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The Most Shocking Moments and Deaths in Comics 

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Updated June 12, 2020 63.7k votes 4.6k voters 1.2M views 19 items

Comic books have always had the bad rap of being just some idle thing for children. In reality, many of them are anything but. Guys like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Robert Kirkman, and Frank Miller made sure the comic books they worked on were strictly for adult audiences. Even the friendliest of superhero books have more than a few dark and shocking moments.

Be it a surprise death, the way a moment is handled, learning about someone's past, an unmasking, or a sudden revelation that will make the book, and the audience, never quite the same again, comic books offer just as many shocks and twists as any other work of fiction.

What comic book moments do you think are the most shocking? Vote up the most shocking moments from the history of comic books below.
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Joker Beats Robin to Death
Joker Beats Robin to Dea... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Shocking Moments and Deaths in Comics
Photo:  Batman/DC Comics
Batman #428
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2
Magneto Rips Out Wolverine's Adamantium
Magneto Rips Out Wolveri... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Shocking Moments and Deaths in Comics
Photo:  X-Men/Marvel Comics
X-Men #25 (1993)
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The Death of Gwen Stacy
The Death of Gwen Stacy ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Shocking Moments and Deaths in Comics
Photo:  Amazing Spider-Man/Marvel Comics
Amazing Spider-Man #121
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The Joker Paralyzes Batgirl
The Joker Paralyzes Batg... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Shocking Moments and Deaths in Comics
Photo:  Batman: The Killing Joke/DC Comics
Batman: The Killing Joke (One-Shot, 1998)
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