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The Greatest What If? Stories Ever Told! – Voting

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

In a twist, we’re going beyond characters and creators and asking you to name your favorite What If? story!

What If? was the name of two different Marvel ongoing series, as well as a series of one-shots in the past decade or so. Any one of these issues is available to be chosen!

You have until 11:59 PM Pacific time, April 2nd to vote for your top ten favorite What If? comic book stories! Your choices will be revealed on April 3rd.

You vote by sending your top ten choices to bcronin@comicbookresources.com (make the subject heading clear that it is about The Greatest What If? Stories Ever Told Voting) by that time (you send your votes by e-mail, not in the comments to this piece. I repeat DO NOTE VOTE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS PIECE).

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, which really shouldn’t be an issue for What If?, since there were all basically one-off stories).

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 April 3rd to see the results!

20 Comments

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I don’t think I’ll be able to think about anything else all day. Sorry, family and students.

Chances are I’ll kill myself if I’m the only one who remembers Brave and the Bold #197 and Detective Comics #500!

LOL! I TAKE IT BACK!

I thought ‘What If’ meant all alternate universe stories, I didn’t know it was a Marvel line. Lame!

Macc: The ‘What If?’ line are alternative universe stories. It was a monthly title of different stories. Almost all of them were completely unconnected to any other story; it was just the same way of telling the stories and had a similar setup with early stories of having the Watcher be the one to tell the stories.

Also, ‘What If?’ is a Marvel book. A similar way of telling alternate universe stories in DC comics is called ‘Elseworlds’.

Wow! Did you have this planned, Brian? If not, I commend your response time!

Like Mike, I don’t expect today to be terribly productive.

Erik Weinfurter

March 28, 2013 at 6:05 am

“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, which really shouldn’t be an issue for What If?, since there were all basically one-off stories).”

So we’re not listing issue numbers?

This is gonna be tough. I loved both What If series, but have no idea what my top 10 would be. Thanks to Doug for the list of issues. That’ll be a good refresher.

You know, I don’t vote on a lot of these things, but I’m down for this one.

This is awesome. My favorite CSBG feature and one of the most fun series of all-time.

Wow, I had a hard time narrowing this down to 10, and I don’t even acknowledge anything past the first series.

Would i be correct in guessing that in most cases where there are two-three stories, each is counted separately?

What about the humour issues where there’s quite a few very brief stories? Do they count as one story per issue or does each gag count as a separate story?

What about the humour issues where there’s quite a few very brief stories? Do they count as one story per issue or does each gag count as a separate story?

This. The humor issues were GOLD. I need to now if they count before I vote because if they do then I’m going to vote for both.

Each of the humor issues will count as a single story.

I just sent in my votes. I’ll elaborate more after the results were in but this was a little tricky because there’s a number of early issues I wanted to vote for based on concept, but in terms of execution had to focus more on the tail end of the first series, even if the basic concept was less interesting. I also made the end of v1 my cut-off point because I consider the 20s to the 40s of volume one to be the title’s golden period.

Probably the most interesting to see the results due to the wide variety of characters and creators involved and I can’t think of any acknowledged as classics making it highly unpredictable.
…and it is the easiest to break down into individual stories

I take it my vote for Kazar the accountant will be applied to the whole issue

Does the humor issue ruling apply to say, What If #38, three stories set in the far future about aging heroes? One story?

I can’t speak for Brian, but since the concept of that issue is basically “a look at various Marvel heroes in the future” with three different shorts following that concept then I’d imagine it’d count as one story for the purposes of the list.

Pretty much. It’s just too difficult when you start to pick out individual stories from issues to get a good read on the whole thing. Like you could have a bunch of people vote for a story from the humor issue but everyone votes for different stories so none of them make the list. So you’d have the humor issue not make the list despite a bunch of people wanting it on there, ya know? So I’d say the same for #38.

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