Comics: My ridiculously late 100 Things I Love About Comics

Better late than never, eh? With the speed of the web, people have moved on from this particular meme, but I thought I’d have a try anyway. A bizarre collection of personal memories, in strange alphabetical order:

1. 100 BULLETS by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso

2. 2000AD, back in the mid-to-late 1980s

3. The cheesecake beauty of the art of Adam Hughes

4. Alan Davis

5. Alan Moore

6. AMBUSH BUG by Keith Giffen

7. ANIMAL MAN by Grant Morrison

8. The epitome of comic book art, Art Adams

9. ASTERIX by Goscinny & Uderzo

10. ASTRO CITY by Kurt Busiek

11. THE AUTHORITY by Warren Ellis & Bryan Hitch

12. Back issue boxes, especially with cheap comics in them

13. BARRY WEEN by Judd Winick

14. BATMAN: YEAR ONE by Frank Miller & David Mazzuchelli

15. The wild art of Bill Sienkiewicz

16. BLACK PANTHER by Priest (especially the first 12 issues, introducing Everett K. Ross)

17. CALVIN and HOBBES

18. Captain Britain, drawn by Alan Davis, written by Davis or Moore

19. The gorgeous art of Carlos Pacheco

20. CLANDESTINE by Alan Davis (well, that was obvious, wasn’t it?)

21. COPYBOOK TALES by J. Torres & Tim Levins

22. Cover art by James Jean, Dave Johnson, John Cassaday, Brian Bolland, Glenn Fabry, Phil Noto and Dave McKean.

23. DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN by Frank Miller & David Mazzuchelli

24. DEADPOOL by Joe Kelly, for the insanity & the comedy

25. Direct interaction with comic book creators via the internet & email

26. DOOM PATROL by Grant Morrison

27. DORK and MILK & CHEESE by Evan Dorkin

28. ENIGMA by Peter Milligan & Duncan Fegredo

29. EPICURUS THE SAGE by William Messner-Loebs & Sam Keith

30. FIREARM by James Robinson

31. THE FLASH by Mark Waid (particularly with Mike Weiringo)

32. FORTUNE AND GLORY by Brian Michael Bendis

33. GOLDFISH by Brian Michael Bendis

34. Garth Ennis

35. Getting letters printed in Transmet, Usagi Yojimbo, Quantum & Woody, Stormwatch, Xero

36. Gosh! comic shop

37. Grant Morrison

38. An old Judge Dredd story called The Fists of Stan Lee (with art by Barry Kitson)

39. HALO AND SPROCKET by Kerry Callen

40. HELLBOY by Mike Mignola

41. HITMAN by Garth Ennis & John McCrea

42. THE INCREDIBLE HULK by Peter David

43. The Invisibles letter page where Grant Morrison asked everybody to wank to increase sales of the series

44. Jim Lee’s artwork, first witnessed in Uncanny X-Men

45. KANE by Paul Grist

46. KINGDOM COME by Mark Waid & Alex Ross

47. Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler. Although cursed, he’s still noble and positive.

48. Kyle Bakers’ THE COWBOY WALLY SHOW & WHY I HATE SATURN

49. THE LEGION OF SUPER HEROES (Five Years Later) by Keith Giffen

50. The art of Leinil Yu

51. The lettering of John Workman, Tom Orzechowski, and Todd Klein

52. MAGE: THE HERO DISCOVERED by Matt Wagner

53. MARSHALL LAW by Pat Mills & Kev O’Neill

54. The medium of comic books themselves, that allows anything, no matter how mad or bizarre, to be communicated from the creators to the audience (if done well, obviously)

55. Neil Gaiman

56. THE NEW MUTANTS by Chris Claremont & Bill Sienkiewicz

57. Passing round bottles of champagne on the UKCAC stage with Grant Morrison (and Mark Millar) at his panel on a Sunday morning, which he had purchased as a grandiose gesture using the money he made from writing Spawn #16-18

