Comic books were once a big part of my life. I turned to them for enjoyment and fantasy during childhood and escape as an adult. I loved the great artwork and thrilling tales of titanic battles between forces of good versus evil. They were exciting to the mind and inspired the imagination.
They were like the ancient classical mythical struggles of right and wrong, Gods, monsters and mortals, put into text and art by modern story tellers. It was fun looking into the wonderful fantasy worlds these new tale bearers told.
Among my favorite titles were the Avengers, Amazing Spiderman, Invaders and Defenders by Marvel Comics; the Justice League, Brave and Bold, Batman and assorted others by DC. Also assorted publications from Archie Comics, Charlton Dell, Gold Key, Disney, Pacific and Eclipse. Some of my titles are old and some newer.
Unfortunately as my collection grew I began having space and storage issues. Unfortunately, I had to let go of some issues for space. Miss a few of them, the Cowboys by Charlton and assorted issues of Batman and Superman.
Over time my interest in collecting began to face and wane as the prices went up and the stories became more infected with – ugh, realism. Realism is like a disease to me, oh, sure I guess it has its place even in fantasy by too much becomes a sickness that drags down the imagination. Also, many titles became like soap operas, going on and on with particular lines without a breather. Maybe because they wanted to fit collections into graphic novels, of course I suppose price was a major player in my losing interest as much as anything.
Still I favor the older titles, and wish I had the opportunity to go and buy more. So for the next few issues of this blog, we’ll be reminiscing over assorted titles and characters and plots from the past and maybe even present. Feel free to comment with your own recalls and things.