Head Writer John Rhett Thomas
Feature Writers Robert Greenberger, Jess Harrold, Michael Kronenberg, Dugan Trodglen & Tim Stevens
Cover by Greg Land
Thanks to DCBS for sending this to me with my order of All New Ultimates 8, and for free! I was initially dismissive of this as I had read there was no X-Men coverage in it. But then I actually read it and there is this awesome feature of the Top 75 Marvel Stories that Marvel.com put together based off of votes.
Here are the ones that involved Kitty Pryde, with the complete list following that, plus some of the ones that I have owned or read :
75. The Death of Spider-Man – (Ultimate Spider-Man) Poor Kitty lost her ex-boyfriend and we lost a truly wonderful hero.
73. New Mutants #98 – Deadpool’s first appearance, I owned this at some point.
72. Marvel Two-in-One Annual #7 – Kitty appears as Colossus joins the tournament.
71. Fantastic Four #262 –
70. Daredevil: The Man Without Fear – Most of the Wizard Top 100 Trades are reflected on this list (which makes total sense).
69. Avengers (1963) #4 – Captain America’s revival and entry into the Silver Age!
68. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 – I wonder how many people voted for this just as an ‘f u’ to Marvel. The Wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. It didn’t really happen, now.
67. X-Factor #87 – The Doc Samson issue that made people start liking Quicksilver
66. Thor #362 –
64. The Punisher : Welcome Back, Frank – The series that brought Punisher back to life and made him awesome again.
63. New Mutants by Chris Claremont –
57. Amazing Spider-Man #129 – First Appearance of The Punisher!
56. Alpha Flight (1983) #12 –
54. Wolverine by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller – The first story to actually have Kitty in it, all be it, the final issue and only for one page. That counts.
50. Avengers (1963) #57 –
48. Giant-Size X-Men #1 – First Appearance of Illyana Rasputin! Also Nightcrawler, and some others!
45. Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon & John Cassaday – A grand opus that stars Kitty Pryde!
44. Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #36 – The 9-11 story by JMS and JRJR. At one point, I owned three of these!
43. Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #50 –
40. Fantastic Four #285 –
37. Thunderbolts (1997) #1 – Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley, yes please! Their entire run was amazing but I know how hard this issue was to find for so many as no one knew how popular it was going to be. I mean, I did but I’m a true fan.
35. Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #31-33 – Google Amazing Spider-Man 33 and see that awesome six page sequence Dikto did of Spider-Man lifting that debris off of him. Spider-Man, as a legend, begins here!
34. Avengers: Ultron Unlimited – I am a complete mark for Busiek / Perez and their Avengers run but this is the true gem of the run. If the movie could be at least a quarter as good as this, that would do Ultron justice on the big screen.
33. Avengers vs. X-Men – Put Magik in the big leagues and she hasn’t left yet!
32. X-Men: Fatal Attractions –
31. Thor #337 –
30. Incredible Hulk #181 – I’m lucky enough to own this, along with 180 and 182.
28. Spider-Man: Blue – A great Leob / Sale miniseries. Too bad these two haven’t done a X-Men one.
27. Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage – I’m on record as saying that this is one of the best Spider-Man stories. Glad it made the list, and so high!
26. House of M – Kitty was part of the Astonishing team, so she got to play a role in this. Once in the HoM timeline, she’s a teacher. This also set up Magik coming back!
25. The Death of Captain Marvel – Kitty shows up along with the rest of the X-Men. She’s sad in it.
23. Fantastic Four: The Galactus Trilogy – Gave us both Silver Surfer and Galactus. Also the first mutli-issue story, for Marvel, I believe.
22. X-Men: Age of Apocalypse – Generation Next is the true gem in this. AoA Shadowcat is pure awesomeness! Seeing a young Illyana is nice too.
21. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills – A story so great that they based X2 off of it! Kitty gets some spectacular lines in it! Also a teenage Illyana, but pre-Magik named, is in there as well.
19. Daredevil #181 – Death of Elektra
18. Avengers: Under Siege – One of the truly great 80s Avengers stories, ripe for a movie adaption!
17. The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man – Not even a full length issue story. A nice little story with a great ending.
15. Hulk (1962) #1 – First Appearance
14. Fantastic Four (1961) #1 – First Appearance
13. Captain America Comics #1 – First Appearance
12. Avengers (1963) #1 – First Appearance as a Team
11. Secret Wars – Lockheed’s first appearance on the list!
10. AMAZING FANTASY #15 – First Appearance of Spider-Man
7. The Infinity Gauntlet – Kitty shows up for a panel in one of the earlier issues
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past – This actually has its own movie now with the title and all! Nothing like it, grant it but this comic gave us Future Kate Pryde and Rachel Summers’ first appearance.
5. X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga – Kitty’s first appearance along with Emma’s! Plus some stuff in space happens. I’m a much bigger fan of the first half than the second half. Also, the highest X-Men story.
4. Daredevil: Born Again – Frank Miller on full cynders and a story that has sort of ruined Daredevil, ever since.
3. Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt – Such a great story by legendary JM DeMatteis.
