HOT 10 COMICS

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1 Amazing Fantasy #15

WRITER: Stan Lee
ARTIST: Steve Ditko
In a surprise to no one, this book transcends comics.  Thank you for making my childhood (and adulthood) fun by making this character real.

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2 Captain America Comics #3

WRITER: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
ARTIST: Alex Schomburg (cover)
In a 2 page text story, this is where it all began for Lee.  Not much else can be said about the significance of this issue.

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3 X-Men #1

WRITER: Stan Lee
ARTIST: Jack Kirby
Originally was going to be titled ‘The Mutants'.  That would have made for some awkward uniforms and Xavier's chair would not have been as cool with a big ‘M' on it.

 

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4 Fantastic Four #1

WRITER: Stan Lee
ARTIST: Jack Kirby
The book that brought superheroes back for the Marvel brand and began the Marvel Silver Age of comics.  While they are not as popular as they once were, this book is still hailed as an all-timer.

 

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5 Mystic Comics #6

WRITER: Stan Lee
ARTIST: Jack Binder & Al Bare
This book features Lee's first creation, The Destroyer.  Obviously he would go on to create many more, but this is where it started.

 

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6 Incredible Hulk #1

WRITER: Stan Lee
ARTIST: Jack Kirby
This character is so relatable, even today.  He has so many flaws, heartaches, etc.  I think that is what made all of Lee's characters so great, and Hulk exemplifies that to the nth degree.

 

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7 Avengers #1

WRITER: Stan Lee
ARTIST: Jack Kirby
Can we imagine a world today without the Avengers?  I would have loved to been a fly on the wall back then when the idea was pitched to team up Ant-Man and the Hulk lol.

 

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8 Tales of Suspense #39

WRITER: Stan Lee & Larry Lieber
ARTIST: Jack Kirby
Iron Man certainly is more popular today than he was for a long time, thanks to Robert Downey, Jr., but, just like all the other books on this list, what would the world look like had these not been created?  The Iron Man movie changed movie history–things would look a lot different in an alternate universe with no Iron Man.

 

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9 Fantastic Four #52

WRITER: Stan Lee
ARTIST: Jack Kirby
The significance of this book is sometimes forgotten.  Mid-1960's and there were no African-American superheroes…until Lee/Kirby added Black Panther.  This was waaayyy ahead of its time.

 

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10 Captain America Comics #74

WRITER: Various, including Stan Lee
ARTIST: Martin Nodell (cover)
I couldn't find an earlier Horror comic with Lee than this, but even if there is, this is certainly the most famous.  That era still is fascinating to me, I mean, can you imagine dropping Captain America for a totally different genre today?

 

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Amazing Spider-Man #96-98 (Ben C selection)

WRITER: Stan Lee
ARTIST: Gil Kane
So why would a Golden Age guru pick a 3 issue Bronze Age story as his Stan Lee selection?  This marks the first time, since the comic code was introduced, that a major publisher released a book without the comic code stamp of approval.  Lee wanted to tell this anti-drug story, so he did, with or without approval.

Detective Comics #600 (Ben S-no relation-selection)

WRITER: Sam Hamm
ARTIST: Denys Cowan
Wait, what?  How is this on a Stan Lee list?  Well, in a show of respect for Batman, Stan showed grace and wrote a poem about Batman for this landmark issue.  It's a great tribute from a competing icon.  This should be in everyone's collection.  And with that, thank you again Mr. Lee for helping shape this comic world that we all love.  Excelsior!

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