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Friday, March 17, 2006

The 20 most memorable moments in comics

The latest Comic Buyer’s Guide includes submissions by readers with their ideas for “The Top 20 Moments in Comic Books.” Boy, that’s a tough one. But some that rise to the top for me are: the death of Gwen Stacy in “Amazing Spider-Man,” the death of Supergirl in “Infinite Crisis,” the death of Superman at the hands of Doomsday (yeah, I know, a lot of deaths here), the first meeting of the Golden Age and Silver Age Flashes, Green Lantern’s encounter with an elderly black man who asks him what he’s ever done for “the black skins,” the Joker’s shooting of Barbara Gordon in “The Killing Joke” and the moment a bat crashing through a window at Wayne Manor gives Bruce Wayne the idea for his guise as Batman. A couple of more-recent moments: the Scarlet Witch transforming the Marvel universe with three words - “No more mutants” - and Spider-Man’s recent epic battle in which the bad guy plucks out one of Spidey’s eyes, which still makes me grimace.


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