When we talk about funny books the first thing that comes to our mind is comics. As the word means something light hearted, funny and short which can be consumed in a short span of time (read). However, with time the comics industry has seen several changes, earlier comics were light hearted, easy going, funny books but with time the focus has shifted towards Superhero storytelling. Because of this phenomena, stories have gotten more intense and dark. But still the main element of a comic is its easy going nature (easy reads), short length and funny elements. While the extended version of comics can be termed as Graphic Novels. The difference between the two (Comics and Graphic Novels) can be understood with reference to Movies (short format) and web series (long format). So, let’s take a look at the list of 15 Funniest Comics and Graphic Novels of All Time.
15 Funniest Comics and Graphic Novels of All Time
- One-Punch Man
- Bone by Jeff Smith
- Dicks by Ennis and McCrea
- Sex Criminals
- Quantum And Woody
- Strangers In Paradise
- Superior Foes Of Spider-Man
- Harley Quinn and Power Girl
- The Flash: Season Zero
- Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen?
- Deadpool: Dead Presidents
The first name in our list is the highly anticipated 2016 comic book series Spider-Man/Deadpool. The Marvel comic book series is a treat for the comic book lovers and Marvel fans. The series brings the deadly duo of Deadpool and Spider-Man together. These two Marvel Universe superheroes are known for their comic timing and have a great connect with today’s teens and youth, which makes the union so special. The 50 issue comic book series was published in 2016. This comics is a fun ride and guarantees laughter & joy.
One-Punch Man is one of the most popular comic book series of recent times. The series has been an instant hit globally, be it Japan or US. One-Punch Man is a Japanese manga series (a term for comics in Japan). The manga depicts the story of Saitama (a superhero). Saitama can defeat any opponent with just a single punch. And because of this superpower the superhero gets bored as he lacks any challenge in life when it comes to fighting. One-Punch Man is one of the highest selling Mangas of all time.
Bone by Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith’s Bone is a 90’s classic. The iconic Graphic Novel was written and illustrated by Jeff Smith himself. The Graphic novel has only 55 issues (serialized) from 1991 to 2004. The storylines of the Graphic Novel had both light hearted humor and dark fantasy & comedy. Bone’s illustrations & drawings inspired many comics and animated cartoons. The Graphic Novel has received many accolades and prestigious awards, which includes 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards.
Hanselmann’s ‘Megahex’ is a story about a depressed and drug addicted witch. The witch (Megg) has a black cat named ‘Mogg’. The duo have a friend, an Owl. The Owl is anthropomorphized. And these 3 hangout with a Werewolf (Werewolf Jones). The elements form a great storyline for wired stoner comedy. The comics also shades light on the individuals depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of work and lack of ambitions. The struggles and relationship complexities of the characters make this comics an interesting read.
Dicks by Ennis and McCrea
Another iconic name on the list is ‘Dicks’. The comic book series had an impressive run from 1997 to 2005. Ennis is known for his dark and violent comedy, which can be seen in other popular works like ‘The Punisher’. ‘Dicks’ is no exception, it is filled with dark humor and violent comedy. The storyline of the comics revolves around two idiotic characters from the Northern Irelands who wish to become a private detective.
Ellis and Immonen’s ‘Nextwave’ is a well crafted action comedy comic book series by Marvel Comics. 2006 comics is a satirical take on Marvel Superheroes like Captain America. Nextwave took the glamour & core of superhero comics and used the elements to pull the leg (fun) of its Superheroes. The protagonists in this series are a group of minor Marvel superheroes who are referred as H.A.T.E. which stands for ‘Highest Anti-Terrorism Effort’.
Fraction and Zdarsky’s ‘Sex Criminals’ is considered to be one of the best non-superhero comics of the recent times. It started in 2013 and since then the comic book series has created a separate fan base for it. The comic is published by Image Comics and follows the story of Suzie. She (Suzie) is a normal girl who has extraordinary abilities (when she has sex, she stops time). The comic book series has many critical acclaim and prestigious awards to its name. However, the series came to an end in 2022.
Quantum And Woody
The next on the list is the comic book series Quantum And Woody. The comic book series is written by Christopher Priest and is illustrated by M. D. Bright. The characters of the comic book function somewhat as an inept superhero duo. The comedic aspects of the series are incredible and many believe the comic series is a true laughter riot for the readers.
Strangers In Paradise
Terry Moore’s ‘Strangers In Paradise’ is a perfect blend of drama, thriller, comedy and crime. Which makes it a great read for the fans of any genre. Terry’s skills and abilities of blending all elements (genre) to the storyline is unparalleled. The story is primarily a love triangle which then takes a few interesting twists and turns. It had an incredible run from 1993 to 2007.
Superior Foes Of Spider-Man
Another Marvel Comic book series, seems Marvel is not shying aways from fulfilling the urges of its fans, especially teens and youngsters. Superior Foes Of Spider-Man is a comic book series created by the iconic duo of Spencer and Lieber. This is a fun ride as it has Spider-Man aka Peter Parker. The guy makes things funny or things get crazy automatically when he’s around.
Harley Quinn and Power Girl
Next on the list is ‘Harley Quinn and Power Girl’. Generally DC Comics are all about dark, gritty and intense storylines. But this comic book is quite refreshing to say the least. It revolves around Harley Quinn and Power Girl. Where the duo gets transported in a parallel world / dimension. The comic book is a pure entertainer, full of humor and light hearted comedy blend in the story.
The Flash: Season Zero
Another DC Comic book coming your way, this time it’s The Flash: Season Zero. Flash is a versatile and fun character which has been used by DC in different ways according to their needs. But in general the character is a lively and fun superhero. DC has used this comic as a successor of Flash’s television adaptation. It’s an easy going and fun read.
Layman and Guillory’s ‘Chew’ is a dark comedy comic book. Where the story is written by John Layman and illustrated by Rob Guillory. The story of the comic book features an FDA agent who has the ability to receive psychic visions from the food, including people, that he eats. Chew is a true dark comedy comic book, and must read for the lovers of dark comedy genre.
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen?
Next on the list is Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber’s ‘Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen?’. It is a part of a legacy which dates back to the 50’s television series named ‘Adventures of Superman’. The comic book follows the story of the puppet-like character who investigates who wants him dead. This leads to usual DC mayhem and builds the excitement for the readers.
Deadpool: Dead Presidents
Deadpool Volume 1: Dead Presidents is a part of Marvel NOW! Initiative! The comic book series is a funny take on the Ex Presidents of The United States. Where Deadpool fights the corrupt and evil Presidents of the US (who misuse their powers and are taking The States to the verge of decline). The storyline may ruffle a few feathers and is subjective for every individual. But the fact can’t be denied that Deadpool’s humor gags and punches are as deadly as it can get. The comics touches many aspects from dark humor to mainstream humor & jokes and also has some underline messaging & hints. However, this comic book is pure entertainer and a perfect pick for Deadpool & Marvel fans.
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