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Brad Monje
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The first one that came to mind is from Generations #1, when Superman and Batman first meet.  With Batman dropping Ultra-Humanite's henchman, and Superman catching him.  How Batman says he wouldn't have dropping him if he knew that Superman was going to catch him and  Superman says he wouldn't have caught him if he knew Batman dropped him.  It immediately shows how neither of these guys was as nice about not killing the bad guys when they started as we all came to know them to be.

Second, Fantastic Four #243.  Galactus Falls.  A pretty big moment seeing Galactus take a tumble, but you managed convey the magnitude of it amazingly well.

And finally, Batman Captain America, when they first meet.  A moment the child in me always dreamed of seeing, and never thought would happen, brought to me by my all-time favorite writer/artist.
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Definitely one of my top three:
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James Best
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And this one immediately comes to mind as well... Yeah, I know it may be a bit cliche now, but it still has staying power with me.
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John Byrne

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Susan Richards loses her child. "Fantastic Four" #269.

I look back at all that page today, and think how much my approach has changed. Now I would draw a very complex and detailed scene of the hospital floor. Doctors, nurses, orderlies, patients, gurneys, wheelchairs, cops, perps, you name it, and dead center Reed and the doctor as an island of terrible calm right in the middle of it all.

Something I could not have pulled off back then.

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First one that comes to mind is the Death of Guardian (Mac), AF #12. Back then I was still naive and thought death was real in comic books and his death felt real.

Second is Marvel Two-In-One #50. The page where you drew the present day Thing meeting the earlier era Thing. That was a very geek out moment for me when I was a kid. Loved it.

One more to come later.


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James Best
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Tough to pick a #1 scene, but this is the first comic book page that I ever showed to my father. I probably did it to prove to him that there was a lot more to the comic books that I was reading than he was giving me credit for... Never heard him make a negative comment afterward, so I guess it did the job.
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John Byrne

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About that page to "Avengers" #181, I have wondered for years -- And never thought to ask you on the board, JB -- Did you draw that page first and Perez drew a similar scene used for that issue's cover, or was it the other way 'round?

At that time on AVENGERS I was doing detailed breakdowns. Roger Stern called them "flakedowns" -- halfway between full pencils and breakdowns. Not terrible cost effective, as I would often do pages that took nearly as long to finish as a fully penciled page. That round the table group shot was one such page. It took me two hours to complete.

Unfortunately I mentioned this to Shooter, and the next thing I knew he'd gotten George to recreate the scene for the cover. This created in the minds of many fans the same question you just asked.

(Not the only time this happened. When Chris and I did the circus issue, opening with a bewildered Beast looking up at what was revealed, in a double page spread, to be Banshee as a carnival barker and the X-Men as inmates of a freak show, Shooter said the Banshee reveal should have been the splash. So he had Dave Cockrum do his version for the cover, and the scene Chris and I had plotted was ruined.)

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1) Fantastic Four #259- Ben is tossed by Terrax in the air, lands hard in front of a grocery store, tells Terrax to do his worst, and then is tossed into the store.

2) Alpha Flight #11- Heather taking a look around the empty apartment with a flood of memories in her head.

3) Fantastic Four #245- The last page with Reed telling Sue the truth about why all of Ben's "cures" have failed.
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Well, I'm certainly doomed...







What can I say about that last one? Dr. Doom & the FF, in the ruins of Latveria... Epic.
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John Byrne

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Tough to pick a #1 scene, but this is the first comic book page that I ever showed to my father. I probably did it to prove to him that there was a lot more to the comic books that I was reading than he was giving me credit for... Never heard him make a negative comment afterward, so I guess it did the job.

Unfortunately, I didn't. When Rog and I were plotting that scene, we told Shooter what we had in mind. He went home and pictured it in his head, and then expected me, with no further communication, to draw what he had imagined. When I didn't, he had someone else redraw that last page.

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Michael Murphy
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X-Men 135 - The scene where Dark Phoenix is flying away from Earth into space on the right side of the page and on the left are panels with the Thing and Mr. Fantastic, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and the Silver Surfer reacting to her power. As a kid seeing this for the first time I was blown away, not only was Dark Phoenix terrifying to see but the small guest appearances of characters from other books really made the Marvel Universe seem connected and kind of small (in a cosmic sense).

Fantastic Four 243 - The scene where "Galactus Falls". This one was a toss up between this scene and the cover. I love the cover because it depicts Galactus squaring off against some of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel universe and holding his own, but seeing him brought low by those same heroes and falling into the building was awesome. This entire Galactus story is one of my favorites of JB's Fantastic Four run.

Fantastic Four 259 - The scene where Sue Squares off against one of Doom's robot doubles, then Doom himself but ultimately decides that it is more important to help her teammates rather than engage with Doom directly. Your depiction of Sue as a strong, intelligent and powerful woman was one of the highlights of your FF run, before then I was never a huge fan of the character.

This was tough because I didn't want to solely use examples of older work since there are scenes from later in JB's career I really love but in the end these comics were the one's I was reading at an age when comics had a newness and magical quality that didn't last into adulthood. These scenes (and ones like them) had an impact that lasted for years and contributed to me still reading comics decades later.

-edited for spelling and clarification-


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James Best
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Unfortunately, I didn't. When Rog and I were plotting that scene, we told Shooter what we had in mind. He went home and pictured it in his head, and then expected me, with no further communication, to draw what he had imagined. When I didn't, he had someone else redraw that last page.

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I guess that means I get to make an alibi choice for my #1 :-)

Sorry to hear about Shooter's intrusion into you and Stern's work... Has enough time passed to where you can give me and the other forum members an idea of what you and Roger had crafted for the final page?
 
