Opinions on the greatest comic book panel of all time undoubtedly vary, but my choice has been cemented for some time. It comes from the exemplary Godzilla #20, published with the cover date of March 1979, containing the story “Men and Monsters at the Metropolitan Museum!” written by Doug Moench, penciled by Herb Trimpe and inked by Dan Green. To provide some context, Godzilla has been pursued by mighty Marvel’s original quartet of super-powered do-gooders, the Fantastic Four, into a Manhattan museum. Partially shrunk to a size that’s a tad more manageable for a brawl, the king of the monsters is duking it out with the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing. Then Aunt Petunia’s favorite nephew lands a particularly good right hook.
This leads to a single image of pure beauty.
That’s Godzilla, reeling from a roundhouse delivered by The Thing, falling into a shark tank.
The comics industry should have just shut down after that hit the stands, because that panel was destined to never be topped.
(Posted simultaneously to “Jelly-Town!”)