Sunday, March 18, 2007

100 Best Comics Since Before I Was Born

Wizard got this brilliant idea recently (and by recently I mean May 2006) to make a list of what they feel are the best 100 single issue comics of the last 30 years. I didn't read the article, I only know this because someone went through the trouble to find all 100 issues and compile them in a torrent, for my very own downloading pleasure. Nice.

Now, I'm not a huge fan of "Best of" lists. I'm certainly not a fan of the AFI '100 Years, 100 Laughs' list. I mean, I find transvestite humor as funny as the next guy, but Tootsie; To Wong Foo: Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar; and Some Like It Hot are all in the top 10, with Some Like It Hot being #1. Not a great list, in my opinion. No one will totally agree with anyone else's list, but at least they can give one some ideas for viewing/reading material worth looking at.

For the most part the list has some staple books on it. I've tried not to peek at the top 10 comics, as I am reading it from 100 to 1, like a countdown, one that will take days. So far, I've seen The Punisher, Daredevil, Batman, Jessica Jones of Alias fame, some book called Legion of Super Heroes (twice!), but every once in a while I run across something like this.

Ugh. Do I HAVE to read this? My OCD compels me to. I don't know if I can do it. This always ends up happening. I have this crazy desire for complete-itude and so I don't skip it. I just put the whole compendium down, and forget about it. Regardless, it's a good list, it makes me want to read more of the ones that stand out.

UPDATE:

My brain still hasn't adjusted to the whole Y2K thing, I never got the firmware update I guess. I just realized a list of comics that spans the last 30 years limits them to 1976! Goody, even though the 80's had some absolute shite, at least all of the 60's and most of the 70's Silver Age bullshit is stricken from the list. I guess I won't have to skip around as much as I initially thought.