Cerebus #36: The Night Before (March 1982)
Art by Dave Sim
I read Cerebus when I was a teen. It was probably the deepest comic I'd read yet. This was just around the time the term "graphic novel" was becoming popular, but men like Sim, Moore, and others had been doing this for a while.
Cerebus taught me that this art form was depthless. Longer page counts than any novel, and filled with art - comic form was WORTHY... as any other medium. It had paid its dues. I started to be proud of what I'd read.
And Cerebus had scenes of such breathtaking beauty and sadness. Single pages that stood striking and stark. Jaka returning the sword is one scene that really got to me. I love seeing these sorts of frozen moments now.