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2013 Top 100 Comic Book Storylines Master List

Here is a master list of all the top 100 comic book storylines, as voted on by YOU, our readers (over a thousand of you)!

Click on any storyline for a write-up on that story (complete with some sample pages from the story)!

100. “The Death of Speedy” by Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets #21-23) – 98 points (1 first place vote)

99. “First Tale of the Demon” by Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Bob Brown, Irv Novick and Dick Giordano (Batman #232, 235, 240, 242-244 and Detective Comics #411) – 101 points (2 first place votes)

98. “The Korvac Saga” by Jim Shooter, Roger Stern, David Michelinie, George Pérez, Sal Buscema, David Wenzel and Pablo Marcos (Avengers #167-169, 170-171, 173-177) – 103 points

97. “Unmanned” by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan, Jr. (Y The Last Man #1-6) – 105 points (2 first place votes)

96. “The Love Bunglers” by Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets: New Stories #3-4) – 108 points (3 first place votes)

95. “The Death of Jean DeWolff” by Peter David and Rich Buckler (plus many inkers) (The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #107-110) – 109 points

94. “Blood of Palomar” by Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets #21-26) – 110 points (4 first place votes)

93. “Top 10 Season 1? by Alan Moore, Gene Ha and Zander Cannon (Top 10 #1-12) – 112 points (2 first place votes)

92. “New World Order” by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter and John Dell (JLA #1-4) – 115 points (1 first place vote)

91. “The Man of Steel” by John Byrne and Dick Giordano (The Man of Steel #1-6) – 116 points

90. “Sleeper Season 1? by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Sleeper #1-12) – 118 points (2 first place votes)

89. “Avengers Forever” by Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern, Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino (Avengers Forever #1-12) – 119 points (1 first place vote)

88. “Jimmy Corrigan, Smartest Boy on Earth” by Chris Ware (Acme Novelty Library #5, 6, 8, 9 and 11-14) – – 120 points (1 first place vote)

87. “Secret Wars” by Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck, Bob Layton, John Beatty and a host of other inkers (Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #1-12) -121 points (1 first place vote)

86. “Rock of Ages” by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter, Gary Frank, Greg Land, John Dell and Bob McLeod (JLA #10-15) – 122 points

85. “Half a Life” by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark (Gotham Central #7-10) – 123 points (2 first place votes)

84. “Scott Pilgrim” by Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness, Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together,Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe and Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour) – 125 points

83. “Elektra: Assassin” by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin #1-8) – 127 points (1 first place vote)

82. “Squadron Supreme” by Mark Gruenwald, Bob Hall, Paul Ryan, John Buscema, John Beatty, Sam De La Rosa, Jackson Guice and Keith Williams (Squadron Supreme #1-12) – 128 points (5 first place votes)

81. “The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck” by Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge #285-296) – 129 points (3 first place votes)

80. “Welcome to Lovecraft” by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke and Key #1-6) – 131 points (5 first place votes)

79. “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume 1? by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1-6) – 133 points (2 first place votes)

78. “Saga, Volume 1″ by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Saga #1-6) – 134 points (1 first place vote)

77. “Love and Death” by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben and Rick Veitch(Saga of the Swamp Thing 28-34 & Annual #2) – 137 points (3 first place votes)

76. “The Death of Superman” by Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Louise Simonson and Roger Stern (writers), Dan Jurgens, Tom Grummett, Jon Bogdanove and Jackson Guice (pencilers) and Brett Breeding, Doug Hazlewood, Dennis Janke, Denis Rodier and Rich Burchett (inkers) (Superman #74-75, Adventures of Superman #497, Superman: Man of Steel #18-19, Action Comics #684, Justice League America #69) – 139 points (2 first place votes)

75. “Ultimates 2? by Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary (Ultimates 2 #1-13) – 140 points (2 first place votes)

74. “Confession” by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson and Will Blyberg (Kurt Busiek’s Astro City #4-9) – 141 points (1 first place vote)

73. “Kree/Skrull War” by Roy Thomas, Neal Adams, Sal Buscema and John Buscema (Avengers #89-97) – 144 points (2 first place votes)

72. “Knightfall” by Doug Moench, Chuck Dixon, Jim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, Jim Balent and a number of inkers (Batman #491-500, Detective Comics #659-666) – 146

