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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:
"Doomsday...is he...is 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.
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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.
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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
Beatriz...you always did care too much.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Hulk Smash!
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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.
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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.
 
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Old June 22nd, 2005   married guy is offline   #2
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What a great topic.

I can't agree with you more on the Superman #75 quote.
That particular scene STILL sticks in my mind like no other.
 
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Mine:

From Simon/Kirby (via Len Wein JLA # 101)

"There is no land beyond the LAW
where TYRANTS wield unshakeable POW'R
'Tis but a DREAM from which they wake
To face their FATE, their terrifying HOUR."

From All-American Comics & SOMEBODY's First appearance:

"Wanna wrassle"

From another All-American Comics and somebody else's first appearance:

". . .And I will shed my light over dark EVIL
For the Dark things cannot stand the LIGHT. . . .
The light of the GREEN LANTERN!"

From Watchmen:

"I must look pretty DEVO."

From Epicurus the Sage:

Alexander the Soon-to-be-Great: "So what is your philosophy, then?

Epicurus the Sage: "Pleasure. Only Pleasure."

Alex: "Boy, are you guys gonna be easy to conquer!"

From Batgirl: Year One:

Wildcat: "This life ain't for you, Green-eyes. Everybody HATES ya. You got no life of yer own. And you could end up arthritic and CRIPPLED."

"Ain't that RIGHT, Doc?"

Doctor Fate: "The Fate of heroes is balanced in Triumph and Tragedy, Wildcat."

Wildcat: "And here I thought CORRIGAN was the gloomy gus in our gang."

"So."

"Whaddya see for Green-Eyes, Doc?"

Doctor Fate: "I see Triumph and Tragedy."

Wildcat: ". ."

"Yeah."

"Well, . . .

I could have told ya that."

Uncle Sam from JLA # 107-108

"I'll be hornswoggled."


And that's only the tip of a huge iceberg.
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Old July 4th, 2005   Tick Tock Findley is offline   #4
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From JSA #4 I believe (My collection is somewhere between Germany and the U.K.)

From Wildcat to the Star Spangled Kid: "You got it backwards, we're here for them."

A quote so good, it survived 1,000 years into the new Legion of Super-Heroes book.

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Old July 4th, 2005   Alexi Sivana is offline   #5
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"Horse." - Flaming Carrot
 
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Old July 5th, 2005   Colin Solan is offline   #6
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The Tick - Old Lady- Dear, I think you just ran over a ninja.
Old Man- Ahhh, there's too many ninjas in this city anyway.


300 - Some Greek Guy - The Persians' arrows will block out the sun!
King Leonidas- Then we'll march in the shade
 
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Old July 5th, 2005   Brian LaBelle is offline   #7
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Let those who seek to destroy the environment fear the power of... BRUTE FORCE!
 
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Old July 6th, 2005   Hound is offline   #8
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+1 on Superman #75. The Death of Superman and subsequent return remains as one of the shaping events of my comics youth...I was 11 at the time, and avidly searched to ensure that I wouldn't miss a single issue. It was the first time I cared about a comic enough to do that, and I ended up subscribing to all 4 Supes titles afterwards. Marketing aside, I always have believed they told a fantastic story, and stayed true to all of the characters involved.
 
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Old July 6th, 2005   Danny Mullins is offline   #9
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Some may hate me, but this is the reason I'm picking up the title in the first place.

Batman 638 -

Joker: Tell me who you are... or I'll kill you... You think I'm kidding...?
Red Hood: No, I'd never think that.
*Joker is beaten with a crowbar*
Red Hood: *Takes off mask to reveal Jason Todd* Tell me... how does that feel?


That is one of the most well written return from the dead scenes I've read. I don't care what anyone else thinks.
 
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Old July 9th, 2005   Alexi Sivana is offline   #10
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Flaming Carrot - "You're hurt pretty bad, mister... have some WHEATIES!"
 
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Wonder Girl to Lilith upon thier first meeting. Lilith is working as a go go dancer.
"So, what's your super power? Shaking it?"
 
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Old August 1st, 2005   SDM is offline   #12
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My newest favorite line comes from Sandman: The Kindly Ones.

"Have you even been in love? Horrible, isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens your heart and it means someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses. You build up this whole armor, for years, so nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life...

You give them a piece of you. They don't ask for it. They do something dumb one day like kiss you, or smile at you, and then your life isn't your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so a simple phrase like "maybe we should just be friends" or "how very perceptive" turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It's a soul-hurt, a body-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love."

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Old December 14th, 2010   bgztl is offline   #13
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I just ran into this thread by Googling Epicurus while searching for a philosophy site.

Now how weird is THAT!?!?!?
 
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Old December 14th, 2010   jafabian is offline   #14
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I think in the DCU Green Arrow is the quote king. Off the top of my head:
  • I'm the best there is at what I do: screwing up my life.
  • Well, that was exciting. My nipples are all kinda hard.
  • Evenin', Ma'am. Team Arrow is pleased to offer a new service to all of our Star City subscribers. For no additional costs, you're free to administer a few strategic kicks to your would-be assailant here. And when I say strategic, I mean his crotch.
  • Like I always say, the Justice Society may teach you how to be a hero... and the Titans may teach you how to be a family... but the League -- sure, it teaches you how to protect, but from the very start -- the League teaches you how to fight.
  • I will never understand the appeal of the Hawaiian pizza.


Pretty much in order of favorite with the last being #1.
 
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from the new free comic day Captain America-Thor....."Holy Smokeswe lost the Army's favorite toy"......."are you gonna telll the general or amI?"

late when Capt. returns...
"don't touch that"
 
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