And so another Twelve Days of Classic Comics Christmas comes to an end. I confess to a bit of regret that I made the rules so arcane this year but you all rose to the challenge admirably. Before we begin going over who picked what, let's pause a moment and talk stats.
A record-breaking 41 participants cast 460 votes for 325 titles.
The title that received the most votes was Shade the Changing Man with 8 citations. Second place was a tie, at 6 votes each, between Bat Lash, Watchmen and Wolverine. The bronze went to E-Man with 5 votes. The also rans:
4 votes: Bratpack, Hawkworld, Kurt Busiek's Astro City, OMAC, Prez, Rima the Jungle Girl, The Shadow, Squadron Supreme, Tales of the Zombie, The Untold Legend of the Batman, V for Vendetta
3 votes: Batman: The Dark Knight, Blue Beetle, Crisis On Infinite Earths, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Forever People, From Hell, Green Arrow: Longbow Hunters, Inferior Five, Justice Society of America, Kull the Conqueror, Marvel Feature (1971), Marvels, 'Mazing Man, Omega the Unknown, Savage Tales, Scene of the Crime, Star Hunters, Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction, Wanted: World's The Most Dangerous Villains
2 votes: 1963, 2001: A Space Odyssey, 300, The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, All-Star Western, Amazing High Adventure, Anthro, Aztek the Ultimate Man, Barry Windsor-Smith: Storyteller, Blazing Combat, The Book of Ballads and Sagas, Camelot 3000, Captain Action, Danger Trail, Den, EC Classic Reprints, Enigma, Fat Freddy's Cat, Foolkiller, Giant-Size Spider-Man, Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, The Incredible Hulk, The Infinity Gauntlet, The Joker, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Lloyd Llewellyn, Marvel Universe, Night Nurse, Ragman, Raw, Reid Fleming, Ronin, Solomon Kane, Space Usagi, Stalker, Time Warp, Unity 2000, Vext, World's Finest
1 vote: Everything else!
There was very little duplication when it came to folks' pick for #1. Out of 40 votes cast, only four titles received two each: Forever People, Marvels, OMAC and Savage Tales.
DC was, unsurprisingly (to me anyway), the most frequently cited publisher, receiving 184 votes (including 8 Vertigo titles, 2 America's Best and 1 Wildstorm). With 113 votes (including 13 Epic titles), Marvel took the silver, while Dark Horse finished a distant third with 20 votes. Other notable multi-vote getters include Charlton (12), Image (12), Fantagraphics (10), Eclipse (8), Kitchen Sink (8), Pacific (6) and Acclaim (5).
Finally, here's how the voting breaks down by decade (keeping in mind that some runs straddle two decades and some reprint stories from 30 or more years previous):
To be continued...