The Comic that really hooked me and made me into a collector though was Defenders #100.
One of the times my older Step-Brother shipped out overseas in the Army he left behind a bunch of his comics for me. Most of them disappeared over the years. Defenders 100 somehow managed to stick around. One summer after before my Junior year of High School I came across it sitting on a shelf in our basement…
I ended up sitting down and reading it, that was it I was hooked. Shortly after I tracked down some local comic shops and was digging in the bins searching for more issues of The Defenders!
The Defenders was the first comic that I managed to collect the full run of. Love that book plain and simple. It was a classic. They have tried to reboot it a number of times since then, but none live up to the original.
Anyway… A number of years ago (2010) I did a set of sketch cards of the Core members that showed up in the book. I think The Iceman and Silver Surfer card came off pretty poor, but I really dug how the rest turned out.
Starting from the top Row Left to Right:
Red Guardian, Power Man, Silver Surfer
Angel, Clea, Hawkeye
Beast, IceMan, MoonDragon