Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The RETURN of the Top Five List!!!

While Top Five List week ended last week, seeing as how I'm never one to turn down a good shtick, I am now returning Top Five List to Tuesdays! So if Ronald or the Seans want to do a Top Five List, feel free to do so on any Tuesday!

Today's Top Five List is....TOP FIVE MANHUNTERS!

The current Manhunter JUST missed the top five, as did the big robot folks...

5. Chase Lawler

Chase was the star of Steven Grant's post-Zero Hour series. It was a lot of rip-roaring good times, with lots of trippy bad guys and trippier Vince Giarrano art.

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4. Kirk DePaul

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Kirk was a mercenary who was a partner in the superhero organization The Power Company. He was a really cool character, one of the last remaining clones of Paul Kirk (see #2 on the list), as he was arrogant, but Kurt Busiek gave him enough charm that he was still a likable character.

3. Mark Shaw

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John Ostrander and Kim Yale took this cool character who was created by Jack Kirby and developed in the page of Steve Englehart's classic Justice League of America run, and did a lot of good with him as a mercenary who, well, hunts people down.

Very down to earth series. A lot of fun.

2. Paul Kirk

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This is the classic Jack Kirby Manhunter, who was updated and given a new purpose by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonsin in the backup pages of Detective Comics in the early 70s.

I command you - Read it and love it!

It is availale in trade.

1. J'onn J'onnz - the MARTIAN Manhunter!

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This guy was cool enough to be a member, and make sense as a member, in the original Justice League, the Detroit Justice League, the Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League, Justice League Task Force, and Morrison's JLA.

He is a pretty darned impressive character.

So, do you all agree/disagree with my rankings?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Minor correction: Mark Shaw was created by Jack Kirby, not Steve Englehart. He first appeared in FIRST ISSUE SPECIAL #5.

9/07/2005 10:43 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

You are correct!

I meant to say "developed by"!


9/08/2005 3:21 AM  

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