In 2019 Shelfdust asked over a hundred comic book critics, podcasters, vloggers and commentators to pick their personal, subjective favourite ‘first’ comic book issues of all time. They didn’t have to pick the comics they thought were notable or “important” – we asked them to pick the best opening issues based on their personal taste, and then took their rankings and compiled them into a huge master list of over 300 separate comics. From that list we counted down the top fifty entries, which you can find here!

But we’re not leaving it there. Now the list is over and we know which comics made the list, we’ve invited critic and podcaster Matt Lune to host a weekly show right here on Shelfdust! Starting today and running for the next, well, fifty weeks, Matt will be sitting down with a different comic critic each episode to look at every comic which charted into the top fifty, one issue at a time. That means next week he’ll be talking about Thunderbolts #1, which reached #50 in the chart, and from there will slowly make his way across to the winner of the list – Saga #1.

To start with, though, here’s a prelude episode. I joined Matt to talk about the list as a whole – how it came together, why I wanted to run it, and some of the quirks of the final list. Fun fact: the day after this episode was recorded, I collapsed and was taken to hospital with a severe chest infection! Maybe that’s not a very fun fact. Ah well!

The episode can be found here, or on Soundcloud here. If you like Spotify then head here, and it’s also available on Apple Podcasts somewhere. Or if you prefer, you can get the episode as a direct download here.

Come back next week to hear Matt talk to his first guest about Thunderbolts #1 – and let me know your thoughts and feedback on this first episode! I hope you enjoy it!


Matt Lune is a critic and podcaster best known for hosting “That’s The Issue” on Multiversity. You can find him on Twitter here!.

Steve Morris runs this site! Having previously written for sites including The Beat, ComicsAlliance, CBR and The MNT, he can be found on Twitter here. He’s a bunny.


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