A Comic Book Bucket List - Part 1


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A couple of years back, I started compiling a list of the things I wanted to do in comics before I died—characters I wanted to write, series I wanted to work on, and even particular comic books I wanted to own.

The list has always been a little fast and loose, but I figured now is as good a time as any to shore it up and share. Call it goal-setting, if you want, or maybe daydreaming. I think goals without a little daydreaming mixed in are as boring as lazer beams spelled with an “s” instead of a “z.” This list will be presented over a few columns (because I dream a lot and I dream big). And—yeah—I realize that a lot of the ideas on this list are “impossible,” but that’s part of the fun.

So, here ya go (in no particular order):

The Micronauts

This is the granddaddy of all the dream projects for me. It was the Marvel comic that made me love comics in general, and I’d love to see the adventures of Commander Rann, Marrionette, and Bug continue. Many of the characters who appeared in the original series can no longer be used (due to licensing issues), but there are still plenty of adventures to be had. I have an epic story in mind for the micro-crew—one that is very true to the sensibilities of the original series. Maybe one day.

Klarion the Witch Boy

I was able to write a story featuring Klarion in Superman/Batman: Sorcerer Kings, but I’d love to do more one day. I’ve always like the creepy charm of the character.


My graphic novel, The Tooth, was a tribute to the Marvel monsters of the 70s. There’s just something about this tragic swamp monster that has always appealed to me. These lines (from the first issue of the 1979 Man-Thing series) have stuck with me ever since I first read them:

“Are those tears trickling down your face, monster? Tears for Dr. Oheimer, that good man who lies dead in your arms? Are they tears for the life that might have been, now vanished in the smoke of the raging inferno? No, monsters can’t cry. It must be the moisture of the swamp.”

I have a balls-to-the-wall horror story in mind for Man-Thing. It’ll happen one day.

Complete My Uncanny X-Men Collection

Many people have heard me say this before, but when I was a kid I collected (with the help of my dad) an entire run of Uncanny X-Men. I started out wanting issues 94 up, but once I got going, I didn’t want to stop until I was done with every issue in the series. It was the most fun I’ve ever had collecting comics. Alas, I sold that entire collection in order to pay for a good chunk of college. It would be a lie to say I don’t regret that decision every day.

So, I’m trying to collect the series again (this time, without the help of my dad’s wallet). I’m still around 75 issues away from that goal. I’ve sworn to myself that I will not buy the issues unless I see them in person (in other words, no eBay or other online shopping). The process is much slower, but it does remind me of how much fun collecting comics can be.


Several years ago, Shawn Lee (my co-writer on The Tooth), Chris Samnee (artist on Captain America and Bucky and Thor: The Mighty Avenger) pitched a series about a tough-as-nails bounty hunter making his way in a world where the circus controlled almost every aspect of day-to-day life. We have yet to make that series become a reality, but I refuse to give up. One day, the world will read this book!

There you have it, folks! The first five items on a much, much longer list. Next time, I’ll add a few more. For now, I’d love to hear from you! What comic do you dream about reading? Is there a “holy grail” you want to add to your collection?

Sound off in the comments section below, or join the conversation on Twitter with #comicsbucketlist.


Cullen Bunn is the writer of The Damned, The Tooth, and The Sixth Gun from Oni Press and The Fearless from Marvel. He is also the author of a middle reader prose horror novel, Crooked Hills, from Earwig Press.
Website: www.cullenbunn.com
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  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Aug 23, 2011 at 2:50pm

    For me it's to own a complete run of the UK weekly CHEEKY in FN+ and above condition!

  • Richard Boom

    Richard Boom Aug 24, 2011 at 2:37am

    mine was John Carter and Killraven :D Mission accomplished!
    Now perhaps Vampirella Magazines :D

  • Tony Ingram

    Tony Ingram Aug 24, 2011 at 6:27am

    Nice to know someone shares my love for Mantlo's Micronauts. If he ever gets a chance to write it, I hope he remembers Huntarr (who every writer since Mantlo has ignored).

  • Cullenbunn

    Cullenbunn Aug 27, 2011 at 10:05pm

    Haven't forgotten Huntarr. I wonder why he's been forgotten. As far as I know, he was created for the comic. There may be some weird legalities that are tying him up. Devil and Fireflyte, too!

  • Andy Oliver

    Andy Oliver Aug 28, 2011 at 9:22am

    Loved so much of Bill Mantlo's work in that period - MICRONAUTS, ROM, HULK, PETER PARKER... Never understood why his work is so loudly criticised by a small, outspoken section of fandom.

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