I'm halfway through a re-read, and it's such a good book for so many reasons. Ostrander is great when it comes to episodic, long form story-telling, as well as smaller sub-arcs and single-issue tales. His characterizations are great, and he is good at incorporating lesser-known villains and fairly-deep cut characters and making you care about them. I also like that he utilized continuity to make his stories richer, without being bogged down by it. It's an action and drama-filled, often-dark, often-funny, and always entertaining read.
The entire Nightstalkers series basically and the sequel series Blade Vampire Hunter
I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking it, so I'll be the one that asks "Why this choice?"
"As a youngin' I used to share the colt 45 on the street corners with my friends. I'm not proud." - icctrombone
"If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, so do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that." - Chris Pratt
Marvel's Avengers #1 through 298. Provides superb comic run starting with fantastic art from Kirby and Heck into the Buscema brothers and then Byrne and Perez and ending with Buscema/Palmer and many others in between. Tremendous writing from Stan Lee to Roy Thomas to Steve Englehart to Jim Shooter to Roger Stern and other greats .Provides myriad hero and villain fun showcasing the great and not so great while also gives a showcase to what Marvel was over the years. It covers the gamut of what made Marvel writers and artists some of the best comic book creators to be found.
If you tried to acquire that entire run it might run you 10 grand.
If you haunt the comic shops and used bookstores it might be doable if you seek only cost affordable and lower priced reading and not worry over condition. Also much of the early run is available as reprints in Marvel Triple Action up to around issue 100 i think. Part of the thrill of the hunt and all that jazzmatazz don't you know?