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    Hey everyone I was browsing Tony Isabellas book 1000 comics you must read, and I thought it would be fun to start a thread here with what people consider must read comics. It could be single issues, runs, complete series anything. I'll start
    Amazing Spider-Man-Lee/Ditko
    Fantastic Four-Lee/Kirby

    You can pick these again if you like,pick issues it is your list or lists. I'll be adding more later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrc1214 View Post
    Hey everyone I was browsing Tony Isabellas book 1000 comics you must read, and I thought it would be fun to start a thread here with what people consider must read comics. It could be single issues, runs, complete series anything. I'll start
    Amazing Spider-Man-Lee/Ditko
    Fantastic Four-Lee/Kirby

    You can pick these again if you like,pick issues it is your list or lists. I'll be adding more later.
    Here's a thread that just dropped off the first couple pages. Maybe they can be combined? Must-read comics
    All-Star Western, Casanova, Criminal, Daredevil, Dark Horse Presents, Funnies, Hellboy/BPRD, King City, Orc Stain, Snarked, Unwritten, Usagi Yojimbo

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    Cerebus (the whole thing)
    Usagi Yojimbo: Grasscutter, Grasscutter II, Travels with Jotoro, Fathers and Sons
    X-Men: Dark Phoenix Saga and aftermath
    New Teen Titans #38 up thru Judas Contract
    Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck
    Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaxper View Post
    Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
    What did you get out of this book? I read it when it came out, and it seemed sort of devoid of meaning. I finished it feeling like I missed something (which is entirely possible).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron King View Post
    Here's a thread that just dropped off the first couple pages. Maybe they can be combined? Must-read comics
    Yea I missed that it would be better if they were combined.

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    Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salt Sea
    Jodo and Moebius's Incal
    Jodo and Giménez's Metabarons
    Trillo and Mandrafina's Spaghetti Bros
    Trillo and Bernet's Torpedo
    Mattotti's Fires
    Mattotti's & Kramsky's Murmur
    Toth's Zorro
    Campbell's Bacchus and Alec
    Tezuka's Astro Boy, Dororo, and Buddha
    Naoki Urasawa's entire work
    Chadwick's Concrete
    McNeil's Finder
    Pekar's American Splendor, Cleveland, Our Cancer Years
    Mizuki's NonNonba and Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths
    Tatsumi's The Pushman, Good-Bye, and Abandon the Old in Tokyo
    Oesterheld and Breccia's Mort Cinder and El Eternauta
    Yves Chaland's Young Albert and Freddy Lombard
    Marti’s The Cabbie
    Los Hernandez Bros' Love and Rockets Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
    Tardi's Bloody Streets of Paris, It Was the War of the Trenches, and You Are There
    Moore's From Hell and Swamp Thing
    Giardino's Jew in Communist Prague and No Pasaran
    Mézières's and Christin's Valerian and Laureline
    Anything Moebius or Corben has touched

    and a ton ton more i'm forgetting
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    Keeping in mind that "must read" generally just means "I love these books" and that I'm sure to forget several in this off-the-top-of-my-head list and that these are in no particular order:

