“Top 20 Must-Have Comics of All Time: A Guide to Building the Ultimate Collection”

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Comic books have been a staple of popular culture for decades, with countless stories and characters captivating audiences across the world. For fans looking to start or add to their comic book collection, the sheer volume of options can be overwhelming. Here’s a list of the top 20 must-have comics of all time, hand-picked for their historical significance, artistic merit, and timeless storytelling.

  1. “Watchmen” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  2. “The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller
  3. “V for Vendetta” by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
  4. “Maus” by Art Spiegelman
  5. “Sandman” by Neil Gaiman and various artists
  6. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne
  7. “The Walking Dead” by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
  8. “Batman: Year One” by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
  9. “Sin City” by Frank Miller
  10. “American Splendor” by Harvey Pekar and various artists
  11. “The Punisher: Born” by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson
  12. “300” by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley
  13. “Killing Joke” by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland
  14. “Saga” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  15. “Astro City” by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
  16. “The Infinity Gauntlet” by Jim Starlin and George Perez
  17. “Kingdom Come” by Mark Waid and Alex Ross
  18. “Black Hole” by Charles Burns
  19. “Y: The Last Man” by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
  20. “Preacher” by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon

Each of these comics represents a pinnacle of the medium, blending dynamic artwork with masterful storytelling to create an unforgettable reading experience. From superheroes to slice-of-life stories, this list has something for every comic book fan, and serves as a great starting point for anyone looking to build a comprehensive collection of the best the medium has to offer.

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