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Dec. 10th, 2008

To my comic reading pals, I have question. What was your first comic book? For me I am having a hard time remembering. It was either a Captain America comic, Rom the Space Knight, or Xmen. At least those are the oldest I can remember. The first clear story I remember was the Morlocks story in the Uncanny Xmen. That and dad had a coffee table reprinting of the first appearance of The Batman which I remember reading several times. I am not sure how old I was when I begane getting serious into comics. Grandma took me to my first comic shop in Clinton TN where I bought the second issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Not long after I remember dad took me to a comic shop in Cleveland TN. I saw an issue of the Crow on the shelf and several other indy comics.

I was just sitting here thinking about comics and how I loved them over the years. To my generation and probably other generations before me these were our myths. I can't tell you often I sat around with friends over the years talking about favorite superhero stories or who could beat who. I still love the thrill of opening an issue I have been waiting for to see what happens next. Will Iron Fist beat the monster who wants to kill him and eat his power? Will the skrull's kill someone before the heroes inevitably beat them?

My stories have gods and men, demons, and men in armor. My comics have ray guns and magic, lightening and thunder, beasts and giants. Heroes are strong and weak in all the right and interesting ways. Villains are dark and terrible. They are epics told in sequential art and when the story is done I close the book and turn to the next adventure.

Yes I do read other things. I am not the english scholar of some of my friends but I am by no means a man to turn away from a good book. I can loose my self in a novel or poetry with the best of them.

But comics hold a special place for me. They are my weekly bit of epic joy.

Anyways what is your first or favorite comic?


Dec. 11th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
ETA: No, now that I think-- my first comics, graphic novel-wise, were Maus and Maus II. I was in the 1st and 2nd grade, respectively. This may explain a lot.

It's a little lame, but.

Um... Archie. I started with Archie. Then I went on to the Archie Comics version of the Ninja Turtles, and also read some of the classic avengers stuff, gaining a lifelong love for Scarlet Witch, Captain Marvel (the black lady one in the 70s), Captain America, and She Hulk. Then I read the first (I think) 10 issues of the 90's Catwoman series, after the breaking of the Batman. Finally, at about the same time in high school, I started reading Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, the Sandman, got some miniseries Rogue and Scarlet Witch, and also started reading Gen 13, which got me hard into paying attention to who was drawing my comics (Campbell & Garner ftw). It was a slippery slope from there.

That said, I think the Ramos/Ellis DV8 comic, (about the first 10 issues) are probably still my favorites, along with the first 10 issue bloc in the 90's of 'the new little Archie', which had updated art, far less romance, and was really fun and awesome. Also, that one Captain Marvel has a special place in my heart.

As is obvious from my desk, Fell is probably my favorite right now, barring obvious Eternal Classics like the Watchmen. But anyway, comics are probably my favorite medium, an... well yes. Hee.

Though special mention to JTHM, simply because I don't think I would have gotten through high school without Johnny the Homicidal Maniac #3. My poor copy... it's in pieces at this point, from living in my backpack so long. I need to get the trade at some point, hardcore.

Edited at 2008-12-11 02:54 pm (UTC)
Dec. 11th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
I read some Fell when it was posted online. It looked good but i have not read a lot of it.



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