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Old June 21st, 2005   Neil Blumengarten is offline   #1
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So, I'm watching "AFI 100 Years, 100 Famous Movie Quotes" and I was thinking...what are the great comic book quotes:

Off the top of my head:

Superman #75:
" he..."
"You stopped him! You saved us all! Now relax, until--"
But it's too late. For this is the day -- that a SUPERMAN died.
We can debate over the marketing stunt of killing Superman, but if he had to die, the way they wrote it...was just perfect. Superman not dying until he was sure he stopped the bad guy. Lois telling him Doomsday was stopped, it was almost like Lois gave Superman permission to die. You get the feeling that if Lois had told him that Doomsday was still up, Superman would have gotten up and kept fighting.

Superman #423:
He never told me exactly what happened that night before the siege began, but as soon as I saw him the next morning, I knew something had upset him. He looked funny. He looked as if he'd be crying.
Superman is in many ways the pinnacle of a man. We don't think of him crying too often, if at all. He doesn't have time to cry, he's too busy saving us, going in and doing the work that needs to be done when normal men can't do it. Superman...crying? Inconceivable!

JSA Classified #7 always did care too much.
How do you knock the air out of someone with just a few words? Well, certainly Kevin McGuire's art helped, but you hit someone with an emotional punch in a comedy book. You blindside them. You have them crying tears from laughing so hard and then you turn those tears into tears of sadness.

In those 7 words, Keith Giffen not only defines Fire, he defines Ice. Fire, who like her namesake, is hot tempered, she doesn't do anything half-assed. When her temper runs hot, but so does her love and caring. And Ice captures it. At the same time, Ice was always the caring one. The one who dealt with all the crap Guy dumped on her, because she knew it came out of love. Beatriz looks back on Ice, because she cares too much, and condemns Ice to stay dead, but Ice isn't mad, she isn't upset, she's touched and thankful for knowing someone who loved her so much. Just plain beautiful.

My name is Wally West, I'm the Fastest Man Alive. I'm the Flash.
I'm reminded of the end of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, when Wonka says to Charlie "Do you know what happened to the boy who got everything he ever wanted? He lived happily ever after."

That's Wally West, he's the ultimate example of wish fulfilment. He wanted nothing more than to meet the Flash and he ends up becoming the Flash. No matter what happens to him, he realizes that he's the boy who got everything he ever wanted. As Wally has said, let other heroes do the angst bit, he's the Flash and he couldn't be happier.

In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night, Let No Evil Escape My Sight, Let All Who Worship Evil's Might, Beware My Power, Green Lantern's Light.
It's an oath. It's a promise. It's something Green Lantern says everyday and every day he's reminded of who he is and what his mission is. And it's a wonderful example of summing the character up in those few words.

He's not Batman, keeping to the dark of night. But he's not afraid to do so either. Day, night, it doesn't matter, if there's evil, he's out there doing his job. And moreso, he wants the bad guys to know that he's out there, and they better beware.

I'm your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Again, we get such a great summary of a character in only a few words. Captain America is the pinnacle of the American Man. The Fantastic Four travel through dimensions. The X-Men fight for their right to exist. But Spider-Man? He's a man of the people. He's the super-hero next door. He doesn't live in a Mansion or in a tower. He doesn't set himself above anyone else. He's dealt with the slings and arrows, but he's still proud to be a neighborhood hero.

It's Clobbering Time.
Hulk Smash!
Not much to say about these two, other than, once again, you sum up a character in 2-3 words.

DC 1,000,000 #4:
Duty roster's on the fridge door. Meeting adjourned.
The JLA (and the world) has just dealt with meeting their descendents, created one of the great enemies of mankind, and once again, narrowly avoided the end of the world. Superman himself is dealing with seeing himself hundereds of thousands years in the future, but it's all business to him.

What do you do after that? You go about your business, you keep doing what you're doing and you prepare for the next great threat. After all, it's just another day for the greatest super-heroes.
Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen. -Conan
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