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Unstable Molecule

Location: Calgary, AB Canada
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TJ Burns

Subj: Re: How did Marvel pull you in? (inspired by a post below, from Rev)
Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 06:29:46 pm EDT (Viewed 214 times)
Reply Subj: Re: How did Marvel pull you in? (inspired by a post below, from Rev)
Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 02:33:05 pm EDT (Viewed 245 times)

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I'd gotten a few comics previous to this, but Bill Mantlo's Hulk run had the then-current Avengers lost in time with the Hulk rescuing them all from the Leader. My mom picked me up the issue, and I was in AWE of seeing these diverse heroes, especially Iron Man. So a few months later, I got a few issues of Iron Man, starting with #168 and Tony's drunken rampage against Machine Man followed quickly by Jim Rhodes replacing him in the armor, and the Avengers issue where the Plant Man replaced Ronald Reagan with a tree-replicant and Iron Man resigned from the Avengers and Starfox joined. After those, I got seriously hooked... and was heartbroken when I moved shortly thereafter and couldn't get more books! I got a few haphazardly over the years afterward, including the West Coast Avengers #1, Vision and the Scarlet Witch #1, and a few others, but wasn't really able to start regularly back in until around Avengers West Coast #49. I haven't stopped since.


It started with Amazing Spider-Man # 238 (first appearance of the Hobgoblin). I had a vague recollection that the Green Goblin had ruined Spider-man's life and killed his girlfriend. When it seemed like a new version of the Goblin was starting up and I was on the ground floor, I was hooked. Over in PPTSS, Doc Ock was at war with the Owl, with Spidey and the Black Cat caught in the middle.

An Amazing Spider-man Annual introduced me to Captain Marvel (Monica), which brought me over to the Avengers, the Vision and Scarlet Witch mini, and an Annihilus-based crossover with the Fantastic Four (hence my first exposure to Byrne's awesome FF run). Avengers Annual #10 made me fall in love with Rogue, and since it seemed she was just joining the X-Men, I started reading X-Men, New Mutants, etc. I did some back-collecting of the X-Men (all the way back to Giant-Size #1).

So at that point I was fully involved in the worlds of Spider-Man, the Avengers, the FF, the X-Men, the New Mutants, Alpha Flight... even some occassional Iron Man/Thor/Cap issues (though they never sucked me in like the team titles or Spidey). Occassionally I would pick up MTU or MTIO, or What If?. Dabbled in some Batman, though other than Batman and his villains, I found DC boring. And all this collecting lasted straight through until it all got crappy in the 90's. Money was tight and my enjoyment of comics was low, so I took a break for about 10 years.

They sucked me back in with JLA/Avengers, but now my pull list is waning again. Maybe I only have a ten-year tolerance for comics.

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