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The 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History – Day 9

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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!

47. Bruce Wayne loses a window, gains an identity (Detective Comics #33)


Batman’s origin is so awesome that it actually merits TWO moments – his parents getting shot and then later, the idea for naming himself after a bat. Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Sheldon Moldoff deliver the tale.

48. Herr Starr finds that getting ahead is not always a good thing (Preacher #27)



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As the series went on, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (who had already had Herr Star sodomized and had his ear blown off) would subject Herr Starr to a great deal of indignities, to all of which he would reply with some variation of a pause and then “shit.” But his discovery that Jesse Custer had left his head looking like a penis was the first and most notable of them all.

49. The Legion mess with Superboy a bit (Adventure Comics #247)


Otto Binder and Al Plastino give us the iconic introduction of the Legion, as they mess with Superboy’s head a bit.

50. Doom Patrol is defiant until the end (Doom Patrol #121)



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Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani make comic book history by having the Doom Patrol sacrifice their lives in exchange for a small fishing village. Killing off all the characters in a book was not something you would see every day!

51. Heads roll as Superboy Prime gets mad (Infinite Crisis #4)


Geoff Johns and Phil Jimenez definitely got everybody’s attention when Superboy Prime, who, to this point, could be seen as almost well-meaning, went a whoooooooooole other direction when the Teen Titans gather together to fight him. The next page is even more bloody, but this initial punch of Pantha’s head is the moment everyone remembers.

52. Swamp Thing makes a discovery (Saga of the Swamp Thing #21)


Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben quickly made a name for themselves in this dramatic reveal that Swamp Thing was not, in fact, a transformed Alec Holland, but a mutated plant creature that THOUGHT it was Alec Holland. A true game-changer.