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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 3

Austin Books & Comics 40 Year Anniversary

2017 marks 40 years of your favorite local comic book store, Austin Books & Comics! In celebration of this, we’ll be having some new features over the next few weeks and months.

On our Facebook page, we asked fans and employees to share their all-time favorite comic storylines.

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Check back next week, where we’ll feature more of our fans’ favorite comic stories (share yours here!), and be sure to Like Us On Facebook for more 40th anniversary festivities!

Amazing Spider-Man #31
“If This Be My Destiny!” from Amazing Spider-Man #31-33 has everything! It introduces a couple very important characters, it features a classic villain trying something new, and the most heroic scene in any superhero comic ever. This story is Lee & Ditko at their best.

And “Kraven’s Last Hunt” is the story arc that made me a hardcore comic book fan for life.

-Brandon Z.

Wolverine and the Punisher
For my 11th birthday, my good friend Roland got me the 3 issue miniseries Wolverine and the Punisher: Damaging Evidence. This is when I really got into comics and decided to start collecting issues and trades.

-Philip A.

New Mutants Special #1
The Asgardian Wars (New Mutants Special #1 & Uncanny X-Men Annual #9). This is where I fell in love with the work of Art Adams, whose level of detail is still unbeatable; fell even harder for Illyana Rasputin, my first great comic book crush (and the one that persists to this day, if we’re being honest); and began to really embrace the interconnectedness of the Marvel Universe, as the mutants and Asgardian gods — two factions that seemed entirely dissimilar — melded perfectly to tell an epic story. I’ve read this story three times over the years, and it still holds up remarkably well.

-Dave J.

Micronauts #2
Marvel’s MICRONAUTS #2 – #3, with art by Michael Golden. Sheer brilliant marketing. The Micronauts flee Baron Karza from the microverse and wind up in our own universe, conveniently (and magically for 10-year-olds everywhere) at the exact same size as the then-current toy line. And of course they are befriended by a teenager, who eventually gets caught in the crossfire of micro-battles resulting in the utter destruction of … his swingset? It was just phenomenal synergy for the time, and made “reliving the adventures” with one’s micro toys pretty meta.

-Lee S.

Legion of Super-Heroes #290
Legion of Super-Heroes #290-294 “The Great Darkness Saga”

Featuring every living former & current member of the LSH, all of their 30th Century allies, and the best villain reveal ever.

-Hershal W.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Allan Moore – because it is beautiful, crazy, violent and fun. I never know what kind of insane rabbit hole Allan will lead me down next, but when I get there, I feel like I belong.

-Hilee H.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Claremont & Byrne’s Days of Future Past, Uncanny X-men 141-142! Seeing the FOX cartoon for the first time got me wanting to read the actual comic and was my gateway into collecting long box after long box.

-Phil B.

Batman: No Man's Land
Batman No Man’s Land is amazing. I love the different districts and people finding ways to survive. You see different sides of characters you think you know well. It all melts into one epic story. I love it!

-Laura C.

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Posted April 13, 2017 by Patrick

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  • Erwin McGee says:

    To Dave J, Phillip A.,

    I couldn’t agree more. My dad took me to ABC for the first time. I have no doubt he regretted the suggestion to go there 2 minutes after I was unleashed in the old school AB&C. Back then it was all spinners, long boxes and sci fi npvels( when I was 9 or 10 and let me get whatever I wanted, I picked up the first issue of the Wolverine vs. Punisher mini (“Damaging Evidence”). I had seen Wolverine during the Xmen cartoon series which I had set to record on my fancy VHS record setting (haha). That series began my OBSESSION with comics…before that day there was no “marvel universe”, just a cool TV show (whats up with Morph btw. “The only guy who ever made me laugh” Wolverine on ABC.lol).
    I fell in love with comics, so much more real on the page, real drama, character development, even death (hence my love of the Punisher).
    New Mutants is my baby, quite simply the OG New mutants run is still my fav hero run. So exciting and fresh. Laid the groundwork for so many stories and characters that remain immensely popular to this day!!

    thanks for letting my geek out.

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