This is me on the living room floor of grandma’s house circa early ’77. The comics (at least the ones we can see) are Daredevil #138, Ghost Rider #21, and Marvel Double Feature #21. The comic that is open in front of me is… well, I don’t know, and quite frankly it’s driving me nuts. Continue reading 2014: A Comics-Geek Odyssey, Part 6
Just for fun, the next three posts will contain all extant photographic evidence of my comics-reading youth, accompanied by a smattering of commentary. Continue reading 2014: A Comics-Geek Odyssey, Part 5
In the early spring of ’76, my social life had begun to take off. I learned to ride a bike and began interacting with the other kids on my block. Continue reading 2014: A Comics-Geek Odyssey, Part 4
Summer of 1975 and it’s back to the shore—and back to comics. Continue reading 2014: A Comics-Geek Odyssey, Part 3
Seaside Heights, New Jersey; summer of ‘74. This was when I first bought comics off the racks. My father would buy them for me, I’m guessing, because he wanted to give me something to keep me entertained (i.e., relatively quiet) back at the bungalow in the evening after a day of playing on the beach. Continue reading 2014: A Comics-Geek Odyssey, Part 2
The Spider-Man show disappeared from TV shortly after I had discovered it, which was certainly frustrating—I may have (alright, so I probably did) throw a tantrum or two over it. Continue reading 2014: A Comics-Geek Odyssey, Part 1
After the TV show, my next encounter with Spidey came in toy form—specifically the Ben Cooper “Wiggler Jiggler.” This was a rubber figure with a loop of string attached to the head. It was a fairly cheap construction, and before long the figure started to break at the neck. Continue reading Spidey B.C. (Before Comics)
Alright, so we all know the original Spidey theme from the ’67 cartoon rules all, but I gotta admit this version (from the more contemporary Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon) comes a much closer second than I ever would have dreamed possible Continue reading Simply Spectacular!
Where did it all start? Well this is only a guess but I’d bet good money on it. (What the hell, until someone invents a time machine it can never be proven either way, right?) Continue reading The Way It Began!