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The Greatest Two-Face Stories Ever Told!

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Every day we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator. These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!

Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).

Today’s list is the Greatest Two-Face Stories Ever Told!

Enjoy!

10. “Untitled” Secret Origins Special #1

Harvey Dent’s ex-wife Grace tells an interviewer about the time that Harvey fought the control of his obsession with his coin-flipping to save her from a criminal Harvey had put away back in his District Attorney days. Mark Verheiden wrote it, Pat Broderick and Dick Giordano drew it. How the heck did they miss giving the story a title?

9. Two-Face: Crime and Punishments OGN

Working in an area quite familiar to readers of his past work, J.M. DeMatteis does a great job exploring Harvey Dent’s childhood with his abusive father. Scott McDaniel did the artwork.

8. “Lucky Day” Batman: Gotham Adventures #2

Harvey’s abusive father Lester wins the lottery ($2.2 million, of course). As he accepts his winnings on live television, Two-Face shows up to let the whole world know the truth about his father (as well as ruin his father’s lucky day). Ty Templeton wrote it and Rick Burchett and Terry Beatty drew it.

7. Batman: Dark Victory #1-13

Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale depict the early days of Harvey as Two-Face in this sequel to the Long Halloween.

6. “Faces” Legends of the Dark Knight #28-30

In this storyline by Matt Wagner, Two-Face decides to form a whole new COUNTRY filled with “freaks” like him. It does not go well.

The top five is on the next page!

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28 Comments

joe the poor speller

May 2, 2013 at 3:52 am

hell yeah! eye of the beholder is one of my favorite bat-universe stories. i’m so glad it beat the long halloween.

Havey Dent’s father is named Lester? Hmmm….

No love for Arkham Asylym: A Serious House on Serious Earth?

Not strictly a Two Face story, but it does have some of the best handling of him I’ve ever seen – and he’s the best thing in it.

I’m surprised by the #1 choice. I know I’ve read it, but it made so little impression on me that I’ve completely forgotten it. If nothing else though Andy Helfer’s name makes me interested in digging it out of the loft to reread.

Turd Burglar

May 2, 2013 at 5:09 am

I think the reason that Long Halloween didn’t make #1 is because a lot of people probably didn’t think to vote for it since it’s technically a Harvey Dent story and not actually a Two-Face story.

I’m disappointed Two-Face’s original three-part story didn’t make number one (or anywhere). It’s dramatic, tragic (until Dent saves himself at the end) and I like it way better than any of the “Well, he was always insane” or other explanations why he went nuts. They may be more believable but they lack the tragic punch of a good man going down (I also liked the original touch that he actually donates money to charity when the coin comes up unscarred, rather than just not doing evil).
I didn’t know about the “he was abused” origin but I already hate it. Abuse is horribly overused as an explanation for super-villains.

I’m glad Eye of the Beholder won – it’s simply a great, compact telling of Two-Face’s origin. Another story I’m fond of is an issue of the original Puckett/Parobeck Batman Adventures series (not sure which issue specifically) where Batman has a very interesting theory as to why Two-Face always needs to flip a coin. The last panel of that issue is great.

“Eye of the Beholder”‘s one of my favorite individual issues ever, and it never seems to get talked about enough, so I’m quite pleased to see it get its due. There aren’t many better fictional depictions out there of a man losing his mind.

It’s probably way too recent so not enough people have read it, but the Two-Face story in The Judas Coin is excellent. It probably doesn’t quite count because it’s in the context of the rest of the book, but dang, it’s cool.

The Crazed Spruce

May 2, 2013 at 11:27 am

I didn’t vote because my list would’ve been ridiculously short. Just “The Dark Knight Returns” chapter 1 and “Eye of the Beholder”. Good to see that one of my picks made the top spot on the list.

It’s probably way too recent so not enough people have read it, but the Two-Face story in The Judas Coin is excellent. It probably doesn’t quite count because it’s in the context of the rest of the book, but dang, it’s cool.

It did get some support! It WAS really good!

I loved the bit in Judas Coin where Two-Face points out Batman has the face and name of every crook in Gotham memorized.

My list:
1. Two Of a Kind (Batman Black and White #1)
2. Lucky Day (Batman: Gotham Adventures #2)
3. Half an Evil (Batman #234)
4. The Long Halloween
5. The Eye of the Beholder (Batman Annual #14)
6. Janus (Batman: Shadow of the Bat #62-63)
7. Happy Birthday Two You (Detective Comics #747)
8. Fifty Fifty (Batman & Robin Adventures #22)
9. Masque
10. Jekyll and Hyde

Cannot believe I somehow forgot to include both “Faces” and “Half a Life!” MASSIVE brain fart on my part. Glad to see “Lucky Day” rank; despite the high esteem in which the BTAS-style comics are generally held, individual stories never seem to show up in “best of” lists when they should.

