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Monster Society of Evil

The first golden age serial story reprinted in one place. To me the historical significance and the era that the story is from supercedes the Shazam from the 40s to the 70s book.

-- Silveragemarvelman

Doctor Strange Masterworks Vol. 1

The essence of Marvelmania.

-- Daniel Torrens

Not being a Dr. Strange fan prior to this book, I was a little hesitant about this volume. It's now one of my favorites. Ditko makes every panel a surreal masterpiece. And the book concludes with a roller-coaster, 12-part epic epic that doesn't let up!

-- Buddydave25

Superman: From the 30s to the 70s

This is included over Man of Tomorrow Volume 1 due to its variety of ages and number of stories of historical significance versus that volume.

-- Silveragemarvelman

JLA/Avengers: The Collector's Edition

Wonderful! And we only had to wait 20 years...

-- Jason Manahan

A gorgeous, oversize, hardcover fanboy's feast: the ultimate superhero team-up, by Kurt Busiek and George Perez, who could have been born to execute this project. Includes a second volume of sketches and the existing pages from the previous, aborted 1980s attempt at the idea which foundered on intercompany politics.

-- James Friel

#15 (tie)

Spirit Archives Vol. 12

Will Eisner showed everyone how it could and should be done with inventive artwork and memorable short stories on a weekly basis. While the presence of Ebony White dates, ages, and diminishes the strip far more than the other selections on this list, the rock-solid presentation of adventure, humor and graphic storytelling elevate this newspaper strip series far above minor quibbles about political correctness viewed through a fifty-year-old rearview mirror. Every story is a little treasure!

-- Rob Maisch

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