From a list of 100 Great Comic Book Runs


A few month ago, Comic Book Resources did a list of the Top 100 comic book runs, based on submissions by users. You can disagree with it, but these are all titles that plenty of comic book fans passionately love. It’s a good place to start with recommendations for what series to read next. And what to reread.

From the list, I’ve read all of…

  • Jim Sternako’s Nick Fury
  • Peter David’s first run of X-Factor
  • Frank Miller’s Sin City
  • Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo’s Fantastic Four
  • Dan Slott’s Amazing Spider-Man
  • Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim
  • Alan Moore, Zander Cannon and Gene Ha’s Top 10

  • Kazuo Koike & Goseki Kojima’s Lone Wolf and Cub

  • Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark and Stefano Gaudiano’s Daredevil
  • Jim Starlin’s Warlock
  • Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Doctor Strange
  • Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Clapion’s Batman
  • Mark Waid’s Daredevil
  • Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch and Paul Neary’s Authority
  • Alan Moore and JH Williams III’s Promethea
  • Warren Ellis and Stuart Immomen’s Nextwave
  • Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’s Green Lantern (co-starring Green Arrow)
  • John Byrne’s Superman
  • Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Immortal Iron Fist
  • Garth Ennis and John McCrea’s Hitman
  • Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers’s Detective Comics
  • Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic FourFF
  • Jack Kirby’s Fourth World
  • Brian K Vaughn and Tony Harris’s Ex Machina
  • Roger Stern and John Romita Jr’s Amazing Spider-Man
  • Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s 100 Bullets
  • Jeff Smith’s Bone
  • Alan Moore’s Marvelman/ Miracleman
  • Stan Lee and John Romita Sr’s Amazing Spider-Man
  • Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s Ultimates
  • Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s Runaways
  • Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol
  • Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson’s Transmetropolitan
  • Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker’s Gotham Central
  • Kurt Busiek and George Perez’s Avengers
  • Garth Ennis’s Punisher
  • John Byrne’s Fantastic Four
  • Grant Morrison’s Animal Man
  • Joss Whedon and John Cassady’s Astonishing X-Men
  • Warren Ellis and John Cassady’s Planetary
  • Brian Michael Bendis’s Ultimate Spider-Man
  • Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Daredevil
  • Grant Morrison’s New X-Men
  • Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher
  • Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s Daredevil
  • Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man
  • Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan’s Y The Last Man
  • Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four
  • Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing
  • John Byrne and Chris Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men
  • Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

So I’ve read the entirety of just over half of the entries on the list. I agree with many of the placements, although Y The Last Man probably doesn’t belong in the top five, Astonishing X-Men doesn’t belong in the top 25, and I’d swap some of the books in the top ten around. Sandman’s fantastic, but at the moment I’d rate it just below Claremont/ Byrne’s Uncanny X-Men (which I was happy to see so high on the list.)


I read most of…

  • Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Thor/ Tales of Asgard
  • Jon Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew
  • Kieron Gillen’s Journey Into Mystery
  • Peter Milligan and Mike Allred’s X-Force/ X-Statix
  • Geoff Johns’s JSA
  • Denny O. Neil and Neal Adams’s Batman
  • David Michelinie and Bob Layton’s Iron Man
  • Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley’s Invincible
  • Brian Michael Bendis’s Avengers
  • Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson’s Astro City
  • Dave Sim’s Cerebus
  • Grant Morrison’s Invisibles
  • Mike Mignola’s Hellboy
  • Robert Kirkman, Charles Allard and Tony Moore’s The Walking Dead
  • Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham and Steve Leiahola’s Fables
  • Peter David’s Incredible Hulk
  • Ed Brubaker’s Captain America
  • Geoff Johns’s Green Lantern
  • Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s New Teen Titans
  • Grant Morrison’s JLA
  • Walter Simonson’s Thor
  • Grant Morrison’s Batman

It shouldn’t take me too long to completely finish these runs. With some ongoing or recently finished titles like Chew, Brubaker’s Captain America and Morrison’s Batman, I just haven’t been caught up on the most recent stories.


I’ve read some of…

  • Daniel Clowe’s Eightball
  • Jack Cole’s Plastic Man
  • Gail Simone’s Secret Six
  • Chris Claremont’s New Mutants
  • Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library
  • Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillip’s Criminal
  • Joe Kelly’s Deadpool
  • Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force
  • Larry Hama’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
  • Denny O’Neil and Denys Cowan’s The Question
  • Will Eisner’s The Spirit
  • Jon Ostrander and Tom Mandrake’s The Spectre
  • Carl Barks’s Duck Comics
  • Peter David’s second run of X-Factor
  • Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlsted’s Legion of Superheroes
  • Roger Stern’s Avengers
  • Los Bros Hernandez’s Love and Rockets
  • Mark Waid’s Flash
  • Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera ‘s Scalped
  • Keith Giffen and JM Dematteis’s Justice League
  • Chris Claremont’s Solo X-Men
  • James Robinson’s Starman


In some cases, I’ve read the most significant stories, but I’m aware that the gaps in my comics reading include the majority of the material.

And I’ve read none of…

  • Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise
  • Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke and Key
  • Keith Giffen and Tom and Mary Bierbaum’s Legion
  • Alan Grant and Norman Breyfogle’s Batman
  • John Ostrander’s Suicide Squad

So the list has been useful in determining some of the gaps in my comics reading. There are a few great series I’ve been meaning to reread/ finish, to consider more about what makes a great comic book, and what makes a great run on a comic book series, and the list is useful as a guide to that as well.

About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. You can email me at
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