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The 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History – Day 2

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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: There will certainly be some spoilers for past comic books in these moments, plus there is some content that originally appeared in “Mature Readers Only” comics, so be forewarned!

5. A group of Legionnaires willingly risk their lives to revive the fallen Lightning Lad (Adventure Comics #312)



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Edmond Hamilton and John Forte deliver one of the most famous scenes in legion of Super-Heroes history, and the fact that the Legionnaire who died was a shapeshifting pet who was only making his second appearance in this issue really did not even feel like a cop-out in the context of this powerful tale.

6. Batman duels Ra’s Al Ghul in the desert…bare-chested (Batman #244)



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From the first major Ra’s Al Ghul saga, Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams truly nail the whole “international man of action” vibe that they were going for with Batman in this storyline. This is a frequently homaged battle.

7. Aquaman’s son is murdered by Black Manta (Adventure Comics #452)



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There is a good case to be made that this 1977 story by David Michelinie and Jim Aparo was the one that started the whole trend of murdering off the loved ones of superheroes. In any event, a super villain murdering a superhero’s infant son? That’s a major turning point in DC history.

8. Superman expresses his frustrations at Mongul (Superman Annual #11)

From Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s brilliant “For the Man Who Has Everything,” Superman was just subjected to some heavy duty psychological torture at the hands of the villain Mongul (and on Superman’s BIRTHDAY, of all days!), and Superman is quite displeased with Mongul…


9. Hot shot District Attorney Harvey Dent gets a face full of acid (Detective Comics #66)


There’s not many SUPERHEROES who have as famous of an origin as the classic Batman villain, Two-Face. Here it is from 1942’s Detective Comics #66, by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson and George Roussos.

10. John Constantine outsmarts a trio of demons (Hellblazer #45)



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In what has become pretty much the most famous Hellblazer story of all time, Garth Ennis and Will Simpson have John Constantine cheat death itself, as a dying-of-cancer Constantine cons a trio of demons by selling his souls to all three of them separately. So if Constantine dies, the demons would have to wage a terrible war against each other, which does not serve either of their interests at this point. So they cure Constantine of cancer (note that he goes right back to smoking upon being cured) and he gives them the finger. This was loosely adapted into the Constantine film.