Things I Love

July 2, 2007 at 6:26 pm 2 comments

What time is it, everybody? Internet meme time! Look out, it’s:

50 Things I Love About Comics
(In no particular order)

1. The Fantastic Four
1b. (and everything about this picture)

2. Animal Man Can See You

3. That Rorschach from Watchmen can be simultaneously frightening, pathetic, funny, insane, rational, heroic, and immoral.

4. Spider-Man. ‘Nuff said.

5. The Flash. All of them.

6. That a comic can combine sheep-farming, life in small town New Zealand, magic realism, and an alternative history of the comics medium and end up being one of the most incredible things I’ve ever read (It’s called “Hicksville”, for the record).

7. That the internet allows thousands of artists a chance to draw and publish their own comic, and that a surprising number of them turn out to be good.

8. Scott Pilgrim, and every single thing he says and does.
8b. “OKAY! I had to fight a dude to get with her! I fought a crazy seven-foot-tall purple-suited dude! And I had to fight 96 guys to get to him, too! He was flying and shooting lightning bolts from his eyes and he could make people do whatever he said automatically! He was totally awesome! And I kicked him so far he saw the curvature of the Earth!!”

9. 2001: A Space Odyssey, drawn by the Jack “The King” Kirby
9b. Hell, everything drawn by Jack Kirby

10. “I’m Mr. Fan-Fucking-Tastic!”

11. “Ultron! I word have words with thee.”

12. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, a teen-romance comic that occasionally takes a break from tales of love to have Spider-Man beat up Electro.
12b. A surprising number of comics dealing with teen angst, including “Lost at Sea”. The fact that I enjoy these makes me incredibly lame.

13. The utter insanity of old comic-book covers.

14. Stan Lee’s ridiculous self-promotion.

15. Batman; ace detective, superhero, billionaire.

16. How batshit insane The Joker is. He once baked a giant cake in the shape of his face, crucified four men on top of it, and set them on fire. That’s crazy.

17. “This looks like a job for… Superman!”

18. Barry Allen’s universe-saving run (The Final Fate of The Flash)

19. Everything about this comic:

20. Bill Watterson, who created one of the greatest comic strips ever and refused to sell out. He did more for the funny pages than anyone else in the 40 years.
20b. Every strip of Calvin and Hobbes.

21. That a religious parable about God coming to declare Doomsday can be told using a giant man in a purple hat and a silver man on a surfboard.

22. Krazy Kat’s indeterminate gender.

23. The innocence and tragedy that make up Seaguy’s life.

24. The punchline to the very first “Peanuts” strip; “How I hate him!”.

25. The end of “Runaways, Vol. 1”, where the team rides a giant mechanical frog into the night while the narration quotes James Dean.

26. How “New Frontier” manages to take a cast of dozens of superheroes and make each one seem incredible.
26b. Hell, everything about New Frontier.

27. “Why don’t you just put the whole world in a bottle?”

28. The time Mr. Miracle, the world’s greatest escape-artist, escaped death itself.
28b. And the sheer beauty of the page he did it on.

29. How Blue Beetle got suckered out of superpowers but went and became a hero anyway.

30. “Most people don’t think to ask… The Question”.
30b. “Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling….”

31. The Flash’s Rogues Gallery, which includes (among other gems) a psychic talking Gorilla.

32. The fact that the Japanese Spider-Man rides a giant fighting robot.

33. Pup Ponders the Heat Death of the Universe
33b. Most of Drew Weing’s other work, too.

34. The fact that Krazy Kat, widely regarded as the greatest comic-strip ever made, revolves entirely around a rat trying to hit a cat with a brick.

35. Basically any time Marvel’s street-level heroes get together.

36. The ending of Grant Morrison’s run on “Justice League”, during which every single person on Earth temporarily gains superpowers in order to save the day.

37. “The boy has eaten the pancake. He will never come back now” “Truly, this is our darkest hour”.
37b. Hellboy!
37c. The art of Hellboy!

38. That hard work and the internet can manage to make shitty comics like “Garfield” and “Marmaduke” funny.

39. Captain America: All who oppose his shield must yield!
39b. “As long as one man stands against you, you’ll never be able to claim victory”

40. Dr. Doom, one of the most richly layered villains in comics.

41. Dr. Doom, and his most inglorious defeat ever.

42. High-concept characters like The Spectre, who is literally the wrath of god let loose on the world. A sort of superheroic holy ghost.
42b. Hal Jordan as The Spectre: “Could you make a rock so heavy even you couldn’t lift it?” “…..yes.”

43. My favourite Penny Arcade strip.

44. The last Calvin and Hobbes strip

45. Mogo, the Green Lantern Planet.
45b. All the wild and weird members of the Green Lantern Corp.

46. “Who Watches the Watchmen?”

47. The indie creators who drive current innovation.

48. The Golden and Silver Age creators who built the medium and produced incredible work despite poor pay, poor working conditions and poor treatment.
48b. Those same creators, who’s hardship, sweat and toil have led to better conditions and more creator’s rights for modern artists.

49. How each time a new reader starts on comics, it drives the whole industry forward a little more.

Letting them live again.

Editor’s Note: This is another one of those embarrassingly earnest posts. Let’s move on.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. stephen  |  February 9, 2009 at 4:58 am

    My list is Wolverine, and his being the embodiment of how Canadian soldiers were viewed in WWI and WWII by the Germans and their Allies.

  • 2. stephen  |  February 9, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Also, it is totally not 4:58 am. Your clock is broke.


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