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The purpose of this thread is for folks to share what they think is the definitive version/run of a comic for a particular character. This can include runs that were later retconned away, but you felt were nonetheless important.
For me, the definitive Spider-man was JMS's run on Amazing Spider-man. I think JMS presented a wonderful storyline that showed how Peter Parker got in touch with the 'spider' portion of his origins. Also, I think Peter Parker grew as a character. He started off isolated from everyone around him, but eventually grew to accepting that it was ok to let people from his civilian life in on his secret, and finding that even the unpowered people in his life could prove essential in supporting him in his superhero aspect. Though the end of JMS's run was rocky due to Civil War and OMD, I think that Peter Parker reached a turning point in that he was learning to work with others, and to develop bonds with other superheroes that extended beyond when their masks were on. I think the contrast of Steve Rogers and Tony Stark as substitute father figures would've been interesting to explore if JMS was allowed to continue. JMS's run is what got me back into reading comic books 7 years after I had stopped reading them in high school.
To anyone looking to get into Spider-man, I would highly recommend starting with JMS's run.
To me, 'No Mans Land' was a definitive Batman run for me. You got to see Batman stripped of so much of his support structure, and having to learn to adapt his methods for a lawless land, with his rogue's gallery in turn adapting as well. It might seem silly, but a defining moment for Batman, for me, was when he decided to switch from his old smooth utility belt to the bulkier pouches. It was like he was acknowledging that the gritty realities of No Mans Land wouldn't be solved by a Bat-capsule.
For anyone looking to get into Batman, I would highly recommend starting with 'No Mans Land'.