Yet Another 100 Reasons I Love Comics

Well, it's Valentine's Day again (well, as I type this, it's technically almost Valentine's Day, but whatever), and for the past two years in the online nation of Lower Comics Blogovia, that's been celebrated with the compiling of lists about why we like this silly little hobby/fixation/sickness of ours. Fred Hembeck kicked it off, Alan David Doane followed his lead, and the rest of us went along like the meme-repeatin' sheep we all know ourselves to be. I don't know if anyone else is going to continue the tradition this year (maybe Sterling will, but I'm not sure who else will follow along; I'm hoping Bully will... I'd love to see the list his little stuffed mind creates), but I figured it'd be fun to give it another go, if only to see if I could create a list that didn't repeat any of the previous 210 entries from the previous year (I did 110 the first year, see; ah, hubris.). I think I succeeded, too, but a.) I'm not sure, and b.) I'm too lazy to check.

Anyway, read and enjoy. And if you're interested, here's the first list, and here's the second.

(2/14/07 - List format edited to make it actually legible!)

  1. DC: The New Frontier

  2. The Absolute Edition of the above. Dear God, is that ever just a giant brick of comics goodness.

  3. The Locas collection, which is a giant brick of comics goodness, too. The new digest sized L&R reprints are far more portable, but there's something to be said for a big ass comics tome, and this is the sort of material that deserves such treatment.

  4. The Hanna-Barbera Fantastic Four cartoon - though not perfect, it's still the FF's best foray into animation. This is never coming out on DVD though, huh? I may have to cave and buy a bootleg sometime.

  5. Spider-Man: Blue - the book that made me actually like Gwen Stacy.

  6. Darwyn Cooke's revival of The Spirit.

  7. You know what? Darwyn Cooke's work in general. Let's just get that out of the way.

  8. The Comic Geek Speak forum, and the community that has formed there - the most friendly and least annoying comics talk forum on this here Information Superhighway.

  9. Heroes - it counts, right? It's gotta count.

  10. The Green Lantern Corps series - all the fun of the Green Lantern concept without any of that pesky Hal Jordan nonsense to get in the way (though, admittedly, I did have to finally cave and get the GL Showcase volume, despite all the Hal contained within... 500 pages of Gil Kane art for ten bones! I'm not made of stone here!)

  11. Magic Pickle by Scott Morse - name-ripe-for-horrifying-misuse aside, one of the most fun comics you'll ever read.

  12. The Sandwalk Adventures by Jay Hosler - hard science, whimsy, and the occasional butt joke collide in a way you'd never expect would work, but it does, and does well.

  13. Runaways - I resisted its charms for a while, but now I'm hooked and am almost caught up. I wish I didn't already know the fate awaiting Gert, though. *sniff*

  14. Marvel Adventures Avengers, specifically the issues written by Jeff Parker. More outright fun than any Marvel book has been in years, especially once they introduced...

  15. The Avengers as MODOCs. Brilliant.

  16. While we're on the subject of Jeff Parker, Agents of Atlas. Best use of these characters since, well, that one What If issue that threw them all together in the first place. More, please!

  17. Marvel Adventures Spider-Man - I miss the more "soap opera" aspects of the supporting cast a bit, but the "Saturday Morning" approach to Spidey's early days makes for fun reading all the same.

  18. The kinda-sorta Silver Age revival currently going on at DC.

  19. The fact that they're finally making toys of the whole Marvel Family. Those are gonna look awesome on my shelf.

  20. Monkeyman and O'Brien. Art Adams needs to get back to this book sometime.

  21. Bob Oksner. I've only recently discovered his work, but he was really good. Especially his women.

  22. Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men.

  23. The Justice League Unlimited book when there's a really good guest star in it and the story doesn't end on some silly moral that the spotlight character needed to learn.

  24. The Spider-Mobile. There, I said it.

  25. While we're at it, the Supermobile.

  26. The Legion of Super-Heroes cartoon, especially now that they've stopped rerunning that first Timber Wolf episode ever other week.

  27. The Batman, now that they've added both Batgirl and Robin.

  28. The Batgirl meme - both of 'em, actually; a lot of fun redesigns came out of those. Speaking of which...

  29. Project Rooftop

  30. Bully Says Comics Oughtta Be Fun - preach on, little stuffed bull!

  31. Toon Tumblers - though I don't own any (yet), I appreciate the "Slurpee Cup meets pint glass" design element involved. Drinking anything is 67% more fun when it's out of a superhero cup. It's a scientific fact.

  32. X-Men 3: The Last Stand - not as good as part 2, but still decent, and Kitty Pryde finally got an actual role.

  33. Amelia Rules (when it actually comes out)

  34. Marvel Ultimate Alliance - best comics-related video game ever, except for maybe...

  35. Superman for the Atari 2600 - well, I liked it, anyway.

  36. Anticipation for the New York Comic Con.

  37. Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.

