My Top 10 Marvel Comic Book Battles, 1980s: pre-Secret Wars
Fond memories of these comics are part of the reason I shudder at Marvel NOW stories which have made this kind of storytelling obsolete. Marvel NOW seems more about grandiose crossover stories with epic, world-shaking consequences, retconning decades of continuity, and making Disney fat-stacks by killing someone off. Stan Lee once wrote that if a writer had to resort to killing off a character to sell a book, he or she wasn't doing his or her job right. Back in the day, mysteries abounded that weren't wrapped up two issues later, but sometimes years later (Who is the Hobgoblin? One of Steve Rogers' neighbors knows he's Captain America; what are his intentions? Will Tony retake his company from Stane?). Things have changed. Joe Quesada told a magazine that Marvel was no longer interested in "writing love letters to the past." Whatevs. All the more important for us to remember the comics that led us to falling in love with comics in the first place.
lol Hypocritically, as I look over this list, the very real possibility of characters taking the big dirt nap looms in several of these issues. D'oh! Not changing my earlier statement, but making you aware that I am conscious of this irony.