71. “Homelands” by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham and Steve Leialoha (Fables #36-38, 40–41) – 147 (1 first place vote)

70. “A Game of You” by Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran, Shawn McManus, Bryan Talbot and many inkers (Sandman #32-37) – 148 points

69. “Anatomy Lesson” by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben (Sage of the Swamp Thing #21-27) – 150 points (1 first place vote)

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68. “The Magus Saga” by Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom and Steve Leialoha (Strange Tales #178-181, Warlock #9-11) – 151 points

67. “The Painting That Ate Paris” by Grant Morrison, Richard Case and John Nyberg (Doom Patrol Vol. 2 #26-29) – 153 points (3 first place votes)

66. “Super-Human” by Mark Millar, Bryan Hitch and Andrew Currie (Ultimates #1-6) – 154 points (1 first place vote)

65. “Tower of Babel” by Mark Waid, Howard Porter, Steve Scott, Drew Geraci and Mark Propst (JLA #43-46) – 156 points (2 first place votes)

64. “Dangerous Habits” by Garth Ennis, Will Simpson, Mark Pennington and a host of other inkers (Hellblazer #41-46) – 158 points (1 first place vote)

63. “Wolverine” by Chris Claremont, Frank Miller and Joe Rubinstein (Wolverine (1982) #1-4) – 160 points (5 first place votes)

62. “Safeword” by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan Jr. (Y: The Last Man #18-20) – 161 points (2 first place votes)

61. “The Great Cow Race” by Jeff Smith (Bone #7-11) – 163 points (2 first place votes)

60. “Grand Guignol” by James Robinson and Peter Snejbjerg (with Paul Smith) (Starman #62-73) – 165 points (6 first place votes)

59. “The Longbow Hunters” by Mike Grell (Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #1-3) – 170 points (3 first place votes)

58. “JLA/Avengers” by Kurt Busiek and George Perez (JLA/Avengers #1-4) – 173 points (1 first place vote)

57. “A Court of Owls” by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion (Batman #1-6) – 175 points (3 first place votes)

56. “Church and State” by Dave Sim and Gerhard (Cerebus #52-111) – 177 points (6 first place votes)

55. “Gifted” by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men #1-6) – 180 points (3 first place votes)

54. “Winter Soldier” by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting, Michael Lark and Michael Perkins (Captain America #1-6, 8-9, 11-14) – 182 points (1 first place vote)

53. “Annihilation” by Keith Giffen, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Simon Furman, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Scott Kolins, Kev Walker, Renato Arlem, Jorge Lucas, Greg Titus, Andrea DiVito and more (Annihilation: Prologue, Annihilation: Nova #1-4, Annihilation: Silver Surfer #1-4, Annihilation: Ronan #1-4, Annihilation: Super Skrull #1-4, Annihilation #1-6) – 185 points (5 first place votes)

52. “The Kindly Ones” by Neil Gaiman, Marc Hempel, Richard Case, D’Israeli, Ted Kristiansen, Glyn Dillon, Dean Ormston and Charles Vess (Sandman #57-69) – 187 points (7 first place votes)

51. “The Dark Angel Saga” by Rick Remender, Jerome Opena, Mark Brooks, Billy Tan, Robbi Rodriguez, Richard Elson, Scot Eaton, Dean White and a whole bunch of inkers (Uncanny X-Force #8, 10-180 – 200 points (5 first place votes)

50. “High Society” by Dave Sim (Cerebus #26–50) – 203 points (7 first place votes)

49. “The Surtur Saga” by Walter Simonson (Thor #349-353) – 213 points (3 first place votes)

48. “Doll’s House” by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III (Sandman Vol. 2 #9-16) – 216 points (3 first place votes)

47. “Ultron Unlimited” by Kurt Busiek, George Perez and Al Vey (Avengers #19-22) – 218 points (1 first place vote)

46. “Infinity Gauntlet” by Jim Starlin, George Perez, Ron Lim, Joe Rubinstein and a couple of other inkers (Infinity Gauntlet #1-6) – 223 points (1 first place vote)

45. “Identity Crisis” by Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales and Michael Bair (Identity Crisis #1-7) – 230 points (2 first place votes)

44. “Blackest Night” by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert (Blackest Night #1-8) – 234 points (3 first place votes)

43. “Return of Barry Allen” by Mark Waid, Greg Larocque and Roy Richardson (Flash Vol. 2 #73-79) – 235 points (5 first place votes)

