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Five For Friday #75—Numbers, Numbers, Numbers
posted May 11, 2006

Five For Friday: Name Five Comics or Comics-Related Publications You Know By Their Issue Number

1. Uncanny X-Men #133: Wolverine Stands Alone!
2. The Comics Journal #172: My first issue.
3. Cerebus #44: The Wuffa Wuffa issue.
4. Eightball #22: Ice Haven.
5. Alter Ego #10: Gil Kane.

This topic is now closed. Thanks to all that participated.

Peter MacDonald

Uncanny X-Men #141 ("Days of Future Past")
Cerebus #51 (the "Monkey Business" Marx Bros. issue)
Miracleman #15 (the rare one)
Marvel Team-Up #53 (1st John Byrne art on X-Men)
Daredevil #168 (1st appearance of Elektra)


Chris Opinsky

1. The New Adventures of Superboy #7: The first comic I ever owned-- I know because my Grandmother inscribed the date inside.
2. The Comics Journal #202: A massive interview with Kevin Eastman, which really affected how I looked at comics and the industry.
3. Fantastic Four #267: "A Small Loss", I was only 6 but this was a big punch in the gut.
4. Spider-Man Classic #4: A reprint of the first appearance of Doc Ock--- I re-read it at least a million times, and I still think it's a perfect REAL Spider-Man story.
5. Fantastic Four #319: Secret Wars III! Which is all I remember about it.


Andrew Farago

I could probably make this at least a "Fifty for Friday" based on my first five years of reading comic books, but I'll try to keep it to five.

1. Daredevil #252: The double-sized "Fall of the Mutants" tie-in issue, all-red cover. When this issue hit, I'd only been reading Daredevil for a few months, but I suddenly had a new favorite comic series. Years later, I'd still say that John Romita Jr. inked by Al Williamson is one of the absolute best art teams in superhero comics.

2. Amazing Spider-Man #285: Part two of the Gang War series, with the Punisher aiming a bazooka as Spider-Man (decked out in his black costume) swings in to stop him. First Spider-Man comic book I'd read since Spidey Super-Stories.

3. Spectacular Spider-Man #127: Spider-Man vs. the Lizard. This came out during summer vacation, and my dad bought it for me at the convenience store after I'd helped him at work that day.

4. G.I. Joe #37: Another Mike Zeck cover. Flint leaping from a helicopter at one of the Crimson Guard Commanders atop a roller coaster track. This is one of the first comics that I owned (as opposed to hand-me-downs from my older brothers)--my mom bought it for me while I was home sick from school.

5. Batman #416: Nightwing meets the new (Jason Todd) Robin, cover by Jim Aparo and Bill Sienkiewicz. This was part of a three-pack of Batman comics I bought at the local five-and-dime not long after the Batman movie came out in the summer of 1989.


Rick Phillips

Five For Friday: Name Five Comics or Comics-Related Publications You Know By Their Issue Number

1. Amazing Spider-Man #121 Gwen Stacy dies.
2. The Incredible Hulk #181 first full appearance of Wolverine
3. Invaders #5 the first Invaders comic book that I bought.
4. Avengers #4 first modern apperance of Captain America
5. Invincible Iron Man #5 found it selling for ten cents years after it first came out. It was still in never read condition.


Gary Esposito

1. MiracleMan #15: Nemesis
2. Saga of the Swamp Thing #21: The Anatomy Lesson.
3.The Comics Journal #53: That Interview.
4. Detective Comics #475/476: The Laughing Fish.
5. Amazing Fantasy #15: Do I really need to explain?


Michael J. Grabowski

1. Cerebus #186. The most infamous comic known by its number alone.
2. The Comics Journal #53. The historic Ellison interview, and for many symbolic reasons it's why TCJ is worth reading, and worth being patient with it when it's not.
3. The Amazing Spider-Man #121. The Night Gwen Stacy Died!
4. McSweeney's 13. Not the greatest volume of comics ever but it's the one comic "book" I can think of that fits here.
5. Kramers Ergot 4. I'd never heard of 1-3, and never read this, but I haven't stopped hearing about it.


Benjamin Bayliss

Grimjack #1 (this was pure hell tracking this issue down when I got hooked!)
New X-Men #141 (the only issue I'm missing in Grant Morrison's run)
Hacker Files #4 (only issue I'm missing in 12 issue maxi, been looking for this off-line for nearly 15 years!)
Avengers Annual #10 (Capt. America TOTALLY DEFEATED!!!; Iron Man knocked out of action!!; The deadly NEW Brotherhood of Evil Mutants!" One of my very first comic books)
X-Men #141 (everyone knows this one, right?)


Jim Kingman

Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth #6: The death of Flower.
Green Lantern #50, 2nd Series. Hal Jordan goes mad.
The Comics Journal #53. Harlan Ellison is interviewed, and nothing is the same again.
Justice League of America #102. The android Red Tornado sacrifices himself to save the universe.
Green Lantern/Green Arrow #89. "What's the idea?!" exclaims the Ferris employee after Green Lantern destroys a test plane with one destructive sweep of his power ring. "That was a nine million dollar aircraft!" "Send me a bill!" Hal snaps back, walking away.


Fred Hembeck

1. Fantastic Four #4 (the first Marvel comic I ever bought, at least on purpose--let's just forget about Kid Colt, Outlaw #101, okay?...)
2. Avengers #4 ( the return of Captain America--again, not counting Strange Tales #110--which, along with Flash #123, helped prime my interest in the seemingly mystical glories of the Golden Age of Comics)
3. Detective Comics #327 (Carmine Infantino draws Batman for the first time as DC ushers in a New Look for the Caped Crusader, and believe me, it wasn't a minute too soon!)
4. RB-CC #52 (the first regularly published fanzine I ever received through the mail)
5. Iron Man #112 (the letters page featured a full page comic strip LOC, my first professionally published--and paid for--work)


John Platt

1. Sandman # 8 -- the first Death, the first issue I read, and the first time I saw a publisher give a struggling title a huge helping hand
2. Tales of the Green Lantern Corps # 2 -- the issue I almost got in trouble for reading when I was a kid because I mispronounced the title as "corpse"
3. Savage Henry # 13 -- the one issue that has eluded me for years
4. Critters # 23 -- Ty Templeton's "Teddy Payne" (Still haven't listened to the flexidisk, but the lyrics and illustrations crack me up)
5. Creepy # 113 -- the all-Wrightson issue (sweet!)