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Announcing Mania's Comic Book Legends

Mania opens up the hallowed halls for Comic’s best!

By Tim Janson     April 11, 2014

Mania Comic Book Hall of Fame is coming!

One of the reasons Mania exists is our love for comic books and soon we will take our love of comic books to new heights by establishing Mania's Comic Book Legends.  These are the best of the best…the creators whose contributions to the industry are still being felt today.  To begin, we will be enshrining ten creators for every decade beginnings with the 1930s/1940’s and up through the 1990s in a six-part series.  While many of these legend’s careers spanned several decades they will be presented within the decade of their most notable achievement.  For example, while Stan Lee has been in the business since the 1940s, he will appear in our 1960’s class as this was the decade that he helped revolutionize.  That’s 60 creators to open our hall and twice a year we will present our latest inductees.

So be sure to stick with us in the coming days as we open the doors to the Mania's Comic Book Legends and enshrine the greatest comic book creators of all time! 

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keithdaniel 4/11/2014 8:11:09 AM

"The Mania Comic Book Hall of Fame."  Now that's a new one.

tjanson 4/11/2014 9:15:54 AM

 indeed it is Keith!  Stay Tuned!

GreatOne 4/11/2014 5:38:51 PM

Good idea, Tim.  i've read comics for years, but never really paid attention to artists/writers.  Just learning who's who now.  Look forward to reading about your enshrinees.

blankczech 4/12/2014 10:18:56 AM

 Tim,,,you write "we will be enshrining ten creators for every decade."  When you say we, are you referring to yourself or do you mean several Mania writers are going to be involved in deciding who to put in this Mania Comic Book Hall of Fame.  If  you're not the only one involved in these selections, could you tell us which other contributors have a say in this ?  

Personally I would have liked to see a list of the top 20 of all time...I'm thinking picking one hall of famer for each year (60 in all) may water down your list a little...but, hey, it's your Hall of can put whoever you want in there.

tjanson 4/12/2014 11:08:37 AM misunderstand... we are starting out by picking 10 creators for each decade of the 30s/40s through the 1990s.  Not one per year.  That is how we are opening this up.  Thus we will pick ten people whose major contribution was in the 1940s such as Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster...10 peoole from the 1950s such as a Harvey Kurtzman or William Gaines...10 whose major contribtion was in the 1960s like Stan Lee and Steve Ditko...and so on.  future inductees could be drawn from any decade.  The reason for this is if we perhaps just decided to pick the top 50 guys and put them in it might tend to be weighted too much on a couple of particular decades such as the 40s and 60s.   I will be writing the articles but like the top 100 artists series I did, getting input from friends/fans/pros.   Thereafter, we will introduce a set of nominees to people, including Mania Readers, can vote.

As far as a top 20 list we have already previously done a Top 20 comic writers list and a top 100 Artists list.  Here we are going for an all encompassing group...artists/writers/editors/publishers.  Certainly editors like Jules Schwartz is every bit as important as many artists and writers.  Eventually we want to partner up with a major comic book show and hope to make the induction a convention event.

Ultimately the real goal is to intrododuce these people to a new generation who might be unfamiliar with their work and achievements





millean 4/14/2014 7:44:45 AM

So this is the Comic Book Writers Hall of Fame, rather than a HOF for individual books?  Or will you guys do both?  Was more intrigued by the actual books, but the writers should get their love, too.

tjanson 4/17/2014 9:05:32 AM will incorporate all comic creators...artists, writers, editors, publishers.  I can see down the line maybe we induct things like notable sotry arcs, graphic novels, and the like...

Moz72 4/30/2014 10:20:40 PM

Mania should create a YouTube page and post videos on the site. Shooting a video for Comic Book Hall of Fame would be a good start instead of just writing an article, Would be cool to see Mania staff actually presenting a Hall of Fame award to current living artists and have them say a few words to the mania audience. What do you think?

Moz72 4/30/2014 10:24:08 PM

 Also, Mania YouTube video reviews would be awesome to watch. Each writer can post a video review of a film or tv program with clips and scenes. It would make Mania more entertaining and interactive 



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