A post from my Marvel blog of long ago in which I followed up on an activity where we tried to compile a list of classic Marvel stories.
Boy, I don’t know about you, but I’m finding these “audience participation” threads fascinating! So let’s do another one!
But first, an update on “Ten Classics.” After over 100 posts, at the moment I’m writing this there’s a list of seven uncontested classics. That’s a pretty good outcome, all things considered. For the record, the seven classic stories are:
1. Walt Simonson’s THOR(#337-382)
2. X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS graphic novel
3. FANTASTIC FOUR #51 “This Man, This Monster”
4. AVENGERS #4 “Captain America Joins The Avengers”
5. DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR limited series
6. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121-122 “The Night Gwen Stacy Died”
7. IRON MAN #128 “Demon In A Bottle”
You know, that’s a pretty good list, and one I wouldn’t mind showing to people. (There were assorted times during the thread when somebody would nominate a story or a sequence that i thought was just utter rubbish, and I’d despair a bit, and hope for somebody else to come along and knock it down. But it all shows that everybody’s tastes are just a little bit different, and even the crummiest comic books appeal to somebody.)
Speaking of the crummiest comic books, that’s what we’re here to decide on next. Same basic rules, but what I want to end up with is a list of the ten worst Marvel comics or stories of all time.
To recap: each poster can nominate two stories at any given time. Anybody can veto any selection for any reason–so if you like something that’s being trashed, all you have to do is speak up. And when one of your choices has been knocked down, you can nominate something else to replace it.
And yes, that means that if you’re the guy who genuinely enjoyed MARVILLE, or Rob Liefeld’s CAPTAIN AMERICA or whatever, it’s your sworn duty to say so, and get it taken off the list.
I’ll be very interested to see whether we get more or fewer vetos this time out.
And let’s try not to insult any individual creator too much (says the guy who called out Rob Liefeld’s CAP…)