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UPDATED with the full list plus the Omnibus cover!

Earlier this year on Marvel.com and through our social media channels, we put out the call asking you to help us select the 75 greatest comics in the history of the House of Ideas, and you came through—big time. With thousands of responses, narrowing down 75 years of the greatest characters and most talented creators did not prove an easy task, but with your assistance, we believe we came up with a representation uniquely Marvel.

See the comics that you selected, as well as the cover to the MARVEL 75TH ANNIVERSARY OMNIBUS, available this November and collecting these classic stories!

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. (2006) #1

Cover: Nextwave (2006) #1

75. THE DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN
74. NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E.
73. NEW MUTANTS #98
72. MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE ANNUAL #7
71. FANTASTIC FOUR #262

70. DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR
69. AVENGERS (1963) #4
68. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #21
67. X-FACTOR #87
66. THOR #362

Web of Spider-Man (1985) #117

The Clone Saga

65. SPIDER-MAN: THE CLONE SAGA
64. THE PUNISHER: WELCOME BACK, FRANK
63. NEW MUTANTS BY CHRIS CLAREMONT
62. MARVEL COMICS #1
61. SILVER SURFER: PARABLE

60. MARVEL ZOMBIES
59. IRON MAN: ARMOR WARS
58. AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY
57. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129
56. ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) #12

Thor: God of Thunder (2012) #1

Thor: God of Thunder 2012 Cover #1

55. WORLD WAR HULK
54. WOLVERINE BY CHRIS CLAREMONT & FRANK MILLER
53. AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED
52. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER BY JASON AARON & ESAD RIBIC
51. DEADPOOL KILLS

50. AVENGERS (1963) #57
49. HAWKEYE BY MATT FRACTION & DAVID AJA
48. GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1
47. AVENGERS: THE KORVAC SAGA
46. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700

45. ASTONISHING X-MEN BY JOSS WHEDON & JOHN CASSADAY
44. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #36
43. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #50
42. THE ULTIMATES #1
41. PLANET HULK

40. FANTASTIC FOUR #285
39. CAPTAIN AMERICA (2004) #25
38. AVENGERS: THE KREE/SKRULL WAR
37. THUNDERBOLTS (1997) #1
36. NICK FURY: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. BY STERANKO

35. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #31-33
34. AVENGERS: ULTRON UNLIMITED
33. AVENGERS VS. X-MEN
32. X-MEN: FATAL ATTRACTIONS
31. THOR #337

30. INCREDIBLE HULK #181
29. IRON MAN: EXTREMIS
28. SPIDER-MAN: BLUE
27. SPIDER-MAN: MAXIMUM CARNAGE
26. HOUSE OF M

Strange Tales (1973) #178

Strange Tales (1973) #178 Cover

25. THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL
24. WARLOCK BY JIM STARLIN
23. FANTASTIC FOUR: THE GALACTUS TRILOGY
22. X-MEN: AGE OF APOCALYPSE
21. X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS

20. SECRET INVASION
19. DAREDEVIL #181
18. AVENGERS: UNDER SIEGE
17. THE KID WHO COLLECTED SPIDER-MAN
16. ANNIHILATION

15. HULK (1962) #1
14. FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #1
13. CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
12. AVENGERS (1963) #1
11. SECRET WARS

10. AMAZING FANTASY #15
9. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
8. MARVELS #1
7. THE INFINITY GAUNTLET
6. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #121

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #121
5. X-MEN: THE DARK PHOENIX SAGA
4. DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN
3. SPIDER-MAN: KRAVEN'S LAST HUNT
2. CIVIL WAR
1. SPIDER-MAN: THE DEATH OF GWEN STACY
Look for the MARVEL 75TH ANNIVERSARY OMNIBUS this November and visit marvel.com/75 to continue the celebration!

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Shockwaved13
Shockwaved13 member

So glad Spider Man Blue is on here! It's one of my favorite if not my favorite story.


hulk_smash_your_face
hulk_smash_your_face member

the Kid who Collected Spider-Man. Seriously an amazing issue that nearly brought this 25 year old man to tears. Amazing!

Of course i too would disagree with the order of some of theses comics, but regardless I'm stoked to get this omnibus and devour it!

Make Mine Marvel!