42. “We3″ by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (We3 #1-3) – 238 points (3 first place votes)

41. “If This Be My Destiny” by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee (Amazing Spider-Man #31-33) – 240 points (8 first place votes)/a>

40. “The Last Iron Fist Story” by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, David Aja, Travel Foreman and Various Artists (Immortal Iron Fist #1-14, Civil War: Choosing Sides and Annual #1) – 243 points (4 first place votes) – 243 points (4 first place votes)

39. “The Black Mirror” by Scott Snyder, Jock and Francesco Francavilla (Detective Comics #871-881) – 245 points (3 first place votes)

38. “Final Crisis” by Grant Morrison, JG Jones, Doug Mahnke, Carlos Pacheco, Lee Garbett, Matthew Clark, Marco Ruby and a host of inkers (Final Crisis #1-7, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1-2, Final Crisis: Submit #1 plus I would throw in Batman #682-683) – 252 points (7 first place votes)

37. “All in the Family” by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (Preacher #8-12)– 260 points (3 first place votes)

36. “E is for Extinction” by Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely and Tim Townsend (New X-Men #114-116)– 262 points (5 first place votes)

35. “The Death of Gwen Stacy” by Gerry Conway, Gil Kane and John Romita (Amazing Spider-Man #121-122)– 269 points (5 first place votes)

34. “Olympus” by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch, John Totleben, Tom Yeates and John Ridgway (Miracleman #11-16)– 271 points (6 first place votes)

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33. “Hush” by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee and Scott Williams (Batman #608-619) – 274 points (5 first place votes)

32. “From Hell” by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell (From Hell #1-11) – 276 points (7 first place votes)

31. “Marvels” by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross (Marvels #1-4, plus #0, I guess) – 281 points (5 first place votes)

30. “Brief Lives” by Neil Gaiman, Jill Thompson, Vince Locke and Dick Giordano (Sandman #41-49) – 283 points (7 first place votes)

29. “Deus ex Machina” by Grant Morrison, Chas Truog, Doug Hazlewood, Mark Farmer and a few other artists (Animal Man #18-26) – 295 points (8 first place votes)

28. “Runaways Volume 1″ by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, Craig Yeung, Takeshi Miyazawa and David Nebold (Runaways #1-18) – 298 points (3 first place votes)

27. “Under Siege” by Roger Stern, John Buscema and Tom Palmer (Avengers #270-277) – 300 points (7 first place votes)

26. “Who is the Fourth Man?” by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday (Planetary #1-12) – 305 points (8 first place votes)

25. “The New Frontier” by Darwyn Cooke (DC: The New Frontier #1-6) – 307 points (10 first place votes)

24. “Batman R.I.P.” by Grant Morrison, Tony Daniel and Sandu Florea (s #676-681) – 329 points (12 first place votes)

23. “Civil War” by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines (Civil War #1-7) – 384 points (5 first place votes)

22. “The Sinestro Corps War” by Geoff Johns, Dave Gibbons, Peter Tomasi, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, Patrick Gleason plus a whole lot of other pencilers and inkers (Green Lantern Sinestro Corps Special #1, Green Lantern Vol. 4 #21-25, Green Lantern Corps #14-19) – 386 points (7 first place votes)

21. “The Age of Apocalypse” by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid, Fabian Nicieza, Andy Kubert, Joe Madureira, Steve Epting, Roger Cruz and a pile of other artists and writers (X-Men: Alpha #1, Amazing X-Men #1-4, Astonishing X-Men #1-4, X-Men: Omega #1 plus a bunch of tie-ins) – 389 points (12 first place votes)

20. “American Gothic” by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben, Rick Veitch, Stan Woch, Ron Randall, Alfredo Alcala and Tom Mandrake (The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37-38, 42-45, Swamp Thing #39-41, 46-50) – 391 points (9 first place votes)

19. “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?” by Alan Moore, Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger and George Perez (Superman #423 and Action Comics #583) – 394 points (7 first place votes)

18. “The Elektra Saga” by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Daredevil #168, 174-182, 187-190) – 432 points (10 first place votes)

17. “The Coming of Galactus” by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott (Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #48-50) – 444 points (5 first place votes)

16. “V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore and David Lloyd (After beginning serialization in Warrior, V for Vendetta #1-10) – 446 points (7 first place votes)

