100 greatest comic books

# book title publisher issue(s) year comments on talent
1 Fantastic Four Marvel 1-100
masterworks
1961 Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Chic Stone
inarguably the world's greatest comic
2 Watchmen D.C. 1-12, HB 1986 Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
3 Dark Knight Returns D.C. 1-4, HB
1986
Frank Miller, Klaus Janson, Lynn Varley
4 Uncanny X-Men Marvel 165-175
1984
Paul Smith, Chris Claremont
best look + best writing
5 Metropol Epic 1-12, HB 1991 Ted McKeever
6 Tarzan of the Apes Watson Guptill HB
1972
Burne Hogarth
ISBN 0-8230-5060-2
7 Hellboy Dark Horse 1-4 1994 Mike Mignola
8 Mighty Thor Marvel 337-380
1983
Walt Simonson
9 Shadow D.C. 1-12 1987 Andrew Helfer, Bill Sienkiewicz
10 Doom Patrol Vertigo 19-63
1992
Grant Morrison
11 Lazarus Churchyard
in the Virtual Kiss
Tundra 1-4 1992 Warren Ellis, Benjamin D'Israeli
12 Mister X Vortex Comics 1-6 1984 Los Bros Hernandez
13 Miracleman Eclipse 1-10 1985 Alan Moore
14 Mage Comico 1-14 1984 Matt Wagner
15 New Gods D.C. 1-11 1971 Jack Kirby
Fourth World
16 Forever People D.C. 1-11
1971
Kirby 4th world
17 Mister Miracle D.C. 1-18 1971 Kirby 4th world
18 Demon D.C. 1-12 1972 Jack Kirby
19 Demon D.C. 1-4 1986 Matt Wagner
20 Kamandi
Last Boy on Earth
D.C. 1-60 1972 Jack Kirby
template for Thundarr the Barbarian
21 Swamp Thing Vertigo 20-60, TPB 1983 Alan Moore
22 Rocket Racoon Marvel 1-4 1985 Mike Mignola
23 Wild C.A.T.S. Image 21-34 1993 Alan Moore
24 Elementals Comico 1-9 1984 Bill Willingham
25 Sandman
Season of Mists
Vertigo HB
leather
1991 Neil Gaiman
26 Concrete Dark Horse 1-4, HB 1987 Paul Chadwick
27 The Crow Caliber
Tundra
1-4
1-3
1989 J. O'Barr
28 Stig's Inferno Vortex
Eclipse
1-4, TPB
5-6
1984
Ty Templeton
29 Batman Adventures D.C. all 1992 Ty Templeton, Mike Parobeck + Bruce Timm
30 Give Me Liberty Dark Horse 1-4 1990 Frank Miller, Dave Gibbons
31 White Like She Dark Horse 1-4 1994 Bob Fingerman
32 Ka-Zar Marvel 1-12 1997 Mark Waid, Andy Kubert
33 Red Sonja Marvel all 1977 Frank Thorne
34 Moon Knight Marvel 1-30 1980 Bill Sienkiewicz
35 Ronin D.C. 1-6 1983 Frank Miller
36 Slaine
Horned God
Fleetway 1-6 1992 Simon Bisley
37 Marshall Law Epic
Graphitti
HB 1989 Pat Mills, Kevin O'Neal
ISBN 0-936211-23-7
38 Stray Toasters Epic 1-4 1988 Bill Sienkiewicz
39 Bone Cartoon Books all
1993
Jeff Smith
40 Deadface Dark Horse all 1991 Eddie Campbell
41 Breath Taker D.C. 1-4
1990
Marc Hempel
42 ABC Warriors Titan HB
1983
Pat Mills, Simon Bisley
ISBN 1-85286-388-9
43 V for Vendetta D.C. HB 1988 Alan Moore
I have a custom hardbound
44 Moonshadow Epic HB
1985
J.M. DeMatteis, Jon J. Muth, Kent Williams
no ISBN
45 Hammer of the Gods Image HB 2001 Mike Oeming, Mark Wheatley
ISBN 1-58240-271
46 Gregory Piranha Press TPB 1989 Marc Hempel
47 Grendel War Child Dark Horse TPB
1994
Matt Wagner, Patrick McKeown
ISBN 1-878574-94-9
48 cages   1-12 90s Dave McKean
49 Hard Boiled Dark Horse 1-3 1990 Geoff Darrow, Frank Miller
50 Longshot Marvel 1-6 1986 Art Adams
51 Conan the Barbarian Marvel 1-17 1970 Barry Windsor Smith
52 Micronauts Marvel 38-59 1983 Bill Mantlo, Butch Guice, Michael Golden,
