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100 More Things I Love About Comics!

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As you can see with Swamp Thing and Abby above, love is in the air today, and so following up on last year’s Valentine’s Day entry is, yes, another post with a hundred more things I love about comics. (Inspired, of course, by Fred Hembeck and Alan David Doane…see my original post for links to more lists from last year.)

1. Acme Novelty Library

2. Art Adams

3. All-Star Batman and Robin The Boy Wonder

4. All-Star Superman

5. America’s Best Comics

6. America Versus The Justice Society

7. Avengers #100 (particularly the first few pages pencilled and inked by Barry Windsor-Smith

8. Badger by Mike Baron and others (about the first 30 issues or so)

9. The 1960s Batman TV show

10. The Beyonder (i.e. Jim Shooter’s Mary Sue) — this character just kills me.

11. Blackhawks as superheroes (particularly “The Listener”)

12. Bloom County by Berke Breathed

13. Blue Devil

14. BOOM! Studios

15. Wayne Boring

16. Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

17. Captain American and the Falcon, 70s-style

18. Captain Carrot And His Amazing Zoo Crew

19. Adventures of Captain Jack by Mike Kazaleh

20. Nick Cardy

21. Howard Chaykin

22. Cholly and Flytrap by Arthur Suydam

23. Comic book adaptations of movies that feature full scenes that were cut from the final released films (like the original Marvel Star Wars or Superman IV: The Quest for Peace)

24. Comic book covers that feature “big questions” or otherwise directly address the reader

25. Comic book covers where the disembodied floating heads of supporting characters/teammates look on in dismay and/or shock.

26. Comics Reporter

27. Cutey Bunny

28. Dan DeCarlo

29. DC Comics Presents #61 (Superman and Omac) by Len Wein and George Perez

30. DC’s old line of science fiction graphic novels

31. Deadman

32. Kim Deitch

33. Desolation Jones by Warren Ellis & J.H. Williams III

34. Dick Tracy by Chester Gould

35. Doctor Doom & Doctor Strange: Triumph and Torment graphic novel by Roger Stern & Mike Mignola (“Pain? Pain is like love, like compassion. It is a thing only for lesser men. What is pain to Doom?”)

36. Dog Boy by Steve Lafler

37. Dorothy of Oz

38. Dreadstar by Jim Starlin

39. E.C. Comics

40. Earth-2 and the rest of DC’s Multiverse

41. The Fantastic Four Roast by Fred Hembeck and a cast of thousands

42. Fatman, The Human Flying Saucer

43. Fell by Warren Ellis and Ben Templesmith

44. Flipping open an old comic and finding a letter from someone who later became a comics pro

45. Frank by Jim Woodring

46. Galactus

47. Gentleman Ghost

48. Gnatrat by Mark Martin

49. Gorilla Grodd (as promised)

50. Grand Comic Book Database

51. Hawkman drawn by Joe Kubert

52. Inducks.org

53. Journey by William Messner-Loebs

54. “The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man”

55. Land of Nod by Jay Stephens

56. Mage by Matt Wagner

57. Man-Thing by Steve Gerber and others (but especially Mike Ploog)

58. Mars by Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel

59. Marvel’s many and varied fan clubs (F.O.O.M., M.M.M.S., and God help us, W.A.M.)

60. That 1980s Meat Loaf ad

61. Maxwell the Magic Cat

62. Mister O by Lewis Trondheim

63. Mr. Mxyzptlk

64. New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln by Scott McCloud (I liked it, Scott!)

65. normalman by Jim Valentino

66. Mike Parobeck

67. Per Degaton

68. The Phantom Stranger

69. Plop!

70. “Quiet, or Papa spank!”

71. Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman

72. Sam & Max Freelance Police

73. Seven Soldiers of Victory by Grant Morrison ‘n’ pals

74. Sgt. Fury

75. Sgt. Rock

76. Gail Simone

77. Snarf

78. The very fact that Marvel published a comic book titled The Son of Satan

79. Dick Sprang

80. The Showcase Presents reprint line

81. Squa Tront (scroll down a bit)

82. Squadron Supreme by Mark Gruenwald and Bob Hall

83. Steven by Doug Allen

84. The now-defunct Strand Newsstand, one of the places I used to buy comics in my pre-comic book store days…this was where I first saw indie comics (in the early days of Fantagraphics, Eclipse, PC, and Cerebus) as well as my first fanzines. Mr. Burns (no, not that one) and his wife, who used to run the store, would hold onto comics for me, without my even asking, in case they were in danger of selling out.

85. Superboy stories where he has his “first” meetings with other DC superheroes

86. Superman And His Fortress of Solitude treasury edition

87. Superman whenever he’s drawn as being really, really old, with a full flowing white beard, but still in his Superman costume

88. Curt Swan’s aliens (a couple samples)

89. Tales Designed to Thrizzle by Michael Kupperman

90. Ty Templeton

91. Thunderbolts by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley (primarily the first couple dozen issues)

92. The Tick by Ben Edlund

93. Time Bandits comic book adaptation by Steve Parkhouse, David Lloyd & John Stokes

94. The Trouble with Girls (discussed at end of article) by Will Jacobs, Gerard Jones & Tim Hamilton

95. Uncle Scrooge and Money

96. Valiant Comics (early on, before Jim Shooter left)

97. Vaughn Bode

98. “You Can’t Pin A Medal on A Gorilla!”

99. Zatanna

100. …And, of course, all of you, readers and/or fellow webloggers, who (hopefully) enjoy reading this site of mine. My sincere thanks.

100 1/2. “These are my words.”