In my post where I talked about the cost of publishing Kill It With Magic, I talked about having a top ten list of comic books I want to collect. Unfortunately, I never actually said what they were, and because I know you’re all super interested in it, I am going to rectify that now. (Yes, I’m that guy.) They aren’t really in any particular order.
Consider this your formal education in comic awesomeness if nothing else.
#1 – Daredevil #1: This is the first appearance of Daredevil. In all honesty, no one other than Ben Affleck should even care about Daredevil #1. So why do I care about a superhero that even the actor who portrayed him is trying desperately to forget?
When I was a little kid, my uncle showed me the comics he had saved from when he was a little kid. He had a lot of really cool issues, but for some reason the one that stuck out to me was Daredevil #1. I remember him saying that he hadn’t liked the comic as a kid and felt he had been ripped off. His comic is in really nice condition, as he only read it like twice before putting it in his comic box. Since then, I have always wanted my own copy. If my uncle had pulled out some other comic, I’m sure Daredevil #1 wouldn’t even be on here.
#2 – Hulk #181: This issue really needs no explanation if you know about comic books. Why? Because Wolverine! While not the first appearance of Wolverine, which occurs in Hulk #180, this is credited as his first appearance.
I have been trying to buy this comic for several years now and always seem to let it slip through my fingers. In my opinion, this is one of the few comics that make or break a bronze -age collection. It is also one of the few comic books you’ll actually hear mentioned in popular culture when they talk about having a “cool” comic. This is always the comic I promise myself every single year and then I don’t buy it.
#3 – Amazing Spider-Man #3: The first appearance of Dr. Octopus. Not only is he pretty much the quintessential Spider-Man villain, especially now that there is the Superior Spider-man, but one of the very first comics I got as a kid was about Dr. Octopus. I really liked the idea of having a bunch of mechanical arms I could use to hold my foes against a wall while I flick them in the nose with my fingers.
#4 Amazing Spider-Man #9: The first appearance of Electro has long been a comic I have really wanted. There are about three reasons for this. One, when I was little I had a Spider-Man video game for Sega Genesis that I really liked, and Electro was one of the villains. Two, when I was an intern we used to joke about a super hero who was a master electrician who had a horrible accident where he fell into exposed power lines and became Conduit Man, with powers over electricity. That nearly sums up Electro. Three, he is in the new Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie. Plus, I think this comic is severely undervalued. Still.
#5 Tales of Suspense #57: The first appearance of Hawk Eye. Like Hulk #181, this comic has always seemed to slip out of reach. Now that Joss Whedon has gone and made Hawkeye cool, this comic is even more out of reach than it once was. I really wish I had just ponied the money up for this when I tried to buy it, and Ironman #55, five years ago. Then I could point at them an laugh instead of looking at them and crying.
#6 Amazing Spider-Man #121: This is the infamous Death of Gwen Stacy comic. While this has been one of the few comics to be on my top ten list for a really long time, it is one of the ones I haven’t really pursued very hard, and I do not know why. Part of it is I want a really nice copy and to not pay a whole lot for it. The other part of it? I don’t know how I feel about actually owning a piece of Spider-man’s broken heart. Because I’m not a heartless savage.
#7 Amazing Spider-Man #122: Mostly because you cannot have #121 without #122. They go together like peanut butter and something that goes with peanut butter. Like rice cakes when you’re on a diet. Oh and its important because it’s when Spider-man “kills” the Green Goblin.
#8 Green Lantern #7: This is the first appearance of Sinestro. It has been one of the holdovers of the list, like ASM #121 for a long time. I don’t know why I haven’t just up and bought this comic yet. I think I’ve only even bid on it like twice. This is also one of those weird comics where it seems to go for a lot less on EBAY, when it isn’t a buy it now auction, than at shops.
I mean Sinestro isn’t even that cool, which is pretty much the entire problem with the Green Lantern and Superman really… They don’t have cool villains like Spider-man, X-men, or Batman. How can you have a hero with no villains? Villains make a hero…
#9: Showcase #22: Speaking of the less than cool Green Lantern, the first appearance of Hal Jordan and the new Green Lantern Mythos is something any true Green Lantern fan must own. As a Green Lantern fan, I feel like it is my duty to own this comic. It is just so damn expensive, that even if I was going to spend the greenbacks to get it, I’d likely just buy #10 on the list.
#10 Amazing Fantasy #15: This is the first appearance of Spider-Man and is one of the most famous comics of all time. I almost bought this comic as a kid for $500, and I really wish I would have done so. I’d only had $200 or $300 at the time from my summer job. I had been saving for a Super Nintendo and was going to a comic show with my Dad. Anyway, the moral of the story is I didn’t buy it and now just a cover for this book is like $500…
That’s my top ten list. Part of the problem with it is most of the comics on it are expensive, and I really want nice copies of the books. That is a lot of the reason this list hasn’t changed much over the years. Perhaps I’ll do a post in the future where I talk about some comics I have managed to get from this list. Will it be interesting? Unlikely. Will it let me show off to my small corner of the internet? Yes.