Neal Adams, Howard Chaykin, Steve Ditko, Keith Giffen, Frank Miller, Gil Kane
53 Strange Tales
Brother Voodoo
Marvel 169-170 1979 Jack Kirby
54 Devil Dinosaur Marvel 1-6 1978 Jack Kirby
55 Eternals Marvel 1-19 1976 Jack Kirby
56 Jungle Action
Black Panther
Marvel 1-22 1972 Jack Kirby
57 Amazing Adventures Marvel all 1970 Kirby Inhumans, Gene Colan Black Widow, Neal Adams, Giffen, et al
58 Where Monsters Dwell Marvel 1-38 1970 Kirby Monster
59 Where Creatures Roam Marvel 1-8 1970 Kirby Monster
60 Chamber of Darkness Marvel 1-8
1970
Bernie Wrightson, HP Lovecraft
61 Creatures on the Loose Marvel 11-37 1971 Jim Steranko
62 Curse of the Weird Marvel 1-4 1993 Basil Wolverton, Steve Ditko
63 Fear Marvel 1-31
1970
Man Thing, Howard the Duck
64 New Mutants Marvel 18-50 1983 Bill Sienkiwicz, Chris Claremont
65 Daredevil Marvel 227-233 1986 David Mazuchelli
66 Bucky O'Hare Continuity 1-4 1991 Michael Golden
67 Nocturnals Bravura 1-4 1995 Daniel Brereton (better than Alex Ross)
68 Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld D.C. 1-12 1983 Ernie Colon
69 Monkeyman and O'Brien Dark Horse all 1994 Art Adams
70 Ghost Rider 2099 Marvel 1-6 1994 Chris Bachalo, Mark Buckingham
No, I'm serious. Look at it.
69 Sam and Max Epic all 1990 Steve Purcell
ISBN 0-87135-938-3
70 Wetworks Image 1-20 1995 Whilce Portacio
art always good... story got better.
71 Gear Fire Man Press 1-3 1998 Doug Tennapel
72 Freaks Amour Dark Horse 1-3 1992 Charles Burns cover, Phil Hester inside
73 Leave it to Chance Image 1-10 1994 Paul Smith
74 Kingdom of the Wicked Caliber Comics 1-3 1995 Ian Edginton, Benjamin D'Israeli
75 Incredible Hulk Marvel circa 450 1997 Peter David, Adam Kubert
76 Lost Continent Eclipse 1-6 1980s Akihiro Yamada
77 Dinosaur Rex Upshot Graphics 1-3
1987
Jan Strnad, Henry Mayo
78 Nexus Fantagraphics all
1980s
Steve Rude
79 Cerebus Aardvark 1-100   Mainly the first hundred, not later
80 Zot! Eclipse all
1980s
Scott McCloud
81 New Teen Titans D.C. 1-6
1980s
George Perez
82 Uncanny X-Men
Dark Phoenix
Marvel 130s
1980
John Byrne
83 Acme Novelty Library Fantagraphics all
1990s
Chris Ware
84 from hell Tundra 1-12
1990s
Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
85 Big Numbers Mad Love 1-2 1986 Alan Moore, Bill Sienkiewicz
86 Alpha Flight Marvel 1-11 1980s John Byrne
87 Plastic Forks Graphitti HB
1997
Ted McKeever
ISBN 0-936211-24-5
88 Boneshaker Caliber any/all 1990s Phil Hester
89 Cable Marvel 50-60 1998 Ladronn
90 Deadpool Marvel 1-12 1997 Joe Kelly, Ed McGuiness
no inker. photocopied pencils!
91 Generation X Marvel 1-12 1990s Bachalo
92 White Trash Atomeka 1-4
1990s
Gordon Rennie, Martin Emond
93 Tank Girl Dark Horse all 1990s Jamie Hewlett, Alan Martin
94 John Constantine
Hellblazer
Vertigo all
1987
Jamie Delano, Alfredo Alcala
95 Ranxerox Catalan all
70-80s
Liberatore
96 Nemesis Titan TPB 1992 Pat Mills, Kevin O'Neal
ISBN 1-85286-405-2
97 Rubber Blanket RB Press all 1991 David Mazuchelli
98 Big Guy and Rusty Legend 1-2 1995 Geoff Darrow
99 Duplex Planet Fantagraphics all 1990s David Greenberger
100 Comics Trips Tundra etc
1990s
Peter Kuper
(actually anything he does is great)

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