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...when you were 17+ years old? And what was the comic that drew you in?



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> ...when you were 17+ years old? And what was the comic that drew you in?

What year was that.

I was about 10 when I was hooked but that was around three decades ago, when such things were common and superhero comics were in local newsagents.

Someone getting into comics at the age of 17+ would have been very unusual that long ago, but is more prevalent today, so I think a sense of persepctive would help with discussing the results


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Old Doc Shallot




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> ...when you were 17+ years old? And what was the comic that drew you in?

Just for the hell of it, I'm adding my name to the under-17s as well. I was under 5 and I recall reading a 12c CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST by myself. UNCLE SCROOGE, MIGHTY SAMSON, TUROK SON OF STONE, SOLAR MAN OF THE ATOM, HOT STUFF, SPOOKY - these all followed in very quick succession. And for me, there were British weeklies such as TREASURE and TEDDY BEAR as well. Beccause of black and white Australian reprints, I did get to read some early SUPERMAN Bizarro stuff. Despite SOLAR and a few things in that vein, there wasn't much in the way of superhero stuff getting through to me. Then I started on DC via Aussie reprints right around 1970. Around 72/73, a British weekly called MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL got me into Marvel at last, and then I started on the real thing. DC wasn't properly distributed here (in NZ - not the Negative Zone, though I don't know, sometimes ;\-\) ) but I did manage to read SGT ROCK, KAMANDI, PHANTOM STRANGER and such, a few books which weren't cut off for supply thanks to the license to Aussie. BRAVE AND THE BOLD, WORLD'S FINEST, DETECTIVE, ACTION COMICS, WONDER WOMAN and co weren't distributed here. Somehow, though, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (which I began at #100) was an anomaly . Ditto GREEN LANTERN when it resumed publication in the 70's.

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Listening: Johnny Cash and Tom Waits.
Watching: EXTRAS and FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS are a given. On dvd: PENNIES FROM HEAVEN (the original BBC series from 1978 with Bob Hoskins - every bit the other Dennis Potter masterpiece that THE SINGING DETECTIVE is) and SPACE 1999 (such highly welcome cheese.)
Flicks: HERCULES UNCHAINED (with Steve Reeves wrestling tiger-skins in awesome spaghetti magnificence.)




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BMK!




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It was 1978, I was 3 years old, and by then television Superheroes had already caught my attention. Everything from live-action (Adv. of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Electric Company) to animated (Superfriends, 1960's Marvel/DC toons, and more)to everything in-between. The first "comic" of sorts was a Giant Batman coloring book my father bought for my brother and I. What was cool about it was that it actually was written and drawn like a comic book but you can color in the panels. I still have it today. The real deal came one day when my father brought home 2 comics (either from ACE Stationary or Clearview Stationary), which were...

Detective Comics #477 "The House That Haunted Batman" (a reprint issue)

Marvel Tales #91 "Spidey Cops Out" (also a reprint issue)

From there the love affair with comics truly took hold. Again, only having the 2 stationary stores, we were limited by whatever came in. My brother and I grabbed just about every DC title available and with Marvel, in those early days, we would grab issues of Captain America, Hulk, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Marvel Two-In-One and Defenders. Occasionally, we would grab an Iron Man issue. We never bothered with Thor at the time (I was more interested in him in Avengers only). At the time my brother only like Spider-Man through his cartoon appearances but I just loved Spidey and grabbed every comic that I could find with him in it...Amazing, Spectacular, Marvel Tales, Marvel Team-Up, Spidey's Super Stories, etc.
Somewhere between 1980-82, we discovered HEROES WORLD in the next town over, the first "direct market" store. We were amazed at all the different titles, books, toys, etc. they had to offer...PLUS, back issues!!! It allowed as to be able to become exposed to more variety than just what the stationary stores had to offer.
It wasn't until about 1985-86 did I begin to enjoy books such as Uncanny X-Men, Daredevil, and Power Man & Iron Fist.
And now, though I don't collect as much as I used to, my love affair continues.


-BMK!-



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Piotr W.




... I think I read my first comic book around the age of 5, or something like that. Of course, it wasn't an American comic book, but a Polish one (I think it was either one of the volumes of Tytus, Romek i A'Tomek, or of Kajko i Kokosz, or of Gods from Space).

The first American comic I read was an issue of Spider-Man (a Polish edition of it, that is). I was 10 then, I believe...


