I grew up with comics. As a very young kid, I wandered into my attic, and found a BIG box of my dads comics. It was a treasure trove...old Gold Key Solar Man of the Atom, Magnus Robot Fighter, Thor, X-Men, Avengers, Dr. Strange etc, etc. I read, and re-read this mountain of greatness many times over, learning more as I went.
Fast forward a few years, and I start buying my own comics at a local shop (that actually STILL exists). It's slow going as even back when comics were a LOT cheaper, $ was also harder to come by as a kid. I mainly stick with the X-Men titles until the late 80's/early 90's. Marvel's reboot is ON. SO many variant issues (X-Men, Spiderman, X-Force)...then the Marvel Masterpiece card line comes out...I can't get enough. Slowly but steady, the growing variant craze, story arcs that run loner/include more series, prices climbing, the start of Valiant, and Image just spread the time/$ WAY to thin...and I drop out of comics.
My newest issue was from the Battlestar Galactica (1997-1998) by Realm...and even then I only got issue 4 of 5. Life moved on and comics completely fell by the wayside.
Mind you I still had some of my old stash:
Star Wars Manga (that I can't seem to find on here).
A few weeks ago I was talking with a long time friend (FINALLY got him to watch The Avengers movie)...and talk fell on comics. The more we talked, the more I missed the days of my youth reading, and looking for comics weekly. The fire was re-ignited.
Now mind you, being out of comics for basically 14 years makes getting back into things a bit daunting. I have missed a HUGE amount of MASSIVE storylines...so where to start? I start talking to a few old friends that notice me posting some of my favorite art/covers from comics gone by. I have a few that help get me back up to speed a bit, and I settle on the Avengers vs X-Men collection. I can't stop there right? So I order a collected Dark Phoenix Saga (aa BIG fave in my younger years). Then I hit a couple half price books, and start nabbing some random older stuff (a BIG Cable bundle, random X titles) for fun. Next I hit the local comic shop (hehehhe(. I decide to get the first 2 issues of Uncanny Avengers...I was going to go with the All New X-Men, but they were out of 3 of the first five, so that has to wait a bit. I start to peruse the variant boxes, and "clearance titles"...nab some SWEET variant issues of Voltron (2011-2012) Dynamite Entertainment, and a Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters (2011 - 2012) IDW Publishing #1.
I am back, and having a BLAST. (though catching up on SO many years of storylines, new characters, good people now evil (and vice versa) wil def take awhile LOL).
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