Had a small collection from my youth, but dove back in head first June 2018. Now going after the entire Hulk legacy run (among others).
I don’t remember exactly what my first comic book was. I do know that some of my earliest books were masterpieces like Blue Beetle and Son of Ambush Bug. Not exactly classics, but those books got me hooked on a brand new hobby.
i couldn’t get enough. As soon as I had a couple of bucks in my pocket, I headed to the mall, Paper Tiger usually, and grabbed up whatever I could. This was the mid 80s, and I was in my early teens. My town would eventually get a comic book shop, but that hadn’t happened yet, so off to the bookstore I went. Every time, it felt like there was a new title I should grab, and pretty soon it led to what I can only assume happens to a lot of kids that age...insufficient funds!
I started selling off items to my friends, just to keep up my “habit”. Selling things I never should have sold! G.I. Joe and Transformer toys, and even some of my *gasp* comics! It had become a monster that was consuming its own tail! I couldn’t keep this up! But being a teenager with a self assessed IQ of 752, I knew what was best, and just kept the train rolling. Before I knew it, my collection had been picked over by my friends, and I was left with the scraps. That was a bit disheartening, and my love of comics started to wane.
After a while, my attention was turned in a different direction...you guessed it, girls. Oh, I still picked up a few books here and there. Jumped on the early Image bandwagon even. But I wasn’t as die hard into it as I had been 10 years prior.
After a while, I met the woman that would eventually become my wife, got married, had a couple kids, and got busy with working and raising a family. The single long box had been tucked in my closet decades ago, and forgotten about. I hadn’t purchased or read a comic book in 25 years. That is until about 2 months ago, when I dusted off the box, pulled out a few books, and out of curiosity, hit the internet. Then I found The Realm...
Stay tuned for part 2!
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Being a kid not old enough to hold a job definitely made things hard. I ended up pulling around a lawn mower and a big can of gas around the neighborhoods looking for anyone whose grass was high. I ended up doing 4 or 5 a weekend at 10 bucks a pop and spent the majority on comics then. Some went to card collecting then too.