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The 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History – Day 11

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Okay, in case you didn’t see the introduction, the concept is that each day up to and including the 31st of July, I’ll be posting six of the most memorable moments from DC Comics’ 75-year history. On the 31st, you folks will get a chance to pick your Top 10 out of the 100 choices. I’ll tabulate the votes and I’ll debut the Top 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History starting on August 8th. In the meantime, feel free to post suggestions for moments you think should be featured either at our Twitter account (twitter.com/csbg), our Facebook page (facebook.com/comicsshouldbegood) or just e-mail me (bcronin@comicbookresources.com)!

Here’s the next six moments! And click here for the master list of all the moments posted so far!

NOTE: Each day of moments will almost certainly contain some spoilers for past comic books, plus each day might include content that originally appeared in “Mature Readers Only” comics, so be forewarned!

59. Aquaman loses a hand (Aquaman Vol. 3 #2)



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The villain Charybdis is taken down by Aquaman and Dolphin, but not before he (using powers he stole from Aquaman) compels a group of piranhas to destroy Aquaman’s hand. The issue was written by Peter David and drawn by Martin Egeland.

60. The Justice Society of America has their first meeting (All-Star Comics #3)


Gardner Fox and Everett Hibbard deliver the first meeting of the Justice Society of America. The early meetings were just framing sequences to cover up the fact that All-Star Comics basically remained the same anthology it was before. To wit, in the first issue, the meeting just sets up Johnny Thunder asking each member of the team to tell a story, and they do so, with each story naturally being the story that would have appeared in the issue had they not all been on a team. Still, the first meeting of a superhero team was a BIG deal!

61. Frank Miller adds a little extra to Batman’s origin (Batman: The Dark Knight #1)



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This moment from the first issue of Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight series features Batman being compelled to return to the streets while he watches the news and hears of horrors that remind him of the fateful night that his parents were killed. Miller added the striking visual of Martha Wayne’s pearls being broken during the ruckus that led to the death of Bruce’s parents, and that visual has become a key element of pretty much all future re-tellings of the origin, a rarity for origin re-tellings (to have that much of a permanent effect on the origin).

62. The very first “Bwah Ha Ha” (Justice League International #8)



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The Justice League became “International” in issue #7, so in #8 (written by Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis and penciled by Kevin Maguire) they began setting up embassies in different International cities. Blue Beetle, Booster Gold And Black Canary were in charge of the Paris branch. While getting lunch in their civilian identities, Beetle and Booster encounter a striking woman who Booster tries to pick up – when he fails miserably, we soon get the most famous laugh in DC history (only because Joker’s laughs aren’t consistent).

63. Johnny Cloud avenges his friends (DC Universe: The New Frontier #1)



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The Losers are sent on a mission and end up on Dinosaur Island in this opening to Darwyn Cooke’s acclaimed New Frontier series (telling the origin of the Silver Age from a different perspective). They get picked off one by one until only Johnny Cloud remains. His final act of heroism is incredibly striking. I was unsure if I was going to go with this one, but when three different people I was talking to about the moments suggested this moment unprompted, I figured it had to be here.

64. Dr. Manhattan silences Rorschach (Watchmen #12)



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Besides the sheer drama of having Dr. Manhattan be forced to kill Rorschach to keep him from revealing what Ozymandias did to achieve world peace, how awesome is it that Manhattan effectively explodes Rorschach into a bloody Rorschach drawing?!? Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons are deeeeeep.