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Top 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History: #25-16

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We provided a series of memorable DC moments for you to vote for, we also gave you the chance to nominate other moments (which you then also voted on to get them on to the “ballot”) and then you came out in droves to vote for them all! I think it was our biggest turnout yet (as it turns out, more people will vote if they just have to click buttons to vote). So now, we begin the countdown of the Top 75 most memorable moments in the 75-year history of DC Comics!!! Do note that spoilers will almost certainly be present in these moments, and some of them could have come from comics that were intended for mature audiences only. So be forewarned!

Here is a link to #75-66. Here is a link to #65-56. Here is a link to #55-46. Here is a link to 45-36! Here is a link to #35-26

And now, here is #25-16!

Enjoy!

25 Superman races the Flash (Superman #199 by Jim Shooter, Curt Swan and George Klein)


One thing Jim Shooter was really good at in his early days at DC Comics was coming up with ideas that fans were really interested in seeing (sometimes they would come from his editor, Mort Weisinger, who was also quite known for doing ideas that the readers were interested in) and having Superman race Flash is right up there with “who is stronger, Hulk or Thor?” as things fans like to wonder about, and finally DC obliged them!

24 Joker gets in one last joke (Batman: The Dark Knight #3 by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson)


In this dark tale of Batman in the future, Batman has captured the Joker, but the Joker decides to get one last piece of revenge by framing Batman for his murder. Frank Miller and Klaus Janson capture the darkness of this madness beautifully.

23 Wonder Woman does not see eye-to-eye on things with Maxwell Lord (Wonder Woman Vol. 2 #219 by Greg Rucka, Rags Morales and so many inkers I honestly do not know who inked these pages)



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Maxwell Lord turning out to be a bad guy was a major turning point in the DC Universe. And he currently is a major part of the DC Universe once again upon his return during Brightest Day and his role in Justice League Generation Lost. A highlight of Lord in this new prominent role in the DC Universe is this storyline where he takes control of Sueprman’s mind, forcing Wonder Woman to make a difficult decision…

22 The Red Hood takes off the hood (Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland)



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Alan Moore and Brian Bolland, particularly Bolland, deliver one of the most iconic Joker panels ever in this page from the Killing Joke when the hapless loser who is dressed as the Red Hood finds himself become something else entirely…

21 Dr. Manhattan silences Rorschach (Watchmen #12 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons)



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Ozymandias’ plan to unite the world through a faked alien invasion has apparently succeeded. Rorschach, however, cannot bear to go along with the charade and insists on the truth coming out. Dr. Manhattan has become convinced that Ozymandias’ plan is a sound one, so he goes to stop Rorschach. The only way to stop him, though, is to kill him.

20 Hal first recites his oath (Showcase #22 by John Broome, Gil Kane and Joe Giella)


The above oath was actually used by the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott (among many different oaths he used over the years), but that fact is mostly lost to history, while everyone remembers Hal Jordan using it as his oath as a member of the Green Lantern Corps. He busted it out in the very first comic book he appeared in.

19 Superman returns (Kingdom Come #1 by Mark Waid and Alex Ross)



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At the end of the first issue of Kingdom Come, after a long time in self-imposed exile, Superman is lured back to the mainstream world to help curb an infestation of “modern” superheroes. Little does he know that his return is going to set the world down a path that might lead to the annihilation of everyone! So his return has two meanings – as an imposing return of a figure in the present but also as a dark omen about the future.

18 Barry Allen has a little accident (Showcase #4 by Robert Kanigher, Julie Schwartz, Carmine Infantino and Joe Kubert)



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In the introduction of Barry Allen, we get one of the most famous origins of the Silver Age. So famous that John Broome later just re-used it for Kid Flash’s origin!

17 Earth-2 is discovered! (Flash #123 by Gardner Fox, Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella)



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John Broome was the normal Flash writer at the time, but for this important issue, Gardner Fox, creator of the Justice Society, came on to write the introduction of the concept of TWO Earths. This worked in the fact that DC had had previous incarnations of the Flash, Green Lantern, etc. This is the first meeting of heroes from both worlds.

16 Blue Beetle is defiant in the face of death (Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1 by Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka, Judd Winick, Phil Jimenez and Andy Lanning)



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Countdown to Infinite Crisis was written by Geoff Johns, Greg Rucka and Judd Winick. It was drawn by a number of artists, with Phil Jimenez and Andy Lanning being the ones who drew this final confrontation between Blue Beetle and Maxwell Lord, where Beetle discovers Lord’s plans before anyone else, including Batman. Sadly, Beetle pays for his discover with his life, but at least he went down heroically.

Here is the link to #15-6!