We have made a new list called “The 100,” and this one is about one of my favorite things in the world: comics and collecting them. I learned to read by reading comic books. “See Jane run” kids were ahead of me before I even started school, and comic books were the reason. comics have made my life better because they have given me a lot of happiness and imagination.Here is a list of the 100 Greatest Comics, Comic Book Runs, Single Issue Comics, and Graphic Novels (also called “major storyline arcs”) that I think are some of the best comics, series, and collections in comic history.
I’ve looked at a lot of “Top Comics” and “Best Comics” lists from different websites and print media to help me make the When It Was Cool Top 100 Comics of All Time. I gave more weight to more established and expert writers, sites, and publications. I’ve put a list of sources at the end of this piece. I’ve also gotten a lot of ideas from people who visit When It Was Cool and listen to the When It Was Cool Podcast.
I looked at a lot of other “Top 100 Greatest Comics” or “Top 100 Greatest Graphic Novels” or “Best Comics Ever” lists, and I averaged their rankings. I then added points to my own picks and those suggested by people who listen to When It Was Cool. A lot of people didn’t pay attention to sales numbers when they made the best comics list because modern comics sell far fewer issues than older comics, and over the last twenty years, publishers have tried to manipulate sales numbers to get gimmick comic book covers and other cool things.
Batman – The Dark Knight Returns (DC Comics)
Batman It was on almost every “Best Comic Books” list. As long as there was a comic list, it was always at least in the top five. Often it was even number one! Batman: The Dark Knight Returns was a four-issue miniseries by Frank Miller that was published by DC Comics in 1986. It was also drawn by Miller and Klaus Janson and written by Miller. When the comics were put together later that year, the title of the story was used for the whole series. It’s about Bruce Wayne, who comes out of retirement at 55 and fights crime in Gotham City. The Gotham police and the US government don’t like him. The story introduces Carrie Kelley as the new Robin, and it ends with a fight with Superman. I have to say that I don’t like Batman The Dark Knight Returns as much as other people do. I thought the story was too dark and grim and the art wasn’t really to my taste, but that’s just my opinion and the story has been widely praised. The first Batman comic book from 1940 and the first live action Batman movies from the 1940s might be interesting to you, too.
The Sandman (DC Comics / Vertigo)
Comic books from Vertigo Comics are known for their dark fantasy, horror, and surrealist art. All of these styles come together in the critically acclaimed The Sandman comic book series (a sub-imprint of DC Comics). People who write books like this one are Neil Gaiman and The Sandman is one of them. When it came out, it had artists like Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg and lettering by Todd Klein and covers by Dave McKean. When this comic book came out in issue 47, it was put under the Vertigo publishing company. It tells the story of the Dream of the Endless, who rules the world of dreams. For 75 issues, the comic ran from January 1989 to March 1996.
Watchmen (DC Comics)
There’s no surprise here. Every “best of comics” list has Watchmen at the top or close to the top of it. It is the best-selling comic book graphic novel in history, and it led to a big movie and a TV show. Watchmen was a comic book written by DC Comics that was published in 1986 and 1987. The series was written by Alan Moore, drawn by Dave Gibbons, and colored by John Higgins, all British. Alan Moore wrote a proposal for a story about superheroes that DC Comics had bought from Charlton Comics. DC Comics agreed to read the proposal, and it led to the creation of Watchmen. Dick Giordano, the managing editor of DC Comics, told Moore to make up new characters instead. You’ll see Alan Moore on this list again and again.
Kingdom Come (DC Comics)
In my opinion, DC Comic’s Kingdom Come was the best book I read this year. I liked it more than Dark Knight Returns, The Sandman, or Watchmen. Kingdom Come was a four-issue miniseries published by DC Comics in 1996. It was part of their Elseworlds line. They wrote it together with Alex Ross, and he did the painting. The Kingdom Comestory is set in the future and deals with a growing conflict between the “traditional” superheroes, like Superman and Wonder Woman, and a growing number of “new vigilantes,” who are often the offspring of the traditional heroes. The new vigilantes are often amoral and irresponsible. Between these two groups is Batman, who tries to keep the disaster from getting worse, stop Lex Luthor’s plans, and stop a world-ending superhuman war. Comic book series Captain Marvel and Superman also play big parts in this story, which is very long.
