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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
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!
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