Top 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History: #65-56

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Top 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC Comics History: #65-56

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.

And now, here’s 65-56!


65. Batman strikes a pose (Batman #251 by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams)

From the pages of one of the most famous Denny O’Neil/Neal Adams issues of Batman, the Joker’s Five-Way Revenge, we get this full page splash of Batman racing across the beach to catch the Joker. This picture was so memorable that it was turned into a cover just a few years later for a Treasury Edition. It’s been used in many other posters, pin-ups and covers over the years (one of DC’s “The Art of Neal Adams” hardcovers uses this as the cover). More recently, John Cassaday homaged it in his Planetary/Batman crossover – it’s THAT recognizable of a shot that just drawing Batman in this pose will make people realize what Adams drawing you’re referring to.

64. Joker’s first victim appears (Batman #1 by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson)

Joker’s trademark way of killing people, with their faces stretched into a disgusting grin as they die, is probably the most iconic method of killing people of all supervillains, and it made its debut right here, in the first issue of Batman’s titular series!

63. Batman discovers the Hyperclan’s secret (JLA #3 by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter and John Dell)

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This issue was pretty much the introduction of Grant Morrison’s “Bat-God” take on Batman. This JLA run had already gotten off to a great start, but this scene really took it to the next level.

62. Krypto dies (Action Comics #583 by Alan Moore, Curt Swan, Kurt Schaffenberger and an uncredited Murphy Anderson)

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In one of a number of dramatic sacrifices in the final part of Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, Krypto kills the Kryptonite Man to protect his master, and the Kryptonite Man dies stunned, as he can’t fathom how anyone, let alone a dog, would be willing to die to save someone else. Swan and Schaffenberger absolutely nail the pathos of the scene (not that Moore’s script was not filled with pathos itself).

61. Batman accepts a new Robin (Batman #442 by Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Jim Aparo and Mike DeCarlo)

Tim Drake made his debut in the Lonely Place of Dying and quickly stood out from the previous Robin, Jason Todd. This Robin, Tim Drake, was clever, intelligent and very respectful to not only Batman, but to Dick Grayson, as well. So when Batman concedes the point that maybe he DOES need a Robin above, Dick’s smile really says it all.

60. Batman summons the bats (Batman #406 by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli)

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One of the most famous sequences in Batman: Year One is when Batman is surrounded by Gotham’s SWAT team in a rundown building. Batman takes them down one by one until he needs one last big gambit, and it involved using a device to call a ton of bats to his aid (the scene was later roughly used in Batman Begins).

59. John Constantine outsmarts a trio of demons (Hellblazer #45 by Garth Ennis, Will Simpson and Tom Sutton)

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In what has become pretty much the most famous Hellblazer story of all time, Garth Ennis has 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.

58. The very first “Bwah Ha Ha” (Justice League International #8 by Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis, Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon)

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The Justice League became “International” in issue #7, so in #8, they began setting up embassies in different International cities. Blue Beetle, Booster Gold And Black Canary were in charge of the Paris branch. While getting lunch in their civilian identities, Beetle and Booster encounter a striking woman who Booster tries to pick up – when he fails miserably, we soon get the most famous laugh in DC history (only because Joker’s laughs aren’t consistent).

57. Captain Marvel saves the day…kinda (Kingdom Come #4 by Mark Waid and Alex Ross)

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Captain Marvel had been manipulated by Lex Luthor into becoming basically a lap dog. He uses his magical lightning to hurt Superman repeatedly while Superman’s allies are in a pitched battle with the super-powered beings that Superman and friends have been locking up for some time now. At the same time, however, the United Nations authorizes dropping three nukes on the various super-beings to just be done with them once and for all. Batman and Wonder Woman stop two of the three, but the third passes by untouched. Superman manages to finally break Captain Marvel free of Luthor’s influence (by forcing him to turn into Billy Batson), then lets Billy decide – does he want to let Superman stop the bomb or should he just let it fall? Billy transforms into Captain Marvel and takes matters into his own hands as he flies up to the bomb and detonates it with his magical lightning. He dies (as do a bunch of super-beings), but the bomb’s blast is dulled enough that there are survivors where there normally would be none.

56. Morpheus and a demon have a contest (Sandman #4 by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg)

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In this early issue of Sandman, Morpheus goes around and re-collects his magical items that he had lost in his years of imprisonment. To regain one of his items, he has a contest with a demon from hell. This exchange was so famous that it was even turned into an online political ad in 2008 (with Obama taking Morpheus’ lines and Hillary Clinton taking the demon’s lines).

Here‘s #55-46.