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The Spurge’s Top 100 Comic List of the 20th Century (whole text)

Posted by brexwfoldingham on January 16, 2008


 Afternoon in the Attic (1950) Charles Addams
Akira (1982) Katushiro Otomo
Amphigorey (1980) Edward Gorey
Art Moderne (1980) Joost Swarte
Arzach (1975) Moebius
Asterix et les Normans (1966) Rene Goscinny, Albert Udozo
Barnaby (1942-1946) Crockett Johnson
Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary (1972) Justin Green
Bootsie and Others (1958) Oliver Harrington
Botchan No Jidai (1985) Natsuo Sekikawa, Jiro Taniguchi
Bottle Fatigue (1950) Virgil Partch
Boulevard of Broken Dreams (1991) Kim Deitch
Brouillard Au Pont De Tolbiac (1982) Jacques Tardi
Calvin and Hobbes (1986-1990)+ Bill Watterson
Caricature (1995) Daniel Clowes
Cartoons in The Masses (1912-1918) Art Young
Conte Demoniaque (1996) Aristophane
Dans Les Villages: La Jole (1990) Max Cabanes
Die Stadt (1925) Frans Masereel
Doonesbury (1972-76)+ Garry Trudeau
Editorial Cartoons (1920-1945)+ J.N. Darling
Editorial Cartoons (1965-2000)+ Pat Oliphant
Fable de Venise (1981) Hugo Pratt
Fantastic Four #44-63 (1965-67) Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Frank (1991-2000)+ Jim Woodring
From Hell (1991-1996) Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell
Fuochi (1984) Lorenzo Mattotti
Gasoline Alley (1921-32)+ Frank King
God’s Man (1930) Lynd Ward
Goodman Beaver (late 50s/early 60s) Harvey Kurtzman, Will Elder
Graffiti Kitchen (1993) Eddie Campbell
Hadashi No Gen (1972-73) Keiji Nakazawa
Harlem as Seen by Hirschfeld (1941) Al Hirschfeld
Hate (1990-1999) Peter Bagge
“Here” (1989) Richard McGuire
Hurrah for St. Trinian’s (1948) Ronald Searle
I Never Liked You (1994) Chester Brown
Ici Meme (1979) Jacques Tardi
Jimbo (1982) Gary Panter
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (2000) Chris Ware
Jiniku (1994) Kazuichi Hanawa
Joe’s Bar (1982) Jose Munoz, Carlos Sampayo
Journal (1999) Fabrice Neaud
Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer (1996) Ben Katchor
Kampung Boy (1979) Lat
Kaze no tani no Nausicaa (1978) Hayao Miyazaki
King-Cat Comics and Stories (1992-2000)+ John Porcellino
Krazy Kat (1919-1940)+ George Herriman
L’Affaire Tournesol (1956) Herge
L’Ascension Du Haut Mal (1996) David B
L’Autoroute Du Soleil (1995) Baru
Le Jeune Albert (1985) Yves Chaland
Le Spectre Aux Balles D’Or (1972) Jean Giraud, Jean-Michel Charlier
Little Lulu (1945-1961) John Stanley, Irv Tripp
Little Nemo in Slumberland (1905-1911) Winsor McCay
Little Orphan Annie (1928-1940)+ Harold Gray
Locas (1981-1996) Jaime Hernandez
Los Tejanos (1982) Jack Jackson
Lost in the Andes (1949) Carl Barks
Mad #1-23 (1952-1955) Harvey Kurtzman
MaMaFuFu (early 90s) Imiri Sakabashira
“Master Race” (1955) Bernard Krigstein, Al Feldstein
Maus (1986) Art Spiegelman
Men, Women and Dogs (1943) James Thurber
“Minnie’s 3rd Love” (1994) Phoebe Gloeckner
Mr. Natural (1968-1980)+ Robert Crumb
Muno No Hito (1991) Yoshiharu Tsuge
Negres Jaunes (2000) Yvan Alagbe
Palomar (1981-1996) Gilbert Hernandez
Panorama of Hell (English Title) (1982) Hideshi Hino
Partie De Chasse (1983) Enki Bilal, Pierre Christin
Peanuts (1955-1975)+ Charles Schulz
Perramus (1982-1985) Alberto Breccia, Juan Sasturain
Peter Arno’s Parade (1929) Peter Arno
Phoenix (1954-1989) Osamu Tezuka
Piero (1999) Edmond Baudoin
Plastic Man (1943-1952)+ Jack Cole
Pogo (1949-1954)+ Walt Kelly
Polly and Her Pals (1920-1935)+ Cliff Sterrett
Prince Valiant (1940-1950)+ Hal Foster
Radio Lucien (1982) Frank Margerin
Robert Crumb Draws the Blues (1992) Robert Crumb
Safe Area Gorazde (2000) Joe Sacco
Sick, Sick, Sick (1958) Jules Feiffer
Slaloms (1997) Lewis Trondheim
Sports Cartoons (1934-1966)+ Willard Mullin
Terry and the Pirates (1940-1944)+ Milton Caniff
The Cartoon History of the Universe (1997) Larry Gonick
The Fun House (1987) Lynda Barry
The Handala Cartoons (1975-1987) Naji Al-Ali
The Jungle Book (1959) Harvey Kurtzman
The Kinder-Kids (1906) Lyonel Feininger
The Lonely Ones (1942) William Steig
The Spirit (1946-1948)+ Will Eisner
Thimble Theatre (1932-1934)+ E.C. Segar
Wash Tubbs (1929-1940)+ Roy Crane
Watchmen (1985-1987) Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
What Am I Doing Here? (1947) Abner Dean
Willie and Joe (1940-1944)+ Bill Mauldin
Z Comme Zorglub (1961) Franquin

+ = This title or effort existed for more years than listed here, but the years listed are the ones I think are particularly noteworthy, or in the case of those that bump up against the 21st Century, the dates that best meet the requirements of the list. Many of the single titles selected here are as the best representative of a run of similar work.


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