I do love this bit, where at the end of a calendar year we take a moment to suss out which posts have been the most popular and most widely read. It’s always just a little bit eye-opening and provides guidance as I work out what I want to write about in the coming year. And also, it provides newcomers with an easy map of the most popular pieces that have been run on this page.
So as usual, we’re going to begin with the Top-10 most popular posts of all time, then focus down onto the remainder of the top 10 posts for just this year that didn’t make the all-time status, and from there, we’ll also hit the most read post in each remaining page category not otherwise covered.
By far, the most popular post I’ve ever put up is this one showcasing both the plot to the unfinished AVENGERS/JLA crossover of 1983 but also George Perez’s unfinished pencils for that book. It’s a third more popular than the next leading contender.
This piece on the origins of Spider-Man, last year’s most popular post, takes the number two spot.
Third up was this piece showcasing the firsthand account by Jack Kirby of the beginnings of Marvel
In the fourth slot was this piece on the supposed wedding of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy in Mexican-produced Spider-Man stories:
At number five is this walkthrough of the original art to the first Spider-Man story from AMAZING FANTASY #15
Sixth was this feature on the changes to the ending of the Dark Phoenix Saga in X-MEN:
Number seven, and falling in popularity a bit, is this examination of some of the mysteries surrounding AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8
Number eight is a survey of the five best unofficial Marvel and DC Crossovers.
In the ninth position was this piece on five cruel caricatures of other creators in comics.
And in the tenth slot is this index to all of the unannounced reprint stories Marvel ran in the 1970s due to deadline difficulties.
While these were the most popular pieces on the site overall, only one of them was posted in 2022. So here are the other nine pieces from 2022 that were the most read:
The #3 most-read piece for 2022 was the one on the Mexican Spider-Man wedding story, which ranked higher overall. A weird occurance.
This piece was visited by an outstanding number of people, but i suspect that they were coming not for the actual content, but to see and debate my answer to a question in the comments concerning Thor’s fighting speed.
People came for both halves of this review largely, I expect, because this series hasn’t been dubbed and released in the U.S. yet.
And from here, let’s fill out the most popular entry in each remaining category
And as always, thanks for your continued attention and support. I try not to take it for granted. So look for more new and hopefully interesting bits of comics history and related subjects in the year to come!