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Brainiac5
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 3:54:05 PM

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Location: Fargo, North Dakota
I lived in a small, Wisconsin town and my "comic store" was a Red Owl gorcery store. I don't remember any DCs or Marvels really being there, so I got Gold Key. Some licensed cartoon properties and my first "super heroes" were Gold Key's Tiger Girl one-shot and The Hanna-Barbera adventure line from Gold Key. We moved to a larger city in Wisconsin and became largely a DC fan.
Xylob
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 4:03:33 PM

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My first comics were "ancient" hand-me-downs from my mom and her siblings - Hot Stuff, Richie Rich, and Disney stuff (mostly Uncle Scrooge).
My first superhero comic was Justice League 196:

I was 8 when it came out, and mostly unimpressed. I stuck with the Disney stuff for a long time.
When I bought comics it was usually at the local drug store, Safeway, or Mini-Mart.
There is still no comic shop in my home town (glad I don't live there anymore!).

Emeral Dawn #1 is what got me hooked and made me a fan of superhero stuff and a collector:


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BurningDoom
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 4:54:50 PM

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Location: Redding, CA
I started off reading my dad's collection when I was VERY young. I pretty much learned how to read from his comics. I particularly enjoyed the EC Comics horror comics (Tales From the Crypt, Vault of Horror, etc.), and Superman and Captain Marvel (Shazam!).

The first comic I remember really liking a lot is DC Comics Presents Annual #3:



Which is probably why I liked Superman and Captain Marvel so much as a little kid.

When I started buying my own comics it was during the 90s boom, and I was in grade school and middle school. The first stuff I bought was Spider-Man, X-Men, and Superman. That was around the time The Death and Return of Superman was going on, X-Men: Fatal Attractions was happening, and Venom and Carnage were big in the Spider-Man books.

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comicscastle
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 6:14:33 PM

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This is the first comic I can remember owning, although I'm sure I must have had Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck since my parents would be buying them, but I can actually remember seeing this book on the stands and begging my mother to buy it for me. That was in 1957 and now 56 years later I'm still collecting.





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BruceReville
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 6:37:01 PM

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My first comic was a Thor (most likely Journey Into Mystery) but I can't remember the number - but dang if it didn't start a force of nature that continues to this day


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freakdylan
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 6:59:57 PM

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Being born to Very Hippy parents, my 1st comics were "The Fabulous Freak Brothers" which I never really understood until my teens, lol. Then when I was about 14 I inherited about 15 longboxes of comics. Read them all over one summer then traded them all in for about $300 in store credit. I thought it was a great deal to be getting all those shiny new comics for my old Marvel comics from the 60sCrying

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teh_longinator
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 11:07:59 PM

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freakdylan wrote:
Being born to Very Hippy parents, my 1st comics were "The Fabulous Freak Brothers" which I never really understood until my teens, lol. Then when I was about 14 I inherited about 15 longboxes of comics. Read them all over one summer then traded them all in for about $300 in store credit. I thought it was a great deal to be getting all those shiny new comics for my old Marvel comics from the 60sCrying


Ouch. I feel ya bro.

My first comic was in 2009 (I think). Batman 688 that my girlfriend bought me. Man, she opened one can of worms on that one :P

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Shadowdodger
Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2013 11:39:51 PM

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My first comics were the Archie run of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the late 80's followed by the X-Men re-launch and Image Comics in the early 90's.

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Khaine
Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013 8:22:45 AM
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My first comic that was only mine and didn't have to be shared with my brothers was GI Joe 21 through marvels subscription service.

I wasn't very happy with the issue as it had no words and I thought I was getting ripped off.
JimmmKelly
Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013 2:58:24 PM
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Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
As I talk about on my blog--HERE THERE BE GIANTS--the first comic I remember picking out for myself in a store was an issue of STUMBO TINYTOWN, a giant-size comic from Harvey.

The first two issues I remember buying with my own money were a few years after that--BATMAN 188 and ACTION COMICS 344--both because I had a bad case of Batmania.

