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The Greatest Elseworlds Stories Ever Told! – Voting

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

Today we look at Elseworlds titles!

You have until 11:59 PM Pacific time, April 14th to vote for your top ten favorite Elseworlds comic book stories! Your choices will be revealed on April 15th.

You vote by sending your top ten choices to bcronin@comicbookresources.com (make the subject heading clear that it is about The Greatest Elseworlds 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). This one is simple, here is a list of all the eligible Elseworlds titles. Just pick your ten favorite stories from that list.

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 15th to see the results!

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Two points that might possibly need clarification:

1. The story “Laetitia Lerner, Superman’s Babysitter” from Elseworlds 80-Page Giant was later reprinted in a graphic novel of similar stories called “Bizarro Comics #1″ (presented as comics actually made by Bizarro himself, technically putting them all into the same loose pseudo-“continuity”). This does not technically bear the Elseworlds label, but given it’s ties to the aforementioned 80 page special should it be counted as such for the purposes of the list? And furthermore, if it does count then should it’s sequel (Bizarro World) count as well?

2. Should Elseworlds 80-Page Giant be counted as one story or no? (I don’t imagine that the number of votes will differ much either way because nearly all of the votes for the issue will probably be for just one story anyway.)

So, according to that wikipedia article you linked, Kingdom Come is eligible but stories from The Kingdom aren’t? Is that right?

Brian, you just made Christmas arrive in April.

Yeah, I’ll count the Lerner story as being from Elseworlds 80-Page Giant.

As for the Elseworlds 80-Page Giant in general, I think it is probably best to count it as one single story just for the sake of avoiding vote-splitting.

Do the “Legends of the Dead Earth” really count as “Elseworlds”? I thought they were “possible futures.” Of course, this was back when Elseworlds were literally “imaginary stories”–there were no alternate Earths where they existed. Plus, at least two of the Dead Earth annuals were worked into continuity (Shazam! and Action Comics).

So this only includes Elseworlds that were labeled as Elseworlds, and not the many older “imaginary stories” like Superman-Red and Superman-Blue?

@Adam: The wikipedia page explicitly says that Legends of the Dead Earth weren’t technically Elseworlds.

So this only includes Elseworlds that were labeled as Elseworlds, and not the many older “imaginary stories” like Superman-Red and Superman-Blue?

Correct.

Turd, right, but I don’t know that Brian is following that standard. He linked to the page without clarifying whether “Dead Earth” is in or out.

Holy crap, that’s quite an impressive deluge of spam comments all of a sudden. Oddly, I got a similar burst on my own blog at around the same time.

Just posting to let Brian know some of us actually appreciate the hard work he is doing, and in a show of respect will refrain from posting stupid long-winded spam about Louboutins.

Whoever is spamming about designer shoes and bags and stuff should know:

We’re comics geeks. We don’t know or care about fashion. We’re commenting on internet posts about comic books, we don’t leave the house.

;)

Turd, right, but I don’t know that Brian is following that standard. He linked to the page without clarifying whether “Dead Earth” is in or out.

I’m going with whatever that page says. So I guess no.

The Wikipedia page says “not technically Elseworlds, but were considered Elseworlds”. It doesn’t say who “considered” them Elseworlds.

You ask me, I think that page was written by an idiot.

Man, I’m going to have a hard time choosing just those stories actually bearing the Elseworlds label…

My top 5 were easier to determine than I thought, but paring it down from 15 was tough. There’s some good stuff in there! And some less good but still interesting stuff. Can’t wait to see the results!

Thanks, Brian. I didn’t vote for any “Dead Earth” books anyway, but I think I would have been confused if one of them ended up winning. (“Hey, that’s not an Elseworlds!”) Some of them were decent stories, but not the same animal.

Kingdom Come is my favorite Elseworlds mini series, one shot deal is without a doubt Elseworlds Finest. How can you go wrong with Elvis as President and Wonder Woman as leader of the JSA,Elseworlds Finest should have another one shot or at the very least a mini series sequel.

The Wikipedia page says “not technically Elseworlds, but were considered Elseworlds”. It doesn’t say who “considered” them Elseworlds.

You ask me, I think that page was written by an idiot.

I actually edited that page a few years ago to remove The Dark Knight Returns from the list.

And annoyingly I voted for Batman Year 100 because it was on the list, but I don’t think it was actually an Elseworlds book,

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