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!
6. “Spider-Man Lifts Heavy Machinery” by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee (Amazing Spider-Man #33)
This scene is so famous that it has spawned a multitude of imitators. It is hard to ever beat the original, though. Spider-Man manages to get the serum that can save a dying Aunt May’s life, but he’s trapped under a pile of machinery in a leaking underground base of Doctor Octopus and even if he were to somehow get out of this particular situation, Octopus left behind a squadron of guards to kill him. Things look hopeless, but then Spider-Man thinks about what will happen to Aunt May if he lets her down or what Uncle ben would say and, well, he gets an extra reserve of strength…
Ditko really outdid himself on this sequence. The whole thing is about five pages long, so you should search out the story to get the FULL effect of the scene (plus there’s this awesome fight later in the issue where an exhausted Spidey just sort of zones out while fighting Octopus’ henchmen and starts swinging wildly until he’s the only one left standing – Ditko was on FIRE in this storyline).
5. “But Me…I’m Magic” by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson (Daredevil #181)
I know I bring this up every time I talk about this era of Daredevil, but so long as it continues to be true, I’ll continue to talk about – Klaus Janson really gets short shrift when this era is discussed. Yes, Frank Miller was writing the comic and yes, Miller’s layouts were extraordinary. I don’t mean to take anything away from Miller’s awesomeness on this series. However, the guy was “only” doing layouts! The actual pencils on this legendary issue are by Janson, not Miller. And I don’t think Janson gets nearly enough credit for that.
Anyhow, this is the issue where Miller shocked the comic book world by killing off his breakout character, the assassin (and former girlfriend of Matt Murdock) Elektra. She is sent to kill Foggy Nelson but she just can’t bring herself to do it, as she remembers him from when she was Matt’s girlfriend. However, her moment of truth arrived at a bad time, as Bullseye shows up, ready to prove that HE should be the Kingpin’s top assassin, not Elektra. And we then get a brilliantly executed five-page fight that ends rather tragically…
All throughout her appearances in the series, Elektra’s trademark had been running people through with her sai (without breaking the clothing on the other side of the person’s body) and here, it is used on her. Brutal.
The story has another classic moment that received a lot of support, as well, which was how Elektra dragged herself to Matt Murdock’s doorstep to die in his arms. So stunning.
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