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Even with 960 pages, I couldn't squeeze all the material I had into my book 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. This mini-site is designed to supplement that book with updates, additional information and links... but obviously you'll still need a copy of the book!

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I guarantee you won’t discover all your favourites within 1001 Comics. But what gems did I miss? What new discoveries have you made using the book? What old favourites have you rediscovered? Let me know by posting your comments below. Please use your real name, and be polite and constructive. I have the power to delete, and I’m not afraid to use it!

Paul Gravett
Editor, 1001 Comics

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Posted by kleber:
14 Oct 2014

ah, there is also “perere” by ziraldo (ão+negro+quadrinhos&espv=2&biw=1152&bih=639&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=5Jw8VIGSENDEggTGvIHwBA&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ#tbm=isch&q=perere+ziraldo&facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=wbggbp6tSME2uM:CWKjkMCKbXgGAM;;1200;900)

and “fradim” by henfil (ão+negro+quadrinhos&espv=2&biw=1152&bih=639&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=5Jw8VIGSENDEggTGvIHwBA&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ#tbm=isch&q=fradim+henfil&imgdii=_)

Both from the 60´s and 70´s!

Posted by kleber:
14 Oct 2014

For brazillian comics:

Leão Negro - série origens (one of the most renowed works among brazillian comics. medieval adventure, with an adult´s approuch, publish in paper strips during the 80´s and 90´s in rio de janeiro, and then collected in albums):ão+negro+quadrinhos&espv=2&biw=1152&bih=639&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=5Jw8VIGSENDEggTGvIHwBA&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ#tbm=isch&q=leão+negro+série+origens&imgdii=_

As for quintanilha, Sábado dos meus amores is one of his more recent works, he is (i believe) more know for “fealdade de fabiano gorila”.

There is also “Garra Cinzenta”, a brazzilian comic publish in the 20´s, with robots, werewolfs and a crime genious. It gets kind modern (for its time) by the middle of it.

There is also, of course, nho quim, by angelo agostini, published in the 19th century.

Posted by Francisco Martínez :
30 Aug 2014

Thanks for your answer.I just want to collaborate. There is a mistake of my memory whit “El gran Vázquez”, really is “Los cuentos del Tío Vázquez” .“El gran Vázquez” is a film about the cartoonist Manuel Vázquez Gallego, author of “Anacleto, agento secreto”, “Las hermanas Gilda”,“Abuelita Paz”, and “the same Los cuentos del Tío Vázquez”.

In Spain was very important the editorial Bruguera whit authors like:

-Francisco Ibañez: “Mortadelo y Filemón”, “Rompetechos”,“Pepe Gotera y Otilio”,“Botones sacarino”, “13, Rue del Percebe”,etc

-José Escobar: “Zipi y Zape”,“Carpanta”

-Raf: “Sir Tim O’ Theo”

-Jan: “Superlópez”,“Pulgarcito”

-Manuel Vázquez Gallego.

-And many others

Also is very important the magazine “El Jueves” whit authors like:

-Ramón Tosas,called Ivá: “Makinavaja” etc

-Kim: “Martínez el facha”

-José Luis Martín: “Dios mío”

-Miguel Brieva: “Dinero”, “Bienvenido al mundo”.Is a author very philosophical

- And others

Nothing more. Thanks for your work and wonderfull book.

Posted by Paul Gravett:
28 Aug 2014

Muchas gracias Francisco for your very useful comments and suggestions. In fact, the Spanish edition of 1001 Comics is the ONLY translation which did not substitute some entries with other well-known national comics, like the ones you suggest. The German, Italian, French and Czech editions all made changes to the 1001 to bring more local hits into their list. Still, I hope it helps you discover more global comics you did not know before! Best wishes, Paul

Posted by Francisco Martínez:
28 Aug 2014

Sorry for my english. I,m spanish. I miss some spanish comics like “Makinavaja”  or ” Historias de la puta mili” of Ivá. Both are a masterpiece. I miss too “Superlópez” of Jan, what is very popular in Spain. Another good comics and very popular are ” Zipi y Zape”, ” El capitán Trueno”, ” El Jabato”, ” Anacleto, agente secreto”, ” El gran Vázquez”, “Martínez el facha”, “13 Rue del Percebe”. In fact, a lot of spanish comics, what you include in your book are very unknown for spanish people.

Posted by John:
26 Mar 2014

I want to thank you for this great read.I have you bookmarked to check out all the new stuff you post.
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Posted by fpalashdb:
2 Nov 2013

I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it, I have you bookmarked to check out all the new stuff you post.
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Posted by Paul Gravett:
17 Aug 2013

Good news, 1001 Comics is coming out October 2013 in Czech from Albatros and in Italian from Atlante. And Czech and Italian 1001 Reviewers Matteo Stefanelli and Tomas Prokupek have revised these editions to include more local masterpieces, which is the whole idea of 1001 Comics!