15. “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin (X-Men #141 and Uncanny X-Men #142) – 449 points (2 first place votes)

14. “The Great Darkness Saga” by Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt (Legion of Super-Heroes #290-294) – 451 points (10 first place votes)

13. “Kraven’s Last Hunt” by J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck and Bob McLeod (Amazing Spider-Man #293-294, Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132 and Web of Spider-Man #31-32) – 511 points (3 first place votes)

12. “The Judas Contract ” by Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Dick Giordano and Mike DeCarlo (Tales of the New Teen Titans #42-44, Tales of the New Teen Titans Annual #3) – 566 points (14 first place votes)

11. “The Long Halloween” by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale (The Long Halloween #1-13) – 631 points (12 first place votes)

10. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” by Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Dick Giordano and Jerry Ordway (Crisis on Infinite Earths #1-12, plus a bunch of tie-ins) – 645 points (17 first place votes)

9. “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” by Art Spiegelman (For simplicity’s sake, let’s just say Maus: Book 1 and Book 2) – 648 points (9 first place votes)

8. “Season of Mists” by Neil Gaiman, Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt, and P. Craig Russell (Sandman #21-28) – 826 points (7 first place votes)

7. “Kingdom Come” by Mark Waid and Alex Ross (Kingdom Come #1-4) – 941 points (21 first place votes)

6. “Year One” by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (Batman #404-407) – 1270 points (26 first place votes)

5. “Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Batman: The Dark Knight #1-4) – 1637 points (41 first place votes)

4. “All Star Superman” by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (All Star Superman #1-12) – 1658 points (58 first place votes)

3. “Born Again” by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli (Daredevil #227-233) – 1685 points (55 first place votes)

2. “The Dark Phoenix Saga” by Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin (X-Men #129-137 – 1985 points (62 first place votes)

1. “Watchmen” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen #1-12) – 2590 points (106 first place votes)


I’ve been buying comics since the late 70’s and I’d be hard-pressed to find a better-written or more enjoyable ride than Josh Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men (2004). Also, for all the complaints about it, Civil War will likely stand as this generation’s “Secret Wars”.

PS: Kingdom Come was a great story and it probably made the Top 10, but I hope Johns and Ross’ “Thy Kingdom Come” (a sort-of sequel to Kingdome Come published in DC’s JSA in 2008-2009) gets some love on this list as well. I loved every minute of it. Of both of them, actually.

I’ll be interested to see where some of my favorite stuff is going to end up. I’d hope top 20 for Mage, Grendel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Phoenix/Dark Phoenix Saga, Brood Saga, etc.

Some of the very best books were single issues though and won’t count on this list though…. the entire Russ Manning run on Magnus: Robot Fighter for example or X-Men: Lifedeath.

Out of the first 50 choices I have read 20, including the first volume of Locke and Key which I bought because of its appearance here.

2 of my choices have already turned up, the other 8 made this list last time around. My number one choice only had one first place vote last time and didn’t make the top 50, I hope it does better this year rather than dropping off.

The Crazed Spruce

November 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Halfway through the list, and I haven’t even touched my final 10 yet, though four of ‘em were in my top 25, and about a dozen more were on my short list.

The Crazed Spruce

November 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Out of my top 10, 4 are pretty much a lock for the final 10, 3 should turn up in the top half of the list, and 3 probably won’t show up if they haven’t already. (Unless there are a lot more Walking Dead and Order of the Stick fans out there than I think there are.)

I guess it’s too late to hope to see some manga stories, I voted for the Frieza Saga and Yu Yu Hakusho’s Dark Tournament.

One of my picks, Tower of Babel, has made the list so far.

Valiant anyone ?

I was taken aback to see Annihilation higher than the Kree/Skrull War.

I wasn’t. Kree Skrull is fun, but if argue Annihilation has the more epic scope, higher stakes, and the more interesting cast of characters. Plus, it kicked off the DnA cosmic arc containing Conquest, War of Kings, the Thanos Imperative and the excellent Nova and Guardians on going. Epic stuff. I’m hoping more of that makes the list.

Interesting list. Eager to see where it goes, but am worried that very long runs that were consistently great might not find a place here. Where would you put years long runs like Wolfman/Colan Tomb of Dracula, the Moench/Gulacy,Zeck,Day Master of Kung-Fu, the Stern/Buscema Avengers, or the Jurgens Thor run? How would you pick out just one storyline from those long runs?

