In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!
Here are the latest results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!
15. “We Would Have Words With Thee…” by Kurt Busiek, George Perez and Al Vey (Avengers #22)
Ultron has conquered an entire country with hundreds of versions of himself serving his commands while he takes his extended “family” hostage – Hank Pym (his “father”), Wasp (his “mother”/”wife”), Vision (his “son”), Scarlet Witch (the ex-wife of his “son”), Wonder Man (the man he based his “Son”‘s mind on) and the Grim Reaper (Wonder Man’s actual brother). The Avengers arrive and fight through massive hordes of Ultrons to save their friends. The Grim Reaper manages to escape, but Ultron is not impressed…
I love his reaction to Thor’s entrance line. Sort of like, “Yeah? AND?”
An important thing to note is that George Perez was just doing breakdowns for this story. Al Vey was doing finishes. This is why the characters look slightly different than typical Perez work.
14. “Galactus Arrives on Earth” by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Joe Sinnott (Fantastic Four #48-49)
This is the first time the two pages I’m featuring are spread out over two issues. At the end of Fantastic Four #48, Galactus arrives and in the beginning of Fantastic Four #49, we see the iconic reaction shots of the FF to the arrival of a being who is here to devour the entire PLANET…
It’s really impressive to nail a cliffhanger AND its follow-up so perfectly.
13. “The Thunderbolts Are Really the Masters of Evil!” by Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley and Vince Russell (Thunderbolts #1)
One of the all-time great reveals is at the end of Thunderbolts #1, where the whole issue saw a new group of heroes seemingly step into the void left by the disappearance (and supposed deaths) of the Avengers and the Fantastic Four.
But, of course, they were not REALLY new heroes, but OLD villains, as so wonderfully explained at the end of the issue…
Go to the next page for #12-11!
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