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Chris Bechtloff




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I was like 11 or 12 when I got into it. But my best friend Jon is 26 and he only recently came into comics. What got him in was seeing the ghost Rider movie. Then he was playing the Ghost Rider ps2 game at my place all the time. So I loaned him a couple Ghost Rider trades I got (Midnight Sons and Hammer Lane) and next thing you know hes tagging along with me on my trips to the comic store. Now hes got a supcription box there and goes every week. Hes a big Ghost Rider fan, big Marvel Zombies fan (as well as most things horror) And hes also become a pretty big fan of the Avengers and the Hulk.



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Son of Hulk




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My very first Marvel Comic was Giant-Sized X-Men #1 when I was seven years old. Still have the issue in Good to Near Mint Condition. It's framed along side the very first DC Comic I read ..... Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heores #213.

Been reading the X-Men non-stop until the end of the Onslaught Saga in 1996. Came back during the Morrison run and then left. Returned for the Rise and Fall of the Sh'iar Empire. Right now just reading Uncanny X-Men and X-Men; Legacy.

The second Marvel title that I started reading was the Avengers with #161. With the exception of the Heroes Reborn crap, still reading the Avengers (both New and Mighty).

The third Marvel title that I picked up is John Bryne's Fantastic Four then it was the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-In-One.

It wasn't until after Secret Wars that I started picking up a whole mess of marvel titles.

So it was the X-Men that got me started but it is the Avengers that keeps me coming back.




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Nas!




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...but I only really began heavily collecting around the time I was 12, when my mom started buying books for me regularly at the "LCS" (it's not really local so much as it is the closest one to my house). My older brother bought me my first comic way back when the two of us used to watch the X-Men cartoon in the 90's.


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Nas!




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> ...but I only really began heavily collecting around the time I was 12, when my mom started buying books for me regularly at the "LCS" (it's not really local so much as it is the closest one to my house). My older brother bought me my first comic way back when the two of us used to watch the X-Men cartoon in the 90's.
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My first comic was one my brother had got for himself at a book exchange years before (it was dated 1982, so when he was in his teens). I still have that one (Action Comics #532, iirc), but he was also the one who got me my first Marvel comic, which was an X-Men comic from the early 90's (it was the Prologue to Legion Quest, iirc).

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bd2999




> ...when you were 17+ years old? And what was the comic that drew you in?

First comic was like Venom Lethal protector when I was like 10 or something, then I only got things sporadicly at grocery stores. I did not really start getting that much until I was able to drive though, so the desire to read them cam early, just not the ability.
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Age 16. A friend brought me by the comic store cause him and his friends hung out there doing stuff. i had never been in a comic store before but i had always watched spiderman and batman cartoons on tv and knew alot about them from what they portrayed. first issue i ever picked up was Spectacular Spiderman Super Special #4 "Planet of the Symbiotes". I was just trolling around the back issue bins and found that issue. for anyone that had ever watched the spiderman cartoon from the early nineties the symbiotes were awesome. Then inside i had seen Spiderman, Venom, and the Scarlet Spider. i didnt really know who the Scarlet Spider was but he was doing this stuff like spiderman and i was really interested. After that i was hooked. Fast forward 10 years later and here i am collecting probably close to 30 titles a month and have a collection of over 4,000 books (thank god for ComicCollectorlive.com, finally a cataloging program).

Redshift


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Blue Beetle




> ...when you were 17+ years old? And what was the comic that drew you in?


Counting one person who started at age 16, which is close enough for my purposes, I've noted two people so far who meet the original criteria, and these three attributes in both cases:

1. Brought to the hobby by a friend
2. Prior experience was via other media
3. Started reading within the last ten years or so

With respect to those three ponts, two people isn't exactly a huge sample, but I'm expecting that number to grow as more people post over the next few days.

I invite those who respond to comment not only with regard to the original question but also with regard to the three points above.




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Dynamite Kid




> ...when you were 17+ years old? And what was the comic that drew you in?
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...and I was about 5 or 6 years old, I imagine. I don't remember exactly, but I'm sure it had something to do with watching Superfriends on Saturday morning TV. The only exposure I had to comics back then was what was on the rack at the grocery store or at the local five and dime. I'd occasionally run across some back issues in a box at a garage sale or flea market. I first found a comic store a few towns over by my early teens and then the market seemed to open up when I went to college. I took a break after college for about 3 or 4 years, in the mid 90's. I came back to comics after seeing a poster for Kindgom Come in a mall comics shop window.


