There was a time when comics were supported by advertising, but these days most books are either “commercial free” or only filled with house ads for the other things the publishers are producing. Often, those publishers will spotlight a special jumping-on point, like Marvel’s inexplicable Legacy “event” or DC’s New Age Of DC Heroes. With many readers uncomfortable with picking up a random issue #624 and extrapolating what has happened, it’s often more successful to identify where a new reader can find a friendly starting point in the adventures of the Mighty Turnip-Man, lead-in to today’s Speculator Madness query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) always worries that jumping-on points are also jumping-off points, asking: What’s the single best “Jumping-On Point” issue you’ve ever read?

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  1. Lemmy Caution (@_Lemmy_Caution)
    April 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm — Reply

    Secret Wars #8. Got me back into comics. New costume. All the key players in the 616. So exciting at the time.

  2. April 10, 2018 at 2:50 pm — Reply

    Secret Wars #1. Introduced me to what super hero comics can be. Alternatively, any Donald Duck issue ever released.

  3. Ron
    April 10, 2018 at 7:09 pm — Reply

    Superboy #202, which was a 100-page Super-Spectacular issue.

  4. Scott Gunstream
    April 11, 2018 at 8:24 am — Reply

    Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #7; this issue had the confidential secret origin files for each team member.

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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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