December 15, 2013

The 70 Most Iconic Panels In Marvel History

Via CBR, they were voted on by the [comicbook]-reading public and include all of Marvel's history from all the way back to 1939. (70 panels for 70 years, natch -- 1939-2009.) Here's some of my personal faves:

#66 from Avengers #93:

This is Neal Adams art at its pinnacle during the spectacular "Kree-Skrull War" saga from the early 1970s. Ant Man has to journey inside the Vision to find out what ails him in this homage to Fantastic Voyage.

#64 from Captain America #175:

The conclusion of the Steve Englehart Watergate-analogy "Secret Empire" saga.

#44 from Alpha Flight (Vol. 1) #12:

The leader of Alpha Flight -- Guardian -- is incinerated before his wife's eyes after taking a brutal beating by the robot Box. Of course, this was sort of retconned much later whereby the energy discharge of the explosion sent Mac (Guardian) back through time to the Jupiter moon Ganymede. There, he waited in suspended animation until the present day to make his return to Earth.

#43 from Amazing Spider-Man #122:

The conclusion of the epic battle between Spidey and the original Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) following the death of Gwen Stacy. Naturally, all of this was retconned years later.

#33 from Giant-Size X-Men #1:

The splash-page that started it all. After languishing in reprints for years, Len Wein and Dave Cockrum restarted the mutant team book and it quickly became one of the most popular titles for the company.

#22 from Silver Surfer (Vol. 1) #1:

For me, Big John Buscema's Surfer is unbeatable. This panel from his origin tale is iconic.

#14 from Avengers (Vol. 1) #58:

Did I mention John Buscema? This is his best-ever panel in my not-so humble opinion. I'm biased, natch, because the Vision is my favorite character this side of Iron Man, and this reaction by the android to being accepted as a member of the Avengers is ... simply phenomenal.

#12 from Amazing Spider-Man #121:

See #43 from above. The original Green Goblin knocked Gwen Stacy from off the top of Geo. Washington Bridge (or Brooklyn Bridge, depending), and it remains a matter of debate as to whether that actually killed her, or the snapping of her neck by Spidey's webbing rescue shot.

#4 from X-Men #132:

Artist John Byrne shows off his favorite character in all his glory during the X-Men's scuffle with the Hellfire Club.

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Love the Kree-Skrull War! It's so much better than the so-called "event" comics of today.

Posted by: Carl at December 16, 2013 01:43 PM