Archive for: Best Comics Poll Top Ten

#1: Peanuts, Charles M. Schulz

There are two main paths to liking Peanuts: the Snoopy way and the Charlie Brown way.

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#2: Krazy Kat, George Herriman

If Herriman is, as he’s often called, the poet laureate of comics, then like the best poetry his work needs to be read slowly and in small doses.

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#3: Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson

Those two-seconds-late realizations when Calvin’s mom realized what his last absurdist claim meant.

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#4: Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

Watchmen is simultaneously a first-rate adventure story, an incisive analysis of the superhero genre, and a brilliant meditation on how one’s sense of reality is defined by one’s perspective

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#5: Maus: A Survivor’s Tale, Art Spiegelman

Spiegelman demonstrated that comics, which always labor under the onus of being dismissed as children’s fare, can grapple with the weightiest topics.

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#6: Little Nemo in Slumberland, Winsor McCay

Winsor McCay spoke the saddest and greatest last words of any cartoonist.

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#7: The Locas Stories, Jaime Hernandez

The stories Hernandez tells are grounded in a contemporary reality (one that, unlike most comics, acknowledges race, sexuality, and class) but are also willing to touch on a host of modes and genres. The early stories are a little too rooted in science fic

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