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The 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History – Day 7

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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!

35. Swamp Thing and Abby get better acquainted (Swamp Thing #34)


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Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben deliver a breathtaking endeavor when they show how Swamp Thing and his girlfriend, Abby, have sex – or at least Swamp Thing’s version of sex.

There are many brilliant pages, so look at the ones above as more emblematic than anything else.

36. Superman discovers a new use for Kryptonite (Superman #233)


In this first issue of the Julie Schwartz-mandated revamp of Superman, all Kryptonite on Earth has been changed to iron. Denny O’Neil and Curt Swan demonstrate this change through a classic scene.

37. Barry Allen makes the ultimate sacrifice to save the Multiverse (Crisis on Infinite Earths #8)



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Yeah, the Multiverse ended up getting more or less destroyed ANYways (then later brought back), and yeah, Barry Allen eventually came back to life, but this is still a classic scene from Marv Wolfman and George Perez! The guy is RUNNING HIMSELF TO DEATH TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE! That’s awesome.

38. Hal first recites his oath (Showcase #22)


John Broome and Gil Kane deliver the second-most iconic oath ever (outside of the Pledge of Allegience)* in this second story from the issue that one story earlier gave us the debut of Hal Jordan as Green Lantern.

*It is not actually the second-most iconic oath ever. That was a joke.

39. Ferro Lad sacrifices himself (Adventure Comics #353)



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Jim Shooter was not even on the title for a year before he killed of his first Legionnaire, in this dramatic story that would be referenced a number of times over the years, with the mid-1990s DC event, Final Night, being the most notable.

40. Superman doubles his pleasure AND doubles his fun (Superman #162)


When you think back upon classic Superman writers, Leo Dorfman might not automatically come to mind, but alongside legendary Superman artist, Curt Swan, Dorfman delivered one of the most memorable “Imaginary Stories” of all-time.