Saturday, May 4, 2013

League Assigment- Comic Books

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This week's assignment from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers consisted of two words:

Comic Books

My first exposure to comics came when I was around 7 years old. I had a few random comics that, going by the subject matter, most likely came from one of my cousins. I had a couple issues of House of Secrets, and a random issue of Supergirl. I didn't fully understand the stories, and the House of Mystery books actually creeped me out a bit. I guess that's why I never really had an interest in collecting comics back then. Sure, I enjoyed the artwork, but they never really made any sense to me. Well, all of that changed on Christmas morning in 1992.

That morning, I unwrapped three plain cardboard boxes containing A, B, and E from that catalog page. I know for a fact I didn't mark them in that book, but somehow my parents just knew I would love the comics. As usual, they were right on the money. I opened those boxes, and it was like someone flipped a switch. That Christmas Eve, I fell asleep a normal 11 year old boy. That Christmas Day I had become a collector. It was only a little over 50 comics, but it may as well have been a couple hundred. I spent most of the next week reading and rereading every issue. I was fascinated by the  interesting characters I had just been introduced to, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on more. It didn't take long for that small collection to snowball into several hundred, and by the time I got out of collecting, I had just over a thousand comics. Honestly, out of all the things I've collected, I think I miss comics the most. It's the one thing I feel like I could get back into it again, if I found the right book.

Just as an added little bonus, here's a photo from that morning, December 25th, 1992. This was taken just as I was opening the box of Marvel comics. That's an issue of The New Warriors under that copy of Daredevil. I wish I could tell you which book I'm holding, but I think they all had that Battletoads ad on the back. If that kid only knew what he would be getting himself into when he opened that box...he'd probably still open it.

How did some of the other League members tackle this titanic topic?

Erik at Toyriffic likes his heroes malleable.

Mos Espa Collection goes through the 5 stages of addiction comic collecting.

Cavalcade of Awesome shares some movie scripts turned comics.

Todd Franklin, Mayor of Neato Coolville gives Spidey his stamp of approval.

Achievements in Gaming shares some great artists.

AEIOUWhy has forsaken the analog!

Flashlights Are Something to Eat bought a comic that ended up being crappy

Shawn of Branded in the 80s has an Uncanny taste in comics.

*The catalog page came from Wishbook's Flickr page.

**Thanks to STL Comic's cover gallery, I was able to figure out which titles came in the Marvel set. I think they may have missed a couple of them though, since I know the two comics in my picture aren't shown.


  1. I love early memories of comics! They all touched us in someway.

  2. What a great way to start a collection! Nice memories, good sir.

  3. i can't believe how far we are from 1992... sniff... Nostalgia...

    1. Crazy isn't it? The concept of 2013 didn't even seem real back then.


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