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Vote for the 75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History!

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Marvel Comics, we’re doing a poll where you folks get to decide what you think are the 75 most memorable moments in the history of Marvel Comics!

You folks all vote in the comments section here up until 11:59 Pacific time, September 18th. I’ll tabulate all the votes and I’ll begin a countdown of the top 75 beginning September 22nd (or thereabouts).

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 you think are the ten most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history (including their time as Timely Comics). Vote for ten moments. Anything less than ten and your ballot will not be counted.

3. Rank your ten moments from #1 (what you think is the most memorable moment) to #10 (what you think is the 10th most memorable moment). 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:

TEN MOST MEMORABLE MARVEL MOMENTS

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ACBC

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

5. Only comic book stories count. Nothing outside of comics, like movies, cartoons, TV shows, etc.

6. Now for the most annoying part of the rules. What is the definition of a “moment”? It is definitely not a story arc, like “Born Again” is not a moment. A great determination of the extent of a “moment” in modern comics is this handy guideline – a “moment” can never last more than two pages of a comic. If you’re going over two pages, you’re doing multiple “moments.” To wit, let’s take Death of Gwen Stacy. Her actual death and Spidey freaking out over it – that’s a moment. But then him swearing revenge on Green Goblin at the end of the issue? That’s a moment of its own. That guideline helps weed out modern moments, but you’ll still have to do your best guesswork for older comics which tended to pack a TON of story on two pages. To wit, Bruce Banner saving Rick Jones and then getting caught in the gamma bomb explosion is a moment. But then the first time he transforms into a Hulk is a separate moment despite just being on the next page. I trust that you folks have a pretty good idea of how this works. If it helps, check out our list of DC’s 75 Most Memorable Moments.

7. Make sure to include ACBC in your ballot.

8. If you have questions and or requests for clarification, feel free to ask them in the comments section below. I’ll make various decisions as necessary.

9. This place is reserved for various rulings.

- I’ll allow licensed material so long as it was originally published by Marvel
- No Icon stuff
- No Epic stuff, but I’ll make an exception for Elektra: Assassin and Silver Surfer: Parable, which were both really more like Epic in name only.
- No Miracleman stuff
- For Spider-Man lifting the heavy machinery, just say that.
- You don’t have to specify an issue, just describe the moment. Odds are very high I will know what you mean.
- Actually, on that point, specifically DON’T just given an issue number without specifying a moment (I’ve seen that a few times – X-Men #137, in an of itself, doesn’t mean anything for this list)

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! :)

63 Comments

And I take it that “memorable” is meant to be taken literally and that this is NOT a favorites list?

This is going to be fun.

Man, this is going to be tough. Just to clarify, are we talking moments only in the various Marvel owned universes; ie. 616, Ultimate, 2099? Basically what I’m asking is would something from Marvel’s runs on GI Joe or Transformers or Star Wars or any of the other licenses that didn’t cross over into the Marvel U count?

Only 10 choices? And rate them 1-10? You must like making things impossible.

Though to be honest, in thinking about it, this should be a pretty interesting list because a consensus top 3 or 4 doesn’t really jump out at me.

I may just do a list of nextwave moments, even though there are other great moments out there. We shall see…

Professor Xavier is a jerk!

What about Spidey lifting the Master Planner’s device? It is clearly one moment, but goes on for like 6 pages (which is the beauty of it, really).

This is going to get a broader range of responses than anything. I predict… five of mine will hit the top 75. Three of them I’m certain about.

I’m presuming this doesn’t include anything Marvel acquired after the fact (Ie. No Miracleman). What about creator owned stuff like Groo which had it’s longest run at Marvel, but was never owned by them.

This’ll be a pretty personal list for me. Most of the historical moments (big deaths, etc.) were already spoiled by the time I read them, so I’ll just be focusing on the stuff that genuinely floored me when I read it (to be fair, a lot of those are shoo-ins for the list anyway).

I’m curious what will end up on the list. Most of my moments won’t be on anyone else’s top 10 (“that time Howard the Duck realized how pointless it would be to fight a Canadian super villain”). I might actually have to spend more than 10 seconds thinking about this.

