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Ten Most Impactful Moments in Comic Book History

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Comic books have been a staple of our popular culture for decades, capturing the hearts and imaginations of fans of all ages. From the pages of Image Comics to the many worlds of Marvel and beyond, these moments in comic book history have left a lasting impact on the industry and will always hold a special place in the hearts of readers. So without further ado, let's dive into our ten most impactful comic book moments that left their mark in the world of comics:

Gwen Stacy's Death

  1. The Death of Gwen Stacy in "The Night Gwen Stacy Died" - Amazing Spider-Man #121-122 (1973) (Marvel Comics) - This classic moment in Spider-Man history sent shockwaves through the industry and has since become one of the most iconic comic book moments of all time. Peter Parker's girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, met her untimely demise at the hands of the Green Goblin, forever changing the direction of the series.

    Walking Dead 100
  2. The Walking Dead #100 (Image Comics) - This landmark issue marked a major turning point for the characters of The Walking Dead as they faced off against the Governor and his forces in a controversial brutal and unforgettable scene that shocked readers.

    Hellboy First Appearence
  3. Hellboy's First Appearance (Dark Horse Comics) - Mike Mignola's Hellboy first hit the scene in San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2 in 1993, and since then he's become one of the most beloved characters in the comic book world. This first appearance marked the start of a long and successful series that continues to thrill fans to this day in many different mediums.

    Killing Joke
  4. The Killing Joke (DC Comics) - Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's graphic novel is widely considered one of the greatest Joker stories of all time and is a must-read for any comic book fan. It delves into the villain's origin and his relationship with Batman in a dark and haunting tale that will leave you speechless.

    Dark Phoenix
  5. The Return of Jean Grey in "The Phoenix Saga" (Marvel Comics) - This classic X-Men storyline saw the return of Jean Grey, who had seemingly died in a previous storyline, but came back as the powerful and dangerous Dark Phoenix. This set off a series of epic battles and moral quandaries for the X-Men that still stand the test of time.

    new 52
  6. The Debut of the New 52 (DC Comics) - In 2011, DC Comics reinvented their entire line of comic books with 52 fresh #1 issues, breathing new life into their most popular characters and marking a new era in DC Comics history. It gave readers a new place to start with their favorite heroes and helped usher in some of the best story arcs for DC's cast of heroes.

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  7. Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 (BOOM! Studios) - David Petersen's critically acclaimed graphic novel is set in a world of talking mice, who are warriors and protectors of their colonies. This beautifully illustrated tale is filled with action, adventure, and heart that captured the imaginations of readers. Making it one of the most acclaimed and renowned series in the history of comics.

    Umbrella Academy
  8. The Debut of the Umbrella Academy (Dark Horse Comics) - Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's quirky and unconventional superhero series has become a cult favorite among fans. The bold and unique style of the first issue sets the tone for a series that's since been adapted into a hit Netflix series.

    The boys
  9. The Debut of The Boys (Wildstorm/Dynamite Comics) - Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's dark and violent superhero series subverts the typical superhero genre, showing what happens when superheroes operate without accountability. The first issue set the stage for a series that pushed the limits of the kinds of stories comics can tell. Leading to the hit Amazon Prime Video series that wowed audiences with it's shocking violence and parody of superhero tropes.

  10. The Debut of Saga (Image Comics) - Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' epic space opera is a game-changer in comic books, with its rich and complex world-building, diverse characters, and beautiful artwork. The first issue sets the stage for a series that's since become one of the most beloved and acclaimed comic book series of all time. It's a tale wholly unique to the medium and one that can't be missed.

These ten most impactful comic book moments have left a lasting impact on the world of comics and have become part of the cultural fabric we all live in today. From the death of Gwen Stacy to the debut of Saga, these moments showcase the creativity, diversity, and imagination that comic books have to offer.

Whether it's through heart-wrenching moments, epic battles, or unique and unconventional stories, these moments continue to inspire new generations of comic book fans and writers.

They are proof that comic books have the power to captivate audiences, challenge our perceptions, and create memories that last a lifetime.

(W) Chris Claremont, John Byrne (A/CA) John Byrne
An epic tale of triumph and tragedy! The X-Men have fought many battles, been on galaxy-spanning adventures and defeated enemies of limitless might... but none of it prepared them for the most shocking struggle they would ever face. One of their own, Jean Grey, has gained cosmic power beyond all comprehension - and that power has corrupted her absolutely! Now, the X-Men must decide whether the life of the friend they cherish is worth the possible destruction of the entire universe! This touching tale of ultimate power and the triumph of the human spirit has been a cornerstone of the X-Men mythos for decades. Relive the saga that changed everything! Collecting X-MEN (1963) #129-137.
Rated T+
In Shops: May 31, 2023
SRP: $29.99
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(W) David Petersen (A/CA) David Petersen
Saxon, Kenzie, and Lieam, members of the fearless Mouse Guard, are dispatched to find
a missing merchant mouse. Their search through dangerous terrain for the missing mouse
reveals much more than they expect, as they stumble across a traitor in the Guard's own
ranks. Collects the first acclaimed Mouse Guard series with special bonus material.
SRP: $24.95

(W) Mike Mignola (A) Richard Corben, Duncan Fegredo, Mike McMahon, F?bio Moon, Gabriel Ba (CA) Mike Mignola
In 1994 Mike Mignola released the first Hellboy series, Seed of Destruction, as Hellboy faced his supposed destiny as Beast of the Apocalypse. Before that, he'd spent fifty years fighting monsters as a somewhat carefree member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. The Complete Short Stories volumes 1 & 2 present those early adventures.
"The Crooked Man" and "Double Feature of Evil," both of which earned Mignola and his legendary collaborator Richard Corben Eisner Awards, are collected with the complete "Hellboy in Mexico" saga, featuring collaborations with Corben, Mick McMahon, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon, as well as one of Mignola's early masterpiece, "The Corpse."  This 368-page volume covers Hellboy's adventures from 1947 to 1961.
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $24.99

(W) Gerard Way (A) Gabriel B?
In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who'd previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, "To save the world."
These seven children form The Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again. This volume collects the first six-issue series, as well as out-of-print short stories, and an expanded sketchbook section featuring work by Bá, Jean, and Way.
In Shops: Jun 11, 2008
SRP: $17.99

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(W) Garth Ennis (A/CA) Darick Robertson
Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother's Milk, The Frenchman and The Female are The Boys: a CIA-backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most lethal force on Earth: superpower. Some superheroes have to be watched. Some have to be controlled. And some of them... sometimes they need to be taken out of the picture. That's when you call in The Boys.
Reprint Material
Rating: Mature
In Shops: July 29, 2020

(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
In this volume of the NYT bestselling survival horror, Rick and his band of survivors work to build a larger network of thriving communities, and soon discover that Negan's "Saviors" prove to be a larger threat than they could have fathomed.  Crossing Negan will lead to serious, dire consequences for the group; it seems that for the first time since the Governor's reign of terror that Rick may have Something to Fear. Collects THE WALKING DEAD 97-102.
In Shops: Nov 21, 2012
SRP: $14.99
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(W) Brian K. Vaughan (A/CA) Fiona Staples
From New York Times bestselling writer BRIAN K.VAUGHAN (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist FIONA STAPLES (Mystery Society, North 40), SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds.  When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.  Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults.
This specially priced volume collects the first arc of the smash hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make." Collects SAGA #1-6.
In Shops: Oct 10, 2012
SRP: $9.99
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