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35. “No Evil Shall Escape My Sight!” Green Lantern #76 (1970)
This is the kick-off of the iconic “Hard Travelin’ Heroes” era of Green Lantern (where he shared his logo with Green Arrow), by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams.
It opens with Green Arrow forcing Green Lantern to take a hard look at how he has been ignoring social issues in the world in favor of bigger interstellar escapades…
Once a chagrined Hal Jordan agrees to help the residents of the slum (where he was prepared to help the slumlord instead), he is called to the carpet by the Guardians of the Universe, but they successfully argue that they should let them get in touch with the people…
It is hard to capture just HOW different this story was than most superhero comics at the time.
34. “In Dreams” Kurt Busiek’s Astro City #1 (1995)
In the very first issue of Astro City, Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson showed us exactly what kind of stories that you would see in this series — mature, introspective looks at what it means to be a superhero.
Here, the “Superman” of Astro City, Samaritan, dreams of being free, while in reality, he dedicates nearly every second of every day to saving people…
It’s a noble and harrowing story at the same time. Classic work.
33. “The Autobiography of Bruce Wayne” The Brave and the Bold #197 (1983)
The first time that we learned that the Earth 2 Batman and Catwoman were married was the same issue that we learned that they had a kid and that Catwoman was killed (which sent their kid, Helena Wayne, into becoming the Huntress), so we never really had much time for background on their romance. As it turned out, it was not until they BOTH had been killed that we finally learned about their courtship, in an issue of The Brave and the Bold by Alan Brennert, Joe Staton and George Freeman.
The concept behind the issue is that the Earth 2 Scarecrow douses Batman with fear gas that makes all of Batman’s friends and loved ones invisible to him. He thinks that they’ve all been killed or taken prisoner. Since he has no more friends to turn to for help, he decides to ask one of his old enemies, Catwoman, for help. As they track the Scarecrow down, though, they begin to bond. First through an awesome moment involving Batman’s history of pain….
(How amazing is that last panel by Staton? Such a sense of purpose there!)
and then a moment of honesty between a pair of old foes…
Of course, you might be thinking “But if Batman’s loved ones disappear, then what happens if he falls for Catwoman?” Well, when that happens, Selina is ready…
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