Marvelrocks98
Marvelrocks98

Civil War was great but I don't think it deserve that place and the Avengers: kree/skrull war deserved a better place...

dantekada
dantekada

Greatest Marvel comic ever: Marvel Team Up # 137

TippyToe_Zombie
TippyToe_Zombie

This is now the perfect place to start with Marvel Comics. Unless DC does something like this I'm gonna just start with 52.

rj155500
rj155500 member

If there are no rules as to whether or not multiple issue "arcs" are allowed to go up against single issues . . . . then what's the point? www.marvelfanforums.com

TippyToe_Zombie
TippyToe_Zombie

This has suddenly dwarfed my excitement for the new Super Smash Bros. Game.


I am the TippyToe Zombie

I like to Limbo

Often I fall on people's heads

braddaks7
braddaks7 member

Where's Spider-Girl???!?

oneasian
oneasian

One thing I wonder about is the choice to include full story arcs instead of single issues and vice versa. In the top 10, from what I can tell, 8 are multiple issues story arcs while the two single issues are Marvels #1 and Amazing Fantasy #15. #11 is Secret Wars which comes in at over 10 issues.

TorstenAdair
TorstenAdair

I'm tired of these "first appearances" making the list...  it's done... it's boring.

Instead of Hulk 181, how about Hulk #340, by David and McFarlane?


Where's "Squadron Supreme" by Gruenwald?

Why not the complete mini-series of "Marvels"?

"Howard the Duck"?

Fantastic Four #352?


What I want to see:

"The Best [blank] Stories"

Do a volume for each character.

Just good, solid stories.  None of this "key issue" crap.

TorstenAdair
TorstenAdair

AAARRRGHHH!

#17

"The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man"

PRESENT TENSE!

hornacek
hornacek

Having Maximum Carnage on the list invalidates the entire list.

MrFla329
MrFla329

marvel pls no howard the duck movie  maybe cameo but no major film ppl are taking your material seriously.


JmanLink
JmanLink

People must not like Gwen Stacy that much!

TaunTaun22
TaunTaun22

Yes!! My comment the other day called Dark Phoenix Saga (My personal favorite)!! So happy right now ^.^ After I posted it I thought Brubaker's  Winter Soldier run and Days of Future Past but it was too late to add :/


cosmo1997
cosmo1997

WHAT! Why no Guardians of the Galaxy, Ghost Rider, or Howard the Duck? A list of Marvel's best cannot be complete without at least one appearance of Rocket Raccoon!

tygadacat
tygadacat

Is number 75 the other or a different 'death' of spider man

tygadacat
tygadacat

Kravens last hunt is my FAVORITE comic so I'm not too upset with this list but where's earth x?

EvilJoe3
EvilJoe3

I'm so happy to see Kraven's Last Hunt at #3. Kraven has been one of my favorite villains since I read a reprint of ASM 15 when I was a kid. Years later, when I began collecting comics, I made it my mission to find all 6 parts of KLH. It's depiction of Peter Parker reminding himself of everything he has to live for to dig himself out of his own grave while Kraven succumbs to the depression that caused his mother to kill herself is heartbreaking. JM DeMatteis' writing is pitch perfect from beginning to end, and Mike Zeck's art, especially on the covers, is gorgeous. It's one of the few stories I will always have with me, no matter what.

KiraHawk
KiraHawk member

I knew Avengers Under Siege would be in here.

dantekada
dantekada

Missing from the list : 1602 ; The Sentry (1st mini series) ; Dark Avengers (Bendis with Norman Osborn) ; Origin (1st series) ; Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1 ; Iron-man 128 ; Daredevil 182 ; way too many omissions on this list...I really do not believe 'fans' voted on these selections. I'm on Marvel.com all the time and I never saw any voting. These are editors picks.

Deadpond
Deadpond

Civil War, you have delusions of grandeur if you think you deserve that spot. Good to see Annihilation make the top 20 however.

gravagna123
gravagna123

G.I. Joe #21?!?  Awesome story told without any dialogue???  Missed that one.

rluck9277
rluck9277 plus member

I like the list, and am ashamed to admit I have never read the Death of Gwen Stacey. Looks like I know what I am reading tonight. Also, Civil War is probably one of my favorites as well.