No Atomic Robo…. yet.

Ryan- don’t hold your breath…

Larry – one of my runners up was MOKF_the crystal connection (as particularly good and a significant in that it pretty much changed the series to be more James Bond-ish)

Okay… this list utter rubbish.

It looks like it was put together by a bunch of 14-year olds with a disinterested editor making changes to make it appear “respectable.” In what universe is Sinestro Corps War better than Brief Lives? How can Civil War even compare to it? Neither of those two can be considered Literature the way that Brief Lives can.

It’s like comparing Wong Kar-wai’s In The Mood for Love to… Bridget Jones’ Diary… or asking readers to rank varietals of apples and oranges.

Or asking readers to rank the different comic book storylines that they like.

It always surprises me when people don’t understand that other people can like stuff they don’t. More people have read Sinestro Corps War and Civil War then they have Brief Lives, at least since the last list came out. Plus, if the sales on those comics are anything to go by, a lot of people seemed to like them as well. Are they good? I don’t think so, but a lot of people probably seem to, so they will show up high on the list.

Oh and Bridget Jones’ Diary isn’t exactly super popular. But you wouldn’t be surprised if something like Slumdog Millionair or Avatar (both terrible in my opinion, yet very popular movies) showed up above ‘In the Mood for Love’ now, would you?

If it makes you any happy, 4 out of the 8 Sandman arcs have already showed up and one is a definite lock for top 10, so it’s not like a lot of good stories are not getting the love they deserve.

I don’t know how highly you expect In the Mood for Love to rank on any user-preference-voting ranking, especially on a predominantly American website. I see it is #248 on IMDB, compared to Dark Knight at #6

Brian, thanks so much for all of your hard work! You are awesome.

100 Bullets “The Counterfifth Detective” should be on the list

The fact that people are using “In the Mood for Love” as some movie comparison shows just how out of touch some people are. Who the hell has even heard of that? Anyway, if you can stop being pretentious for a few minutes, you might actually have some fun reading this list and seeing what others have voted for; you might even discover some books you wanna go check out. I’m writing down several of these titles and heading to the comic shop tomorrow.

I’ve read 51 of the stories here. All 10 of my choices made the final list, 6 in the top 10. I know, I like most of the films on the IMDB top 250 as well.

Let’s get “Unity” on the list (as high as possible) in 2017!

Who’s with me?

I wonder how some noticeable left-offs fared.
1). Thanos Quest/Return of Thanos
2). Assault on Olympus
3). Ballad of Beta Ray Bill
4). Elektra Saga

The only one I had on my list that didn’t make it was Preacher: “A War in the Sun”.

The list is good and it show the wide variety of comic book stories out there. No surprise that Moore, Miller and Morrison (otherwise known as the 3 “M’s”) dominate the list along with almost every story arc from Gaiman’s fantastic Sandman book. The great one’s with live throught the ages, good stories never die.

As I look back, I realize that i jotted down a quick top 10 without really considering the “classics”. I left off the top 10 . I do feel the the Avengers/Defenders War should have been included ,as well as, The Hulk clash between the FF and Avengers in FF 25-26.

I also find it very interesting that the top Spider-man story is “Kravens Last hunt.”

Very surprised that Seven Soldiers didn’t make it. Of course, I didn’t put it on my list (as I thought I should limit the amount of Morrison), so I can’t complain.

Would have been nice to see Black Hole and Arzach (though, again, I personally didn’t vote for them). Also, if one of the recent, big Marvel crossovers was going to make the list, I think World War Hulk is much more deserving than Civil war.


As much as I love Arzach, it’s a bit much to call it a storyline. ;)

Really, no “Midnight Nation”?!?

Some stats (with some likely miscounting)
53 from DC, including 6 acquired properties through Wildstorm etc.
34 from Marvel

Depending on your definitions, there are around 70-80 superhero stories on the list.

