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Vote for the 50 Greatest Avengers Stories!

In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the Avengers, we’re doing a poll for the 50 Greatest Avengers Stories this month (next month will be the X-Men’s turn)!

The Avengers have had many great stories over the years, from one-shot issues to multi-issue stories to, well, sagas. So here you will be casting your vote for who you feel are the greatest Avengers stories!

You folks all vote in the comments section here up until 11:59 Pacific time, June 18th. I’ll tabulate all the votes and I’ll begin a countdown of the top 50 beginning June 20th.

Okay, here are the guidelines!

1. Vote in the comments section below, making sure to include that classic word “ACBC” somewhere in your comment so your vote will be marked invisible.

2. Vote for your TEN favorite Avengers stories.

3. Rank your ten stories from #1 (what you think is the greatest story) to #10 (what you think is the 10th greatest). I’d prefer it if you actually numbered your entry, #1-10. It’s easier for me to count. On that note, please also avoid listing them like this “1) 2) 3) 4),” because 8 with a ) after it transforms into a smiley face in the comments section (this one 8) ). Just plain ol’ “1. 2. 3.” works best. Really, just use this template:

ACBC
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.

4. Your top choice will be given 10 points, your second choice 9, etc.

5. Ultimates stories count, because, well, I counted Ultimate Spider-Man stories so it only seemed fair.

6. Now for the most annoying part of the rules. What is the definition of a particular story? First off, runs are not stories. To wit, you can’t pick, say, Avengers #227-287 and call it a story. It is not. Each of those individual issues is a story. Now Avengers #273-277, THAT can count as a single story since it was a clearly distinguished storyline.

7. House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, Siege, Fear Itself and Age of Ultron can all count as Avengers stories, but otherwise, make sure any other Avengers crossover actually takes place in an Avengers title (I have decided not to count Infinity Gauntlet or Ultimatum or Infinity War or Secret Wars or Secret Wars II or Contest of Champions or World War Hulk as Avengers stories).

8. Mini-series count as one story. Like Avengers Prime or or Avengers Fairy Tales.

9. Make sure to include ACBC in your ballot.

10. If you have questions and/or requests for clarification, feel free to ask them in the comments section below. If you’re unsure of something, probably better to ask BEFORE you vote. You have two weeks to vote, ya know?

11. I’ll list notable rulings in this section here as we go along:

A) The first volume of Ultimates is two stories, while the second volume is one.
B) West Coast Avengers counts (but not as one big run, of course).
C) Young Avengers counts (but also not as one big run. You have to pick a specific Young Avengers storyline).
D) JLA/Avengers counts
E) I’ll accept “The Proctor Saga” as an entry

Remember, please include the following word: ACBC – on your ballot. It will make it so your ballot appears invisible to other readers, so only I can read it (and count your vote secretly).

Most importantly, have fun!

Now vote! :)

47 Comments

IMPORTANT POINT OF CLARIFICATION:

Do Avengers spin-off teams count? e.g. West Coast Avengers, G(reat)L(akes)A(vengers), etc.

No, since none of their stories come even close to being great. I’m surprised you didn’t ask about Force Works too.

Is there some good online resource that would tell which Avengers storylines happen in which issues? Because I have some good candidates in my head, but I can’t remember the numbers of the issues, and I wouldn’t want to go through every Avengers comic book at comics.org.

Does Young Avengers count?

@Tuomas

I went to mycomicshop.com and just scrolled through the covers.

I’d like to know if Avengers West Coast counts as well :)

West Coast Avengers had better count! John Byrne did some of his best-ever work on that title. Even Englehart’s time travel story has its charms.

Can we just put the title of the story/ arc, eg. The Proctor/ Gatherers Saga or ‘Even an Android Can Cry’ instead of the issue number?

I’m not the man here, but I would guess that West Coast from start to end doesn’t count, but individual West Coast stories like “Vision Quest” or “Darker than Scarlet” or something like that obviously count.

Again, guessing by how these lists have been done in the past, Young Avengers (original) #1-6 is one story, #7-8 is another story, #9-12 is another story, Children’s Crusade is one big story. So you can’t say Young Avengers, you need to specify.

Back me up here, Brian )

If “Avengers” is in the title I’m sure Brian will count it.

After Mini-Marvels and Marvel Adventures Avengers, I’m not sure I’ll even have room for anything set in the 616 universe.

West Coast Avengers counts, yes.

Young Avengers counts, as well. If it says Avengers in the title, it counts.

Does the first series of Ultimates count as one story or two?

My comments don’t seem to be appearing, but I’ll try again – What about What If? stories starring the Avengers?

Does the first series of Ultimates count as one story or two?

Two.

My comments don’t seem to be appearing, but I’ll try again – What about What If? stories starring the Avengers?

Sure, you can vote for them.

Very hard to keep it to ten, I must say…

Does JLA/Avengers count? Being cross company and all… Would hate to waste a vote given how many great stories there are.

Does JLA/Avengers count? Being cross company and all… Would hate to waste a vote given how many great stories there are.

Yes.

Can we just put the title of the story/ arc, eg. The Proctor/ Gatherers Saga or ‘Even an Android Can Cry’ instead of the issue number?