    Superman Adventures
    Batman Adventures
    JLU
    Tiny Titans
    Superman Family Adventures
    Mini Marvels
    G-Man
    Man of Steel
    triangle era Superman
    Action 775 and 800
    Cerebus
    I Kill Giants
    Watchmen
    Mause
    Camelot 3000
    Stuck Rubber Baby
    Air
    Unwritten
    Batman Year 1
    Perez WW 1 - 8
    Dark Knight Returns
    Love&Rockets
    Strangers in Paradise
    Sandman
    Bone
    Atomic Robo
    Preacher
    The Boys
    Hitman
    Hitman/JLA
    Moores Swamp Thing, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, For the Man Who Has Everything, Tom Strong, Promethea, ABC, LoEG vol. 1&2, From Hell
    Morrisons JLA, Animal Man, We3, Seaguy, Invisibles, Sebastion 0, All Star Superman
    Must There be a Superman?
    Superman 400
    Crisis
    Wolfman/Perez TT
    Claremont/Byrne X-Men
    Byrne She-Hulk
    Demo
    DMZ
    Northlanders
    Busiek/Perez Avengers
    JLA/Avengers
    Marvels
    Kingdom Come
    Hickman FF/Fantastic Four
    Icon Milestone run
    Xombi vol. 2
    Waid Daredevil, Flash, Superman, JL, Cap, FF, Empire, Irredeemable, Incorruptible, Birthright
    David Aquaman, Hulk, Supergirl, Young Justice, Fallen Angel, Star Trek, B5
    Johns JSA, Stars&S.T.R.I.P.E.
    New Frontier
    Axe Cop
    The Guild
    Otherworld
    U.S.
    IDW Dr. Who
    Dr. Who/Star Trek TNG
    Rocketeer Adventures
    Dwayne Cooke Spirit
    Simone Secret Six and All New Atom
    Understanding Comics
    Zot
    Finals
    Extremist
    Enigma
    Ambush Bug
    DC Comics Presents: Superman and the Legion of Substitute Super Heroes issue
    Astro City
    Walking Dead
    Super Dinosaur
    Cowboy/Ninja/Viking
    Girls
    Umbrella Academy
    Superman: For All Seasons
    Robinson Starman
    Miller Daredevil
    Veitch Swamp Thing
    pre-Flashpoint Jonah Hex
    Preist Steel and Black Panther
    Superman: Secret Identity
    Superman: Red Sun
    JLA: The Nail
    JLA: Super Power
    Bizarro Comics vol. 1 and 2
    American Splendor
    Ghost World
    Impulse
    Vext
    Chronos
    Major Bummer
    Nu52 Frankenstein, Demon Knights, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Batman Inc, Dial H, Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Superman, Action...
    JL8 webcomic
    Azerello Dr. 13 story
    100 Bullets
    Aetheric Mechanics
    Supergods
    Transmetropolis
    JLI/A/E
    Superman: The Dailies
    Action Comics #1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron King View Post
    What did you get out of this book? I read it when it came out, and it seemed sort of devoid of meaning. I finished it feeling like I missed something (which is entirely possible).
    I don't think there was any deeper meaning to "get," really. The first part of the story was passable for me, but the second brought a tear to my eye -- just the idea that the Batman was an inevitability: going through all that pain and seeking nothing more in the world than the comfort of a second childhood, which can only come about in death and then be taken from Bruce once again. No matter what reality he is reborn in, and no matter what the specifics, this always remains the center of his persona.

    It was both a nice synthesis of the character's seventy plus year history and incredibly touching for me.

    Maybe it's that, for most of the age in which comics have been deeply psychological, we've been stuck in Frank Miller's read on Batman in which the boy that Bruce Wayne was died when his parents were killed. By revealing that the boy still existed deep inside and, in fact, was the very core of who Batman was, it did something for me. I understand a boy mourning for the safety of childhood far better than a vengeance driven sociopath.

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    Just looking at my shelf some of my favorites I see are
    Usagi Yojimbo
    Strangers In Paradise
    Love And Rockets
    Empowered
    Sin City
    Elfquest
    Creepy/Eerie
    Savage Sword Of Conan
    Walking Dead
    Bone
    Epic Illustrated
    Maus
    The Maxx
    The Copper Age is my Golden Age
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    We're all very similar...

    What I would add is (and this is mainly post-1990 stuff too... so all you Classic Fella's what gold and silver age stuff SHOULD we be reading?)

    However...

    All the Hellboys,
    Bendis. I'm serious this fella is just sooo damn readable. Whether it be Sam and Twitch, Dark Avengers or Ultimate Spidey. Favourite though is Powers.
    Planetary (it really is that good, it gets repeat reading in my house).
    Peter David's Hulk... All of them...
    Controversially, Jason Aarons Hulk! I finished this last night and loved every page of it.
    Batman Year 100 by Paul Pope (the next Batbook to be referenced by the movies, I reckon)
    Miller & Simonson's: Robocop versus Terminator.
    Moore's Top Ten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Hauser View Post
    We're all very similar...

