Generally speaking, I think low participation screwed up the bottom half of the list quite a bit. I generally like how the Top 40 fell out, with the obvious exception of the #1 pick. Certainly, I had a few sagas I felt strongly about that didn't rank as highly as I wanted them to, but that's inevitable.
Really really pleased Usagi Yojimbo made the #3 spot.
Really really thankful The Killing Joke did not appear anywhere in the Top 100.
Totally agree shaxper that more participation may have filled out the listings. This specifically is why most all of my voting went with personal favorites I grew up with and I tried thinking more creatively (see my inclusion of all the early Galactus appearances as one long story/saga) to include some variety. There is so much that didn't make the cut which would have added more variety. Since this sort of list will always be more of a popularity contest than anything else and reflective of those who participate a larger participation group is essential. And every year my choices would change as for ranking depending on how I am thinking of them at the time.
Have to congratulate you Shax for your endurance and perseverance to work the math and seeing this through to the end. Good job sir! And thanks to everyone else who wrote in with your choices. Makes for some very interesting conversation and reading for certain!
Gimme a home on the ol' prairie where I can sit in my rockin' chair reading my favorite old comic books of yesteryear!
Post by Slam_Bradley on May 7, 2018 10:26:14 GMT -5
I was somewhat surprised that The X-Men placed as high as they did. Then...on further review, considering the demographics of the board I was less surprised. As I said I haven't read X-Men in a LONG LONG time. And I gave up shortly into Paul Smith's run. But Claremont's writing has not held up at all well for me.
This likely reflects in part the framing of the question about "comic sagas," which generally seems to have been interpreted as a self-contained story of at least several issues in length. As an early Marvel effort, Spider-Man's formative stories tended to be shorter in length, since a "book length" story was sufficiently novel at the time to be worth of mentioning on the cover. So "early FF" and "early Spidey" didn't seem saga-like, and few ongoing Spider-Man arcs seem to have made a huge positive impact. Venom's introduction perhaps? The Spider-Clone and Spider Totem arcs (which I've heard about but not read) don't seem beloved.
Frank Miller's Daredevil runs were a case of a now-established auteur getting his hands on a languishing character to show how to "do it right." Did Spider-Man ever have a coherent period of experimentation like that?