Results of a recent poll of the top 100 comic book runs of all-time was predictably lacking in Bronze Age representation. Despite the ranking of the Uncanny X-Men at #2, too many titles popular during the 1970s were missing. It is interesting to examine titles as regarded by readers at the time of publication. Looking at books and stories that won awards by professionals and fans in the era shows how many once-great comics have been either forgotten or dismissed by modern readers. “Academy Awards” for comic books were recognized by pros from 1970-74 (as either ACBA or Shazam Awards), while fans voted for Eagle Awards starting in 1976. The following is what one analyst looks back on… what some people in the Seventies… deemed the best comic book titles and runs.
1. X-Men. The Claremont-Byrne-Austin X-Men run deserves its all-time status, but it’s notable the earlier Dave Cockrum drawn issues were also highly regarded. The Sentinels (#98-100) and the Starjammers (#105, 107, 108) arcs were Eagle nominees for top stories of ’76 and ’77. Byrne began pencils in #108, and the “Country Quest” run through the end of the decade (#111-128) that included Magneto, the Savage Land, Alpha Flight and Proteus was every bit as good as the Hellfire Club/Dark Phoenix epic that followed. Days of Future Past in #141 and 142 was the capstone of the Claremont-Byrne-Austin era.