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5. “What If Captain America Were Not Revived Until Today?” What If…? #44
Peter Gillis wrote a powerful tale of how bad things would have gotten if Cap wasn’t around to stop them. Especially when a bad guy revives the 1950s Cap and uses him to basically turn the United States into a fascist state. Luckily, when the REAL Captain America is revived, he is so awesome that he is able to turn the tide. Sal Buscema and Dave Simons did the artwork for the issue.
4. “What If the Watcher Was a Stand-Up Comedian?” What If…? #34
This classic all-humor issue has such awesome humorous What If…?s as “What If the Fantastic Four Were Bananas?” “What If Nick Fury Had to Wear an Eyepatch on His Right Eye Instead of His Left Eye?” “What If Black Bolt Got the Hiccups?” “What If…Ka-Zar…Were a Middle-Aged Accountant Instead of a Savage?” “What If All the Super Heroes Who Now Lived in New York City Moved to Toledo, Ohio?” and the classic “What If Wonder Man Were a Woman and Power Man Were a Girl?” This issue has tons of these very funny gags in it.
3. “What If the Fantastic Four Had Not Gained Their Powers?” What If…? #36
You might think that the Fantastic Four without their powers would basically be the Challengers of the Unknown, and that’s exactly where John Byrne went with this story (he wrote and drew the issue) as he tells one of the best Challengers of the Unknown stories you’ll ever see, only not even starring the actual Challengers!
2. “What If Phoenix Had Not Died?” What If…? #27
Jo Duffy wrote this tale that was one of the more harrowing “Everybody dies!” style issues of What If…? Jerry Bingham does a great job on the art, with inks by a few different people (mostly John Stuart). Years later, Chris Claremont was able to do a version of this story that was closer to what he actually had in mind had Jean lived.
1. “What if Bullseye Had Not Killed Elektra?” What If…? #35
Frank Miller and Terry Austin gives us this heartwarming “road not taken.” It is amazing that we actually got to see Miller himself write and draw these stories featuring his Daredevil characters. It was a rare treat.
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