I’m so glad “Two of a Kind” ranked so high. Not only is it just plain amazing in a handful of pages, but it was the first “adult” story I had ever read drawn by Bruce Timm (or even in Bruce Timm style). Because of that, the messed up stuff (avoiding spoilers: the trickle of blood out of someone’s mouth, Two-Face’s horrific choice at the end, etc.) had SO MUCH more impact on me.

“Faces” was a really amazing story. It made me a fan of Matt Wagner’s work.

I think the reason that Long Halloween didn’t make #1 is because a lot of people probably didn’t think to vote for it since it’s technically a Harvey Dent story and not actually a Two-Face story.

That and the fact the writing is complete and utter garbage.

Going through the list, I kept hoping that eye of the beholder would be number one. It made Two-Face my favorite villain, and it’s terribly underrated. Seriously, it’s far better than The Killing Joke.

Turd Burglar

May 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

@T. –

Keep telling yourself that.

surprised but figured given how recent it is that the judas coin would not make the list and also figured the long halloween would make the cut

only one of my votes made the list.
I voted for a different “Two of a kind” about the revamped Jason Todd coming to terms with his personal issues with two-face.
and I voted for the stories that led to half a life…”Jurisprudence”, “Happy Birthday 2 You”, “The Janus Double-down” (A comic written by Harvey Dent for the Batman dies month)
and I voted for 2-face’s appearances in Supergirl, Catwoman and Harley Quinn

I missed the vote, but am surprised that the Two-face portion of Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns didn’t make the cut.

Two of a kind would be my number 1, followed by Eye of the beholder

Hopefully we have a lot of Two-Face fans reading this. I am trying to track down a comic I had when I was little. It was probably from around 1986 or 87 but I might be off a year or two. The only thing I really remember is Two-Face is at a bank, and at first the teller can only see the “Harvey Dent” side of his face. The teller asks if he wants to make a deposit or a withdrawl. The next panel was the reveal that it was Two-Face as he turns his head and you see his whole face, and he says “Withdrawl.”

There was also a panel when Batman and Robin are fighting off Two-Face’s men where you just see Batman and Robin’s fists shoot in from the side of the panel and punch some guys.

I know that is not much to go on but maybe that will ring a bell with someone here. I would love to find that issue again just for nostalgia and knowing it was one of the first comics I ever had.

Travis Pelkie

May 6, 2013 at 2:36 am

Damn, I have (and like) nearly every book on this list. Except the ones that T so rightly calls out for what they are.

How well did DKR 1 do on this list?

So, Brian, in the event of a tie, would you have decided the rankings by flipping a coin?

A little surprised that the original two-face story didn’t make the list but, Annual #14 is a classic. It’s the first instance I’ve seen of the famous “Batman, Gordon and Dent meeting on a rooftop” scene that got overused enough in the 90s to eventually make it into The Dark Knight.

Half a life is also a good story, but it reads even better as the culmination of the Montoya and Dent character arcs that Rucka had been developing starting with NML and running through the 740s and 750s of detective.

Jonathon Riddle

May 20, 2013 at 11:43 pm

The only Two-Face story that I’m surprised didn’t show up here is A Lonely Place of Dying. I realize that the focus of the story is on Robin, specifically Dick Grayson’s attitude towards his former role as Batman’s protege as well as the introduction of Tim Drake as the new Boy Wonder, but Two-Face was there, and he had some great moments. In Batman #441, Batman and Two-face mirror each other in thought and action in a chase to out-wit one another, and the way Two-Face dealt with Nightwing in The New Titans #61 was very clever.

Also, A Lonely Place of Dying (specifically Batman #441) was the first Two-Face story I ever read, and it made Harvey my favorite Bat-villain ever since.

How often has there been an in-story explanation for why Two-Face goes from Green to lilac skin and back again?

d'originalpeaks

August 11, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I’m with T, The Long Halloween is truly, really over-rated.

Like a couple of people already said; 1990′s Batman annual “the eye of the Beholder” is the best Two-Face origin that has been told…at least since the release of Year One..

ComicPersonAnynomous

January 8, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I totally agree with this list. “The Eye of the Beholder” is my favorite Batman annual and very high on my list for Batman issues in general, probably #5 or #4.

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