58. The perfect team of Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely (Flex Mentallo, New X-Men, and beyond)

59. PLANETARY by Warren Ellis & John Cassaday

60. POWER PACK by Louise Simonson, June Brigman and John Bogdanove

61. POWERS by Brian Michael Bendis & Michael Avon Oeming

62. PREACHER by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon (“Until the end of the world.”)

63. PvP

64. QUANTUM & WOODY by Priest & MD Bright (“We are not a couple.”)

65. QUEEN & COUNTRY by Greg Rucka & various

66. Rec.arts.comics.* news groups, helping fans communicate in the early days of the web

67. A reprint of an X-Men story by Denny O’Neill and Neal Adams that was my first X-Men story, where they repelled an alien invasion by Prof. X. channeling the minds of the world with their thoughts of love.

68. A review of X-Men #1 by Warren Ellis in the British magazine Speakeasy where he wanted ‘to kidney-beat Chris Claremont with a crowbar until he puked fountains of blood’

69. THE SANDMAN by Neil Gaiman, for everything it was.

70. SCARAB by John Smith & Scot Eaton

71. THE SAVAGE DRAGON: BLOOD & GUTS by Jason Pearson (I just really dig it)

72. SHADE, THE CHANGING MAN by Peter Milligan

73. THE SHADOW revamp by Howard Chaykin, for opening my eyes to a different world (which I initially saw in a British reprint magazine, somewhere around 1989–90)

74. The silly, fun and enjoyable comics of Keith Giffen (Justice League, Heckler, Trencher, etc.)

75. The early detailed pencil & ink artwork of Simon Bisley, especially in ABC Warriors

76. Sound FX in comics (SNIKT. BAMF. SKKKEERASSSSHH! KRAKKA-DOOM!)

77. Spaced, the Channel 4 sitcom, and its love & referencing of comics

78. THE SPECTRE by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake

79. STARMAN by James Robinson & Tony Harris

80. SUPREME by Alan Moore, for bringing back the love of silly ideas

81. The suspender-and-stocking filled art of Howard Chaykin

82. The soft and ‘bouncy’ lines of the art of Terry Dodson

83. THE MIGHTY THOR by Walt Simonson

84. TOP TEN by Alan Moore, Gene Ha & Zander Cannon

85. TRANSMETROPOLITAN by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson

86. The worth-the-very-long-wait for the art of Travis Charest

87. U.K.C.A.C. (RIP)

88. THE UNCANNY X-MEN by Chris Claremont, before things went wrong, for being my first.

89. USAGI YOJIMBO by Stan Sakai. The greatest black & white samurai rabbit in the world.

90. V FOR VENDETTA by Alan Moore & Dave Lloyd, for the poetry

91. Walt Simonson’s art, and his signature.

92. Warren Ellis

93. WATHCMEN by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons. Still the best.

94. The way Alan Davis characters’ hands have their two middle fingers next to each other when their hand is splayed out

95. The word ‘felching’ in The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman after DC told him to remove the word ‘fucking’

96. Writer-driven comics doing well

97. The X-Men on film in X-Men and X2

98. ZENITH by Grant Morrison & Steve Yeowell. Superheroes in 200AD.

99. The fact that my girlfriend reads and enjoys them as well

100. Finally, the comics blogosphere, for all the love of comics that gets shown on a daily basis.

3 Comments

  • Greg 25 February 2005 at 12:15 am

    I just re-read the Ambush Bug: Nothing Special from 1992. Man, that was funny. Julie Schwarz as Big Evil Guy in the Universe. And I always wondered why Davis drew hands that way. Excellent list!

    Reply
  • Greg 25 February 2005 at 12:15 am

    Whoops. Forgot something. Felching is funny. I wonder how many Yanks know what it is?

    Reply
  • David 25 February 2005 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks for the comments, Greg. And, yes, the Nothing Special was pure joy, starting from the title alone.

    Re: Felching – obviously the editor of Books of Magic didn’t know what it meant….

    Reply

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