    What I would add is (and this is mainly post-1990 stuff too... so all you Classic Fella's what gold and silver age stuff SHOULD we be reading?)

    However...

    All the Hellboys,
    Bendis. I'm serious this fella is just sooo damn readable. Whether it be Sam and Twitch, Dark Avengers or Ultimate Spidey. Favourite though is Powers.
    Planetary (it really is that good, it gets repeat reading in my house).
    Peter David's Hulk... All of them...
    Controversially, Jason Aarons Hulk! I finished this last night and loved every page of it.
    Batman Year 100 by Paul Pope (the next Batbook to be referenced by the movies, I reckon)
    Miller & Simonson's: Robocop versus Terminator.
    Moore's Top Ten.

    It's hard to recommend Golden Age stuff not because there's not good stuff, but because the good stuff is so mixed up with bad or ordinary stuff.

    For instance, I've read about four volumes of early PLASTIC MAN. This series has a strong rep, but an awful lot of stories are mediocre despite nice artwork, so I couldn't recommend a run of Cole PLASTIC MANs.

    Marston-Peter WONDER WOMAN is more consistent, if you're into Marston's unique universe.

    I recently read the first four JUSTICE SOCIETY stories, which would probably be a good summation of the series as a whole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaxper View Post
    Maybe it's that, for most of the age in which comics have been deeply psychological, we've been stuck in Frank Miller's read on Batman in which the boy that Bruce Wayne was died when his parents were killed. By revealing that the boy still existed deep inside and, in fact, was the very core of who Batman was, it did something for me. I understand a boy mourning for the safety of childhood far better than a vengeance driven sociopath.
    I somehow didn't see until now. A very graceful explanation. I'll grab it from the library and see if this helps my enjoyment of it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron King View Post
    What did you get out of this book? I read it when it came out, and it seemed sort of devoid of meaning. I finished it feeling like I missed something (which is entirely possible).
    I'm with you on that one. It was a huge disappointment. I didn't even realize it had ended and I kept wondering if there was supposed to be something more. In the trade paperback, the Gaiman stories included with it are about as pointless. It's just not his best work and not even really a good Batman story, in my opinion.

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    Kyle Baker's Plastic Man is way better than Cole's. There were 20 issues of this great, great series and every single one was brilliant.

    Ostrander's Suicide Squad and Spectre.

    Fleisher's Jonah Hex.

    Squadron Supreme by Mark Gruenwald.

    Starlin's Warlock and Captain Marvel.

    Simonson's Thor.

    Byrne's Fantastic Four.

    Claremont/Cockrum/Byrne/Austin Uncanny X-Men

    Starlin's Dreadstar.

    Moore/Bissette/Totleben/Veitch Saga of the Swamp Thing.

    Gillen's Journey Into Mystery.

    Peter Milligan/Mike Allred X-Statix.

    Frank Miller's Daredevil.

    Alan Moore's Miracleman.

    Stern/DeMatteis/Budiansky Ghost Rider.

    Russ Manning's and Jim Shooter's Magnus Robot Fighter series.

    Jim Shooter's Harbinger.

    Peter David's Incredible Hulk.

    Wein's and Wrightson's Swamp Thing.

    Pasko's and Yeates' Saga of the Swamp Thing.

    Grant Morrison's New X-Men.

    Bill Mantlo's and Sal Buscema's Incredible Hulk.

    Jeff Smith's Bone.

    Bates' and Infantino's Flash.

    Groo The Wanderer.

    Gotham Central.

    Byrne's Alpha Flight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonEMC View Post
    Kyle Baker's Plastic Man is way better than Cole's. There were 20 issues of this great, great series and every single one was brilliant.
    I would say that Baker's is the only series to really take a cue from Cole in that Plas was much more the "straight man" and left the overt joking to others.

    Also, you must mean 19 great issues. The Scott Morse fill-in was all bad puns. Bad puns.
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