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!
60. “Spider-Man Gets a New Costume” by Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck and John Beatty (Marvel Super-Hheroes Secret Wars #8)
This is an odd one. Spider-Man getting a brand new costume was obviously a huge deal and it is a big moment in Marvel history. However, the costume debuted MONTHS before we actually see how he got it in the pages of Secret Wars (the entirety of Secret Wars took place between issues of most of Marvel’s titles – only a couple of books actually devoted a full issue to events that took place while the heroes were away during Secret Wars). So it is interesting how the moment he got it in the pages of Secret Wars is still the most memorable moment involving Spider-Man getting the new black costume. Anyhow, here it is…
Isn’t it kind of funny that they find a device that can fix clothes and Hulk’s like, “Nah, I’m good with torn purple pants”?
59. “Daredevil stands up to Namor” by Wally Wood and Stan Lee (Daredevil #7)
One of the all-time classic examples of a Marvel hero standing up to seemingly overwhelming odds (another famous one involving Spider-Man and the Juggernaut failed to make the list, probably because it was hard for people to pin down a single moment of what was basically a two-issue long fight), Namor comes to the surface world to try to pursue a legal claim for the surface world. When the lawyer he hires, Matt Murdock, explains that he doesn’t have a case, Namor causes havoc in the city until he is arrested. His plan is to use his time in court to make a counter-claim against the government. However, while in prison awaiting trial he discovers that his jerk Warlord Krang has started a revolt against Namor in Atlantis. He must go back to his world, but the U.S. Army tries to stop him. He tears through them. Daredevil decides that he must try to keep Namor from injuring innocents so he takes Namor on and it’s a wonderfully illustrated battle by a comic book legend, Wally Wood, that ends with Namor being so impressed by Daredevil’s bravery that he decides to avoid fighting and return to his world surreptitiously…
58. “Spider-Man Reveals His Identity to the World” by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines (Civil War #2)
Marvel’s Civil War storyline involved the concept of a Superhuman Registration Act, where superheros would have to register with the government to be active superheroes (the whole thing started when the New Warriors were battling with the villain Nitro and he exploded, killing over 300 people in Stamford, including a school filled with children). Captain America and a bunch of superheroes felt that it was too much of an invasion of their privacy so they went on the run. Spider-Man, who had been working with Tony Stark for awhile at the time, stuck with his boss and friend, Iron Man, who decided to be the spokesperson for the Act. Iron Man convinces Spider-Man to make a bold statement by revealing his identity to the world, which he did in Civil War #2…
Like a few other moments on this list (including the very first moment we revealed, the death of Guardian), this story was later overturned and the genie was put back in the bottle, as it were, but the original moment still stood out.
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