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Paul Issar
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Which Marvel/DC series originally ended too soon & you would've liked seen continued?  

Marvel:

Original  Silver Surfer series in the late 60's.Only 18 issues.Ended on a Jack Kirby cliffhanger.

Original Starlin run on Warlock. Mid - 70's.Only 11 issues.

DC:

Neal Adams Deadman. Original Strange Adventures Run.Pure genius.

Original Batlash run from the 60's.Only 8 issues. Aragones/O'Neil/Nick Cardy.

Paul Kirk/Manhunter run from early 70's.Back up in Detective Comics in 1973. Goodwin/Simonson. Eight page short stories.

Showed me in the early 80's not everything had to be 22 page multi-issue stories. 

And yours?
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First ones I can think of;

Marvel:
Champions- I could see a member change here and there, and keep JB on in some capacity.

Invaders- I'm a sucker for Golden Age characters with stories set in their time.

Nova- More adventures with the New Champions of Xandar.

X-Men Hidden Years-More please. My favorite JB series (so far).

DC:

All Star Comics (70's)- Justice Society. Did I mention I was a sucker...

Black Orchid- Seventies back up stories to the Phantom Stranger. I would've enjoyed a few more tales from this secretive hero. Sheldon Mayer had a nice  formula going.

Doom Patrol (JB)- I actually became fully vested in the characters.


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I could have read 100 issues of the following--

SPIDER-WOMAN written by Mark Gruenwald is the first one that springs to mind--It's this L.A. native's favorite Los Angeles-set comic.

HOWARD THE DUCK by Steve Gerber and Gene Colan is the most obvious.  It was cancelled to make way for a magazine version--but then Marvel and Gerber quit each other!  Gerber's writing was magazine-worthy, but not his replacements.

OMEGA THE UNKNOWN also by Steve Gerber.  There's a stellar concept in there, but it came out in the wrong decade.

CAPTAIN AMERICA by Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema.  I started buying right at the tail end of their run, and everything after that paled by comparison!  Until...

CAPTAIN AMERICA by Stern & Byrne!  And Rubinstein on inks!  THAT was a team to do my favorite character proud!

And maybe not 100 issues of these, but at least 2 or 3 years worth for--

OMAC by Jack Kirby!  He started a legend with only 8 issues, I'd like to have seen him get into some longer arcs.

THE SHADOW by Denny O'Neil and Mike Kaluta!!!

SUPERMAN by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez--he only did a few random stories, but an extended run would have been magnificent!

And, you know what?  Right when I started, Len Wein and Jim Aparo did a few Batman stories in DETECTIVE COMICS and, to this day, I see that I was spoiled right from the start.  If they had a long, uninterrupted run, it would have been one for the history books.


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The original Bob Haney/Ramona Fradon run of Metamorpho.

Ditko's Hawk and Dove and Beware the Creeper series. 

Gerry Conway and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez's Cinder and Ashe mini-series.

Michael Fleischer and Jim Aparo's run on the Spectre. 

Bob Rozakis and Curt Swan's "The Private Life of Bruce (Superman) Wayne" back-up series in which baby Kal-El is found by patrolman Jim Gordon and brought to the doorstep of Wayne Manor.

I have long thought that the Creature Commandos and G.I. Robot (along with the War That Time Forgot) had marketing potential far beyond DC's use of them. Giving them more exposure in series of their own could only help with that.*

* Picture an entirely different approach to the DC Cinematic Universe in which concepts like the War That Time Forgot, G.I. Robot, the Challengers of the Unknown, the Sea Devils, Paul Kirk's Manhunter, et al, are given strong, stand-alone films that only subtly interact with one another. As more films are introduced, the connections become more obvious, but it is never stressed to the point where the title characters are not front and center starring in their own story. 

Since DC has explicitly drawn a line between its television properties and film projects, putting multiple versions of various characters on the big and small screen at the same time, the Doom Patrol could get in on this as well. And hey, Kenneth Branagh keeps trying to get in on one of these tentpole concept universes... I say we call him up and offer him the Chief. 

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Mark Haslett
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D.C.:

Kirby's NEW GODS, FOREVER PEOPLE, JIMMY OLSEN, and MISTER MIRACLE.

MARVEL:

Thomas/Adams/Palmer's X-MEN

And, evidence would suggest, John Byrne's UNCANNY X-MEN.

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DC

The 1992 Justice Society of America series by Len Strazewski and Mike Parobeck.

Aztek: The Ultimate Man by Morriosn and Millar.

Green Lantern by Len Wein and Dave Gibbons

Mike W. Barr and Alan Davis on Detective Comics.

MARVEL

Much as he had a good run, I would like to have seen Roger Stern continue on The Avengers.

Jack Kirby's Eternals

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Brian Miller
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AVENGERS
DETECTIVE COMICS
GREEN LANTERN

None of these comics were ended. You’re just listing runs by creators. 

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Eric Sofer
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Mr. Byrne's Lab Rats seemed so intriguing, but didn't get to go anywhere.

All-Star Comics (and even the subsequent feature in Adventure Comics seemed too short.)

I'm not sure it counts entirely, but the second run of Teen Titans - the revival, before the New Teen Titans.

I somewhat agree on Champions, but it never seemed to solidify into more than an early version of West Coast Avengers. That's a toughie.

I'll say that the Generations series ended too soon - it seemed that it was a "series" of three episodes. I wanted more, most certainly!

Power Girl's series ended too soon. I enjoyed it, and it seemed pretty consistent in theme, and wasn't just a pissy Supergirl series.

The Spirit book at DC. It had a great start, but it suddenly got bounced from team to team to team, and it lost any consistency. Not that the strip was ever burdened with much continuity, but still... it felt even worse at the end.

There are more limited series that I wish had been ongoing than I can recall right now. But plenty. 


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 QUOTE:
The original Bob Haney/Ramona Fradon run of Metamorpho.


Those stories are a lot of fun, Brian!

Paul, would you please clarify... Are you asking about first runs of titles that ended too soon (e.g., XMHY), any iteration of a title that was cancelled/brought to a close (e.g., JB's DOOM PATROL) or (as some here are interpreting it) runs of an ongoing series by specific creative teams (e.g., JB's CAPTAIN AMERICA)?
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Checkmate! Loved it!
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Brian Miller
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IRON FIST. it just wasn’t the same when he teamed up with Luke Cage
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I'm in complete agreement with Greg McPhee's mention of the 1992 JSA series. I enjoyed the stuffings out of that book. 

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