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Reverend Meteor

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Subj: I got to disagree on Hellboy.
Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 at 05:00:11 pm EDT (Viewed 153 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Superbeings created 80s or 90s whose solo titles reached issue 50
Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 at 07:58:32 am EDT (Viewed 170 times)


      Off the top of my head, Witchblade also made it 100 at least. Hellboy, if you count the sequential sub-numbering of all the miniseries he was at least over 60 last time I was reading 'em and that was at least 5 years ago.

    Witchblade is a definite! Thank you. So that's one for Top Cow.

    I consciously excluded Hellboy because it never actually had an issue 50. Continuous monthly publication for 50 issues is the accomplishment I want to applaud here. I don't know if Hellboy actually achieved that. Another character I consciously excluded was Lady Death and for the same reason. I'm sure if all of her minis were tallied up she'd be well over the 50 issue mark. But to me that's not the same as continuous monthly publication.

I would count Hellboy. Hellboy The Fury issue 3 is issue 57 and says so in the book.

I think it's fair to discount every thing AFTER that like Hellboy In Hell and Hellboy and B.P.R.D. but there is a numbering scheme that is carried over from miniseries to miniseries and reflected on the introduction page consistently starting with The Wolves of Saint August as #5 (#1-4 were the Seed of destruction series) and concludes with The Fury issue #3 which was #57. Since the criteria was 50 I think Hellboy fits as the last regular issue of Hellboy was #57.

Dark Horse has that thing where a lot of franchises miniseries have an introductory page that tells you what number that issue in the miniseries is within the overall series. For example Conan the Slayer #12 is issue #149 in the overall Conan series. Off the top of my head everything Conan or Mike Mignola related follows that pattern at Dark Horse.

    I realize that nowadays a comic almost never reaches issue 50 because comics fans are so silly as to be constantly looking for first issues (duh) but back in the 80s and 90s a comic could still be expected to retain its sequential numbering.

      Do you count new characters taking on an old mantle? Conner Kent/Kon-El Suberboy made it to 100. I think Tim Drake/Robin did too. Linda Danvers/Supergirl made it 75 I think.

    Hmm. I hadn't seriously considered them. I'll have to think about it. I would have to include Kyle Richmond/Green Lantern and Wally West/Flash as well, which at that point just starts to seem silly to me. I gave She-Hulk a pass because before she existed there was no female jade giant - she was the original.


      For that matter Transformers made it to 80 and G.I. Joe something like 140 at Marvel.

    They're teams. I'd like to focus on solo characters.

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