View Poll Results: Best 80s Comic Book Run

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  • X-Men by Chris Claremont

    19 32.76%
  • Thor by Walter Simonson

    5 8.62%
  • Daredevil by Frank Miller

    8 13.79%
  • Fantastic Four by John Byrne

    8 13.79%
  • Spider-Man by Roger Stern

    2 3.45%
  • Spider-Man by J.M DeMatteis

    0 0%
  • Avengers by Roger Stern

    6 10.34%
  • Iron Man by David Michelinie

    2 3.45%
  • Incredible Hulk by Peter David

    3 5.17%
  • Captain America by Mark Gruenwald

    5 8.62%
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    Incredible Member Wall-Crawler's Avatar
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    Default Best 80s Comic Book Run

    How would you rank these 80s Marvel runs ?

    Make a list and let me know if I missed any run that you think should be here.

    The Top 5 will later compete against DC's Top 5.

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    The only two I revisit are Simonson's Thor and Miller's Daredevil. The rest have either lost their appeal to me or never appealed to me to begin with.

    Runs I would add

    -Stern's Doctor Strange
    -Starlin's Metamorphosis Odyssey/Dreadstar (if you are including the Epic imprint)
    -Doug Moench's Master of Kubg Fu (continued into the early 80s after starting in the 70s)

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    Possibly Miller just because of what he did to the character and the road he went down with him.

    I’d also add Moench on Moon Knight...a little underrrated run if you ask me.

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    Some great runs in the 80s.

    Loved simon furman's run on transformers also. Larry hama's gijoe run had some great stories also for over 155 issues.

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    This was truly a rich decade that practically anyone could make a case for anything.

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    would you all consider claremont new mutants(especially with part of his x-men run or separate. bill sienkiewicz issues seems to be the new mutants peak.

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    Allowing only one pick was just mean.

    The 80s really were great for Marvel. Having to pick one, I had to say FF. There were other good runs on the title, but Byrne's is the only one that belongs atop the pedestal alongside Kirby and Lee's.

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    Louise Simonson, and June Brigman's Power Pack.
    Continuity, even in a "shared" comics universe is often insignificant if not largely detrimental to the quality of a comic.

    Alienated - Die - Far Sector - New Mutants - Once & Future - Runaways - X-Men

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    Claremont's X-Men. Comics don't get better than that.

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    This is my favorite era, so be prepared.

    Avengers-Roger Stern
    New Mutants-Chris Claremont
    Fantastic Four-John Byrne
    Uncanny X-Men-Chris Claremont
    Thor-Walt Simonson
    Spider-Woman-Chris Claremont
    Doctor Strange-Roger Stern
    Dazzler-Archie Goodwin
    Daredevil-Frank Miller
    Incredible Hulk-Bill Mantlo
    Amazing Spider-Man-Roger Stern
    Alpha Flight-John Byrne
    Power Man/Iron Fist-Jo Duffy
    Captain America-JM DeMatteis
    Spectacular Spider-Man-Bill Mantlo
    Iron Man-David Michelinie/Bob Layton
    West Coast Avengers-Steve Englehart

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    This is a tough one but if I could only pick one.
    John Byrne on the Fantastic Four.
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    Conan the Barbarian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shooshoomanjoe View Post
    Claremont's X-Men. Comics don't get better than that.
    I was going to vote Claremont's X-men also(highest marks possible).

    But if we are only including '80s runs, we are really talking 132-on(so Hellfire Club/Dark Phoenix forward). With that criteria, I ended up voting for Byrne's Fantastic Four(my favorite FF run).
    Last edited by etrumble; 07-07-2020 at 04:43 PM.

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    When it comes to my favourites (as opposed to the best... I wouldn't know how to judge that) of the voteable options, I'm torn between Simonson's Thor and Claremont's X-Men. I think X-Men, as brilliant as it is, is hampered by Claremont staying on too long; Simonson ended on a good note with the big Thor-as the-Destroyer invades Hel. Both are amazing runs, though.

    Not listed is the Alan Moore/Alan Davis Captain Britain run, which was my favourite strip of the decade. Again, not saying it's the best, just my personal favourite.

    The 80's was a very good decade for Marvel, artistically speaking.

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    Great list of options. I could have chosen just about any one. Ultimately, I settled on Stern’s Avengers.
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