The Twelve Best Comics of All Time

This is a thoroughly narcissistic post, spawned by my recent re-reading of a number of semi-serious attempts at comics canonization. These other lists, including that of  The Comics Journal and The Hooded Utilitarian, are attempts at projecting the intersubjective consensus of a given demography of comic book consumers, be it a very narrow selection of competent and knowledgable comics intellectuals (for lack of a better term), or a slightly broader swath of (still competent) comics critics and polemics. In either case, the notion seems to be that the aggregation of the lists of multiple people will reveal some sort of insight that is, inherently, more informed and more relevant than the necessarily subjective choices of any one individual.

To that, I say screw you – this is my blog and my opinion is the only one that matters! Well, not exactly. Not at all, actually. But I do find it an interesting intellectual exercise to come up with a dozen titles that somehow seem more important and more worthwhile to read (it might be either/or) than any of the countless other works of comics art out there. Even if this is only the case in the universe in which my mind is the sole inhabitant. So read on, take everything with an ounce of salt, and please tell me why I’m wrong.

Nemo

Little Nemo in Slumberland, by Winsor McCay (1905-1914)

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Krazy Kat, by George Herriman (1913-1944)

Kitaro

GeGeGe no Kitarō, by Shigeru Mizuki (1959-1969)

Tintin

Tintin au Tibet, by Hergé (1960)

Garo

The Garo stories of Yoshiharu Tsuge (1965-1970)

Phoenix

Hi no Tori, by Osamu Tezuka (1967-1988)

Binky

Binky Brown meets the Holy Virgin Mary, by Justin Green (1972)

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Le Garage hermétique, by Jean “Moebius” Giraud (1976-1980)

Akira

AKIRA, by Katsuhiro Otomo (1982-1990)

Palomar

Blood of Palomar, by Gilbert Hernandez (1989)

Acme

The Acme Novelty Library, by Chris Ware (1994-)

Lascension

L’Ascension du haut-mal, by David B. (1996-2003)

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2 Responses to The Twelve Best Comics of All Time

  1. Bridge Fazio says:

    Yep. I would even put Epileptic further up. Great choices all.

  2. Good listing. Thanks. If you please also check these titles:

    Caza, Scènes de la vie de banlieue
    http://www.bedetheque.com/serie-5195-BD-Scenes-de-la-vie-de-banlieue.html

    Jacques Tardi, Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc Sec
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Extraordinary_Adventures_of_Adèle_Blanc-Sec

    Hugo Pratt, Corto Maltese
    http://cortomaltese.com

    Don Lawrence, Storm,
    http://www.donlawrence.co.uk

    Fred, Philémon
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philémon_(comics)

    Among my personal favorites.

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