I'll go with the 80s, though that's as much a function of my age as anything else - in your 50s, you can't equal the visceral thrill you get of reading something like Days of Future Past at 19. !980s had Claremont/Byrne on X-Men, Byrne F4, Miller on Daredevil & Wolverine, Simonson on Thor, Micheline/Layton on Iron Man and lesser series like Jo Duffy on PM/IF, Stern/Byrne on Cap and Avengers. ONE book each for X-Men & Avengers!
Post by sunofdarkchild on Nov 9, 2015 10:01:11 GMT -5
I'd say the 80s. Specifically for the Claremont runs on X-Men and New Mutants, but also for what I consider to be the best years for Iron Man (Rhodey takes over for a time because of Tony's alcoholism, Silver Centurion, Armor Wars). Spider-Man had a great run with the introduction of the Hobgoblin and finally marrying MJ. Shame things went so far downhill in the 90s. It sucks that I think Marvel's best was before I was born.
As much as I love the way cool '70s stuff, I had to pick the '60s. Lee, Kirby, Ditko, Heck, Ayers, Everett, Romita, Colan, Thomas, the Buscemas, Wood, the Severins, Trimpe, Steranko, Adams, Lieber, Friedrich, even lesser lights such as Roth, Reinman and Stan G: these were the guys (and gal) who made me fall in love with comics and want to devote my life to making them (and, decades later, studying them).
Thomas and J. Buscema's Conan Moench and Gulacy's Master of Kung-Fu Thomas and Englehart's Avengers Gerber and S. Buscema's Defenders Gerber and Ploog's Man-Thing Gerber and Colan's Howard the Duck Claremont and Cockrum's X-Men Moench and Perlin's Werewolf by Night Wolfman and Colan's Tomb of Dracula Wein and S. Buscema's Incredible Hulk Starlin's Warlock
The list goes on
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Post by Roquefort Raider on Nov 9, 2015 12:56:16 GMT -5
The best decade is when you were a kid, I'm sure.
For me that would be the '70s, with (list deleted, as it is pretty much covered by Warmonger's post).
I also love the short-lived books of the '70s like 2001, Starr the slayer, Killraven (in Amazing adventures), the Eternals, Kull the conqueror, the Frankenstein monster, and of course the brilliant Dracula.
The art usually wasn't as varied as what we see today; the colors were definitely not as good as today's, nor was the paper... the scripts were often camp of plain silly... but there was a crazy creative energy, something young and fresh, that I really miss.
Post by tingramretro on Nov 9, 2015 13:22:46 GMT -5
I love the 70s as that's when I got into comics, but in terms of quality, I'm going with the eighties just because I think that was the decade in which comics really began to live up to their full potential. Marvel alone had Alan Moore's Captain Britain, Bruce Jones's Ka-Zar the Savage, JM DeMatteis's Defenders, the Dark Phoenix saga, Byrne's FF and Doug Moench's Moon Knight.
I voted for the 1970's, as that's when I started buying comics. My comic collection was Marvel orientated with so much great stuff to choose from... the usual suspects, most of which has already been mentioned. The Eighties weren't bad for Marvel either mind you, but it's those seventies comics that still push my notsalgia button today.
I voted for the 70's, though the 80's would be a close second, though I also feel that Marvel was headed in the wrong direction by the end of the 80's. The 60's were obviously the formative decade for Marvel, but I do prefer the stories from the 70's through mid-80's. The 90's produced nothing but garbage from Marvel. The 2000's have been better, but not great, though to be honest I've not followed it that closely the past few years.
It helps that I grew up with my dad's comics, which were mostly '70s books but had a lot of '60s stuff (and some earlier) and could compare that with the '80s books that were currently on the stands.
But, really, I think most of my taste in everything was formed between the ages of 18-22. That's when I first started listening to jazz, first read the Ditko Spider-man straight through, first started really getting into visual art.
I like some of the same stupid crap now that I did as a kid, but a lot of stuff I liked then is foreign to me now. (Transformers? What was I thinking?!?!)
My period of Marvel Comics was from about 1978 to 1987, so those are the ones I know the most and grew up reading new. They would be my favorites, but you got to give credit to the 60s comics as they invented the whole thing. Most of the main characters didn't need much additional characterization going forward and really many characters have an 'acted stardom' that makes the later comics much easier to write in some ways even if they are more advanced story telling (or at least with an older audience in mind).
I'd say some of the Marvel characters really got to be really good reads later on. Cap and Iron Man were both kind of hit and miss their first decade or so. Daredevil obviously took a big step in the 80s into becoming it's own thing. Obviously something about the X-men really didn't gell the first time around. The rest of the line Spidey, Hulk, F4, Avengers, Thor, Nick Fury (SHIELD & Howlin Commandos), Dr. Strange and other were pretty well established.