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Top 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History: #55-46

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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.

And now, here’s 55-46!

Enjoy!

55. The opening page of Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow (Superman #423 by Alan Moore, Curt Swan and George Perez)


Alan Moore delivers one of the coolest opening lines to a comic book story ever. The background art by Curt Swan and George Perez was dropped for the collected edition, for some reason, and replaced instead with a plain blue background with Moore’s text written in a larger font. I get that Moore’s words are the key to the beginning, but it still seems like a slightly odd idea to make the change.

54. Sue Dibny is raped (Identity Crisis #2 by Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales and Michael Bair)



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Brad Meltzer and DC editorial felt that they needed to have something awfully bad happen to compel the Justice League to put them into a position where they would actually mess with a supervillain’s mind. What they settled on was having Doctor Light rape Sue Dibny years ago when her husband, the Elongated Man, was a member of the “satellite era” of the Justice League of America.

53. Superman flies into the sun to save it (All Star Superman #12 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely)



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In a lot of ways, the entire 12-issue epic series by Morrison and Quitely was leading up to this moment, where a dying Superman flies into the sun to save it…after having a nice goodbye scene with Lois, of course.

52. The first woman in a refrigerator (Green Lantern v3 #54 by Ron Marz, Darryl Banks and Romeo Tanghal)



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The new Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner, had just been introduced a few issues earlier when writer Ron Marz came up with his own sort of “Uncle Ben getting shot” moment for Kyle (who was, in a lot of ways, a 1990s version of Peter Parker as a Green Lantern) when he had the sadistic Major Force viciously murder Kyle’s girlfriend, Alex DeWitt, after Force had been sent to retrieve Kyle’s ring.

51. Swamp Thing makes a discovery (Saga of the Swamp Thing #21 by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben)


The Moore/Bissette/Totleben creative team 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. One of the most legendary “game-changers” in the history of comics.

50. Animal Man meets his maker (Animal Man #25 by Grant Morrison, Chas Truog and Mark Farmer)



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Speaking of “game-changing,” in the penultimate issue of Grant Morrison’s critically acclaimed Animal Man run, the star of the book, Animal Man (Buddy Baker) comes face to face with…Grant Morrison!?!?

49. Dick Grayson loses one relationship, gain a new, unhealthy one (Detective Comics #38 by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson)



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Just a few months after his brilliant origin for Batman, Bill Finger delivered a similarly great origin (and by “similarly great,” I, of course, mean “the same basic origin”) for Batman’s new sidekick, Dick Grayson – Robin, the Boy Wonder! In case Bruce Wayne happens to be reading, I am sorry if I offended you by making fun of how you turned a young boy who had just experienced a great deal of trauma into a tool to aid you in your war on crime. It’s all in good fun, Bruce!

48. It ends with a wink (Action Comics #583 by Alan Moore, Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger and an uncredited Murphy Anderson)


Throughout Whatever Happened the Man of Tomorrow, the story has been told via Lois Lane recounting the events of the past to a reporter doing a story on the last days of Superman. Her husband Jordan has been home for most of it. Jordan does not seem to be a big fan of Superman. The story ends with Jordan (and Alan Moore and the rest of the creative team) letting us in on who he REALLY is…

47. Wonder Woman wins the contest to go to Man’s World! (All-Star Comics #8 by William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter)



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In her first comic book appearance, we get to see one of the most iconic origins of the Golden Age, as “The Contest” has been used numerous times since this first time.

46. Darkseid revealed as the “big bad” of the Great Darkness Saga (Legion of Super-Heroes #293 by Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt)



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After a number of issues teasing who the mastermind was behind the Great Darkness Saga, after diabolically turning the entire populace of Daxam into a world of mind-controlled Supermen, the big bad guy is finally revealed – and it is Darkseid!!!!

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