  38. Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut - maybe not completely satisfying as a movie-watching experience, but an interesting look at what could have been.

  39. Fred Hembeck's series Hembeck, from Fantaco Productions.

  40. Those old Corgi superhero cars.

  41. The new Corgi series of all the various Bat-vehicles, for that matter. Haven't bought any, but they're damn cool.

  42. The Fantastic Four radio show from the 70s, featuring Bill Murray as Johnny Storm.

  43. Power Records adaptations.

  44. Infinity covers.

  45. Mike Sterling's Progressive Ruin.

  46. Mike Sterling's Swamp Thing fixation.

  47. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars. Admit it, you still like it, too.

  48. Evan Dorkin's criminally underrated World's Funnest one-shot.

  49. The Power Girl fan films.

  50. Top Shelf Productions - I might not like every book they publish, but at least they're all interesting.

  51. Oni Press - see above.

  52. The Aquaman storyline on HBO's Entourage. I'd actually pay to see that movie.

  53. Jonah Hex.

  54. The autobiographical comics of Jeffery Brown.

  55. IDW's plan to keep collecting The Maze Agency, even though they cancelled the most recent mini-series before it ended.

  56. Buzzboy.

  57. Ted Knight's narration on the Filmation DC cartoons and the first season of Superfriends.

  58. The short musical cue that would play between scene transitions on the Filmation DC cartoons.

  59. The Batman and Robin guest appearances on the old Superman radio show.

  60. The way Robin kept referring to Batman as "Batty" during those appearances. Man, not even the Adam West Batman would've let that one fly.

  61. Speaking of Adam West: "Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb."

  62. E-Man by Joe Staton and Nicola Cuti.

  63. ComicSpace, even if I've yet to figure out what it actually *does.*

  64. Squirrel Girl.

  65. Dorian Wright's Postmodern Barney.

  66. Unshelved.

  67. Comic Sketch Gallery.

  68. The Grand Comic Book Database.

  69. Comic Book DB.

  70. The cover to Amazing Spider-Man #262, one of the only Marvel photo cover experiments from the 80s that didn't look like ass (and the story was pretty good, too).

  71. Spider-Man's black costume, even though it did end up leading to the creation and subsequent overkill of Venom. You can't deny that it's a sharp design, though.

  72. Characters referring to themselves in the third person (Dr. Doom and Cerebus, for example).

  73. The Death of Captain Marvel by Jim Starlin, even though its impact has now been severely devalued (who says this isn't the Marvel Age of Pointless Resurrections?).

  74. A reprint format for every reading desire and budget - color, b&w, digest, trade paperback, hardcover, Essential, Showcase, Archive, Absolute, Omnibus, etc.

  75. Artist Alleys at cons - great places to discover new books, meet cool folks, and maybe score some sketches.

  76. All the kid-friendly superhero toys they're making now: Spider-Man and Friends, the Marvel Superhero Squad minifigures, the upcoming DC Superfriends (or whatever they're gonna be called)... I'm so getting these for Liam. Fun will be had by daddy and son alike.

  77. Gene Colan's art in black and white. Color just doesn't do his work justice.

  78. E. Nelson Bridwell - good writer, awesome name.

  79. Questionable Content.

  80. Maxine Hunkel, a.k.a. Cyclone, my favorite new member of the JSA.

  81. Comicopia in Boston, MA.

  82. Gosh! in London.

  83. The Justice League Unlimited version of the Flash, my very favorite iteration of the character.

  84. Mogo.

  85. Rot Lop Fan, the F-Sharp Bell.

  86. The Legion of Substitute Heroes.

  87. Ben Grimm, the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing.

  88. Kevin Church's BeaucoupKevin.

  89. All those Civil War banner parodies (my own contribution here). Best thing to come out of a stupid series.

  90. The Acts of Vengeance issues of Fantastic Four.

  91. Asgardians with M-16s.

  92. Calvin and Hobbes in The Single Greatest Sunday Comic Strip Ever Published.

  93. Joanna Draper Carlson's Comics Worth Reading.

  94. Fin Fang Foom and his little purple pants.

  95. Dinosaurs versus just about anything.

  96. The Mod Gorilla Boss.

  97. The incessant need to categorize everything into an "age." Annoying, but kind of entertaining at the same time.

  98. Micronauts, especially the Michael Golden issues. That book was way better than it probably had any right to be.

  99. The unintentional comedy and shady "science" behind Seduction of the Innocent.

  100. The living caricature that Stan Lee has become. The level of his role in the development of the Marvel Universe will always be surrounded by a cloud of doubt, but you have to admit the man himself is entertaining. Stan Lee is by far the greatest character created by Stan Lee.

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