The Greatest Thanos Stories Ever Told!

Every day in April we will reveal the greatest stories ever told starring a particular character or written/drawn by a particular creator (and throughout the month, you'll get daily chances to vote for NEXT week's lists). These lists are voted on by YOU, the reader!

Here is the list of characters/creators featured so far (along with the rules on how to vote).

Today's list is the Greatest Thanos Stories Ever Told!


10. "Thanos vs. Mephisto" Silver Surfer #45

Written by Jim Starlin and drawn by Ron Lim and Tom Christopher.

This issue was interesting at the time for the fact that Silver Surfer is unconscious the entire issue, so it pretty much just stars Thanos. He has recently acquired the Infinity Gauntlet and the whole issue is Mephisto trying to manipulate Thanos to the point where Mephisto can steal the Gauntlet. As you might imagine, things don't go Mephisto's way.

9. "Epiphany" Thanos #1-6

Written by Jim Starlin with art by Starlin and Al Milgrom.

As penance for his past action, Thanos agrees to stop Galactus from devouring Rigel-18. However, he soon gets caught up in a larger drama where Galactus is being manipulated by a mysterious cosmic being known as the Hunger. So first Thanos (and his sometimes allies, Warlock, Pip and Gamora) have to stop Galactus and then they ALL have to stop the Hunger! The fate of the universe is once again on the shoulders of Thanos!

8. Marvel Universe: The End #1-6

Written by Jim Starlin with art by Starlin and Al Milgrom.

The Egyptian Pharaoh known as Akhenaten is given extraordinary power a millenia ago. Now he has finally mastered the power and the universe as a whole is at danger. Thanos once again finds himself working on the side of good as he and a group of Defenders tries to stop Akhenaten's plot. In the end, Thanos gets the "Heart of the Infinite" that powered Akhenaten and suddenly Thanos is the most powerful being in the universe once again. Warlock, though, convinces him to set the universe right once again.

7. Magus Saga (Strange Tales #178-181, Warlock #9-11)

Written and penciled by Jim Starlin, inks by Al Milgrom mostly.

Starlin revived Warlock, who was pretty much in limbo and set him against the evil Universal Church of Truth, which turns out is ruled by an evil version of Warlock from the future. Can Warlock defeat a villain who is himself? This storyline introduced Warlock's supporting cast of Pip the Troll and Gamora, the deadliest woman in the universe. In a twist, we see one of what soon became a routine event - Thanos teaming up with a hero to take down a greater evil, in this case, the Magus.

6. "The Death of Captain Marvel" Marvel Graphic Novel #1

Written and drawn by Jim Starlin

A mature, touching look at how a hero handles death when it appears in one of its most un-"epic" forms, a hero brought low by cancer. Thanos makes a powerful (post-death) appearance in this storyline as he appears to Captain Marvel when Marvel is at death's door and helps his former enemy accept passing over into the afterlife.

The top five is on the next page!

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