner
2. Riddler
3. Tony Harris
4. Moon Knight
5. Bill Willingham
6. Zatanna
7. Alan Davis
8. Human Torch
9. James Robinson
10. Booster Gold
11. Mark Gruenwald
12. Nightcrawler
13. Phil Jimenez
14. Black Canary
15. Steve Dillon
16. Invisible Woman
17. Brian Bendis
18. Justice Society
19. Stuart Immonen
21. J.H. Williams III
22. Jim Gordon
23. John Cassaday
24. Black Widow
25. Mike Carey
26. Jonah Hex
27. John Byrne
28. Thunderbolts
29. Grant Morrison
and end with the 30th day’s list as the Justice League (a 25 entry blow-out extravaganza!)

Anyways, that would just be my dream month. Tried to keep it just like the lists from previous years, with a wide variety of characters and creators. Thanks again Brian for all the work you’ve done!

Honestly, I think the odds are that if Greatest Stories Ever Told Month returns in 2014 (and let me note that it is no sure bet. Very likely before 2015 ends, but I dunno about next year – there’s a certain remotely famous character celebrating his 75th anniversary next year that will likely eat up a lot of next year, voting features-wise) I’ll likely start recycling earlier voting lists, as enough time will have past that the lists might look a lot different (especially active creators like Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker).

Yeah, Jim Gordon’s 75th anniversary deserves a lot of attention.

Am I the only one who thinks it is a travesty that there is no Wonder Woman list? I mean it is Wonder Woman! This needs to rectified.

Brain, I love these lists. The X-Men and X-Family lists were especially great. My wishlist for 2014:

John Byrne (X-Men/Avengers/Iron Man/Captain America/Superman was on too many great runs to count)
Fantastic Four
The Hulk
Captain America
Batman (made a debut in 1939)

I’ll second Ryan’s wish for Batman as a massive Batman fan. Please let’s have it!

A Grant Morrison one would be terrific. Also an updated one for Dan Slott please!

Hanzo the Razor

June 9, 2014 at 6:32 am

I’m stunned there’s no Jack Kirby list yet!

I’m stunned there’s no Jack Kirby list yet!

A lot of the most famous creators haven’t shown up yet. Lee, Morrison, Moore, Byrne, Claremont, etc.

I’ve been really enjoying reading these, and it’s given me a whole host of stories and issues to find and read, so it’s been educational as well as interesting.

There are some glaring omissions however, Wonder Woman and Fantastic Four being the most obvious.

Although the list, character wise, is somewhat superhero and America centric (only to be expected I suppose) I’d love to see people’s opinions on the greatest Judge Dredd or 2000AD stories.

It’s been a while since the last entry in this series. I do hope it will continue again soon.

I’ve been really enjoying reading these, and it’s given me a whole host of stories and issues to find and read, so it’s been educational as well as interesting.

There are some glaring omissions however, Wonder Woman and Fantastic Four being the most obvious.

There’s a lot of notable omissions. Gotta keep something in reserve for the future, ya know?

Any chance of a Fantastic Four listing in the future?

I know they don’t have any significant “other media” presence at the moment, but it’d be cool to see a Legion list.

I would love to see a Shang Chi list

Brian, is there any chance we might see this feature return soon? It’s been almost 2 years since the Christmas countdown. I know that you have just undertaken a huge vote-counting for the greatest Marvel/DC lists, but the Greatest Stories Ever Told feature is by far my favorite thing on this site. It’s actually the feature that brought me to CSBG back in 2010 and I haven’t left since. Some possible lists to start could include:

Colossus, Nightcrawler, Magik, or Moon Knight (All 40 years old this year)
Booster Gold
Jim Gordon
Jonah Hex
Black Knight
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Matt Wagner
Tony Harris
Chris Bachalo
Alan Davis
J.H. Williams III
Joe Kelly
Doug Moench
Sal Buscema
Steve Ditko
Jae Lee
John Romita (Sr. or Jr.)
Walt Simonson
Marcos Martin
Wally Wood

Thank you so much for always putting these lists together, it’s greatly appreciated. Although they do tend to make a large dent in my wallet!

This list would appear to need updated. Where’s the new Captain America list, Deadpool list and Punisher list?

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