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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

My First Comics!

So it all started when my dad told me not to go into the attic and root through his things, so I did. Finding Richie Rich, Kamandi, and Tor comics. Then my older brother handed me some Savage Dragon, Ninja Turtles, and Spawn books. After the exposure to these eye openers, I discovered the Comix Connection 2 for 99'ers. My hands riddled with red marker, I began to leave the store with Adventures of Superman, Spider-man, and Tick comics. I've remembered all of those comics for years now, because each comic was a step closer to the day I signed up for a subscription and an addiction. These are some of those that I remember.

This issue was one of the first that I found in my Dad's trash bags from the attic. Jack Kirby! Nuff' said!

I actually enjoyed reading these the most! Richie Rich and all the Harvey cast are so fun, so it was a major treat when the Harvey Classics reprints came out, speaking of which, they are still available here at Comix Connection!

Can't forget the first time I saw a Kubert comic!

This Turtles comic helped me realize there were more than just cave men and funny books out there, and then I met the Super-heroes!

This is the first of that breed I ever had, and the cover is stained into my brain. The stark red background is something I'll never forget.

One of my first 2 for 99'ers!

Last but not least the first time I picked up my sub and brought home uncanny X-men #369 in 1999.

I'd later pick up Ultimate Spider-man #1, discovering Bendis. A few years later I'd read Walking Dead #1, and the hits never stopped coming after that. I thought I'd write this post about the first comics I remembered having as a kid, because they are the reason I read today, a lot of it was the art on the covers' appeal.

So, what were some of the first comics you read?

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At 3/10/2009 6:41 PM, Blogger amoorefan3 said...

Oh and I just realized that my reading went form Big Kubert (Korak) to Little Kubert (Uncanny X-Men) before I became completely engrossed in comics!

That's kind of cool.

At 3/10/2009 7:18 PM, Blogger josh said...

The first comic I can remember owning was when from Comix Connection and it was Armageddon 2001 #1 because it had the most heroes in it out of all the comics I perused. I became addicted to Batman and Dc soon after.

At 3/10/2009 7:46 PM, Blogger MegoSteve said...

I'm so old.

At 3/11/2009 3:20 AM, Blogger Special C said...

The first comics I remembered buying and holding onto were Marvel Transformer and G.I. Joe comics that I would get occasionally at 7-11. After picking them up off and on a friend of mine turned me on to super hero comics, specifically Uncanny X-Men. I picked up issue #274 and have been collecting (off and on) ever since.

At 3/11/2009 9:54 AM, Blogger tom said...

When I was a kid in the early 1960's (yes, I'm that old, 56 in July) my mother used to go to a neighbor lady's home to get her hair done on Saturday afternoons for church on Sunday. This neighbor had an old Easter basket full of comics to keep the kids entertained while their moms were under the hair dryers. The first comics I ever read were Showcase #24 with Green Lantern fighting a giant alien monster with yellow eye beams, and Spider-Man #6, with Spider-Man and the Lizard. The artwork blew me away on GL, and I became a lifelong fan. The Spidey story was pretty cool too. As beat up as those books were, I got so much pleasure out of them every Saturday, and damn if I still don't just love comics.

At 3/11/2009 3:13 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

It's hard to remember what my first comics were... we always had books around and one of my earliest memories is of my Mom reading MAX und MORITZ to me, but I'm not sure if that's a comic technically. I also loved ARCHY and MEHITABEL, but again not comics. My uncle in Philly had a big stack of MAD Magazines in his closet that we weren't supposed to touch when we visited (which of course my sister Karen and I did) and my Grandpop would put the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday funnies section within easy reach for when I woke up Sunday mornings (I slept in the living room on the couch.) MAD was the first magazine I ever had a subscription to, starting in the summer of 1970. I read lots of early '70s DC horror, mystery and war comics, plus a huge pile of Richie Rich comics that the neighbor kids always got. I also got a small pile of METAMORPHO comics from the kid down the street at a yard sale sometime in the early '70s. My mom would sometimes bring me copies of the Gold Key MYSTER COMICS DIGESTS, which reprinted stuff like TWILIGHT ZONE, BORIS KARLOFF TALES OF MYSTERY, and RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT. Let's see, there was also that huge stack of about 150 DANDYs and BEANOs that I bought at the May Festival at Sunset Lane Elementary when I was in 4th or 5th grade that blew my mind... continued stories! After that, underground comics from the used record store in downtown York, and from there to LOVE & ROCKETS in the early '80s. The rest is history.

At 3/11/2009 6:18 PM, Blogger S. Michael Wilson said...

My first exposure to comic books was when a middle school friend let me borrow Ambush Bug's first four-issue limited series. Ambush Bug appealed to my slightly off-kilter sense of humor, and introduced me to comic books that didn't take themselves too seriously. I've been hooked ever since.

At 3/12/2009 9:12 AM, Blogger amoorefan3 said...

Man, its a lot of fun hearing these stories! Thanks for sharing...I love comics soooo much, so its cool to hear how others came to love them that much too! Thanks guys!

At 3/12/2009 1:26 PM, Blogger SavageMouse said...

I always read my dad's Donald Duck and Richie Rich comics when I was a kid, but I didn't get real into reading/collecting on my own until the early 90's when my younger sister and I got into the FOX X-Men series. She had a friend who was into the comics too, and shared them with us. My mom was really cool about it, she bought us our first X-MEN & UNCANNY X-MEN books. I don't remember exactly which they were, but it was about the time Cyclops & Jean got married, and it snowballed from there. I loved trying to learn all the history and background and my mom ran us all over, to Comix Connection and card shops and flea markets, and even non-sport shows, when there used to be a lot more around here. She even bought us Marvel mail subscriptions (back before the CC subscription boxes this was) and bought us packs of trading cards every holiday and birthday. That was about the time Image was getting started and I got into a lot of those titles too, at first because I was impressed by the art, and after that because they were cool. I remember I would buy the new issue of GEN13 every month (or so) and I had two or three friends at school who would borrow and read them because their parents wouldn't approve of them buying it themselves. My mom's even spent years hauling me to Pittsburgh for the Comicon every April because I didn't get my own driver's license until two year ago (at 28, oi). So, almost 16 years now I've been into comics, with a collection over 5700 books (though as soon as I find a new job it's going to jump real fast!), and it pretty much started with a cartoon show and an awesome supportive mom. The comics helped my sister with her reading grades, inspired my writing, and actually gave the two of us (with two and a half years between us) something in common we could talk about and stuff. Awesome.


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