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The Greatest Stories Ever Told Has Returned Once More!

As I promised you, when we hit 6,000 Twitter followers, I’d bring back another month-long installment of The Greatest Stories Ever Told! Click here to see the results of the 2010 and 2011 voting!

Beginning today, each day you will get a chance to vote on the greatest ____ stories ever told!

The ____, of course, will be filled in by a different comic book character or creator each day!

You will have a week to vote each time by sending your ten favorite comic book stories starring that character or written or drawn by the featured creator to bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

So starting April 1st, the first results will be up and then each day in April you’ll see a new The Greatest ____ Stories Ever Told (be forewarned, each list will be two pages long. #10-6 on page 1 and #5-1 on page 2)!

Neat, huh? It’s like the Top 100 Comic Book Storylines, only it is character/creator specific!

Read on for more detailed rules and a list of the characters and creators who are currently open for voting!

Here’s how to vote and what constitutes a “story.”

1. Number a list from 1 to 10, with your favorite comic book story #1 and your tenth favorite comic book story #10. E-mail this list to bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Only votes e-mailed to this address will count. If you really don’t think you can come up with ten, still send in your list if you can think of at least 6 stories.

2. Since this is a lot shorter of a voting period than typical and the topics are much more narrow, I figure that there will be a lot more close calls, so I’ll be breaking all the ties as I see fit.

3. A comic book story can be as small as just a one-off story or a one-shot or an annual or an original graphic novel, and as long as a storyline that continues for up to 12 issues in one title (an exception to the “one title” thing includes instances like the Magus Saga beginning in Strange Tales and continuing to Warlock’s own (resurrected) book or Batman’s first battle with Ra’s Al Ghul taking place in both Detective Comics AND Batman).

4. A storyline can go over 12 issues if it specifically labeled as such. Stuff like Seven Soldiers, for instance, could count as one storyline, as that’s how it was intended (and how it was labeled).

5. However, since we’re being so specific to each creator here, you can’t just say stuff like “Warren Ellis’ Authority” – you have to pick one of his two Authority storylines. Similarly, you can’t say “Ellis’ Planetary.” In that case, just pick the story you liked best. Use trade paperback collections if you’re unclear.

6. When listing your stories, just try to make it clear what you’re talking about.

7. I’ll make various other judgment calls as I see fit.

Here are the characters and creators currently open for voting (there will be a notation when the voting is closed and the results are up):

1. Iron Man – Voting closed! Here are the results! Here are the extended Top 25 results!

2. Jim Lee – Voting closed! Here are the results!

3. What If? – Voting closed! Here are the results!

4. Brian K. Vaughan – Voting closed! Here are the results!

5. Lex Luthor – Voting closed! Here are the results!

6. Tom DeFalco – Voting closed! Here are the results!

7. Barbara Gordon – Voting closed! Here are the results!

8. Scott Snyder – Voting closed! Here are the results!

9. Storm – Voting closed! Here are the results!

10. Jim Starlin – Voting closed! Here are the results!

11. Carmine Infantino – Voting closed! Here are the results!

12. Doctor Strange – Voting closed! Here are the results!

13. Black Widow – Voting closed! Here are the results!

14. Gail Simone – Voting closed! Here are the results!

15. Elseworlds – Voting closed! Here are the results!

16. Joe Kubert – Voting closed! Here are the results!

17. G.I. Joe – Voting closed! Here are the results!

18. Superman – Voting closed! Here are the results!

19. John Buscema – Voting closed! Here are the results!

20. Hank Pym – Voting closed! Here are the results!

21. Jeph Loeb – Voting closed! Here are the results!

22. Kitty Pryde – Voting closed! Here are the results!

23. Brian Wood – Voting closed! Here are the results!

24. Ghost Rider – Voting closed! Here are the results!

25. Bill Sienkiewicz – Voting closed! Here are the results!

26. Thanos – Voting closed! Here are the results!

27. Denny O’Neil – Voting closed! Here are the results!

28. Two-Face – Voting closed! Here are the results!

29. Alex Ross – Voting closed! Here are the results!

30. Pre-Crisis Superboy – Voting closed! Here are the results!

23 Comments

Excellent! I’ve been reading my way through the previous lists, trying to read every story. It’s a lot of reading, but I’ve read a lot of great comics I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. Looking forward to voting and to getting some more great reading.

