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Five For Friday #82—Count ‘Em Up
posted June 29, 2006

Five For Friday #82 -- Give The Best Of The Following:

1. One-Shot
2. Mini-Series of Less Than Eight Issues
3. Mini-Series of Eight Issues or More
4. Ongoing Series that Ran Less Than 100 Issues (But More Than 30)
5. Ongoing Series that Ran More Than 100 Issues


1. Heartbreak Comics
2. Jimbo
3. Louis Riel
4. Love and Rockets, Volume One
5. Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen

(I reserve the right to reject if you cheat!)

This subject is now closed. If I didn't run yours, I didn't get it. Please re-send.

Sean T. Collins

1. If you can count stand-alone single issues within an ongoing series, Eightball #22. If you can't, shit, I'm stumped. Dogs and Water?
2. The Dark Knight Returns
3. If you can count a stand-alone story within an ongoing series, Jimmy Corrigan. If you can't, Black Hole.
4. If you can count a creator's run on an ongoing series, Grant Morrison's New X-Men. If you can't, again, I'm stumped.
5. Beats me.


Dave Ziegler

1. Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe: A really fun comic that I searched and searched for as a kid. Hell, I even had my Pop searching for it on his various business trips. After all the wait (which Fred talks about on his site), it was soooo worth it. For me, it epitomized "fun comics" and the experience taught me a little bit about being a good dad (supporting your kid's mania, no matter how strange it seems to you).

2. The Golden Age: James Robinson gives us the JSA, Hitler's brain, and an Elseworlds that neatly fit into regular DC continuity. Throw in Paul Smith's fantastic art, and you've got a top-shelf piece of work.

3. Superman: Birthright: I know some people have beef with Waid/Yu's revamp of Superman's origin, but I really dug it. It reminded me why I like both Superman AND Clark Kent, and has what is probably my favorite scene in the last 10 years: Jor-El having doubts about casting his son into the cosmos and Lara having to remind him what's at stake and to have faith in himself. Hmm…another "good dad" link. I'm sensing a trend today…

4. Starman: James Robinson's magnum opus about fathers and sons (see what I mean?) brilliantly traces how, no matter how hard we try, we always become what we dread the most: our parents. And we get to go into outer space, too.

5. Fantastic Four: Maintaining a high level of quality for over 100 issues is virtually impossible, but Fantastic Four has a higher batting average than almost any other series out there. From the Lee/Kirby idea factory, through Byrne, Simonson, and Waid/Ringo, Marvel's First Family does it consistently better than anyone else. Imaginauts, indeed!


Bill Beechler, MD

These will probably change next week or the week after that.

1. Superman vs. Muhammad Ali
2. Smax (the Alan Moore spin-off of Top Ten)
3. Don Rosa’s Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck
4. Scott McCloud’s Zot!
5. The Stan Lee/Steve Ditko/John Romita Sr run on The Amazing Spider-Man


JX Schwind

1. Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary (1972, Last Gasp)
2. Brat Pack (1990-1991, King Hell)
3. Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron (Eightball, 1989-1993, Fantagraphics)
4. Gabby Hayes Western (1948-53, Fawcett)
5. Four Color Comics (1942-1962, Dell)

The first and fifth spots are solid for me; second and fourth might be different tomorrow.

Velvet Glove was an easy choice for the third slot, but I'll admit that the "mini-series of eight issues or more" is a rare bird in my experience. Thanks for an interesting exercise over this morning's cup of mud.


Jeff Lester

I should never answer these multiple question "Five For Fridays" when I only have answers for one or two off the top of my head. Nonetheless:

(1) Best One-Shot: Sam & Max Freelance Police, the color special by, uh, Comico, I think? This was one of those comics I could hand to any of my friends and know they'd enjoy it.

I wish I could be clever (and/or a cheat) and pick Jack Kirby's OMAC for (2) and Dave Sim's Cerebus for (3), but, really, I think I'll have to go with what I think will be everyone's responses: (2) The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller; and (3) Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. They were both published as miniseries--more than likely without any guarantee of collection into trade paperbacks--and they (briefly) changed brought a lot of attention to the comics field. And they've sold an absurd number of copies over the last 30 years.

(4) Kamandi, The Last Boy On Earth, although it's hilarious how quickly it gets screwed up once Kirby leaves.

(5) I'll go with Amazing Spider-Man, although I'd put the emphasis pretty heavily on the first thirteen years or so.


Jim Caldwell

1. Marvel No-Prize Book
2. Scene of the Crime
3. Watchmen
4. Legion of Super-Heroes (the 80s one, not the 90s one) - I would have picked Love and Rockets, but you already did and I didn't want to copy.
5. Fantastic Four


Rick Phillips

1. The Death of Captain Marvel
2. The Vision and the Scarlet Witch
3. Crisis on Infinite Earths
4. The Fury of Firestorm (This one ran exactly 100 issues)
5. Amazing Spider-Man


Mark Spedding

1 Can't help but love Captain America's Bicentennial Battles, even though I speak as a British pinko liberal
2 Tough call but lately I've been enjoying Sgt Rock:The Prophecy
3 Gotta be Watchmen
4 A cheating answer: Kirby's Fourth World, considered as one series. A non-cheating answer: Robinson's Starman
5 The Lee-Kirby FF, plus the Annuals and even the two Romita wrap-up issues