Comic books are filled with incredible stories written by amazing people, but at their core, comics are a visual medium. The art is the means by which the story unravels for the reader, and while comics don't really work without the story, often, a single image can be worth a thousand words.
That's not just an idiom when it comes to comic books, as many tell a terrifying, disturbing, or horrific story in only a single image. In a lot of cases, that's what the cover is for, but the cover is mostly about getting someone to buy a book, which leaves the contents to bring readers back, issue after issue.
When a comic book panel can be described as one of the most disturbing of all time, it has to be a really good one. With more than a century of artwork spread about the millions of pages of comics, that leaves hundreds of millions of pieces of art to choose from, and this list identifies the ten most disturbing.
That's a high bar to set, but the panels seen on this list definitely meet it. Some of them are single panels, while others are splash pages, acting as a single panel/page, but all of them are disturbing for a variety of reasons.
Jonathan is a graphic artist, illustrator, writer, and game designer. Jonathan retired from the U.S. Army in 2017 and enjoys researching and writing about history, science, theology, and many other subjects. He writes for ScreenRant, CBR, NerdBastards, Listverse, Ranker, WhatCulture, and many other sites online. You can check out his latest on Twitter: @TalkingBull or on his blog: jonathanhkantor.com