A posting from my Marvel blog of long ago, polling the audience as to what their first remembered encounter with Marvel in any form was, and talking about my own.
By now, I’m sure that everybody has been suitably stunned by my appearance as a guest judge on Food Network’s Challenge show on Sunday. I’ll be doing a longer post about this in a few days, when I’ve got a little bit more time. But for the moment, I want to switch gears and ask another question to the audience.
What was your first encounter with Marvel? I don’t necessarily mean what your first Marvel comic was (although I’d be interested in hearing about that as well), but what was the first time you came into contact with the Marvel characters, and made a connection with them?
For myself, it had to have been the 1960s Spider-Man animated cartoon. That show ran in syndication in New York all through the 70s, and I can recall seeing it on Channel 5 when I was very, very young. So young, in fact, that I didn’t understand how Spidey’s web-shooter worked–I though he had ropes strung up all around the city from which to swing on, like Tarzan.
The first Marvel comic I ever read would have been MARVEL TEAM-UP #16, with Spidey and Captain Marvel. I wasn’t a big Marvel fan when I first started out reading comics–the books were too wordy, too full of captions (which I never read in the first place), and they always seemed to be continued, as TEAM-UP #16 was. In fact, for the first few years of collecting comics, I would tell my parents repeatedly that I hated Marvel comics (you’ll understand if you’ve ever had to rely on a parental figure buying you a comic when they ran into a store quickly.) This was such a regular occurrence that, once I started following the Marvel titles when I was a bit older, my Father would needle me about it constantly. Had he lived long enough, I’m certain he would have gotten unbridled joy out of the fact that I’ve now worked for the hated Marvel for close to twenty years, and it would come up whenever we spoke.
That’s my quickie story–what’s yours?