Girlfriend in a refrigerator
Green Lantern Vol. 3 #54, August 1994
What happened? In this notorious issue, fresh new GL Kyle Rayner finds his best girl Alicia murdered by sadistic bad guy Major Force (yes, really; it was the ’90s), her broken body stuffed in his fridge.
Why was it shocking? Because the pop culture shorthand for depth and angst – having the hero’s womenfolk abused terribly – has rarely been so cynically pressed into service. Comic book writer Gail Simone’s “Women in Refrigerators Syndrome” began here; the awful thing is, we could probably fill out the entire 25 with unedifying incidents such as this.