Fables was a comic book series that was made by Bill Willingham and published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. It was written by Willingham. Willingham was the only person who wrote the whole thing, with Mark Buckingham drawing more than 110 issues. During the summer of 2002, Fables began. It ended in July 2015. Fables is about characters from fairy tales and folklore who call themselves “Fables.” They lived in a community in New York City called Fabletown for centuries. A lot of the characters from Fabletown are in this movie. They deal with troublesome Fables and try to solve problems in both Fabletown and “the Farm,” a hidden town in upstate New York for Fables who can’t fit in with human society. This movie is set in the modern world. An imaginative comic book series that is based on old properties that people love.
Y the Last Man (Vertigo)
When Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra made a comic book series called Y: The Last Man in 2002, it was called Y: The Last Man by Vertigo. The show tells the story of the only man who survives the apparent death of all other male mammals on Earth, except for the man’s pet monkey, which is alive. Y the Last Man was published by Vertigo comics and collected in a series of ten paperback graphic novels. It was praised by many people, including three Eisner Awards.
A favorite of critics since it came out, Preacher isn’t a surprise at all here. I don’t like the Preacher comic book series, and I’ve tried to read it a lot of times, but I don’t like it. However, it was on almost every “Best of Comics” list that was used to make these rankings. In Preacher, a comic book series that is published by Vertigo, which is a DC Comics imprint. The comic book is called Preacher. The series was written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Steve Dillon, and the covers were painted by Glenn Fabry. Preacher ran for 75 issues in total. There were 66 regular, monthly issues, five one-shot specials, and a four-issue limited series called Preacher: Saint of Killers. The last monthly issue, number 66, came out in October 2000. In the small town of Annville, Texas, there is a preacher named Jesse Custer. The preacher tells the story of him. Custer is inadvertently taken over by a supernatural creature called Genesis. The accident flattens Custer’s church and kills all of his followers.
All Star Superman (DC Comics)
A favorite of both fans and critics. A few years ago, I read All Star Superman and thought the comic book series was pretty good. I didn’t think it would have the lasting impact that it has now. It did very well on most of the lists that this study looked at. As a comic book series, All-Star Superman ran for twelve issues, which were made by DC Comics. When did All-Star Superman run? It ran from November 2005 to October 2008. In this series, Grant Morrison wrote it, Frank Quiely drew it, and Jamie Grant did the digital inks. As Grant Morrison said, he wasn’t interested in “re-telling origin stories or unpacking classic narratives.” Instead, he said, he wanted to do “a total update.” Morrison didn’t just want to write a “fresh and relevant” update for new readers. Instead, he wanted to write a “collection of ‘timeless’ Superman issues.” This was a good job done. Our reviews of the Superman movie serials from the 1940s and 50s might also be interesting to you, so check them out.
Saga of the Swamp Thing (Alan Moore era) (DC Comics)
Other people who like comic books are fans of Alan Moore. During the summer of 1982, the Wes Craven Swamp Thing movie came out. DC Comics tried to cash in on this by reviving Swamp Thing in 1982.
It was the first year of the new series called Saga of the Swamp Thing, and it had an adaptation of the movie Craven in it. Now written by Martin Pasko, the book takes place after Swamp Thing’s appearance in Challengers of the Unknown. The character is seen as an urban legend and feared by the people who live there. When Pasko had to stop working on the title because of more TV work, editor Len Wein gave the title to British author Alan Moore. Morris: Moore was given free reign to change things up as he saw fit. He changed Swamp Thing’s origin to make him a real monster, not just someone who was made to be a monster. You might like our special Patreon podcast about the Swamp Thing TV show. You can listen to it here.