1. Spider-Man: The Death of Gwen Stacy – I grow more meh over this as the years go by. Probably due to how often we have seen Gwen since this story. Plus, Norman Osborn wasn’t really killed. Plus plus, Norman killed Gwen because she birthed his twins and abandoned them in England and just went back to Peter like nothing ever happened. Sins Past has essentially tarnished this story for all time. Clone Saga didn’t help either. Either of them.
Full List – Without my comments (copied from the Marvel.com website)
75. THE DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN
74. NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E.
73. NEW MUTANTS #98
72. MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE ANNUAL #7
71. FANTASTIC FOUR #262
70. DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR
69. AVENGERS (1963) #4
68. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #21
67. X-FACTOR #87
66. THOR #362
65. SPIDER-MAN: THE CLONE SAGA
64. THE PUNISHER: WELCOME BACK, FRANK
63. NEW MUTANTS BY CHRIS CLAREMONT
62. MARVEL COMICS #1
61. SILVER SURFER: PARABLE
60. MARVEL ZOMBIES
59. IRON MAN: ARMOR WARS
58. AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY
57. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129
56. ALPHA FLIGHT (1983) #12
55. WORLD WAR HULK
54. WOLVERINE BY CHRIS CLAREMONT & FRANK MILLER
53. AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED
52. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER BY JASON AARON & ESAD RIBIC
51. DEADPOOL KILLS
50. AVENGERS (1963) #57
49. HAWKEYE BY MATT FRACTION & DAVID AJA
48. GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1
47. AVENGERS: THE KORVAC SAGA
46. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700
45. ASTONISHING X-MEN BY JOSS WHEDON & JOHN CASSADAY
44. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1999) #36
43. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #50
42. THE ULTIMATES #1
41. PLANET HULK
40. FANTASTIC FOUR #285
39. CAPTAIN AMERICA (2004) #25
38. AVENGERS: THE KREE/SKRULL WAR
37. THUNDERBOLTS (1997) #1
36. NICK FURY: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. BY STERANKO
35. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #31-33
34. AVENGERS: ULTRON UNLIMITED
33. AVENGERS VS. X-MEN
32. X-MEN: FATAL ATTRACTIONS
31. THOR #337
30. INCREDIBLE HULK #181
29. IRON MAN: EXTREMIS
28. SPIDER-MAN: BLUE
27. SPIDER-MAN: MAXIMUM CARNAGE
26. HOUSE OF M
25. THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL
24. WARLOCK BY JIM STARLIN
23. FANTASTIC FOUR: THE GALACTUS TRILOGY
22. X-MEN: AGE OF APOCALYPSE
21. X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS
20. SECRET INVASION
19. DAREDEVIL #181
18. AVENGERS: UNDER SIEGE
17. THE KID WHO COLLECTED SPIDER-MAN
15. HULK (1962) #1
14. FANTASTIC FOUR (1961) #1
13. CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
12. AVENGERS (1963) #1
11. SECRET WARS
10. AMAZING FANTASY #15
9. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
8. MARVELS #1
7. THE INFINITY GAUNTLET
6. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
5. X-MEN: THE DARK PHOENIX SAGA
4. DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN
3. SPIDER-MAN: KRAVEN’S LAST HUNT
2. CIVIL WAR
1. SPIDER-MAN: THE DEATH OF GWEN STACY
So in November, there is suppose to be an Omnibus that collects all of these but how is that even possible!?! Some of these are six part stories. Others, like the Clone Saga are . . . I’m not even sure how many comics, at least 50 if not 75 comics. They included the entire run of Whedon / Cassaday on Astonishing X-Men, that right there is 25 issues and one of those is giant sized! Age of Apocalypse is also on the list and that’s maybe five or six trades right now!
75 individual comics at 20 pages each is 1500 pages. They are going to need to make maybe three to five volumes to contain all of this.
I like how, in the magazine, they list which trades you find find most of these stories in as well as which issue numbers the stories originally appeared in. That’s a nice extra step they took.
There are other features such as :
The Birth of Timely Comics
Interview with Stan Lee
Interview with Walt Simonson
Event Horizon, a timeline of events in the Marvel Universe, ie, crossovers. The cool thing to note is how special events were at first. Then, around 2006, events were happening every quarter.
These are the ones that Kitty has been a part of :
1984 – Secret Wars
1985 – Secret Wars II
1989 – Inferno
1991 – Infinity Gauntlet
1995 – Age of Apocalypse
1996 – Onslaught
2004 / 2005 – Secret War
2005 – House of M
2012 – Avengers vs X-Men
2013 – Age of Ultron
2013 – Infinity
2014 – Original Sin
There are additional features :
The current Young Guns
A Toy Section
Pretty good magazine, at 96 pages, it is very generous to give it away for free.
Another thing I like about the Magazine is that most of the right sided pages are just various companies saying, Congrats. Makes it seem like a nice environment the comic business is.