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With The Avengers movie opening today (5/4) and Free Comic Book Day tomorrow (5/5), not to mention Star Wars Day today (5/4), I've been thinking a lot about comics and pop culture at work.

I'm a long time comic fan from back in the 1980's and despite the current 6-issue runs which seem to be the norm for the past decade, I remember a time when one issue told a complete story.

As I'm planning to go to Austin this weekend to visit my favorite comic shop from back when I was in college, Austin Books, I figure I'll spend a good amount of time going through back issues and wanted some solid suggestions for good single issue comics.

Unfortunately, Google searching for good single issues isn't providing much help, esspecially since it's hard to find the Wizard Magazine's "Best Single Issues Since Your Were Born" from a few years back. The only hits you get are from 2011, which is fine, but I'm looking for a wider range than top ten from 2011.

That being said, what are some of the best single issue comics or your favorite single issue comics of all time?

I am under the thinking that "best" and "favorite" can be the same or different, so please give me a small reasoning as to why you think it's worth mentioning.

I'm open to any and all suggestions; from Superhero to Vertigo to Indy to classic Uncle Scrooge.

Also, while one-shots and annuals are the go to, good single issues can happen in the middle of a run of six issues. For instance I love New Avengers #5 where they're in the Savage Land, even though it's part of the Breakout story run.

Here are some of mine from the top of my head to get things started off:

Uncle Scrooge Adventures #27 (1994) (Reprinted in Uncle Scrooge 383 (2008)) - Very fun adventure spanning the entire globe, with some interesting fictional history.
New Avengers #5 - I have a love/hate relationship with Brian Michael Bendis, but this is a fun story with big characters, good one-liners, parital nudity, and makes the Savage land seem not-lame.
Fables #56 - Most issues of Fables are great, but this one introduces the idea of Santa into the Fables universe.
What If? Thor - Thor becomes a Herald of Galactus.
Batman / The Spirit #1 - Darwyn Cooke putting two classics together. Great! (Also Darwyn Cooke's last issue of The Spirit #12)

Thanks for your suggestions and have fun this weekend everyone!
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I'll give you a couple.

The Sandman issue where Hob Gadling is first introduced. Great issue, great character.

Continuing with the bar theme, there is an issue of Uncanny X-men, #183(I think) where Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler go to the bar. Colossus gets drunk and fight Juggernaut. Wolverine was pissed at him and lets him get whupped. (Something about heroes doing everyday stuff like going to the bar or playing baseball always humanizes them for me.)

And a personal favorite, not a particularly amazing story: What if Vol. 2 #25 - What If They Lost Atlantis Attacks.

7 heroes/villans left: Thor, Phoenix (Rachel Summers), Dr. Doom, Wolverine, Sabertooth, Mr. Fixit, Cloak, and Aquarius.

Wolvie and Joe Fixit start icing lizardmen/former friends before dying. Then Doom gives this speech where he thinks he might lose for a second... then he's like... defeat is for lesser men... I AM DOOM!!! He does actually lose, but those 2 pages just sum up Von Doom so perfectly. And the heroes lose. Like Empire Strikes Back, stories are more interesting when heores lose.

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I remember being very partial to X-Men Vol 2., issue # 1. I read that so many times, the covers fell off and for the longest time I had no idea what issue that was.

Now, years later, in the Age of the Internet, I've finally been able to identify it and pick up the next issues.
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fuzzydice82 wrote:
Uncle Scrooge Adventures #27 (1994) (Reprinted in Uncle Scrooge 383 (2008)) - Very fun adventure spanning the entire globe, with some interesting fictional history.

thumbsup You can't go wrong with Uncle Scrooge.
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I read G.I Joe as a kid some and still have these 2 issues.
G.I Joe #27


and #33


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NostraDouglas wrote:
The Sandman issue where Hob Gadling is first introduced. Great issue, great character.


That's The Sandman issue 13. My favorite single issue of any comic, and the most I've ever paid for a single backissue. I think it was $13.

Slightly off topic, but maybe helpful if you are looking for backissues to collect - I went through a phase of picking up all of the issues that were on the newsstands the day / month I was born. They made a nice display on the wall of my apartment once upon a time.

My favorite single issue cover of all time is Strangers In Paradise issue 23. *sigh* Francine . . .
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NostraDouglas wrote:
I'll give you a couple.

The Sandman issue where Hob Gadling is first introduced. Great issue, great character.

+1
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Four Color Comics #328 featuring Donald Duck in "Old California"


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The intro to a larger arc, but a great stand-alone issue.

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The Saga of the Swamp Thing #21 (Feb. 1984), "The Anatomy Lesson"


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