107. 44 points - Legion of Super Heroes (Shooter/Swan)
Adventure Comics #346 - #380
This series established the Legion of Superheroes as important characters in the DCU and featured one of the best deaths of a hero in modern comics, but none of that matters. Here's what matters, how Jim Shooter ended up on this book.
Jim Shooter was a 14 year old kid living in Pittsburgh, he sent in a story to DC that was accepted for publishing. Seriously, a 14 year old was writing one of the major books at DC in 1966. This came to pass after Shooter wrote stories and drew up layouts on some paper for four stories and sent them in to the DC offices. Unaware of his age, DC liked the four stories enough that they sent them along to Curt Swan and he turned them into complete stories. These initial issues included the introduction of Legion staples, Karate Kid, Ferro Lad, Universo, and others. Eventually DC found out that Shooter was only a kid, but liked his writing enough that they made him the regular writer on the series despite his age. Shooter "retired" in order to go to college following the end of this run and Supergirl became the main character in the series.
There is absolutely no way that would happen today, but it's one of the coolest stories in comics history. Anyways, the book featured many classic Legion stories, including The Death of Ferro Lad, still considered one of the greatest Legion stories of all time. This won't be the last time we see the Legion on the list, but having never been a big Legion fan this is my favorite run solely because of the story of how Shooter began writing the book.
106. 45 points - Generation X (Lobdell)
Once again, we go to e_galston for this write up. Take it away.
Generation X spun out of the X-Men Crossover The Phalanx Covenant. In this story the evil Phalanx attacked the X-Men. With the various X-teams incapacitated it was up to Banshee, Jubilee, Emma Frost and Sabretooth to save the next generation of mutants and stop the threat. Picking up from that story, this series followed the adventures of Husk, Jubilee, M, Skin, Synch and Chamber. All pretty much blank slates, Lobdell instilled each character with their own personality, even Jubilee. This run showed that Emma Frost, former White Queen of the Hellfire Club, could be reformed. Something that is of great importance to the Marvel Universe today. The team had its ups and downs like any group of youngsters. They also fought many of the X-Men's greatest villains, including Sentinels, Black Tom Cassidy, Omega Red and The X-Cutioner. Throughout this run there were tie ins to the greater X-Men Universe, including leading up to Onslaught, and Zero Tolerance.
One major thing about this run, was the fact that Marvel used this series as its first attempt at a live action mutant movie, using the characters and concepts introduced to produce a live action Generation X TV-movie.
All in all this run has had lasting effects on the X-Men Universe, introducing an entirely new generation who are still around today, M in X-Factor, Chamber and Jubilee showed up in New Mutants, Husk in the various X-Men books. This run may not be as ground breaking as other runs, but it was still a good read.
105. 47 points - Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. (The Knaufs)
#7 - #18 and #21 - #28
Carnivale is one of my favorite TV shows of all time, and it was created by the father and son team of Daniel and Charlie Knauf. To follow up on Warren Ellis' much delayed Iron Man run, they were given the book and ended up dealing with one of the most important eras the character has ever had.
Ellis had introduced the concept of Extremis, a technology that lived in the cells of a host and gave complete control over all electronics in the area, giving Iron Man powers beyond anything he had before and a feeling of near omniscience. Following the Civil War event, Iron Man was named director of S.H.I.E.L.D. With this, his book was retitled and the focus was shifted from his previous role as a superhero and into his role as the new Nick Fury.
Iron Man's role as leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. and opposition to Captain America during Civil War led to some big conflicts with certain groups within the superhero community and as a result some fans actually considered Tony to be acting in a villainous manner. A lot of that was seen in other books, while his reactions and motivations were more closely shown in this title, giving much more justification to some of his more controversial choices, while also following a plot by the newly returned Mandarin attempting to use Extremis to his own means, and dealing with a new supporting cast. Overall the story is a well done combination of high tech horror story, espionage book focused on political machinations, and superhero story featuring Iron Man and his greatest enemy.
As for the Oldboy reference, in the first arc there's a scene where the villain is hanging out in a theater watching the movie, and you get to see the awesome scene where Oh Dae-Su is having the hammer fight. It's one of my favorite random Easter eggs in a comic ever.