Posted by Viktor Svoboda:
26 Mar 2013

I was so suprised that you included Cecil’s Quest in your selection that it made my day. (Im Czech so Im really proud that there is place for czech comics in selection like this.) Thanks!

Posted by Félix Velasco:
9 Sep 2012

First of all, congratulations for your initiative . Although not perfect, it is very necessary and arguably accurate. I write essays for Spanish comics magazines, including a book on great artist Víctor de la Fuente, and I consider that the Spanish comics appearing in your book are very representative. However, I miss titles like the impressive “El hombre que ríe”, by Fernando de Felipe,  “Cuentos de un futuro imperfecto”, by Alfonso Font or “4 botas” by Keko.  From USA, I would have iincluded Dreadstar, by Starlin,  and Fantástic Four, by Byrne.
Thank You

Posted by Stefano Grandi:
29 Aug 2012

Great job.
Maybe I have change some title (sorry for my english)

About GIPI: Out “Notes For A War Story” in “La Mia Vita Disegnata Male” or “S.”

Then: Rat-Man by Leonardo Ortolani it’s a masterpiece and so is La Dottrina by Carmine DiGiandomenico and Alessandro Bilotta

By the way I discover so many intresting titles.
Thank you very much

Posted by Paul Gravett:
5 Aug 2012

Thanks for your feedback, I can asssure you that both of these Morrison works were seriously considered by the whole Team 1001 and we had room to choose only part of his massive oeuvre. I am sorry we were unable to include Themo Lobos, but Eternauta is included, see page 199, under the English translated title The Eternaut. It is a total masterpiece and it’s a huge shame that it is unavailable in English, so far…

Posted by Golden:
4 Aug 2012

I recently find your book and i am loving so far but there’s four books that i am totally sure you missed.  Only opinions thought, but i believe that the first two that you missed are two of the best works Grant Morrison, the first one his magnus opus Flex Mentallo and the second one his Doom Patrol. Also, as a chilean, i was really proud of seeing Rene Rios in it but it was missing our own Walt Disney: Themo Lobos. Also, as a latinamerican i was really dissapointed of missing our own best science fiction book: “El Eternauta”, based on the work of Héctor Germán Oesterheld (killed by a “military dictadura” in 1977)
That’s all i wanted to say. Thank you very much for your job and all that. Hope to know more about you soon!!!

Posted by Ben Rowdon:
27 Apr 2012

I just got this. Can you believe I had to go to the post office to pick it up because it was TOO HEAVY FOR SPANISH POSTMEN?
Definitely worth it though: I can’t start a list of what’s missing because they might well be in there, but I just haven’t seen them because I keep getting sidetracked into stuff I would never have thought could interest me.
A fine work, and a constant source of inspiration and financial ruin.

Posted by Cyrus:
16 Mar 2012

A great “what to buy next” list. I must say nthere are a lot of choices on this list that i personally think are crap. But it just shows the huge varity of tastes and genres out there

Posted by Paul Gravett:
12 Mar 2012

Hey thank for the positive feedback, glad you’ve enjoyed exploring this guide book. And yes, I’d heard about the Zap compilation, should be amazing and it would be a strong contender if/when we get the chance to do an updated and revised edition of 1001 Comics. Happy Reading!

Posted by Thomas:
12 Mar 2012

Very good compilation, I’m happy I bought it as I found many comics I’ve seen when I was kid but totally forgotten since then.

Also I found English/original language titles for many more, which makes finding those from the internet much easier then the local translation.

One tidbit which might interest people (from wiki):
“Recently, it was announced that Fantagraphics will be publishing a collected form of Zap Comix, to be released in Fall 2012.”

I’ll be waiting for that.

Posted by Johan, Sweden:
30 Dec 2011

Like beautifully shot films, the art in comics can offer aesthetic pleasure that enhances the story and makes it haunting, hard to forget. I’m thinking of “Heartthrobs” and “Passengers of the Wind” and “Promethea,” all which are on your list. But I’m also thinking of the graphic short stories “The Beguiling” by Barry Windsor Smith, and “Champakou” by Jeronaton, and of the graphic novel series “The Mercenary” by Segrelles, and of the graphic novel “The Age of Darkness” by Caza, and of “Madame Xanadu” by Amy Reeder Hadley and Matt Wagner, of “The Last Unicorn” adaptation by Renae de Liz, of “The Black Dragon” by John Bolton, and of the extraordinary “El Ni?o” by Boro Pavlovic. Someone else already mentioned “Kabuki.” It’s not nearly as good as “Promethea” but in a fair universe David Mack would receive universal praise for his exquisite artwork.

Posted by Jonny C:
10 Dec 2011

What? No? Kabuki????

Is there another comic with more imaginative/creative layout and artwork?

It’s jaw-droppingly good!

The story is a vehicle for some very interesting musings on identity and other psychological/philosophical topics.

Sorry, but for me, it’s omission calls into question the value of this book.