Thank you, based Cronin

Yeeeessssssss!

This is the perfect way to make me forget all about that Burgas guy who stopped writing my favorite column.

Some ideas for this month: Chris Claremont (a top 15 at least!), Wolverine, John Buscema, Will Eisner, Doug Moench, Mike Grell, Walt SImonson, and Ron Marz.

I’d love to see a Greatest Elseworlds/What If Stories Ever Told sometime. I know there was a lot of filler under those labels, but there were some sentimental gems. Just a thought.

A fine idea, Josh.

I’d also enjoy seeing a non-Hal Jordan Green Lantern stories list. Anything from the Tales of the GLCorps back-ups to Guy and Kyle stories.

I’d love to see a Greatest Elseworlds/What If Stories Ever Told sometime.

Elseworlds would be easy to do. Wasn’t there already a top 10 What If? stories list on CSBG at some point?

Also, 1) have all of the new themes been decided on already? And 2) this is going to turn out to be a huge April Fool’s joke, isn’t it?

Elseworlds would be easy to do. Wasn’t there already a top 10 What If? stories list on CSBG at some point?

I looked through the greatest stories archive, but it is possible it’s been covered elsewhere. I seem to remember the Spider-Girl What If being heavily recommended, but I can’t remember if it was in the context of a greatest What If stories or just greatest Spider-Man family stories.

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2006/09/16/top-five-best-issues-of-what-if/

Found it. It’s a top 5, not a top 10 like I had thought.

I’m looking through the old list… It looks like there was no Hulk top 10 for either of the two previous years? I’m guessing that’ll be one that we’ll see this time around.

Anyway, I’ve got two questions about the new round of top 10s:

1. Will there be any repeats of previous themes?

2. Any chance of a Top 10 Stories from Comic STRIPS? Given the demographic of CSBG it would probably be nothing but Calvin and Hobbes with some Mickey Mouse thrown in, but it’d be different at the very least.

Will there be any repeats of previous themes?

Unlikely for this time around, but perhaps. The next time we do one of these things, though, I will likely repeat a creator or two from the first or second list that has had a number of notable works since 2011 (guys like Jason Aaron and Matt Fraction, for instance).

Are there gonna be runner-ups? The last couple times this was done there ended up being several runner-ups in (nearly) all of the lists. I’m assuming it’ll be the same thing this time around?

[...] Here is a list of characters/creators featured so distant (along with a manners on how to vote). [...]

Just put PLANETARY in there plain and simple

If possible, I’d also really love to see a Brian Wood list. I’ve been getting into his stuff lately and I’d like to see what some highlights are that I might not know about.

A Thanos list would be pretty cool too considering he turned 40 in February and is getting big screen attention.
Ghost Rider would be pretty nice too since I’m interested in the character, but don’t know where to start and I want to avoid some of the worse stuff.

Other creator lists that would be neat might be: Brian Wood (echoing Third Man), Marcos Martin, John or Sal Buscema, Bill Sienkiewicz, Joe Kelly, Chris Bachalo, Joe Kubert, and Doug Moench

I’d love to see a Captain America and/or Thor list. We got Iron Man, we should get some representation from the other 2 of the Big 3 Avengers!

Get Psylocke on here.

@Josh
Thor already had a list a year or two ago. I second the request for a Cap list though.

Aside from Cap, I would love to see Wonder Woman, John Byrne, and Marcos Martin lists.

How about company crossovers? The first Batman vs Predator would probably be at the to of my list

…and now it’s over
it’s been fun ..reminiscing..hunting through my collection, etc
though I did find the daily schedule a bit gruelling at times (and imagine it was worse for Brian)
Had to abstain from GI Joe so I had extra time to focus on Big John…

(as a thought I was wondering if [at some point in the future] a weekly schedule may be more sustainable…)

[...] Today, in honor of the release of Iron Man 3, we are giving you the 25 Greatest Iron Man Stories Ever Told, as voted on by the readers over at CBR. Each story is nicely framed so you can look up the trade and maybe purchase it to check on the history of the Ol’ Shell-head. [...]

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