Since we posted Our Top Ten Favorite Single Issues in October, 2011, our fan-blogging obsessions brought many more printed treasures to our attention. One by one, we added them to Mars Will Send No More until today’s post can link you to every one of them for in-depth exploration.
Well, nine out of ten at least. Close enough for this summer! Qualifications for inclusion on this list are simple: The issue cannot be from a series already covered in our original Top Ten, and it must be brain-stunningly awesome. Six of them are black and white books, and we had only read three of them before we started this site in 2011. Allow us to present, in no particular order, Ten More of Our All-Time Favorite Single Issues. Click their titles to learn more about each one!
Armadillo Comics #2 by Jim Franklin; 1971, Rip Off Press
Man from Utopia #0 by Rick Griffin; 1972
Lone Wolf & Cub #28; First Publishing
Devil Dinosaur #1 by Jack Kirby; Marvel, 1978
Cartoon History of the Universe #1 by Larry Gonick; 1978, Rip Off Press
Anarchy Comics #1; 1978, Last Gasp
Silver Surfer #1; Marvel, 1968
Super Villain Classics #1; Marvel, 1983
World Around Us #15: Prehistoric Animals; Gilberton, 1959
Psychotic Adventures #2. Last Gasp, 1974.
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This is the one we need to scan for the archives. You can sometimes find it in stock at MyComicShop, but Last Gasp seems to have run out of copies of both this and the first issue. That’s a shame, because it is one of the most intense, over-the-top comic book stories ever put on paper. Until we get it updated, you can see some short stories from issues one and three.
Runner up: Spectacular Spider-man #21; Marvel, 2003.
Our original Top Ten had a runner up, so let’s sneak one in here, too!
We don’t have scans of it but you can buy it cheap. The current plot description in MyComicShop is totally wrong, so let us set the record straight. This issue came at the end of Paul Jenkins’ enjoyable run on Spider-man. In this issue, Jenkins gives us a warm and personal evening with some of Marvel’s flagship superheroes playing a game of poker. The Kingpin of Crime shows up with a massive pile of cash asking to get dealt in, and tensions escalate. Rich with humor and lacking a single fist fight, this issue exemplifies the depth of character Jenkins brought to his Spidey stories.
But what about…?
Several noteworthy series have not made it into our Top 20 single issues. This includes works like DMZ, Clan Apis, Frank, 100 Bullets, and Sin City, where the entire series as a work of art outweighs any single issue. We will rectify this with future lists!