Historians say that the first comic book was printed in 1933, re-presenting a collection of newspaper comic strips, making the comic book as we know it nearly 80 years old.  As Major Spoilers officially unofficial comic book “historian” (Stephen insists on the air-quotes, so Roy Thomas doesn’t show up and challenge me to a gunfight at the DC Corral), I try to plumb the depth and breadth of those eight decades with my weekly Retro Reviews.  Working in a comic store, I seldom lack for inspiration, but sometimes I like to gauge what you, the Faithful Spoilerites, WANT to read while simultaneously having other people do a portion of my work for me.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is this:  What single issue from the past 80 years of comicky goodness would YOU want to see Retro Reviewed?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. ray
    April 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    Daredevil #181
    Sandman #50

  2. Russ Catt
    April 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    Marvel Graphic Novel #1: The Death of Captain Marvel by Jim Starlin

  3. litanyofthieves
    April 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    Anything by Valiant Comics.

    • Allen Jones
      April 22, 2012 at 8:29 pm — Reply

      I second this, but I’ll be more specific as to issues.

      Harbinger 1
      Harbinger 25
      Rai 0
      Unity 1-4

      • April 22, 2012 at 9:21 pm — Reply

        Those, I got… VH2 stuff might be more difficult.

  4. Patrick
    April 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm — Reply

    Any early issue of the Ostrander Suicide Squad run, preferably the one with Deadshot killing the senator that he is supposed to “protect”

    • April 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm — Reply

      I think that’s #4, with the William Hell storyline…

      • Gehrigan
        April 23, 2012 at 12:57 am — Reply

        No, it’s the hunt for Rick Flag about #24, Deadshot was told to not let someone else kill the senator. Mission success!

      • Gehrigan
        April 23, 2012 at 1:12 am — Reply

        Grimjack #50
        Flash v2 #1 vs. vandal savage
        New teen titans #40 (brother blood captures the titans)
        The Incredible Hulk #348 (vs. absorbing man in vegas)

  5. Michael
    April 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm — Reply

    Some thoughts:

    – The New Teen Titans #50 (Donna Troy marries Terry Long)
    – The New Teen Titans #8 (A Day In The Life)
    – The X-Men/Teen Titans team up.

    • Michael
      April 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm — Reply


      – DC Comics Presents #59 (The Legion Of Substitue Heroes vs. Ambush Bug)

    • April 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm — Reply
      • Michael
        April 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm — Reply


        May I also add Fantastic Four 232 (the first FF by Byrne on writing and art chores) to my suggestion pile?

  6. Thomas
    April 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm — Reply

    Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #1
    Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #10
    Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #11
    Tarot Witch of the Black Rose #16

  7. April 22, 2012 at 3:12 pm — Reply

    Elementals Vol 1 #9
    Justice League America #40

  8. April 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm — Reply

    X-Force #1

    • April 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm — Reply

      I already reviewed Youngblood #1, just palette swap and change the character names and bazinga… You’re good.

  9. Rich
    April 22, 2012 at 4:31 pm — Reply

    Lifedeath- storm & forge
    Excalibur #1
    God loves man kills- its not really a single issue but it’s not a trade

    And yes x-men fanboy

  10. Gary
    April 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm — Reply

    From the good ole early days of independents:
    Elementals #1
    Justice Machine #1
    Aztec Ace #1
    Dalgoda #1

    • April 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm — Reply

      I don’t own a Dalgoda #1, and haven’t seen a single issue of that book since sometime in the mid-90’s, in a thrift store on Santa Fe Avenue in Salina, Kansas…

      • April 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm — Reply

        But I have added the other three to the stack.

        • Gary
          April 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm — Reply

          No Dalgoda? How about an Alien Legion instead?

  11. The Great NateO
    April 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm — Reply

    So these my not be as Retro as you may want but for me they are –

    Superman – The Man of Steel #25
    The Ren & Stimpy Show #1
    The Amazing Spider-man #375

    I know you said single but these too if you please:
    Robin 3000 (Book 1 and 2)
    The high Cost of Living – Death (Book 1-3)

  12. Dan Hunter
    April 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    Dc Vs Marvel 4 issue mini series please .

  13. Oldcomicfan
    April 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm — Reply

    Any issue of Groo the Wanderer, after all, one issue is pretty much the same as the next.
    Or how about the issue of Action comics where Clark Kent is bowling against Superman on the cover? I don’t remember the story inside, but the cover was so odd I never forgot it.

    • April 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm — Reply

      Oookay. I remember one where they’re chucking cannonballs at one another…

  14. Drew
    April 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm — Reply

    Flash #350.
    The End of The Trial of the Flash.
    The End of Pre-Crisis DC.

    Or anything with Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!

  15. Slappy
    April 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm — Reply

    Grendel: Devil’s Legacy #1
    Master of Kung Fu # 85
    DC Comics version of: The Ring of the Nibelung: Book 3 Siegfried
    Captain America and the Campbell Kids Vol 1 #1
    The New Teen Titans #1 (Drug Awareness Giveaway)
    Superboy 212 (Features a little known team called the Legion of Super-Heroes in case you never heard of them)

  16. Adam Murray
    April 23, 2012 at 12:41 am — Reply

    I almost feel like I should be barred from participating since Matthew selected my recommendation of Rom #43 for a Retro Review in the past (and again: “Thank You”)

    But… I will throw my choices out there once again for the fun of it:

    Magik Limited Series #4
    Detective Comics #526
    Fantastic Four Annual #260

    Can you tell that 1982-1984 was my personal “Golden Age”? :)

    • April 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm — Reply

      Seconding that Magik mini. Back issues of Claremont craziness are part of my golden age of back issue hunting, and that one still stands up, at least in my opinion.

  17. Oldcomicfan
    April 23, 2012 at 5:57 am — Reply

    Marshall Rogers’ “Captain Quick and a Foozle”

  18. April 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm — Reply

    I’m a little late, so most of my suggestions are spoken for, but I’d like to put in a word for X-Men/New Teen Titans by Claremont & Simonson. So much of my personal geekdom can be traced to this back issue & I’d love to hear your take on it.

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