9 Batman stories
8 Avengers stories (including 2 ultimates)
6 X-Men stories (including X-Force)
5 Sandman stories
4 Marvel crossover events
4 DC crossover events
4 Spider-Man stories
4 Superman stories
4 JLA stories
3 Love & Rockets stories
3 Swamp Thing stories
3 Daredevil or Elektra stories
2 Cerebus stories
2 Y the Last Man stories

A lot of creators involved, coming from a wide mix of artists and a comparatively narrow range of writers, perhaps suggesting the voters are more interested in who the writer is. The creators is approximate. I only counted the major ones (that is, the ones Brian named)

Alan Moore – 10 entries
Grant Morrison – 9 entries
George Perez (the top artist) -7 entries
Frank Miller (the top writer/artist) -6 entries
Dick Giordano – tied with Frank Miller at 6 entries
Kurt Busiek -5 entries

With 4 entries:
Neil Gaiman, Roger Stern, Brian Vaughn, Mark Waid, Jon Totleben

With 3 entries:
Ed Brubaker, Chris Claremont, Mark Millar, Steve Bissette, John Buscema, Howard Porter, Frank Quitely, Rick Veitch

With 2 entries:
Garth Ennis, Keith Giffen, Geoff Johns, Jeph Loeb, Jim Shooter, Dave Sim, Scott Snyder, Jim Starlin, Marv Wolfman, Alex Ross, Richard Case, Jon Cassaday, Mike Dringenberg, Steve Epting, Pia Guerrera, Brian Hitch, Jaime Hernandez, Michael Lark, David Mazzuchelli, Neal Adams, Carlos Pacheco, Ivan Reis, Sal Buscema, Mike Zeck, Terry Austin, John Dell, Jackson Guice, Doug Hazlewood, Klaus Janson, John Beatty, Steve Leialoha, Jose Marzan Jr., Bob McLeod, Joe Rubinstein

(and probably a few I missed)

There are a ton of miscellaneous creators with one entry, too many to name. The likes of Jack Kirby, Jim Balent, Steve Ditko, Ron Lim, Warren Ellis, Scott Lobdell and Chris Ware.

And of course several prominent creators whose names do not appear, most likely because they have never told any great stories. Dan Clowes, Will Eisner, John Stanley, Osamu Tezuka, Rob Liefeld, Brian Bendis, and the like.

Here’s my list. I had a few stories off the beaten path.

1. Kree Skrull War
2. Thor Battles Hercules #125-126
3. Avengers -Defenders War
4. Magus saga
5. JLA/Avengers
6. The Celestial Saga Thor 289-301
7. The Battle of the Baxter Building FF#39-40
8. Infinity Gauntlet
9. Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow
10. The Fall of Hank Pym 212-230

I was surprised that Planetary was down at 26, as I find that book to be one of the greater comics ever produced. I agree with the Dark Phoenix Saga being at 2, and do not agree with Watchmen being 1. Sorry, while it is good it also is bloated and bleak. That isn’t to me what good comics are about.

Why are some links blue and others red?

Glad to see Y: the last man made the list. I enjoy that story.

Just an observation but this list seems dominated by the big two, almost entirely superheroes, and the only one that really sticks out is Maus – which is neither big two nor a superhero tale.

I’m also kinda sad that the usual suspects are in the top 10.

I wonder what we would get in another list when you put “non-superhero genre” in the list.

I’m not speaking as a naysayer of superheroes or big two output but I’m really curious to see what else is out there and would be recommended.

On a second glance I have about 12-15 non superhero genre works. Many are separate storylines in the same series (e.g. Love and Rockets, Y: The Last Man). I’m still interested in seeing an alternative list. Mainly because I’ve read so much of the stuff on this list and want to branch out my reading.

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I agree wholeheartedly. I have been hoping hoping these lists would help be branch out my reading as well, but they’ve been pretty much just made up of the usual suspects. Frankly, I’ve gotten a bit bored with just redoing the same lists in rotation every year.

It’s easy for me to say, but I’d love to see separate Top 100 lists: Top 100 DC superhero storylines, Top 100 Marvel superhero storylines, Top 50 non-DC/Marvel superhero storylines (There might not be enough independent superhero storylines that the average fan is familiar with to do 100) and Top 100 non-superhero storylines (open to all publishers, including DC and Marvel).

In The Mood for Love will be know by those who have real knowledge about cinema. Art film are an intertainment for the mind in fonction of what you know about cinema, this is that simple. It’ is ok to not like those kind of movies, but just dont pretend that you have real knowledge about cinema.

A good list for the most part, but… NO VALIANT? :(

César Gerusalem

December 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm

This has been an awesome journey

Finn Sievwright

December 1, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Damn. I wish I had of voted. My number one would have been Kurt Busiek’s “Secret Identity” which didn’t make the list. That will teach me.