Leowyld
Leowyld

Rocket and Groot are in Paolo Rivera's cover art, but have no representation inside? That makes me quite disappointed.

aipom004
aipom004

BOOYAH, Civil War is on here! And number 2! My personal favorite comic book ever is almost number 1! And I've already read at least half of this list, so good job me for priority comic picking..... All the top 5 deserve their spot here. But. Nextwave should be higher, like in the 20's.

Bengrappone
Bengrappone member

I feel like overall this is a good list, and I agree with most of the picks under 25, but I feel like many of these were chosen because introduced characters or changed the Marvel Universe instead of on their actual quality. 

dantekada
dantekada

Civil War is one of the stupidest story arcs EVER!!!!!!!! Read Fantastic Four 335 by Walt Simonson for Reed Richards testimony on why registering mutants is unjust. But Civil War is terrible,,,I am sick of Marvel writers not having original plots and just sticking to having heroes fight one another.

syckatic
syckatic

fan voted, you should have voted...

dantekada
dantekada

THE KID WHO COLLECTED SPIDER-MAN...what??? I think Marvel's geeky editors and/or interns made this list. Some of these are hideously ranked  whilst some should not be here at all.

rj155500
rj155500 member

@oneasian I said basically the exact same thing a few days ago.  I'm with you oneasian.   www.marvelfanforums.com

braddaks7
braddaks7 member

@TorstenAdair I'm sorry that's the way you feel, but these "first appearances" ARE great stories. They're not boring at all.

allfornot2
allfornot2 member

@tygadacat If I had to guess, it'd probably the the Death of Spider-man storyline from the Ultimate Universe.

aipom004
aipom004

@Deadpond gonna have to disagree with you guys on civil war, but I agree on Annihilation. Maybe even higher up would be cool.

risq
risq

@Deadpond agreed...civil war started off great, but it had such a depressing finish

aipom004
aipom004

Although. I would've liked to see some Ultimate Spidey or X-Men and Captain America: Theater of War.

dantekada
dantekada

Now I look at the list again,it is strange how some are grouped as story arcs and others as single issues...why have Ultimates or Marvels as a single issue when they have to be read as an arc? Why give Thor : God of Thunder and Hawkeye ranking as a entire series ?  And where is Gaiman's 1602???????

allfornot2
allfornot2 member

@dantekada Uhh that story deserves to be here a heck of a lot more than dreck like Maximum Carnage, World War Hulk, Deadpool Kills, or Amazing Spider-man 700. It's a classic and for good reason.

hornacek
hornacek

@GregoryWatson I can't agree with that.  The clone sage included ASM#400, one of the best Spidey issues ever.  Plus Lost Years was awesome.  And Dan Jurgens' Sensational run was great.  There was good stuff in there.  But there was also bad stuff.  And bland stuff.  And god-awful stuff.

TippyToe_Zombie
TippyToe_Zombie

@aipom004 Nice to see someone expressing their opinion in a calm and reasonable fashion. I'm just looking forward to reading all of these when I get this.

wsouth
wsouth

@allfornot2 @dantekada Stop smoking crack. WWH and Spiderman 700 changed the Marvel Universe. Kid who collected changed nothing.

aipom004
aipom004

@TippyToe_Zombie why thank you. If we discuss ASM (movie) I'll be a bit more....intense...but comics, I've read relatively less,so I dont have as strong of a opinion,I guess. I have read a remarkably large portion of this list though.

allfornot2
allfornot2 member

@wsouth @allfornot2 Wow. First off, change is a heck of a lot less important than telling a solid story. Neither WWH or ASM 700 did that. One was an idiotic punchfest, and the other was the lead in to the most overrated comicbook storyline in history, which was honestly just a poorly done version of Kraven's Last Hunt. I'm willing to bet you've never even read The Kid Who Collected Spider-man or you'd know that it deserves to be here a lot more than that garbage.