Posted by George:
7 Dec 2011

Perhaps one for a future edition but describing either Blake or Mortimer as an ‘English Adventurer’ probably has Jacobs spinning in his grave! (pg 160)

I was very pleased to see Monsieur Lambert in there. The year that came out in English it was my Comic/GN of the year, and yet it seemed to be barely reviewed. I’m not sure what the influence on Anthea Bell was though (as per the box out)

Posted by Ayumu Minegishi:
5 Nov 2011

Hi Paul,
I am writing a comment on the behalf of my father whose name is Nobuaki Minegishi. Yes, he drew the comic (manga) Old Boy which is in your latest book. He is very pleased to see his piece in the book even though he does not read any English. He is very proud and happy about what you did.
So I thank you so much for putting it in and appreciate all of your efforts.
Please feel free to tell me if you have any personal feedback on that comic.
Thank you.

Posted by Paul Gravett:
2 Nov 2011

To avoid any further confusion about ‘creator nationalities’ and ‘countries of first publication’, I have now rejigged the 1001 Comics database. The Creators Index is now listed by nationality, while each detailed book listing gives the location of the original publisher. Any creators with dual nationality get listed under both countries. Do let me know if there are any corrections to be made here. Your feedback is really appreciated!

Posted by Paul Gravett:
1 Nov 2011

Thanks for your comments Marco and Mamuf, you’re both right, but the country we give here is NOT the nationality of the creators, but the place where the comics were FIRST originally published. And yes Alack Sinner and Perramus both first appeared in print in Italy, in Linus and Orient Express magazines respectively.

Posted by Paul Gravett:
1 Nov 2011

Thanks Panagiotis for your positive words and very good suggestions. I just met John Layman, the Chew writer/creator, in Algiers at a comics festival, seems a TV series for Showtime is in development. I’m already thinking it would be exciting to do Another 1001 Comics, totally different, digging up more great stuff!

Posted by mamuf:
31 Oct 2011

Alack Sinner?s authors are Argentins, not italians.

Posted by Ralph Jenkins:
27 Oct 2011

I was surprised that nothing by Matt Wagner made it in.  Mage: The Hero Discovered and Grendel were the books that really got me into comics back in the eighties.  Grendel in particular did a lot of innovative things with the medium.

I would also include Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams; the art alone knocked my socks off, and it had great writing to go with it.

However, I was pleased to see some more obscure but terrific titles included like Palepoli and Pure Trance.

Posted by marco souza:
26 Oct 2011

Perramus is Argentine, not Italian.

Posted by Cay:
24 Oct 2011

It’s a shame the late Shinji Wada’s “Sukeban Deka” was left out of the Japanese manga list, but all in all I think it’s a great book and site.

Posted by Paul Gravett:
21 Oct 2011

Thanks Alexa, In fact, I have just reviewed Trina’s book on Lily Renée on this site in my November previews article:

Posted by Alexa:
21 Oct 2011

Thrilled to see Amruta Patil’s Kari on this list.  However, it’s a shame this list couldn’t wait a year or two until Trina Robbins puts out her collection of work by criminally under-recognized Golden Age artist Lily Renee!  I won’t hold that against you though ;)

Posted by Bib Edwards:
20 Oct 2011

Bought by wifey for my 75th Birthday!


Posted by Eli Ramos:
17 Oct 2011

Living in Brazil (Rio Comicon, Paul!)it?s great to know theres 5 representative works on this book. There will be an alternative cover for the international edition?

Posted by Pedro Bouca:
16 Oct 2011

Living in Portugal, I’ve yet to get the book, but seeing the countries list, I’m wondering what criterion was used to determine the country of origin of some works.

For example, Corto Maltese: Ballad Of The Salty Sea was created by an italian artist and first published in Italy (on the Sgt. Kirk magazine), yet it’s among the belgian titles. Its current publisher may be belgian Casterman, but the comic isn’t belgian by any means!

In a same situation is The Arctic Marauder. By a french author, first published by a french publishing house (Dargaud) and currently by a belgian one (Casterman). Yet, it’s listed as a belgian comic.

On the other hand, Titeuf from swiss artist Zep was first published by a french publisher (Glanat), yet it’s classified as a swiss comic.

Not to mention Buck Danny. Belgian comic, by belgian creators and published by a belgian publisher (Dupuis), yet listed as french!

I understand that french language comics, from France, Belgium or even Switzerland, are so intrinsecally linked that it’s difficult to separate them neatly into nationalities, but that means that extra care must have been taken when classifying them. You wouldn’t have said that, say, V For Vendetta was an american comic, even though its ending was first published by DC Comics!

Hunter (Pedro Bouca)

Posted by Borna:
13 Oct 2011

I think the selection of comics is very good, but would have loved to see the excellent Barry Ween Boy Genius by Judd Winick, and Walt Simonson’s run on Thor.

Posted by Panagiotis:
9 Oct 2011


Overall this book is going be a wonderful introducing for people who wanna get into comics. There were a couple of comics I wish made into the 1001 list like Oishinbo, Chew, A Drifting Life, Trigun, Beck, Peter David’s Hulk run, The Ravages of Time, and The Drops of God.


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