I’d prefer not to have to pick one of the splash pages from Nextwave #11. All of them together feel like one moment. But if forced I’m going with the Elvis MODOKs.

The Crazed Spruce

September 4, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Just wondering, is it just the main MCU proper, or do moments from What If count? How about licensed comics, like Transformers or Star Wars?

I must have used that format wrong cause my list still showed up. Sorry about that folks. Didn’t mean to clog up the comments section.

marshall rex fury

September 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm

TEN MOST MEMORABLE MARVEL MOMENTS

Wow, I started to do this and realized it will take a lot more then 10 minutes! Young Allies 4 anyone? Bill Everett’s Zombie? Stan Lee posing for the cover of Black Rider 8? Amazing Fantasy 15? There’s a lot of history here… Yikes!

I voted and I added some obscure but memorable moments from the 80s-90s runs of She Hulk, Alpha Flight… and well, a lot of recent “moments”. I know that old moments will make a great part of this list, but 00s and 10s, have given us a lot of memorable moments that I will never – EVER – forget. I hope that at least a couple of those got included in the top 20.

If I can describe the story and moment in detail, but can’t pinpoint the exact issue it appeared in, will it be counted? I read a lot of great moments in trades.

The top three of mine involve people dying…what does that say about myself? (What does that say about the comic book industry?)

Drax: despite your chosen username, I think the votes for moments of death say a whole lot more about the industry. I somehow expect the final list to be riddled with death, especially of characters which didn’t come back (Gwen, Uncle Ben, Mar-Vell) but also others (Jean, Jean, …). Then there are ‘beloved’ moments of mass destruction as well (that one little bit with the Phoenix, that other bit with Thanos and his gauntlet).

I doubt that there will be as many faves among the moments ‘of life’, when characters return, even though there are some great scenes there. Particular faves of mine are Johnny Storm making a 4-symbol in the sky in Hickman’s FF, and the bit in Superior Spider-Man 31 where the goblin realises who it exactly is he’s facing. I might actually submit a list with those moments in it, although I sincerely doubt they really stand a chance of making the list.

The wedding of Peter and Mary Ja…oh, wait. That never happened. Sorry.

@Valentijn — I might actually submit a list with those moments in it, although I sincerely doubt they really stand a chance of making the list.

So what? The point is to list what are the most memorable moments for YOU, not to try to pick the winners. We want to know what people really think.

Man, this is going to be tough. Just to clarify, are we talking moments only in the various Marvel owned universes; ie. 616, Ultimate, 2099? Basically what I’m asking is would something from Marvel’s runs on GI Joe or Transformers or Star Wars or any of the other licenses that didn’t cross over into the Marvel U count?

I’ll allow licensed stuff, so long as it was originally published by Marvel (so no Alan Moore Miracleman, for instance). No ICON or EPIC stuff, though.

What about Spidey lifting the Master Planner’s device? It is clearly one moment, but goes on for like 6 pages (which is the beauty of it, really).

Just mention Spidey lifting the thing. I’ve done a poll in the past where I let people pick which two pages define “the” moment. I suppose I’ll just repeat that poll before the countdown begins.

I must have used that format wrong cause my list still showed up. Sorry about that folks. Didn’t mean to clog up the comments section.

The list might still be visible to you, but it isn’t to everyone else. You did it correctly.

If I can describe the story and moment in detail, but can’t pinpoint the exact issue it appeared in, will it be counted? I read a lot of great moments in trades.

You’re fine. If it is a moment memorable enough to make the list, it likely is memorable enough for me to know it by a description, ya know?

Just wondering, is it just the main MCU proper, or do moments from What If count? How about licensed comics, like Transformers or Star Wars?

Yes, What If…? counts.

I have a feeling axis is going to be, especially if it launches a reboot

NOOOOO I forgot Peter Parker crawling out of the grave — “I love you.” People, if you haven’t voted yet, please include it for me hahaha!

I’m hoping what you said to another reader is true, I see my list, but I am hoping I am the only one who does?

Quite a few of the moments I’m considering are actually just one panel, splash page or not. Even the context for it might not be best depicted by the preceding page but earlier in (or even the previous) the issue.

I’m hoping what you said to another reader is true, I see my list, but I am hoping I am the only one who does?