Sorry that you have such crap taste.


wsouth
wsouth

@allfornot2 @wsouth I have read "the Kid" when it first came out. It was a gloried "Make a wish foundation story". I didn't hate it or anything. I just went; "Meh, I guess someone was on vacation so they put this out". Now you clearly have not read WWH. It's not a punchfest. First of all we have a lucid Hulk which makes for some interesting stories. What sticks out in my mind is when he goes to exact revenge on Prof X and he realizes that the mutants as a people might be the only people more misunderstood and persecuted than he/himself the Hulk. I guess that was just too subtle for you. He makes a bunch of other observations, revelations and decisions that have repercussions  throughout the Marvel universe for years to come. So In conclusion I am not sorry you have crap taste because your crappy taste keeps Marvel in business, which lets them occasionally put out something good for the rest of us to read.

allfornot2
allfornot2 member

@wsouth @allfornot2 "WWH"-"subtle" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

The WWH: X-men tie-in was actually alright. The main event was an idiotic punchfest no matter which way you try to spin it.

It's funny that you're denigrating my crappy taste keeping Marvel in business, when you're here defending a stunt storyline with no substance, and an even that replaced plot with punching.


wsouth
wsouth

@allfornot2 @wsouth I don't have to defend it. It's greatness speaks for itself. But you keep telling yourself that "Spidey make all my dreams come true story" was awesome. Like I said I'm glad so many people like you like it.

allfornot2
allfornot2 member

@dantekada @allfornot2 @wsouth It's a backup story by Roger Stern. Who, as I'm sure you're unaware, is probably the greatest Spider-man writer so far.

Now, why did you decide to criticize something that you clearly haven't read?

dantekada
dantekada

@allfornot2 @dantekada @wsouth My comment was mostly in regards to things like the Clone Saga or these 'mystery' entries like KWC S.M ....many of these entries are very odd to say the least. I really don't care for Spiderman anyway.

allfornot2
allfornot2 member

@wsouth @allfornot2 Better that, than to be jerking off over a storyline that is literally "Hulk punches X" for 5 issues.

allfornot2
allfornot2 member

@dantekada @allfornot2 @wsouth It's not a mystery entry at all. You may be unaware of this, but google exists. At any point you could have just searched it and seen why it deserves its place on the list, instead of pointlessly sniping at something you know nothing about.

And I don't really care for The Hulk, still doesn't mean I think stories like Planet Hulk shouldn't be on the list.

wsouth
wsouth

@allfornot2 @wsouth ahhhh jerk off jokes. The tool of a person with a maturity level of a 12 year old. Oops I better down grade that to the maturity level of a 9 year old. I think even 12 year olds have more upstairs to feel the need to dip into jerk off jokes.

allfornot2
allfornot2 member

@wsouth @allfornot2 It's not really a joke? Whatever.

Go ahead, insult me if it makes you feel any better about your garbage taste in comics. It won't make that story anything other than a mediocre punchfest, and you'll still be wrong at the end of the day. So, by all means, derive satisfaction however you can in the meantime.

wsouth
wsouth

@allfornot2 @wsouth ha haaaaaaa haaaaaa  oh that's funny. You said I'm jerking to whatever and yet I'm the one insulting you? Man it must be pretty interesting living in world with no mirrors. Let me ask you something. How does anything get done in your world when everyone is blaming everyone else. Must be pretty damn unproductive.

wsouth
wsouth

@allfornot2 @wsouth this is coming from the person who said "insult me if it makes you fee better". lol. man is there and emoticon for this. Its the funnies thing I've ever read. Its like there is two of you and you're typing in separate rooms. Get your stories straight. Or don't, its funnier this way, lol.

allfornot2
allfornot2 member

@wsouth @allfornot2 Except you actually insulted me. Hell, if you're gonna take my "jerk off" comment as an insult, you insulted me in your first comment in this thread. I didn't take offense to it, because my skin is slightly thicker than paper, which, apparently, cannot be said for you.


I'm sorry that you have gotten so offended by my remarks, and I am even more sorry for how horrible your taste is.

wsouth
wsouth

@allfornot2 @wsouth oh don't have such a thin skin....followed by "you have horrible taste". Have you invited a third person to this thread because its beyond schizophrenic at this point. lol.

allfornot2
allfornot2 member

@wsouth @allfornot2 At this point, I'm perfectly happy to blatantly insult you considering what a magnificent idiot you've been throughout this entire conversation.

wsouth
wsouth

@allfornot2 @wsouth Well then...congratulations to me, then. I strive to be magnificent at everything I do. Idiocy not withstanding.