Mav (chrismaverick) wrote,

Canonical list of comics...

Ok, so in response to my earlier list of canon books... this my list of canon comics....

Things of note this list is meant to represent things that one should read to get a good sampling of the American comics medium. It's comprised of more or less definitive works in medium. Not necessarily the best works (though some of them may be). In particular, Action Comics #1 is not very good, but is very important. By the same token, its meant to give you a sampling of books that would make you well rounded in comics, as such, Fantastic Four #1 and Sandman as a series run are missing. Also, I concentrated on American (or at the very least Western) comics. Manga is a totally different art form.

I suppose I will do movies next.

There are 30 titles listed below. All represent a Trade Paerback, Graphic Novel or Entire series run, unless otherwise noted

  • Action Comics #1 by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel
  • Amazing Fantasy #15 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
  • The Authority by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch
  • Bone by Jeff Smith
  • Cerebus by Dave Sim
  • Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
  • The Death of Captain Marvel by Jim Starlin
  • The Death of Gwen Stacey/The Day the Green Goblin Died by Stan Lee
  • Death: The High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman
  • Detective Comics #27 by Bob Kane
  • Elfquest: volume 1 by Wendy Pini
  • God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont
  • Hellboy by Mike Mignola
  • History of the DC Universe by George Perez and Marv Wolfman
  • The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
  • Kingdom Come by Alex Ross and Mark Waid
  • LifeDeath: A Love Story by Chris Claremont
  • Love and Rockets by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez
  • Mage: The Hero Discovered by Matt Wagner
  • Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
  • Omaha, The Cat Dancer by Reed Waller and Kate Worley
  • Preacher by Garth Ennis
  • Safe Area: Gorazde by Jos Sacco
  • Sin City by Frank Miller
  • Tales of Beanworld by Larry Marder
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Kevin Eastman and Jim Laird
  • The Ultimates 1-6 by Mark Millar
  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Watchmen, tradepaperback by Alan Moore
  • Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow by Alan Moore

So what have you read?

thanx to jameel and Wayne (and others to a lesser extent) for much help with this list.

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