If you correctly used ACBC (which you’ll see if you can read your own comment) then it DID work. So yes, your post worked.

I’m on my third draft now. Surprised by how much Daredevil keeps popping up. And how much the 70s is represented.

I liked that time Nightcrawler went “BAMF”

This surprised me; I realized I’d be hard pressed to remember more than a few Avengers, Iron Man, or Cap moments, but can instantly come up with a ton for Spider-Man. Good (origin, death of Gwen) and bad (selling his marriage to the devil) alike, Spider-Man stories tend to excel in giving iconic moments that stick, while other characters’ story arcs so frequently just fade into background noise.

I am doing a “long list” and then paring it down. I want to make sure that my long list has a decent cross-section before I start dropping and ranking moments. So, I am searching for my favorite 2-3 Lee/Kirby moments, my favorite 2-3 Lee/Ditko moments, some Roy Thomas, some John Buscema, some Gene Colan and Sternanko. Then, I rolled over into the big 80s guys: Byrne, Miller, Simonson and Claremont. Then, the big 90s guys: Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane and Peter David. Then, the nuMarvel folks. Plus, making sure that there is good cross-section of franchises.

It is a long list.

“No Icon or Epic”

What about Elektra: Assasin and Alias? They both use Marvel characters.

Am I correct in assuming Marvel/DC crossovers are off limits? My guess is that something that includes DC characters isn’t really a “Marvel moment” but in the past I’ve used my own judgement on things like that only to discover, when the list came out, that I’d judged wrong.

What about Elektra: Assasin and Alias? They both use Marvel characters.

Alias wasn’t Icon. I’ll count Elektra: Assassin since it was really Epic in name only.

Is the basic rule for a “moment” that it has to be a single action/event and not a series of actions/events? Or would a succession of actions/events still count if LESS than three pages?

@Brian Cronin — I’ll allow licensed stuff, so long as it was originally published by Marvel (so no Alan Moore Miracleman, for instance). No ICON or EPIC stuff, though.

Wait, so is the rule that it has to be in a Marvel owned universe/continuity (basically in the Marvel Multiverse)? Because that would include ROM and Micronauts (among others), but would exclude G.I. Joe or He-Man or whatever.

The salute at the end of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #34 is one of the most memorable moments in comics ever for me, but it’s kind of weird calling it a “Marvel moment”, y’know? Same goes for Snake Eyes catching the sword barehanded in #21. Neither of those things make me think “MARVEL”.

I’m so used to see my votes lingering for weeks that I’m surprised this one vanished completely – so am hoping it registered okay.

Memorable moments are a mixture of shocks, surprises and pure drama
so I had 2 deaths, 2 resurrections, 1 debut plus the odd plot twist, heroic moment etc

(I could probably easily do a top 10 just for Spiderman)

Is the basic rule for a “moment” that it has to be a single action/event and not a series of actions/events? Or would a succession of actions/events still count if LESS than three pages?

Generally yeah, it’s the single action/event. When it comes to the posts, though, I’m including the context around the moment so it makes sense, ya know?

Wait, so is the rule that it has to be in a Marvel owned universe/continuity (basically in the Marvel Multiverse)? Because that would include ROM and Micronauts (among others), but would exclude G.I. Joe or He-Man or whatever.

The salute at the end of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #34 is one of the most memorable moments in comics ever for me, but it’s kind of weird calling it a “Marvel moment”, y’know? Same goes for Snake Eyes catching the sword barehanded in #21. Neither of those things make me think “MARVEL”.

I’m fine with, say, Transformers, Conan or G.I. Joe stuff making the list. I don’t think that they WILL, but it they do, fair enough by me.

Can I clarify one of mine? The “It was an Avengers World” moment is when the Builders destroy the alternate Earth in the incursion. The context is important, but it changes completely the tone of act one of the run.

It was fun thinking back to some of the most memorable moments of my childhood – back to the days when there was no Internet, no computer games, nothing much to do except read and re-read and re-re-read my beloved comics over and over again.

Some of those comics I must have read dozens and dozens of times over the years.

Looking forward to seeing this list.

Well, of course they’re in the same universe…Spider-Man was in Transformers #3, and GI Joe met the Transformers in the crossover series….so all one, big happy family. :-)

It occurs to me I listed a moment involving 2 distinct issues without checking if it was okay.

