I’ve been reading comics now for some 43 years. Some I’ve liked, some I’ve hated, and some I’ve helped to make.
Recently, in looking around for a new approach to these Tumblr pages that would be interesting to me, I started thinking about how I first got into comics and started reading them–the earliest comics that I bought (or that were bought for me) and what impact they had on me.
I was also thinking about what those comic books look and read like in retrospect. Mark Waid once remarked that, given when I began reading comics, it’s a miracle that I got hooked. I don’t think things were quite so dire as that, but there is probably something to be gleaned from looking over those early comics purchases with a fresh and experienced eye.
So, what I intend to do is to chronologically go through the earliest comics that I read, in sequence, and reread them and review them. It ought to be a bit of a mixed bag. There’s also going to be a little bit of a fudge-factor at play, as in the 1970s when I started reading comics, slightly older issues were available three-to-a-bag in many toy stores, department stores and supermarkets. I got a number of comics in this manner, so exactly where they fall into the chronology I’m going to have to fudge a little bit.
I’m going to try to do at least one of these a week, maybe more if I find it easy enough, so hopefully there’ll be some regularity to the proceedings.