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Francesco Vanagolli
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Posted: 29 January 2011 at 11:50am | IP Logged | 1  

With "best single issue" I'd vote those issues which work perfectly as stand alone comics.

So, let's see...

Spider-Man:



Fantastic Four:



Captain America:



Avengers:



Superman:



Batman:


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I love this topic. Not to get off topic, but I am curious where you guys get these great covers--are there any sites anyone would recommend? I could just look at covers all day I think--so many take me back to moments when anything seemed possible, and each new image was a doorway for some cool world I had not imagined. And so many of course have specific memories.
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Joe, comics.org is a great resource for cover art.
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Thomas Moudry
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Man, I love that Mike Barr/Alan Davis issue of DETECTIVE COMICS!
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Thanks Ray, I'll check it out. Hate posting without the cool visuals.
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Francesco Vanagolli
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I'm with you, Joe!

One of the best things in the forum, in my opinion, is sharing memories with other JBFers. And posting cover is a great way to remember our favorite stories!

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Thomas, I see that as the best "ending story" for Batman. As a big fan of the Bronze Age version of the character, there is where MY Caped Crusader ends.


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I still love re-reading this issue.




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Just how much do I love it?  I commissioned this! -



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My favorite issue????


Still one of the best Spider-Man stories ever, IMHO.
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GIANT-SIZED AVENGERS 2 is a pretty amazing book. Came close to convincing me there was no future for me in comics. No way I could ever be that good!
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Thanks for the shout-out Marcus - I'll explain my Eightball pick (since the JB one is, I hope self-evident to anyone here). This kind of ties in to the Eric Powell thread, kind of... sort of...

In the late 90s, in an issue of Eightball, Clowes included this insert phamphlet containing a diatribe about how the talent in comics was being wasted, because few people in comics seemed to want to be making GOOD COMICS. They were all about creating something that could get sold as a film option, or made into a toy or a cartoon or a video game, or whatever. And he argued that COMICS were a unique art-form/method of storytelling and that you should take pride in working in comics and make the most of the medium. He called out, as a challenge, to do that.

I think the issue of Eightball I picked did just that. It told one long tragic story of a creepy pedophile, but over the course of the issue, it was broken up into a number of single page "strips" or multi-page stories, each one reflecting a differnt style of comic art or comic storytelling. It was genius. Reading that comic was like a punch to the soul; to see such genius in one piece of art. I can think of only a few other times in my life that I was so struck by the pure power of genius like that; seeing West Side Story, reading Ulysses, seeing the painting Christina's World... it was on that level. I was living in Seattle at the time, and I read the comic in some dimly lit bar in the U-Dist, and I can still remember the smells in the air and the taste in my mouth. A powerful memory.

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