8. Watch men #1, pa ge 16 & script , 1986
Once read, never forgotten, this is in many ways the key page from this landmark interrogation and deconstruction of the might-is-right genre. Vigilante superheroes had been punching baddies for decades in American Code-approved comics but with no sense of any real effect. Here was psychotic loner Rorschach snapping a hapless hood’s pinkie. In comic book terms, a minor act of cruelty, but a major shock conveying genuine pain and horror. To accompany the stunning full-scale original art, co-creator Dave Gibbons generously lent scans of his annotated copy of Alan Moore’s script for these nine intense panels.