From another list of the Top 100 Comic Books

Krazy Kat

The Comics Journal had a very different list of the Top 100 comic books, and I’m less familiar with the material there. The list came out in 1999, so I’m sure it would be different if it came out today, but it’s a selection of the TCJ crowd’s favorite material. If the CBR list is the equivalent of AFI’s Top 100 movies, this is the Sight & Sound list.

This selection includes an 8 page piece EC story, as well as newspaper comic strips that lasted for generations. In some cases, the material will take you much less time to read than Preacher. In other cases, the complete collection will take much more effort to finish.

I’ve read all of…

  • Maus
  • Mad Comics by Harvey Kurtzman and others
  • Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary
  • Wigwam Bam
  • Blood of Palomar
  • The Death of Speedy Ortiz
  • Flies on the Ceiling
  • Lee/ Kirby’s Fantastic Four
  • Poison River
  • Lee/ Ditko’s Amazing Spider-Man
  • Calvin & Hobbes
  • From Hell
  • Ghost World
  • Paul Auster’s City of Glass by David Mazzuchelli
  • Cages
  • Understanding Comics
  • Tantrum
  • The Frank Stories by Jim Woodring
  • A Contract With God
  • God’s Man
  • Black Hole
  • The Master Race
  • V For Vendetta
  • Why I Hate Saturn
  • Stuck Rubber Baby
  • Jack Kirby’s Fourth World
  • Mr. Punch
  • In Pictopia

One reason I managed to read a quarter of their selections is their decision to include five Love and Rockets stories, rather than making these one or two entries, depending on whether Palomar and Locas should be considered separate comic books.

The only superhero runs to make the list are those by the original writer and artist. On the one hand, this doesn’t seem particularly fair or accurate, due to the excellent work that’s excluded. On the other hand, this means that readers can be introduced to more obscure work.


I’ve read much of…

  • Peanuts
  • Little Nemo in Slumberland
  • Doonesbury
  • The Cartoon History of the Universe by Larry Gonick
  • The New Yorker cartoons of Charles Addams

I’ve read some of…

  • Krazy Kat
  • Pogo
  • Donald Duck by Carl Barks
  • Thimble Theater (Popeye) by E.C. Segar
  • The Weirdo Stories of Robert Crumb
  • EC’s “New Trend” war comics
  • Will Eisner’s The Spirit
  • The Acme Novelty Library
  • Uncle Scrooge by Carl Barks
  • The New Yorker Cartoons of Peter Arno
  • Gasoline Alley
  • Jack Cole’s Plastic Man
  • Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy
  • Al Hirschfield’s theatrical cartoons
  • Chester Brown’s autobiographical cartoons from Yummy Fur
  • The editorial cartoons of Pat Oliphant
  • Amphigorey by Edward Gorey
  • Prince Valiant by Hal Foster
  • Dennis the Menace by Hank Ketcham
  • Captain Marvel by C. C. Beck
  • EC’s “New Trend” horror comics by Al Feldstein and various
  • Little Lulu by John Stanley
  • Alley Oop by V. T. Hamlin
  • Palestine by Joe Sacco
  • The cartoons of James Thurber
  • Zippy the Pinhead by Bill Griffith
  • Li’l Abner by Al Capp


I have not read…

  • Feiffer by Jules Feiffer
  • Thimble Theater
  • RAW Magazine
  • The Sketchbooks of Robert Crumb
  • Polly and Her Pals by Cliff Sternett
  • Terry and the Pirates
  • Wash Tubbs
  • The Jungle Book by Harvey Kurtzman
  • The Mishkin Saga
  • The Kin-der-Kids by Lyonel Feininger
  • The Idiots Abroad (Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers) by Gilbert Shelton and Paul Mavrides
  • The Buddy Bradley saga by Peter Bagge
  • The Alec stories of Eddie Campbell
  • It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken by Seth
  • The editorial cartoons of Herblock
  • Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer by Ben Katchor
  • American Splendor #1–10 by Harvey Pekar and various
  • Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray
  • Hey Look! by Harvey Kurtzman
  • Goodman Beaver by Harvey Kurtzman and Bill Elder
  • Bringing Up Father by George McManus
  • The Passport by Saul Steinberg
  • Barnaby by Crockett Johnson
  • Jimbo by Gary Panter
  • The Book of Jim by Jim Woodring
  • The short stories in Rubber Blanket by David Mazzucchelli
  • Ernie Pook’s Comeek by Lynda Barry
  • Sugar and Spike by Sheldon Mayer
  • Zap Comix by Robert Crumb and various
  • The Lily stories (Daddy’s Girl) by Debbie Drechsler
  • Caricature by Daniel Clowes
  • The Willie and Joe cartoons of Bill Mauldin
  • The New Yorker cartoons of George Price
  • The autobiographical comics of Spain Rodriguez
  • The humor comics of Basil Wolverton
  • Los Tejanos by Jack Jackson (alias Jaxon)
  • The Dirty Plotte series by Julie Doucet
  • The Hannah Story by Carol Tyler
  • Barney Google by Billy DeBeck
  • The Bungle Family by Harry J. Tuthill

“The Master Race”- an eight page story from EC’s Impact Comics #1 is posted online in its entirety.  As is “In Pictopia” Alan Moore and Don Simpsons’s satire of superhero comics.

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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