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What classic series/runs would you recommend to others?

Postby Chessack » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:54 pm

We all have our favorite comic series (or runs on series, such as a 30-issue run by our favorite author) -- that stack of comics that you pull out every year or every couple of years and re-read it even though you've read it 10 times already, just to experience it all over again. Sometimes these may be famous runs, like Claremont/Byrne X-men. Other times they may be more obscure, like Bill Mantlo's Micronauts.

With ComiXology and trade paperback reprints, many of these are now available to modern readers. But unless you actually read them, or know someone who did, you might, perhaps, not even know that these are any good or are worth finding/buying/reading. With all the dreck floating around out there particularly from the Big Two these days, I thought I would start a thread where people could list their all-time favorite series, or parts of series, that they thought were truly stellar in both art and story and recommend those to others.

Here are some rules:

1. These should be sizable runs of comics. Don't just post a favorite story arc like Dark Knight Returns. Sure it was good, but it was only a few issues. I am looking for long-standing bodies of work that went on for a while. So please post suggestions that went on longer than 1 year (13+ issues).

2. The series or run should have ended at least 10 years ago. It's not that I don't think anything good could have come out more recently (I know it has), but rather, the more recent stuff is already well known and probably had been read, and I would like us to compile a list of older stuff that might not be known about but is worth reading.

3. No more than 3 suggestions per person. I know you love many runs and series, but post your 3 favorites.

4. If the stuff can be found on ComiXology or in trade, please state this so we can track them down more easily. (I know it won't always be the case, but sometimes it will).

Here are mine:

Walt Simonson's Thor (337-382) - available on ComiXology and in collected trades on Amazon.

George Perez's Wonder Woman (1-35) - some (1-24) available on ComiXology.

Rom: Spaceknight (1-50) - sadly I don't think these are available as anything but back-issues. But they are worth a read.

So what are your three favorites?

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Re: What classic series/runs would you recommend to others?

Postby The Old Doctor » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:59 pm

I have no idea about availability at ComiXology.

Nexus. Available in HC archive format from Dark Horse. Covers everything of that awesome series and character.

Sandman Mystery Theater. Available from DC in collected trades.

Grimjack is a fav, but I'm not sure if Dynamite collected all of it or not in trades.
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Re: What classic series/runs would you recommend to others?

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Ann Nocenti's run on DD, especially her issues with JRJR

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Postby Stephen Day » Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:17 pm

The Cap No More storyline from Mark Gruenwald's Captain America run. I think it may be available in trade paperback.
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Postby Amoebas » Sat Sep 14, 2013 4:40 pm

Too easy to name the popular runs so...

Haywire #1-13 (1988-1989)
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The Chopper Saga in 2000 AD #206-207, 424-429, 545-570, 594-597, 654-665 (1981-1994)
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Re: What classic series/runs would you recommend to others?

Postby Chessack » Sat Sep 14, 2013 7:07 pm

Stephen Day wrote:The Cap No More storyline from Mark Gruenwald's Captain America run. I think it may be available in trade paperback.


Ah yes, I remember that. I started reading Cap during that run, and kept reading it for another 40+ issues. Gruenwald was the master.

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Postby Mr. Log » Sat Sep 14, 2013 9:16 pm

Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League, JLI and JLE

Matt Wagner's Mage

All-Star Superman

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Re: What classic series/runs would you recommend to others?

Postby UnionJack » Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:44 am

I'll have to go with some Golden Oldies:

Amazing Spiderman #1-300 - there are just so many great stories & creators in the first 300 issues you just can't go wrong. Classic superhero action.

New Teen Titans - Marv Wolfman/George Perez. Brilliant, best thing DC ever published.

Incredible Hulk - Bill Mantlo/Sal Buscema (from about #245 - #313). HULK SMASH!! I'd recommend anything Mantlo ever wrote - a tragic loss to the world of comics.

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Re: What classic series/runs would you recommend to others?

Postby Chessack » Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:09 am

UnionJack wrote:Incredible Hulk - Bill Mantlo/Sal Buscema (from about #245 - #313). HULK SMASH!! I'd recommend anything Mantlo ever wrote - a tragic loss to the world of comics.


+1 for this. Best. Creative. Team. Ever.

Bill Mantlo was one of the greatest comic-book writers of all time. And the Mantlo-Buscema pairing was outstanding. They did Rom 1-50 together as well and it was just incredible. Although we will never know all the back-room dealings, Buscema left when Mike Carlin came on as editor, and it certainly seemed like Carlin fired him. My guess is Mantlo was probably not happy about this, as he and Buscema clearly were fond of each other, and although he kept trying to write good stories, it felt like after Buscema was fired, Mantlo's heart was just not in it. But that run from 1-50 was well worth a read.

And now that I know they teamed up on those Hulks, I will absolutely see if I can get my hands on them.

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Re: What classic series/runs would you recommend to others?

Postby Amoebas » Sun Sep 15, 2013 11:21 am

Chessack wrote:
+1 for this. Best. Creative. Team. Ever.

Bill Mantlo was one of the greatest comic-book writers of all time. And the Mantlo-Buscema pairing was outstanding. They did Rom 1-50 together as well and it was just incredible. Although we will never know all the back-room dealings, Buscema left when Mike Carlin came on as editor, and it certainly seemed like Carlin fired him. My guess is Mantlo was probably not happy about this, as he and Buscema clearly were fond of each other, and although he kept trying to write good stories, it felt like after Buscema was fired, Mantlo's heart was just not in it. But that run from 1-50 was well worth a read.

And now that I know they teamed up on those Hulks, I will absolutely see if I can get my hands on them.
Off the top of my head - these are also Mantlo/Buscema you may not know about...

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And iirc from Sal's biography, it wasn't Carlin or Ditko - it was Rom's inkers Aken & Garvey (Sal, who rarely complained - didn't like their style over his pencils). This led to a slow breakup with Mantlo first in ROM and then shortly afterwards in Hulk. Which worked out for everyone as Sal went on to some spectacular stuff with Simonson on Thor.

As much as I loved Mantlo/Buscema, I always loved DeMatteis/Buscmema more and was so happy to see them back together just a couple months ago...
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Re: What classic series/runs would you recommend to others?

Postby covalesky » Sun Sep 15, 2013 12:32 pm

Transmetropolitan by Warren ellis.
Animal man by morrison.
Starman by Robinson.

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Re: What classic series/runs would you recommend to others?

Postby UnionJack » Sun Sep 15, 2013 2:07 pm

Chessack wrote:
+1 for this. Best. Creative. Team. Ever.

Bill Mantlo was one of the greatest comic-book writers of all time. And the Mantlo-Buscema pairing was outstanding. They did Rom 1-50 together as well and it was just incredible. Although we will never know all the back-room dealings, Buscema left when Mike Carlin came on as editor, and it certainly seemed like Carlin fired him. My guess is Mantlo was probably not happy about this, as he and Buscema clearly were fond of each other, and although he kept trying to write good stories, it felt like after Buscema was fired, Mantlo's heart was just not in it. But that run from 1-50 was well worth a read.

And now that I know they teamed up on those Hulks, I will absolutely see if I can get my hands on them.


I think those Hulks are pretty cheap on the back issues market - I'm tempted to buy another set as I read them so often (to be fair, the RogerStern/Sal Buscema run leading up to Mantlo's tenure is superb too and there was a great cross-over with Captain America in there as well). There are also three trades - 'Pardoned', 'Regression' and 'Crossroads'.

Rom would also be on my recommended list & Micronauts but you only allowed us three..... :wink:

How amazing was Rom though? #50 is one of my all-time favourite single comics - along with Incredible Hulk #300.

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