I was in a hurry, so the only thing I really considered that didn't make it in was one of the Baxter reprint issues of Deadman, probably #2 or 3. And if I could re-do it, I'd kick something out to put in that Avengers Special I mentioned in Day 12.
Post by Crimebuster on Dec 30, 2014 18:46:17 GMT -5
Near misses for me:
Night Nurse #1 - I came very close to putting this in instead of Young Love #126, but Young Love is a much better example of why I like romance comics. Night Nurse is sui generis.
Avengers #274 - A classic storyline, but more, this is one time where as a kid I knew I was reading a classic as it was coming out. I have very clear memories of being gobsmacked by the end of this issue.
Starman #29 - This was advertised as a perfect jumping on issue, so I decided to try it out. It was, and I quickly bought the rest of the series, which remains a favorite. I later realized I had actually bought Starman #0 when it came out and didn't get into it. What was I thinking?! Funny enough, though, I kind of think Starman became a bit unfocused beginning with the next issue, #30.
Sandman Mystery Theatre #70 - My favorite series, and I love the way it ended. I just wish this ending had been in #200.
Action Comics #252 - Along with GL/GA #76, two of the big books in my collection. But I only got them relatively recently, so they didn't have the emotional connection of some of the others. They came close, though, since this is a list of actual physical comics and not the stories inside.
Coincidentally, one of my near misses has just been covered in the "Abandoned and Foresakes" column on CBR - FF #542, where Dwayne McDuffie, in a single issue, clears up the monumental clusterf* of Mr Fantastic in Civil War. In that issue, all the unexplainable stupidity of Reed's during Civil War is explained.
Unfortunately, it turned out to be 2 years too recent...
Love the cover, the opening sequence, and the fight - one of my favourite fight sequences in comics. This comic really left a lasting impression on me. For example, to this day, whenever I see a movie or read a thriller about spies or whoever trying to track down some device or McGuffin of some kind I think of the opening of this comic when the Hydra agents are trying to steal a video or film case (turns out to be a fake video of CA - actually an LMD - killing a POW in cold blood during WWII).
Conan the Barbarian #2
I said earlier that Kull the Conqueror #1 was the comic that really got me into REH and sword and sorcery, and that was true: Kull as a character has always captured my imagination more than any other REH character. But CtB #2, which came out several months earlier, was first sword and sorcery comic and I was fascinated by it. But for some reason I never saw another Conan comic for years afterwards, while I managed to read several of the Severins' Kull run.
A rare significant MTU issue, by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. Precursor to the New Mutants, it introduces Xi'an Coy-Manh a.k.a. Karma. The X-Men have a cameo. Love Miller's art here and he might be my favorite Spidey artist.
The backup story is drawn by John Byrne and features Storm and the Black Panther, and much later became a key story for somewhat dubious reasons. But it's still a good feature.
Post by Paste Pot Paul on Jan 5, 2015 20:33:28 GMT -5
The 356th day of Xmas brings us
Thor 356 Bob Harras, Butch Guice and Bob Layton
I loved Hercules and how he was handled around this time, especially by Bob Layton(does this precede or follow the mini series' ?). This is a great tale in which Herc brags on a fight with Thor to a young fan who is being bullied for thinking Thor is cool. Eventually, noting the need to have Thor best him, he selflessly lets himself be soundly thrashed(in his tale). It was just an excellent peak at the "Prince of Power", and I love the humour in the cover.
It was the year of fire… the year of destruction… the year we took back what was ours. It was the year of rebirth… the year of great sadness… the year of pain… and the year of joy. It was a new age. It was the end of history. It was the year everything changed.