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The Greatest Jeph Loeb Stories Ever Told! – Voting

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

Today we have Jeph Loeb!

Jeph Loeb has handled pretty much all of the major characters for both Marvel and DC, doing series starring Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America and much more!

You have until 11:59 PM Pacific time, April 20th to vote for your top ten favorite comic book stories written or co-written by Jeph Loeb! Your choices will be revealed on April 21st.

You vote by sending your top ten choices to bcronin@comicbookresources.com (make the subject heading clear that it is about The Greatest Jeph Loeb Stories Ever Told Voting) by that time (you send your votes by e-mail, not in the comments to this piece). If you legitimately don’t think you can think of ten stories, I’ll still allow the ballot if you can think of at least six stories.

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, like you can’t vote for “Jeph Loeb’s Hulk run,” you have to pick a specific story or story arc).

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! In addition, as a general rule for all of these polls, don’t be a jerk about the creator in question in the comments. If you don’t like the creator, fair enough, don’t vote. No snarky comments about the creator. I’ll be deleting comments like that.

Have fun voting and be sure to check back April 21st to see the results!


This is going to have all eight of his Tim Sale collabs plus… I have no idea what else. But this guy is mostly just “that dude who made all those awesome comics with Tim Sale” in the majority of comics readers’ minds.

The final list will be more interesting for seeing what the other two are going to end up being than for anything else.

Guessing Hush and Superman/Batman would round out that list. I wouldn’t argue against all the vocal criticism against those series, but they were great dumb fun to read.

Now, if Ultimatum, Ultimates 3 and his Wolverine books that he did with Bianchi make the list, I’ll… move to Canada or something. Those books were not enjoyable.

Oh right, Hush. I forgot about that. There’s 9 out of 10 right there.

Is there anything in particular from Superman/Batman that would be likely to make the list? Because I would guess that the individual stories are going to split votes with each other so much that it’ll reduce the chances of the series even making the list at all.

For anyone voting in this, don’t forget some of Loeb’s mid-90’s X-title stuff that is actually quite good. The X-Force issues with Adam Molina, the Cable/X-Man issues with Steve Skroce, and the nice stand-alone Cable #20 (with Ian Churchill) that served as a good character moment before the Age of Apocalypse started.

Like Geoff Johns, I think major event comics bring out the worst in Loeb, but he’s written some pretty nice comics that went under the radar. The pre-Long Halloween LOTDK Halloween specials with Sale are also outstanding. Not sure if those will count as three separate stories here or if people will just vote on them together as Haunted Knight (the name of the trade that collects them).

And I’m genuinely interested by what takes #1 between Hush and Long Halloween. It probably depends on the age of the voters.

Actually, come to think of it I’m not sure if Captain America: White will make the list, if only for the fact that it was never finished (and barely even started, for that matter).

Speaking of which… Brian, is Cap: White #0 even eligible for voting? And should we separate the LOTDK Halloween Specials or should they be grouped together as one (the post above this one elaborates on this point)?

I would normally count the Halloween specials separately, but for economy’s sake, let’s count them as Haunted Knight instead.

Cap #0 is eligible. If one issue is enough for you to think it is one of his greatest stories, go for it!

It’s like half an issue. It’s a glorified prologue to a story that never got published. Should a story be eligible if it was never actually finished?

But hey, if you say it counts then that’s fine by me.

Also, I’m assuming that any votes for the individual Halloween Specials will just be combined on the final list?

The list is destined to be dominated by Sale collabs one way or the other. Even if you count all the Halloween Specials as one (which it appears is what we’re doing) then that still makes ten times that the two have worked together. It’s a safe bet that at least six of those will end up on the list.

Spider-Man: Blue.

Here’s a list of all the Jeph Loeb / Tim Sale collaborations:

Challengers of the Unknown
Batman: Choices: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special *
Batman: Ghosts – Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special *
Batman: Madness – Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special *
Batman: The Long Halloween
Batman: Dark Victory
Catwoman: When in Rome
Superman: For All Seasons
“Prom Night” (short story about Clark Kent’s high school prom night from Solo #1)
“When Clark Met Bruce: A Tale from the Days of Smallville” (Superman/Batman Secret Files and Origins 2003)
“The Same Thing Happens Every Night” (from JSA: All Stars #2)
Spiderman: Blue
Daredevil: Yellow
Hulk: Gray
Captain American: White #0 (preview/sorta-prologue issue; full story was never published)
Vampirella Monthly #18 (I can’t find any info about this other than that it exists)
Cable #23
Wolverine/Gambit: Victims
“Dinner” (short story from Savage Hulk #1)
Hulk #23 (Sale was one of about 10 or so pencilers on the issue)

* collected as Batman: Haunted Knight (which is apparently how it’s going to be counted on the list as well)

I voted but later wondered if I should have not voted out of protest over his Marvel series being prejudicial towards people with colour blindness (yellow, blue, grey..)
especially his hulk work as the most common form of colour blindness is the inability to distinguish between red and green..


The story in Vampirella Monthly #18 is called “Looking For Mr. Goodwin”…a tribute to Loeb’s mentor Archie Goodwin. it’s a pretty good and heartfelt short story.

And just to complete/further add to the Loeb + Sale portfolio, they also did a photobook sequence flashback story for Superman #226.

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