One of my friends here, SDMike, has commented to me that while most of the the topics in the forums are about toys, his first love is comics. Considering how much we discuss toys related to comics, I think that most of us are comic fans too.
As my user name, superfriend, indicates I am a big fan of the Super Friends show. It was my introduction to super heroes. Not sure when I started watching, but it was before 1976. I distinctly remember watching an episode during a garage sale my parents were running one Saturday that Spring. I was 11. We were in the process of moving, and my whole life was about to change. I started reading comics later. I had read one here or there at camp, but most of what I’d seen was Beetle Bailey or Donald Duck. Great in their own right, but not super heroes. My reaction to finding out that you could read stories about the Super Friends was ‘awesome’. The first superhero comic I bought was just OK. The next one kicked off a life time of comic book reading.
JLofA 148. Part two of an annual event where the JLA and JSA teamed up. And to ramp things up, that year they threw in the Legion of Super Heroes. But I am getting ahead of myself. There I was, with a comic in my hand with more heroes than I had ever seen. 5 JLA, 5 JSA, and 9 Legion as I recall. I had never heard of the JSA or the Legion. And the JLA was not just the basic Super Friends, it included Green Arrow who had been in one episode and Black Canary who I had never met. 3 ‘demons’, each controlling a group of heroes, forcing them to fight against each other. The JLA were badly out numbered in the beginning with only 3 heroes available. It was barely a taste of each of the heroes. But the scope of the story hooked me. It was easily 5 years before I got to read part 1 in JLoA 147, but it didn’t matter as the recap included was enough to explain how the story got to that point. This book still ranks as one of my favorites.
And that was it. The following month I was back. JLoA 149. And All-Star Comics ("JSA" as I called it) 69. It took a while before I decided to launch into the Legion. Eventually, I even crossed the pond and read Avengers, West Coast Avengers. In 1990, with XForce 1, I took the plunge into the XMen universe. I also read the Mighty Crusaders from Archie Blue Ribbon comics. Any team book. I’ve followed some of these teams more than others over the years, but the one team I’ve never let go of is the Justice League.
So, what was your first comic, the one that stuck with you, that made you go in a certain direction, that you are still reading today?