I’d prefer the issue numbers for individual stories, because while yes, I almost certainly will know what you’re talking about, what if I don’t? But sure, for longer storylines, you can say stuff like “Avengers Under Siege” or whatever.

I’m not the man here, but I would guess that West Coast from start to end doesn’t count, but individual West Coast stories like “Vision Quest” or “Darker than Scarlet” or something like that obviously count.

Again, guessing by how these lists have been done in the past, Young Avengers (original) #1-6 is one story, #7-8 is another story, #9-12 is another story, Children’s Crusade is one big story. So you can’t say Young Avengers, you need to specify.

Back me up here, Brian )

Consider yourself backed up! :)

Travis Pelkie

June 5, 2013 at 4:09 am

“while yes, I almost certainly will know what you’re talking about, what if I don’t?”

You…you might not know a storyline? I don’t believe you! What’s next, you’re gonna tell me there’s no Tooth Fairy?

EmeraldGladiator

June 5, 2013 at 5:00 am

Does the Thanos Soul Gems storyline count? It ran in Avengers Annual #7 and Marvel Two in One Annual #2. It was Thanos’s 2nd big bite of the apple at universal destruction. After the Cosmic Cube in Captain Marvel but before the Infinity Gauntlet. Jim Starlin goodness with the Avengers, Captain Marvel, and Warlock vs Thanos. After this Thanos was on the shelf for a minute. Very underrated epic by some but not by those who love cosmic tales.

What about stories that ran in other characters’ books? Do team-ups (with the Avengers) count? Or what about Avengers cameos in non-Avengers titles?

For the former think Avengers teaming up with the FF in their book to stop a rampaging Hulk back during the Silver Age (in Fantastic Four #25-26), and for the latter think of like Hulk having the Avengers guys over for his bachelor party back during Peter David’s run on Incredible Hulk (#417 to be exact).

I’m with Travis. I refuse to believe there might be a storyline that Brian doesn’t know exactly what the person is referring to.

It’s pretty much one of the three constants in life at this point: Death, Taxes, and Brian is intimately familiar with every comic ever published.

God, I miss the Avengers.

Travis Pelkie

June 6, 2013 at 2:55 am

Ooh, yeah, that’s right, what about that Morrison Steed and Mrs Peel story? Does that one count? Or the new series that Mark Waid wrote the zero issue of?

:)

I’m with Travis. I refuse to believe there might be a storyline that Brian doesn’t know exactly what the person is referring to.

I know there was a confusing one in one of the recent polls, either the Iron Man one or the Spider-Man one, where two stories had very similar titles (or maybe it was just people who voted for “Spider-Man vs. Venom” as their choice for Greatest Spider-Man story.

What about stories that ran in other characters’ books? Do team-ups (with the Avengers) count? Or what about Avengers cameos in non-Avengers titles?

For the former think Avengers teaming up with the FF in their book to stop a rampaging Hulk back during the Silver Age (in Fantastic Four #25-26), and for the latter think of like Hulk having the Avengers guys over for his bachelor party back during Peter David’s run on Incredible Hulk (#417 to be exact).

I’d prefer not to (if only because you could lead to stuff like “Ends of the Earth,” which is not an Avengers story, being voted on), but fair enough, if you legitimately feel that the issue in question stars the Avengers and not just a case of the Avengers being featured in a story of another character, then I’ll count it.

Does Avengers: The Initiative count?

Brian – I tried to vote but lost my connection
Is it posted or should I try again?

Jay – Brian said that everything with Avengers in the title counts (so even Avengers arena qualifies…)

As there has been no response and my post vanished instantaneously without any “awaiting moderation” I will try again.
Apologies to Brian if the first attempt had worked and been counted

joe the poor speller

June 9, 2013 at 5:56 am

fantastic four, thor and hulk won’t be getting one of these polls? spidey got his, this is the avengers’ one, next month we will have x-men and iron man got an extended ‘greatest stories ever told’.

Here’s one wrinkle: Avengers Forever can be counted as one large story. BUT #9 also works as a self-contained Kang origin story. Can you vote for both the larger story and the single issue or just the larger story?

The ship has already sailed on FF, Thor, and Hulk’s 50th anniversaries.

Zyzz, brother of b-list Avenger

June 17, 2013 at 1:36 am

Brian, is my list showing up? I’ve tried to post it more than once and it keeps saying that something went wrong.

You’re fine.

Does operation : Galactic Storm count?

Does operation : Galactic Storm count?

Yes.

Does Secret Avengers count?

Does Secret Avengers count?

Yes.

I move that any ballot listing more than five Bendis stories be thrown out entirely.

I have to say I am enjoying this thread, it has made me realize there are quite a few Avenger stories I’ve never read and need to get.

Other Chris

June 6, 2013 at 1:42 am

God, I miss the Avengers.

Me too.

Wattan

June 18, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I move that any ballot listing more than five Bendis stories be thrown out entirely.

ANY ballot listing ANY Bendis stories should be thrown out.

I remember there used to be a rule that stated as long as three active members of a group were in the story it would count as a group appearance. So MTIO 51 would count as an Avengers story, for example. But now with so many different groups with overlapping members I don’t know how that would work.

Brian, thanks as always for doing this! When will we get to vote in the X-Men poll?

Friday!

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