75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #40-31

In honor of Marvel's seventy-fifth anniversary, we're doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the latest results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!


40. "Green Goblin Meets His Maker" by Gerry Conway, Gil Kane and John Romita (Amazing Spider-Man #122)

The gist of this issue was whether Spidey would be driven to murder after the Goblin murdered Spidey's girlfriend. Peter comes close, as he is pummeling the Goblin over and over but he manages to stop himself, realizing that it would just make him the same as Goblin - a murderer. He decides prison is better for the Goblin. Well, the Goblin had other plans...

I love Spidey's response. Looking back, it was kind of weird to set up a future plot at that particular point. It's not like people weren't going to tune in for next issue after this monumental issue.

39. "Genosha is Destroyed" by Grant Morrison, Frank Quietly and Tim Townsend (New X-Men #115)

Grant Morrison's initial storyline on New X-Men involved the introduction of Cassandra Nova, a vicious villain who connives her way into taking control of an army of Sentinels and she then has them demolish the mutant nation of Genosha as Professor X can only look on helplessly as he sees and feels the millions of mutants being wiped out...

What a beautiful (while very messed up) designed page by Quitely.

38. "Hank Pym slaps his wife" by Jim Shooter, Bob Hall and Dan Green (Avengers #213)

In the previous issue, Yellowjacket, who was feeling insecure about his place on the Avengers, blasted an Avengers opponent from behind while Captain America was JUST about to get her to stand down peacefully. So Cap decides to court martial him. In this issue, Hank is basically having a breakdown over the charges and he comes up with a terrible plan, one that gets even worse when he reveals it to his wife, Janet...

To make matters worse, he can't even stop the robot when it attacks. The Wasp ends up having to stop it herself. Jim Shooter has famously noted that it was not intended to be such a dramatic slap like that, but whatever the original intent, the published piece has lived on in the memories of Marvel's fans AND creators ever since.

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