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  • Mr. Ree

    You forgot that most of the female heroes are gorgeous and have big boobs. that’s always a good thing.

    • Peter Boucher

      To Mr. Ree………….Beavis And Butthead : “You said BOOBS, yeah, yeah ,yeah, haha, haha, haha, haha

  • Jose Hernandez

    This is why I miss the 20th century! Everything had love ,passion and hard-work in it. Now, they capitalize everything and the web made us lazy.

  • Peter Boucher

    I don’t ever recall reading a comic book in life. That’s why I watch animation on TV and I am select about it : “Ren And Stimpy”, “Family Guy”, “American Dad”, “Beavis and Butthead”, All Bugs Bunny Cartoons with Sylvester and Tweety Pie as honorable mention.

    • Likely Guy

      Peter, are you old enough to remember ‘violent’ Bugs Bunny? I saw an edited clip a while back, and I thought, “Why bother? That was disjointed, and not funny.”

      Mel Blanc rolls over in his grave.

      Yosemite Sam and his “Whoa Mule!” routine, as a kid… that was absolutely hilarious! But now, it’s absolutely banned as it promotes violence against animals.

      It’s a sad state of affairs when someone can’t beat their cartoon mule or camel with the butt end of their flintlock rifle anymore.

      • Peter Boucher

        To Likely Guy. I am 7 months shy of my 50th birthday, so when it comes to cartoons, I know quite a bit and grew up in the 60′ and early 70’s watching The Bugs Bunny / Road Runner Show on Saturday mornings. Well let me give you an example of a term (if I may use the term loosely) “cartoonishness”. Sure I remember Mel Blanc, Chuck Jones, Max Fleischer, Donald McKimson, Fritz Freleng and all the other guys who created those cartoons. I can even tell you that Mel Blanc was a regular on the Jack Benny show (before I was born !!). June Foray was the voice of Granny (Tweetie’s owner and the voice of Rocky The Flying Squirrel) and that Mel Blanc was the voice of Barney Rubble on the Flintstones. I guess what I am saying is, to me its funny ! That’s where I use the term “cartoonishness”. I don’t do action figure cartoons, sorry, though I wouldn’t mind owning the very first Superman comic book of 1938 (then I would be swimming in money). If you really want to see a stir up, go to YOU TUBE and type in “BANNED” Bugs Bunny cartoons (which date back to the early 40’s) and see why the NAACP is all freaked out about why racial overtones are saturated in a lot of the very old Bugs Bunny cartoons. And believe me, THEY ARE. We all know of the violent tendencies, but our laughter seems to overlook the nature of the violence or the overtones. And, I do think they are funny. Why was the Disney Movie “Song Of The South” pulled from the video shelves because of its racial overtones. I find the NAACP to be a wonderful organization, but that was there biggest screw up by pulling that movie off the shelves. For God’s Sake its a CHILDREN’S MOVIE that can also be enjoyed by Adults as well. Well surprise, Just go onto YOU TUBE, type in “Song Of The South” and its there………in its entirety. I read one review on “Song Of The South” and the writer compared it to the American version of “Aesop’s Fables” and I could not come up with a better way to describe it. Joel Chandler Harris (the creator of “Uncle Remus”) would be proud and 2 of his admirers ? Mark Twain, and of all writers, James Joyce. Now, here’s how far and out of hand that its getting. I live in the Phoenix, Arizona area and there are a lot of Mexican people that live here. Now Speedy Gonzalez cartoons are taking the “heat”. Sure, Speedy is the hero at the end of the cartoon and gets the beautiful “girl mouse” but the other mice are depicted as Slovenly drunks, fat, lazy and always on a “siesta” and the Hispanics are now in an uproar. So what’s next ? Who knows ? Thank You for responding to me and Take Care.

        • Peter Boucher

          Also, I would like to add that if you watch the cartoons of The Road Runner and the Coyote, back in the 60’s and 70’s when the coyote would fall off of a cliff, you would see him land on the ground with the cloud of dust that is formed by the coyote hitting the ground. Not anymore. NOW, they cut out the landing and thee cloud of dust that is formed. People, ITS ANIMATION, MAKE BELIEVE !! But then again we have children watching Professional Wrestling and they seem to take a liking for imitating the move that they see these professional “wrestlers” perform.

  • Interesting list. Although I think that you should have also mentioned that within the last 20-30 years there have been great developments towards making comics a legitimate high art form. Writers like Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Neil Gaiman, and Art Spiegelman have taken the medium to new heights. Even within the real of superhero comics, there are works which are considered classics pieces of literature, like Alan Moore’s “Watchmen.”

  • skywatcher

    Comics went through a profound change at some point. If I had to pick a particular issue, I guess it would be Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing 34. But a run of about 30 issues of that title excelled in both storytelling and art.

    For those who aren’t familiar with the comics of the late 70s through the late 80s, that was really a golden time for graphic storytelling. Neil Gaiman pushed things a little farther with Sandman, creating a story arc of 75 issues that really needs to be read in its entirety to be appreciated. In the superhero genre, Ann Nocenti’s run on Daredevil was deeper and more insightful than anything else in the book.

    • I would argue Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil 157-191 was more industry changing than Nocenti’s.

      • Javier

        I think the same, but are very good.

  • Bill

    I agree – especially Number #2 -since it sparked my creativity with the Top 10 Superhero’s new years resolutions and Top Ten Christmas presents for the villian on your gift list.

  • Zach Gillette

    Let me get this straight, you’re trying to convince me that I should read comic books because it’s cool. If it was cool, you wouldn’t have to.

    • But now you know how cool it really is. Really, really cool.

  • Steve Perez

    Mr. Standberry,
    While I might not agree with your order, I do appreciate your rationale(s). Your writing was relevant and though-provoking. Thanks.