Doug: Today we are asking for your favorite comic book of all time -- whether you own it now or not. This topic spins (somewhat) out of several comments left in our request for creativity that we ran last week. What is that one book that if lost, stolen, or hopelessly misplaced, you'd miss the most? Is it your most valuable book, the one with which you a) plan to send your kids to college on or b) retire on (good luck with either!)? Is it the first book you ever bought/received? Is it just one you love for whatever reason? We're going to hold you to just one book, so perhaps a pinch of pontification prior to posting would be prudent. This question is different from the Open Forum we ran a while ago where we asked you what was the best done-in-one ever -- that was a critical analysis. This one's just a personal, self-absorbed favorite of yours.
Doug: For this guy, I think if you really pressed me on the subject (which I guess today we are...), I'd go with Avengers #28 -- the introduction of Goliath. As I've said many, many times around here I am a sucker for giants and for that tortured soul of all tortured souls: Dr. Henry Pym. I really love this story -- it's got all of the early Marvel action and angst, with words by Stan "the Man" Lee and some nifty pre-rigormortis pencils by "Dashing" Don Heck. I liked the idea of the Collector when I was a waif, and the Kirby cover is just a killer. I come back to this tale often, and it never gets old. So, while this is one of the first comics I can remember owning, it's also one that holds up for me. And that is perhaps the hallmark of a favorite comic book!
Karen: This is an easy one for me: Avengers #92. This book has had the single largest impact on me of any comic book. It was the right book at the right time. The Neal Adams cover is burned into my brain. It was my first Avengers issue, and the beginning of the greatest (IMO) comic saga of all time, the Kree Skrull War. I've told the husband, when I die, put Avengers 92 on my funeral pyre. I mean it.