Level 3! Sure, they’re superheroes, but is it art?

Of course it’s art! The best, and undoubtedly many debatable selections, are listed right here!

From this level I plucked Watchmen and placed it in level 1. What follows are thirty essential works of sequential art involving the concepts and utilization of superheroes/mystery men.

Amazing Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

American Flagg! #1-12 by Howard Chaykin

Animal Man by Grant Morrison and Chas Truog (with various artists)

Aquaman by Steve Skeates and Jim Aparo

Batman in Detective Comics by Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

Captain Marvel by C.C. Beck and Otto Binder

Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison and Richard Case (with various artists)

Dr. Strange by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby

Flex Mentallo by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

The Fourth World Saga (Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, Forever People, New Gods, and Mister Miracle) by Jack Kirby

Green Lantern/Green Arrow by Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams

Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill

Manhunter by Archie Goodwin and Walter Simonson

Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross

Mysterious Suspense #1 by Steve Ditko

Planetary by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday

Plastic Man by Jack Cole

Superman #423/Action Comics #583 by Alan Moore, Curt Swan, George Perez, and Kurt Schaffenberger

Swamp Thing by Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben and various artists

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman and various artists

The Spirit by Will Eisner

V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

Miracleman by Alan Moore

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. by Jim Steranko

The Airtight Garage by Moebius

Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli

The Death of Captain Marvel by Jim Starlin

All right I admit it. I missed a few. The omissions are?you’ll tell me, right?

Next week: Level 4: What remains?

About The Author

Jim Kingman

Jim Kingman is a writer for Comics Bulletin