7. Usagi Yojimbo versus an army by Stan Sakai. Usagi Yojimbo #10, February 26, 1997.
Stan delivers to us the gigantic and horrific battle between 2 Japanese army's of Lord Mifune and Lord Hikiji where Usagi is a Samurai and bodyguard to Lord Mifune. Against overwhelming odds Usagi fights to protect his lord until Buichi Toda betrays Lord Mifune and Mifune is killed in a barrage of arrows. Usagi commits his final duty and attempts to escape with his Lord's head in order to prevent the enemy from displaying their triumph. Fighting his way to freedom, Usagi confronts Lord Hikiji where Usagi is wounded and receives a scar over his left eye (leaving him with a perpetually uplifted Spock eyebrow look) from Hikiji. Usagi does manage to escape and bury his Lord's head therby fulfilling his duty and meaning he does not feel the need to commit seppuku. Having avenged his master Usagi now becomes a master-less samurai, a Ronin warrior, taking a pilgrimage traveling the lengths and breadths of Japan as a Yojimbo for hire helping those who need and deserve help, meeting and making new friends and all the while hoping to one day stop the evil Hikiji.
A truly immense and spectacular origin story which highlights all the best aspects of this series and for spotlighting the lead character Myamoto Usagi and why with each new story and battle Sakai shows us more of the "real world" and teaches us all in how to being a better person. I had picked up the 1st few issues of Usagi but hadn't really followed it strongly until this issue, which just awed me in all the nuance and details of Stan's writing and art combining into a brilliant must read series!
Gimme a home on the ol' prairie where I can sit in my rockin' chair reading my favorite old comic books of yesteryear!
Post by Paste Pot Paul on Jun 27, 2019 0:49:59 GMT -5
Uncanny X-Men 107 (specifically Wolverine vs Fang)
CMon, Cockrum...Imperial Guard...this is screaming LOSH Never could forget Wolverine taking out that guy and stealing his costume after his got fragged...forerunner to his own brown duds???
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.
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7. Juggernaut vs. Greymalkin Lane by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee X-Men #12 (July 1965)
One thing Stan and Jack did best was deal us real people in superhero costumes, who often approached life (and had life approach them) in ways a little more realistic than had been previously portrayed on the comic book page.
Enter Juggernaut, a terrifyingly powerful nemesis the idea of which even leaves Professor Xavier trembling. So, while the Juggernaut spends 26 pages assaulting Greymalkin Lane and combating its defenses, the X-men...don't show. They sit the battle out, cringing inside Xavier's office and awaiting the inevitable, as Kirby turns on the terrifying awe.
In any other comic book prior to this moment, the heroes would have run out to fight without a moment's hesitation. But here, having them tremble in abject horror as the mansion's automated systems do the fighting (and losing) for them, it left an awesome impression that no follow-up second part could have ever possibly lived up to. Truly, the Juggernaut has never been done as well as in these 26 pages, where we couldn't even catch a clear sight of him.
This one made a strong impression on me when I read it as a small kid, with the Juggernaut really coming across as a scary menace to Prof X and the X-Men.
Post by Phil Maurice on Jul 2, 2019 12:44:55 GMT -5
7. Thor vs. The Living Monolith or "From Bad to Norse"
By: Claremont, Byrne & DeZuniga
Marvel Team-Up 70 (1978)
Having donned his fetish gear and stolen power from the mutant Havoc, the Pharaoh has transformed into the Living Monolith. While Spider-Man attempts to free Havoc, Thor confronts the Monolith in the harbor. Their battle is epic and monumentally destructive as Thor summons a devastating maelstrom. Byrne really firing on all cylinders here.
"You may be as vicious about me as you please. You will only do me justice." - Richard Burton