Over at Comics Should Be Good!, they’re compiling a list of the ’75 most memorable moments in DC Comics history’. Like any good blog, they’re stretching this out over time, in chunks, and then they’ll have readers vote on a top ten a little later. These moments are one-page or sequential panel sequences.
Of course they’re trying to mix in events that are important to the DC universe, like origins, big reveals, etc., with more contemporary moments that today’s readers can recognize and recall. Looking at the list so far, Action Comics #1 obviously stands out, because without Siegel and Shuster and Clark Kent, it’s all moot. So many different creative types in comics, TV, movies, and literature have given their interpretation of the Superman origin – it remains such a cool idea and one of my favorites. There are a few more origins there – Robin and Two-Face from Batman, Supergirl, Earth 2, and Darkseid. Also a number of universe shaping events from over the years.
Since I’ve never been a huge reader of DC, a lot of these moments seemed familiar based on the context of certain characters and what I know about the history and continuity there – not from actually reading them. But several in the current batch (they’re only about halfway through posting them) I can clearly recall having read:
- #6 and #18 are from the original Batman-Ra’s Al Ghul saga by Denny O’Neil. Don’t know how I happened upon this when I was a kid – probably at a friend’s house, but I do recall barechested Bats kicking ass here.
- #11 and #27 are from Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, one of my all-time favorites. I remember reading my cousin, Greg’s copy in one night as a kid – he was pissed because that’s all I wanted to do. The two moments in question are not even the most memorable from that book, however; although #11 (with the Joker) has been hotly debated between myself and other fellow geeks over the years. I even taught the sequence in an Undergrad Lit course on Comics a few years back.
- #16 and #25 are from Alan Moore’s Watchmen. Another great book; again, not the most memorable. Maybe they’re holding out for the next batch.
- #19 is from Planetary, a highly overrated series after the initial first run (issues 1-8 or so). The thing about this big reveal is, of course, everyone reading the series had figured this out much earlier.
- #20 – Clark Kent reveals his identity to Lois. This gets mixed up with the movie, Superman 2, but I still remember looking at this somewhere and thinking – now what?
- #22 is probably my favorite sequence from Batman Year One. It’s all Jim Gordon and what a great way to end a kick-ass series. As noted, Christopher Nolan and company pretty much cribbed this word for word in Batman Begins.
- #28 is from Neil Gaiman’s first Sandman arc. This just cool and weird and the kind of sequence that makes you want to reread some Sandman. Again.
Of course now I’m interested to see the next batch of moments and participate in the whole vote for the top ten. If you have some geek chops, exercise them, head on over, and see for yourself.