I assume it was.

Let’s see… Jessica Jones & Luke Cage doing it in Alias 1… Norman humping Gwen… Oh, wait, that’s not my real list.

Real list’s coming up. Let me still respond to Sept 5 6:37 Anon as irrelevant as it may be: I never meant to argue for not submitting choices that are likely not to be included, in fact, my list includes the moments I mentioned above as well as a couple of other unprobable listees.
Although I have a couple of obvious ones in there as well, but ‘memorable’ easily involves general landmark moments in the history of the books.

I wonder how the final list compares to the Top 70 Most Iconic Marvel Panels. Many ‘moments’ may revolve around a certain panel.

I showed my age by not nominating anything past 1986! LOL!

I can almost say the same, but one from a Marvel Adventures Avengers snuck onto my list.

Stealthwise, you forgot the magic code. Now everyone can see how you voted! ;)

I was tempted to have my list be ten moments just from the first 10 or so issues of Marvel Mystery Comics. Alas, I ended up going with the ten moments that stick out in my mind most. An eclectic mix for sure, but I was shocked that I ended up with no Power Man & Iron Fist, no Daredevil, no Dr. Doom, & only one X-Men moment from a run that I would never consider my favorite.

Precisely why I love lists like these. Deliberated with any amount of consideration, it may lead us to question what we really enjoy, rather than what we reactively claim we do (I never realized I was such a Ghost Rider fan).

I only wish I could have submitted eleven votes, so that I could include when Nightcrawler threw that rock at Vertigo’s head in Marvel Fanfare #3. Brian must hate having to include my votes. I wouldn’t be upset if he just deletes them to save himself the hassle. ;)

Heck, one of my moments includes both Power Man AND Doctor Doom.

And I loves me some Hero For Hire #8-9, but the Doom moments that made my short list were “Doom needs no one” from Byrne’s FF, and “Do you know why men call me Doom?” to the hotel clerk in Astonishing Tales.

All my favorite Luke Cage moments are him vs. the vending machine at the Gem Theater. Although I did seriously consider including PW/IF #76, when the vampire breaks his teeth on Cage’s skin, & Cage and D.W. defeat the vampire with two loaves of garlic bread.

I love comics.

Secret Wars II issue #2 – Spider-Man teaches the Beyonder how to poop. HAHA

I agree Steve, I only have one vote past the 80′s (Thor clone killing Bill Foster).

Secret Invasion has a lot of great moments too.
Hope to see Luke Cage and Jessica Jones doing it in the top 75. Well, maybe not.

Ah! Almost forgot to vote. SOOOOOOOOOOOOO hard.

Wish I could have voted for every FRONT TOWARD ENEMY collectively, but obviously that against the rules and there’s really no single one that stood out to me. I also left off Superman no-selling a punch from Hulk in Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man because I wasn’t sure if crossovers counted and it seemed more like a Superman moment for me anyway. Nick Fury driving a motorcycle through a wall would have been my #11 so I hope to see that on the list.

Valentijn: I agree, the deaths in comics are far too celebrated, and while we will see deaths all over the list, how many of them will be for characters who actually stayed dead? I think you should go with your gut and vote for the happier moments also. My list only had 2 deaths on it and I had that FF scene with Johnny coming back. I also had Doom delivering Valeria, so hopefully there will be some life votes.

Two great moments I voted for that I dont think will make it: The invisible Girl declaring she’s the Invisible Woman in John Byrne’s FF run, and that scene in Avengers Academy where Hank Pym grew the Absorbing Man into the realm of the gods. It was more than Crusher’s mind could take, and it left him totally defeated. It was really epic.

Looking back on my list, all the moments I chose where from the ’80s or before (ha! 35 now!) and almost all are personal and quiet moments and not big battles that destroy cities etc.I really enjoyed coming up with that list, all of my childhood is in there!

I wonder how the final list compares to the Top 70 Most Iconic Marvel Panels. Many ‘moments’ may revolve around a certain panel.

I expect you’re right, but as I look over the top panel list, I don’t see any of the moments I voted for there.

Steve
If it’s any consolation, the most recent one I voted for was from 1985

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