That one special comic!

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10 Responses to That one special comic!

  1. Frank Kramer says:

    the comic that really stands out in my mind is uncanny x men number eight from ’84. this was the first x men comic i read, and it continues to pop into my head everytime i hear the word ‘Annual’. i have yet to get one, for it was my big bro that has it and let me read it. maybe i try to find one tomorrow…

  2. S. King says:

    Still gonna have to go with Uncanny 150. Classic X-Men (as I knew them), all the best ones when they were still innocent and a little naive with Shadowcat (before she even became Shadowcat) fighting their most famous enemy, Magneto.

  3. David R Arnold says:

    Go back to Amazing Spider-man #148. One of the all time great story lines that resurface and trip you back 20 + years. Imagine the thill of having your very first read becoming the absolute conerstone of the Spider-man saga………excelsior!

  4. Kevin Daniels says:

    I would have to say Amazing Spiderman # 122. The green goblin getting impaled was awsome. I won it in an aabc auction a while back

  5. Captaindjkurt says:

    Hooooo Boy!
    This is tough one! I guess for me (picture steam radiating from ears right about now) The earliest titles & numbers I can reacall were Men Of War (or was that Enemy Ace) Featuring Enemy Ace & The Losers.
    I started to collect these from the get go (with maybe The Losers) from issue # 1 until the end of the series. Now that I recall these titles,
    the main reason(s) they stick out in my head is that these were war comics which I didn’t have much interest in to collect since I was a superhero guy & of course Supes,Bats,Spidey,Doc. Strange et all were more prominment than Sgt. Rock etc. but since they were first issues (all my other comics were well established series) I wanted to get in on the ground floor of the title’s run.
    Another titlle that came to mind was DC’s Avenger! I forget who wrote it (maybe Jack Kirby?) but I loved the fact he was more of an adventurer than superhero (and how he could shoot someone in the head & not kill them). I was dishartended when Jack Kirby t..ook over the art work, I believe, in issue #2 and drew the pages for the rest of the series. I love Kirby’s writing but never liked his art!
    Once again, Thanks for the memoires!

  6. W.D. Sargent says:

    This one for me is rather easy. Incredible Hulk 181.
    It was around 1985 or 86. I was 13 and probably at the height of my love for Marvel comics (never been a DC guy.) The X-Men always held a fascination for me, but I was 13 years old without enough money to get the back issues I really wanted. I always saw Hulk 181 in the Overstreet guide booking NM around $20 to $40. I couldn’t even imagine paying out that kind of cash for one book. $20 was generally all I spent for an entire trip to the comic shop.
    I used to go to this hole in the wall on Country Club & Southern and they had a copy under glass . It is now, and was then, the 1st full appearance of Wolverine. That issue absorbed me everytime I went into that store, so finally I broke down one visit and spent my entire $20 on one book.
    The story was worth it then as it is more than worth it now. I hope this doesn’t sound like a schlocky cop out or like I’m bragging. That moment for me was pivotal. I only wish now that I would’ve also picked up 180 and 182.

  7. Steven Lennon says:

    the comic that started my comic book addiction was Amazing Spiderman 127 December 1973 written by Gerry Conway with art by Ross Andru. I was 9 years old at the time. Upon opening the first page you see that the vulture had murdered a girl by dropping her from the sky (on a side note i think marvel has let this character go by the wayside as far as letting the vulture become a sort of joke compaired to what he was in this issue, which was a killer of innocent women.i have heard Bendis say he thought the vulture was lame but here he is clearly evil,and a foe to be reconed with).anyway why this comic made me a lifelong marvelite was the cliffhanger at the end of the story, where the vulture drops spiderman from a hight too high for spiderman to snag a building with his webbing. this being my first ever experience with a cliffhanger, i was hooked right away. i hated that i had to wait a wholemonth to find out how spiderman was going to get out ofthis one. i remember finally getting that next issue and i was in heaven. i couldent wait to see how he got out of it. to this day the vulture is my favorite spidey supervillan and of coarse spiderman is number one in my heart.

  8. Paul says:

    For me it was New Teen Titans #11. We had had a few comics as younger children, but none of them had really captured the imagination or created collectors out of my younger brother and me. I remember so vividly the day i purchased, read, and was enthralled by this thriller from Wolfman and Perez. I remember at that moment becoming a collector. For the first time i lined all of the comics i had accumulated up and found a box for them and counted them (13) and organized them. But i kept coming back to New Teen Titans #11–that cover was/is mesmerizing!

  9. Dan McNutt says:

    This will be an obscure one because it was more about the age of comic discovery that anything else. Hawkeye #3. This was the first comic I bought in A Little Bookstore so many years ago. The significance was I had earlier in the day bought #2 at my local 7-Eleven. I was blown away by the direct market and fell in love with what would become All About Books and Comics. I still remember that issue of Hawkeye and Uncanny X-Men #167 (my first back issue!) as a significant turning point in my love for comics. Marsha was behind the counter and this was such a great place to get comics and talk about them. Thanks for the memories. Wish you all the best always.

  10. Marsha says:

    Hey Dan,
    Thanks for the memories! It seems like that was just yesterday that you were shopping with us as a kid on 3rd Ave. and Indian School! I can’t believe you remember me behind the counter from your first visit. That has to be almost 25 years ago! Thanks for your continued business all these years:)