Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. I figured it would be a fun bit to do, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!
We continue with Day 27, which is the Comic You’ve Read the Most Times
Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
Another tough one. I read so many comic books that I tend not to have much time to read any book that many times, so it would have to be one from when I was younger. I’ve read Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen tons of times and the answer very well COULD be the issue I picked for my favorite comic book, but I think the actual answer is a comic that my brother had that I read so many times that I had to tape the book together eventually so that it would remain readable….
West Coast Avengers Annual #1
The concept of the comic was that the Avengers discover that the Avenger who betrayed them in part one of the story (a part I don’t think I actually read until, like, five years had passed) is also planning on some sort of diabolical plan. So they put together every readily available Avenger and they go to fight the minions of their former teammate.
For a kid, seeing pretty much EVERY Avenger was pretty darn cool. I especially recall this one bit in the issue (written by Steve Englehart, with a plot by Mark Bright and Danny Fingeroth – art by Bright and Geoff Isherwood) when they explain why certain Avengers couldn’t make it. Thinking back, it is really kind of a poorly written scene, as it is basically a page just of captions citing old issues of Marvel Comics, but obviously, I am a very certain type of person and the idea that Marvel had all of this history and it was all readily available to me was really cool and left a lasting impression.
But mostly, I just liked seeing all of the superheroes in action.