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Captain America #254 - The Brother Blood decapitation scene. 

X-Men #136 - Professor X confronting Dark Phoenix.

Man of Steel #3 - Batman revealing to Superman that the innocent life that Batman put in jeopardy was Batman's.

I didn't include anything from Fantastic Four, She-Hulk, Generations or Superman, because there are far too many scenes for me to have to narrow down from those titles.










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Guardian's death scene in Alpha Flight #12. (Most shocked I've ever been reading a comic.)

"Galactus falls!" in Fantastic Four #243. (As I've mentioned before, this issue got me back into comics at 13 after I'd given them as "kid's stuff.")   

The Guardian as Delphine Courtney reveal after the fake out that he was "back from the dead" at the end Alpha Flight #26. (And I thought I couldn't get more upset than I did reading Alp;ha Flight #12. Damn you, JB!)
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Avengers West Coast issue 50 The return of the Human Torch

Captain America destroy's Baron Blood


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Matthew Wilkie
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This one was a real challenge and, despite giving myself time to think before posting, I suspect my favourite scenes will continue to change.

I've gone with all Alpha Flight scenes. It's the title I have read again and again far more than any other title and from which the scenes resonate the most.

I discounted some of my favourite moments because I felt they were exactly that, moments, rather then fully fledged scenes. (Northstar flying on page 3 of AF #8 may be my favourite comic book image ever but it's not a scene per se.) So, my three scenes are as follows:

AF #22 There is a two-page interlude where Heather and Elizabeth are out shopping in the rain and Heather thinks she sees Mac, but of course, as Elizabeth puts it, "But ... but Heather ... he's dead!!!" Of course, Elizabeth puts it down Heather grieving but we saw him too. So much in two pages and beautifully setting up what was to come.

AF #28 Omega Flight are fleeing having arguably beaten Alpha Flight for a second time only to be taken apart over nine pages by Madison Jeffries who literally just lifts a finger. Bitter-sweet of course because being JB's last issue on AF we would never find out quite what he would have done Jeffries with the character instead simply becoming another version of Box.

AF #7 This was a close one for my third slot but I have always loved the final two page of this issue, dubbed an "unconnected interlude", where Delphine Courtney recruits chess-playing, hot dog munching Alec Thorne ("Or should I say Smart Alec of Gamma Flight?") to join Omega Flight, although we don't yet know this.




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Jeffrey Langford
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The difference between John's early and later art is so contrasting.
What happened to that early wonderful art?...What..happened!!! 
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Matthew Wilkie
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The difference between John's early and later art is so contrasting.
What happened to that early wonderful art?...What..happened!!! 

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It got better?

I've been guilty of "his old stuff is better" thoughts in the past to be honest; however, only this week, prompted by another thread, I was browsing through Triple Helix and Alpha Flight and, as much as I love AF, the improvement and development was significant.
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Wallace Sellars
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It got better?



And how!

I love JB's FANTASTIC FOUR, but his art on something more recent like COLD
WAR is Hulk-sized leaps beyond that.
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Nelson Zeppilli
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It was so tough! Picking only 3 scenes seems so unfair for all those scenes I love in your work, JB, so many stuff that touched me, shocked me or made me laugh. But here we go:

1. Black Jesus (JBNM 21). That you, an atheist, could touch me, an atheist, with a character finding faith tells a lot about your talent as a writer.

2. The death of Jean Grey (X-MEN 137). Heart-wrenching to my young self (even more considering I related a lot to Scott).

3. Nova returning to Earth and encountering the Shakesperian robot (THE LAST GALACTUS STORY). A beautiful and bitter-sweet moment in an epic story-line.

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The scene of Wolverine, under Sauron's control, fighting the X-Men. This issue seem to be where I started to see how much of a badass Wolverine could be, my favorite scene, from my favorite issue, and this locked in Wolverine as my favorite character!


Terrax vs the FF and the Thing knocking Terrax through multiple buildings with a single punch. That whole Galactus arc has such a epic cinematic feel to it. It felt like John was BOTH drawing the comic and directing the movie that was playing in my head.
Scan taken from Eelco's wonderful FF collection. Here's link to his Byrne treasures on ComicArtFans 

And finally, the death of Guardian in Alpha Flight 12. WOW sooo unexpected and shocking to kill the team leader just 12 issues into the series. I thought the countdown sequence was amazing.
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My first two choices are pretty-much written in stone for me:

The final page of FF 238, THE MORE THINGS CHANGE

"No, I ain't alright...I ain't never gonna be alright again..."

Page 14 of Captain America 250, CAP FOR PRESIDENT!

"I...I won't, Mrs. Crosley."

As for a third choice...boy, if you asked me on ten different days, I'd probably give you ten different answers.  Today's answer is:

Pages 4 - 6 of FF 249, MAN AND SUPER-MAN!

Two chance meetings in the park.  One does not go well:
"She was scared.  She tried ta hide it, but I scared her."

One does:
"You're the Thing!  Oh, thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!"


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I'll mention some that I don't think have so far.

1. X-Men#136: The scene during the Dark Phoenix saga when Logan decides he has to kill Jean, she reverts some level of control and pleads with him to do it and he hesitates...

2. The glimpse in AF#1 where you see the team members of Beta and Gamma Flight.

3. FF#285 - the final few pages of "Hero". 
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Brennan Voboril
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I will have to take a look at my old comics to pick out three but something comes to mind right away: I like the quiet scenes best... a line of trees (I remember an Alpha Flight funeral that was just gorgeous), a building, a room (the inside of Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum from Namor).
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I'm having a difficult time deciding on two others to go with this, but a definite one is the moment in Critical Error where the astronaut deduces the dome because moons were setting but it didn't.
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