My only sadness here is the exclusion of Planet Hulk. People should love that story and the art as well.

Its so funny seeing a masterpiece like Watchmen nearly beat out by Dark Phoenix Saga — basically a very carefully executed Saturday morning cartoon.

@Dean Sorry, no offense… but I disagree almost completely…

First, if you only came up with “12-15 non superhero stories” you are playing awfully fast and loose with the definition. I came up with almost 30 pretty easily. Sandman may be based in the DCU but is in NO way a superhero book. LXG, V for Vendetta, Fables, Saga… nope. It’d be like calling the historical, fictional and fantasy characters many of those stories are based on superhero books. While these are a little more iffy, I wouldn’t consider Preacher, Constantine (not the included story at least), Scott Pilgrim, Swamp Thing or We3 strict superhero fare, either. That’s in addition to the ones I figured were your 12-15 (3 L&R, 2 each Y and Cerebus, Maus, Bone, Sleeper, Locke and Key, From Hell, Scrooge McDuck and Jimmy Corrigan). I’m really not sure how much more you could really, reasonably expect.

I mean, in general “top/greatest/most popular” lists aren’t the places to go looking for obscure stuff, which is what it seems you want. From what I’ve seen, I think you’d be well off to check out a few of Greg Burgas’s columns (blogs… whatever they’re calling the things these days :P), in particular the “what I bought” weekly/bi-weekly column and “Trade paperbacks, older editions and miscellaneous” monthly columns he comes out with… if that’s really what you’re looking for.

BTW, that’s probably part of the problem with putting together a “non superhero genre” list: you have to really strictly define what you consider “non superhero” AND you’d be relying on enough people having read a given obscure story to get it on the list BUT not enough that you would have heard about it and read it, apparently. Once again though, as far as I’m concerned you’re on the right site, just probably digging in the wrong place.

I’m not sad the top 10 is the usual suspects; I’m sad that nothing recent seems to have been good enough quality to unseat them.

My .02 though, YMMV. Hope you have better luck finding what you’re looking for.

No Powers or Unwritten or Manhattan Projects or Transmetropolitan?
Just one entry each from Miracleman and Animal Man and Planetary?
Where’s A Contract With God? Or Ode to Kirihito?
The Top 10 are actually pretty good (maybe Crisis could’ve gone down to make space for something better)

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Big thanks to Brian for running this poll and enumerating the list. Also a big thanks to crazy spruce and Chris N for those statistics which are very informative regarding the differences from 4 years ago.

I know a lot of people are complaining about the super-hero centric nature of the list but here’s some more stats to consider:

Fewest first place votes in top ten: SANDMAN “Season of Mists” 7 votes
Fewest first place votes in top 25: X-MEN “Days of Future past” 2 votes

Most first place votes in 11-25: NEW TEEN TITANS “Judas Contract” 14 votes
Most first place votes in lower 50 (50-100): tie CEREBUS “High Society” 7 first place votes,
SANDMAN “The Kindly Ones” 7 first place votes

So there are plenty of votes out there for non-superhero books but only amongst a few select titles like Sandman, Love & Rockets and Cerebus. I think a lot of the drop-off reflects the passage of time as some good superhero storylines, closer to 2009 seem to have slipped thru the cracks (DD by Bendis & Maleev, Death of Cap, etc).

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Inspired by this list to correct the gaps in my reading, I finally read Dangerous Habits. It was indeed a darn good story.

What else haven’t I read? I count 13, I think.

Cerebus and Love & Rockets will still have to wait for another day. I will get to them. Working my way through Starman now. I’ll get to the end once the softcover omnibi get there. I’ll read Miracleman when it’s back in print.

I may check out Doom Patrol or Uncanny X-Force soon.

And I’ll consider giving Snyder’s Black Mirror story a go. But I’m not optimistic I’ll find it very exciting. I’ve already read 3 Snyder Batman books, so I think I’ve given it a fair shot.

I assume I don’t need to read Ultimates 2, Batman RIP or Sinestro Corps War.

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There is an incredible amount of superhero stories on this list… anyone else bored of that genre?

I will never be bored with superhero stories. Jesus, Hercules, Gilgamesh, Thor, Buddha, Spiderman, theyre all superhero stories and an eternal part of human culture.

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