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Lemming-like, I run cliffward

It started here. Then it went here and here. Then here, where there are too many links to mention. How does he do it? Then a bunch of others did it too. So I figured, what the hell?

I separated these into two categories -- actual comics and comics-related stuff. The actual comics are in alphabetical order (yes, I'm anal -- deal with it). The comics-related stuff is in order I came up with them. I know I forgot some stuff already, but 100 is enough. Some comments follow some entries. I could go on, but I won't, except to say you may notice some names here many times. Well, I'm sorry -- there's a reason they're great writers and artists!

100 Things I Love About Comics
Actual Comics
1. 100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
2. The Adventures of Tintin
3. Animal Man #1-32 by Grant Morrison, Chas Truog, and Peter Milligan (#27-32)*
4. Asterix and Obelix
5. Atlantis Chronicles #1-7 by Peter David and Esteban Maroto
6. Automatic Kafka #1-9 by Joe Casey and Ashley Wood
7. Aztek the Ultimate Man #1-10 by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, N. Steven Harris, and Keith Champagne (gone too soon!)
8. The first Joker story in Batman #1 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger
9. Batman #251 by Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams ("The Joker's 5-Way Revenge!")
10. Batman #515-552 by Doeg Moench, Kelley Jones, and John Beatty*
11. Big Numbers by Alan Moore and Bill Sienkiewicz (only two issues, sadly)
12. Camelot 3000 #1-12 by Mike Barr, Brian Bolland, and Terry Austin (interior Bolland art!)
13. Captain Britain by Alan Moore, Alan Davis (with help from Jamie Delano)
14. ClanDestine by Alan Davis (this is for David)
15. The Crow by J. O'Barr
16. D.R. and Quinch by Alan Moore and Alan Davis
17. Daredevil #227-233 by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli ("Born Again")
18. Daredevil #284-300 by D.G. Chichester and Lee Weeks*
19. Detective Comics #471-476 by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, and Terry Austin
20. Detective Comics #567-574 by Mike Barr and Alan Davis
21. Detective Comics #583-594 by Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle
22. Detective Comics #629-633 (Peter Milligan writes)
23. Dr. Fate #1-24 by J.M. DeMatteis and Shawn McManus*
24. My Greatest Adventure/Doom Patrol #80-89 by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani
25. Doom Patrol #19-63 by Grant Morrison and Richard Case*
26. Dreadstar #41-64 by Peter David and Angel Medina*
27. El Cazador and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (dead too quickly when CrossGen bit the dust)
28. Elektra: Assassin #1-8 by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz
29. Elementals #1-5 by Bill Willingham
30. Faust: Love of the Damned #1-11 by David Quinn and Tim Vigil (I've never seen the last two issues, although rumor has it they exist)
31. From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
32. The Golden Age #1-4 by James Robinson and Paul Smith
33. Grendel #1-12 by Matt Wagner and the Pander Bros.
34. The Complete Ballad of Halo Jones by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson
35. Hellblazer #27 by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
36. Hitman #1-60 by Garth Ennis and John McCrea
37. It's a Bird ... by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen
38. Justice League International #1-44 by J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes, and others
39. JLA #1-42 by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter, and John Dell*
40. JLA: Earth 2 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
41. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
42. Longshot #1-6 by Ann Nocenti and Art Adams
43. Major Bummer #1-15 by John Arcudi, Doug Mahnke, and Tom Nguyen
44. Marvel Boy #1-6 by Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones
45. Marvelman #1-16 by Alan Moore, Gary Leach, Alan Davis, John Totleben*
46. The Maze Agency #1-5 by Mike Barr and Adam Hughes
47. Moon Knight #1-38 by Doeg Moench, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Kevin Nowlan*
48. Orbiter by Warren Ellis and Colleen Doran
49. The Originals by Dave Gibbons
50. Planetary by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday
51. Sandman #1-75 by Neil Gaiman and various artists
52. Sandman Mystery Theatre #1-70 by Matt Wagner, Steven T. Seagle, and Guy Davis*
53. Secret Origins Special #1, "When is a Door?" (Riddler story) by Neil Gaiman and BEM (the last Riddler story -- there's no reason he should ever be used again)
54. Sensational She-Hulk #1-8 by John Byrne (yes, Byrne is nuts, but what a fun series)
55. Shade, the Changing Man by Peter Milligan and Chris Bachalo*
56. The Spectre #1-62 by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake*
57. Starman #1-80 by James Robinson, Tony Harris, and Peter Snejbjerg*
58. StormWatch #37-50 by Warren Ellis and Tom Raney*
59. Suicide Squad #1-66 by John Ostrander and various artists
60. Swamp Thing #21 and #34 ("The Anatomy Lesson" and "Rite of Spring") by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, Rick Veitch, and Jon Totleben
61. X-Men/Teen Titans crossover by Chris Claremont and Walt Simonson
62. Uncanny X-Men #172-213 by Chris Claremont and various artists (Wolverine's wedding through the Mutant Massacre)
63. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
64. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
65. Whiteout and Whiteout: Melt by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber
66. WildC.A.T.s/Aliens by Warren Ellis and Chris Sprouse
67. X-Force #116 by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred
68. New X-Men #114-116 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely ("E is for Extinction")
Titles with an asterisk indicate that others besides those listed worked on them. The talent I listed are the ones most associated with the titles.