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James (aka Jamo)




By age 17, I was hard-core collecting. Any spare change that didn't go to my college fund went to comics.
At age 2, I watched Lou Ferrigno flip a car off the side of the road and loved it. By age 5, I had my first comic book, HULK #270. By age 10, I was smuggling comics into my desk at school and read them during "quiet time". Age 10...yep. That'd do it...

"YEEOOOW! Hulk nearly broke my foot!!
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Cap Fan




> ...when you were 17+ years old? And what was the comic that drew you in?
> I was 8 years old and my cousin gave me a box of Captain America and Avengers comics. The first comic I read was Captain America 227 and I have been hooked since 1982. Now if they will only bring back Steve Rogers the world will be right again.


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dna




...so says former Montreal Canadiens goaltender, and Canadian parliamentarian, Ken Dryden. And so says also, the bassist of Kiss, and star of subsequent reality shows, Gene Simmons. (Or at least he claims that men, unlike women, will love forever the interests - music, etc - he had when he was 10!)

And as it happens, when I was 10 Ken Dryden was winning Stanley Cups, Kiss was the ultimate band, and Marvel was still cutting edge!!!

No, people generally can't come into comics when they're older than 17, especially in an age when comics have no relevance to the world at hand. Maybe when we were a World at War an 18-year old, especially one in uniform, might start reading Captain America, etc; or in the 60's a 17-year old may start reading Marvel because it was truly cutting edge and relevant; or even in the 80's I could see a 17-year old student being drawn to the X-Men, because it still maintained the appeal of a relevant fantasy-take on our world. But...

A 17-year old getting into the crap that passes for new stuff now, when its merely old stuff revisted in a perpetually-regurgitating fashion, and has been driven into the ground so bad that even I, cynical as I am, cannot view these boards without acknowledging, 'hey, everybody's puking over this stuff, I'm not crazy, I don't buy this s**t, and from what I can see and hear, intelligent people won't be buying it much more either, they're all buying Essentials and Masterpieces, which preserve the Marvel Universe when it was based in our world, and provided a fantasy escape for intelligent minds.


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FirstChAoS




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Though i occasionally got comics since I was a kid (mostly transformers, gi-joe, x-men, or avengers) I did not get them regularly until I was a teen and my brother got me into them.

I forgot my age at the time, but the big series to catch my attention was New Warriors.


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KreeCapt




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I was 6 and my first issue was Captain Marvel. I thought he had a cool costume. Years later after re-reading the comic I found a new respect for the medium and it ultimately shaped my professional life as an artist and writer.

Captain Marvel #29


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Cascadyan




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And I still love Carol the most after all these years

Cas


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StanthamanLee




> ...when you were 17+ years old? And what was the comic that drew you in?

Reading came strangely early for me in my development - I loved Spidey on TV (60's cartoon, Electric Company, & the 70's live-action show) so I threw myself into getting the comic and learned to read it (with the help of my parents of course!).

At age 4 my Mom & Dad would buy me Spidey comics off the magazine rack at the local drug store and I just never stopped reading . . .

I still have (they are of course, in terrible condition) ASM ##175, 182, 185, 189, 190, 195, 197 & 198, as well as ASM Annual #12 & PPTSM ##25, 35 & 36 all bought originally for me to read before or while I was in kindergarten.

Ahh the memories . . . man, I'm old . . .
-Stan


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jwd




I can't recall the first time I read a comic. Probably when I first started learning to read.

The first time I really started reading a series regularly was when I was 10.

jwd



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Unstable Molecule




... The Hobgoblin was just discovering the Green Goblin's old lairs...

... Doc Ock was having a war with The Owl, with Spidey and the Black Cat caught in the middle...

... Annihilus had an invisible barrier around the Baxter Building that threatened to destroy all life in both the Negative Zone and back on earth... the barrier took out Thor and the Vision in a matter of minutes...

... Reed was brought to trial by the Shiar for saving the life of Galactus...

... Doctor Doom enlisted Terrax to do his dirty work in a battle against the FF and the Silver Surfer

... Professor X gathered the New Mutants...

... James Hudson was trying in vain to gather Alpha Flight...

... Dr. Strange enlisted the help of the Scarlet Witch (among others) to destroy all vampires...


Good times. I don't remember how old I was, but those that were around in those days can no doubt pinpoint the year(s).


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Unstable Molecule




... Spider-man revealed his true identity to a little boy who was dying from leukemia. Still my favourite Spidey story of all time.


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