Famous names: Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross

Crunchy goodness: 5

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Elevator pitch: It's like Piers Plowman meets Galactus and the Green Goblin!

The shit: Busiek's technique of focusing on a street-level view of grand operatic happenings got its start in Marvels, and was at its most finely honed.

Life lesson: Superhero angst actually looks more impressive from a distance. And heroes look better when you're looking up at them — unless Hercules is wearing his leather skirt again.

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