Up until Batmania and the craze for super-heroes, I don't remember ever seeing any Marvel comics in our stores in the hinterlands of Vancouver. Likewise, Charlton didn't seem to get very good distribution.

The popular publishers with us little kids were Harvey, Gold Key, Dell, Archie--and also Fawcett for DENNIS THE MENACE. And yeah, some DC comics--but mainly the funny ones like SUGAR AND SPIKE and THE ADVENTURES OF BOB HOPE.

I really had no interest in SUPERMAN comics or any other super-heroes, until the BATMAN TV show.

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Kingsman
Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013 7:42:45 PM

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Location: Columbus, Ohio
These are my two culprits . . .

kisstour03
Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013 8:10:05 PM

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Location: Canada
The first comics I remember "reading" when I was really young were my brothers comics. They were a variety of Marvel and DC from the early to mid 70s and some early 80s as well. The ones I liked best were Hulk and Spider-Man.

The first book I recall picking out myself at the local corner store was probably Incredible Hulk. If I had to guess at an issue probably #238.
Atilla2k
Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2013 8:49:09 PM

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Joined: 10/8/2007
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Location: NY
This was the first comic I ever owned (not the 1st I ever read).... 'Nuff Said!




rook68
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 12:53:07 AM

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Location: San Diego, CA
freakdylan wrote:
Being born to Very Hippy parents, my 1st comics were "The Fabulous Freak Brothers" which I never really understood until my teens, lol. Then when I was about 14 I inherited about 15 longboxes of comics. Read them all over one summer then traded them all in for about $300 in store credit. I thought it was a great deal to be getting all those shiny new comics for my old Marvel comics from the 60sCrying


I also know the feeling. I didn't have 15 long boxes but only about two stacks of Master of Kung Fu, Spiderman, Hulk among others. Sold all of them to a summer school teacher for a few bucks. At the time, I was so happy to have candy money. Never realized until my teens that the teacher was ripping kids off. Me being one of those kids.


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ratrapp
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 5:29:06 AM
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Location: buena vista va
the first book I remember buying was incredible hulk 272 at a local 7-11 many years ago.we don't have the 7-11 or any place to buy comics locally anymore.closest shop is 40-50 miles away.
dunleavy75
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 8:00:07 AM

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Location: south/central/east/west PA
My first comic bought was an issue of Spider-Man around 1990. Other than a short window in the late 90's/early 2000's, I've been collecting ever since!





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jhorsley3
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 9:34:34 AM

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Location: Seattle, WA
The first comic book I remember buying was Wolverine #50, the yellow one with the slashes through it from the local Red Apple grocery store. I was young and thought it would one day be worth a lot of money, like $20 or something.

After that my dad (who was an avid collector) would buy me Wolverine, Superman, Action Comics, Man of Steel and Adv of Superman each month from the grocery store with some Batman comics mixed in when he felt like it.

The first comic I can remember reading was the Death of Superman series. That one sticks out in my head.

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Khaine
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 9:42:09 AM
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This is off topic but, I had said before I just recently got back into comics. Whatever happened to newsstands and grocery stores selling comics?

When I was a kid you could get comics in a variety of stores now it seems if your not lucky enough to have a specialty store near you, your only option is the internet.
jhorsley3
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 9:58:09 AM

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Khaine wrote:
This is off topic but, I had said before I just recently got back into comics. Whatever happened to newsstands and grocery stores selling comics?

When I was a kid you could get comics in a variety of stores now it seems if your not lucky enough to have a specialty store near you, your only option is the internet.


Barnes & Noble still has some, but yeah I miss the racks at the grocery store to just grab one that looked good.

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Alarion
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 10:59:16 AM

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Location: Gloucester, VA
I think this was my first, or one of my first comics. I was getting a GI Joe issue here and there as well. All bought off spinner racks


I don't remember what my first super-hero book was though - which is actually kind of disappointing Confused
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