Comics books have existed for more than eighty years now, and they have given us countless characters and storylines that will be cherished for years to come.

Throughout the while that comic books have existed, artists have been keen on making modern myths that have now been turned into a unique and well-known art of storytelling.

Here are some of the best comic book runs of all time

Note that this list isn’t in any way ranked or ordered

1.     Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon

A comic book that was a critical and commercial hit, Preacher was published by Vertigo and was serialised for five years; from 1995 to 2000.

Preacher has dialogue and art that isn’t compromised, and unlike many comics that use sex and violence for pure shock value, this title uses these to create a world that makes the reader feel like it has been lived in.

2.     Amazing Spiderman by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

One of the most popular characters in pop media today, Spiderman’s initial run called the Amazing Spiderman are now considered timeless.

Spiderman, as a character, grows from a crummy nobody to a hero in the story and this is all shown with an air of reality as his struggles are believable and very real; often we see the life of Peter Parker being entwined with the life of Spiderman.

The design of the web-slinger’s character is intentionally flawed so that readers were able to relate to his struggles.

3.     Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Published by Vertigo, Sandman features a mature fantasy that is written by Neil Gaiman and helps readers see a whole new side to the DC universe as it challenges everything that the series can be.

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Sandman is often known as the best comic book that has ever been released by Vertigo as it has mythological legends blended into the story in order to make it unique. No two story is ever the same in the comic book.

DC has proven new grounds with Sandman as it explores concepts that have never been seen before in the comic book medium.

4.     Uncanny X-Men by Chris Claremont and John Byrne

Chris Claremont penned the Uncanny X-Men and pencilled by John Byrne. It features many characters that are seamlessly woven into the storyline.

The stories feature many arcs that cannot be compared with any other through complex character developments.

Uncanny X-Men features everything you can think of, and it is one run that you shouldn’t overlook.

5.     Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Eastman and Laird

Originally released as an independent title and it is hailed as one of the best independent titles ever to be released.

These comic books have laid the foundation for the mega-franchise that the TMNT is today, but the best stories can only be found in the comic books.