Comics-related things
69. Wonder Woman in bondage (do a search on that and see what scary stuff comes up!)
70. The cover of Captain America #1
71. Captain UK kills the Fury
72. Slaymaster blinds Psylocke
73. Cliff tells Kay Challis to "come in from the rain" for the second time in Doom Patrol #63
74. Evey stands naked on the rooftops and realizes what V is trying to tell her
75. Adrian Veidt says, "I'm not a Republic serial villain," and then really drops a bombshell
76. Bruce Wayne thinks about Clark Kent, "I want you to remember the one man who beat you," as his heart stops
77. Batman has a son! (It's totally true!)
78. Batman single-handedly defeats the Martians in JLA #4
79. Morpheus tells Lucifer why he has power in Sandman #4, "A Hope in Hell"
80. Dr. Destiny kills everyone in Sandman #6, "24 Hours"
81. The cover of Uncanny X-Men #251
82. Buddy Baker sees the audience
83. Wilson Fisk teaches Matt Murdock that a man without hope is a man without fear
84. The battle royale in The Golden Age #4
85. Noh-Varr carves "Fuck You" into New York City
86. Fans go nuts when Hal Jordan turns into a mass murderer -- it's like he's a real person!
87. Scorpio always wants a beer in Defenders #46-50
88. The way Todd McFarlane draws Spider-Man and Venom (everything else is awful, but his drawings of those two are way cool)
89. Slade Wilson's jailbait girlfriend, Terra (is anyone else creeped out by that?)
90. Bullseye kills Elektra (unfortunately, she didn't stay dead)
91. Batman floors Guy Gardner with one punch and Black Canary weeps that she didn't see it
92. J'onn J'onzz likes Oreos
93. Shade gets a second chance with Kathy
94. Batman #426, not because it's any good, but because it was the very first comic book I bought
95. Arguments over which hero is stronger -- is there anything more geeky?
96. Gothic geeks writing sestinas to Sandman
97. Future comics writers getting letters published
98. Hell, letter columns in general
99. The Marvel Universe
100. The comics blogiverse -- such time-wasting fun!


Blogger David Fiore said...

that's fascinating Greg!

the first comic you bought was part of a series that offered you the chance vote one of the main characters off of the island of life! was that what drew you to it? did it give you the impression that all superhero tales were that interactive? did you participate?

I didn't--but I was fascinated by the decadence of it all!

the first comic I bought was an issue of Cerebus circa #88 (I can't remember for sure which one it was, because I had been reading my friend's copies of the series for a little while beforehand--and then I went on a back-issue buying spree...the first of many!)


15/2/05 9:52 PM  
Blogger David said...

Thanks for the ClanDestine nod, Greg. You didn't have to give up a space on your list just for me, you know :)

Nice to see Asterix on your list; superb, smart and funny, I still reread (and enjoy) them all on a regular basis.

I must get round to doing my 100 list, so thanks for the inspiration.

16/2/05 7:33 AM  
Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

47. Moon Knight #1-38 by Doeg Moench, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Kevin Nowlan*F' yeah! Glad to see I've got company on this one. Kirkman better not screw him up in MTU #7.

16/2/05 8:55 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Dave: I bought the Batman because of that great Mike Mignola cover (of course, I didn't know who he was then, but I knew cool art when I saw it). A friend of mine, who was into comics, said something about killing off Robin, but I didn't know I'd have a vote. I actually didn't vote at all. I bought it off a spinner at a bookstore at the mall, and look where it led for me. If the direct market was all there was back then, I wouldn't be a comics geek!

David: No, I was going to put ClanDestine on the list anyway. It's just a fun comic. But I knew you'd like it. Get going on your list! It's fun to do and fun to read others'.

Guy: I know Kirkman's writing a Moon Knight story, and I agree, I hope he doesn't screw it up. We'll see. I'd like to see him get a new series, and I think Greg Rucka would be a great choice to write it. Ah, if I ran the zoo ...

16/2/05 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well JOHN sez...I cannot believe that your list does not include anything by Jhonen Vasquez like Johnny the Homicidal Maniac or Squee, or Drew Hayes' Poison Elves. /sigh Guess I am just a geek in a different way. At least you did nod off to Sandman (I think "Parliament of Rook" might be one of my favorites... or the line, "I am hope.")

From once owning some original X-men comics (like #8 - #13... all thanks to a grandfather who bought Conan comics which helped awaken my libido) to the indy comics of today. What a long, strange trip.

If you ran the zoo, Greg? Something tells me it's all happening at the zoo. I do believe it. I do believe it's true. See, the guy that listens to the likes of Ministry and the Supersuckers can belt out an oldie now and again.

Anywho... gotta run. getting kicked off the computer.


16/2/05 5:16 PM  
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