Yes, it’s that time of the year again, when our thoughts turn to voting … for the best agglomeration of comic book stories by a single creator or a consistent collection of creators (otherwise known colloquially as a “run”) in comic book history! Every year, our old bro Brian Cronin puts together a poll at Comic Book Resources to celebrate certain aspects of comics, and my favorite has always been the Top 100 Runs of All Time, because it’s, to me, the most fun. I am a schmuck, though, so I’ve only actually voted once in this poll, despite the fact that he’s done it three times (2008, 2012, and 2016). But it’s time again to have a good think and come up with your ten best runs you’ve ever read, and then mock those that make the cut and bemoan the fact that the 246-issue run of Ben Raab’s epic Do I Have Something In My Teeth? isn’t included.
You can find Brian’s explanations about things (mainly what counts and what doesn’t) and how to vote (by email, basically, but it’s a tad more in-depth than that) at this link. My top two haven’t changed, but there have been some books recently that, for me, might make the cut. I love diving into this list when it actually comes out and ranting about the fact that people vote for things that haven’t ended yet (how can you judge something that hasn’t ended yet?!?!?!?), so I’m looking forward to seeing what gets voted on and where everything ends up (Sandman and the Lee/Kirby FF will probably take the top spots again, as they often do, but we shall see) and the horrible, horrible mistakes people make (Scott Snyder’s Batman and Tom King’s Batman will undoubtedly be on this list, both of which will be so very, very wrong). It’s fun!
So head on over, check it out, and if you’re in the mood, submit a list. I always agonize way too much over these things – should Chew replace something this time, or does it not quite make it? Should Sandman be higher than Shade, or vice versa? Which Alan Moore run do I like slightly more than another? These things keep me up at night!!!!!