What’s up with all the comic book references? I have a passion for reading. I tend to read mostly fiction – tending along the lines of suspense-thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, and the occasional action books. While growing up in the 70’s, I could never get enough to read just from novels. So I filled the gaps in between with comic books. My collections started with a few cardboard boxes of comics from my Dad. He had collected them, or was given them by his father who happened to own a drug store. So I now have a few Looney Tunes, Hi & Lois, Andy Pandas, & Dennis the Menace books dating back to 1956.
I liked all the classic DC heroes, although Batman, Flash, and Superman happened to be my favorites, until one day in the late 70’s I went over to Boyd Hooper’s house, and for the first time, I saw a copy of the X-men. I was hooked. The stories were unlike any I had ever read. The concept that we all had the “potential” to have a mutant gene that could give us superpowers when we entered puberty was very influential on a boy (going through puberty at the time).
Wolverine quickly became my favorite. I then would cross over to other Marvel books to follow any other appearances of any of the X-men. I quickly got caught up in all the other titles. Marvel just seemed to have better writers than DC at the time. The characters were a bit more flawed, and closer to being “human” than the near indestructible Superman.
I hope to share this addiction/passion with my children, to a degree of course. If they love it, then great, if not, then I guess the collection all goes on e-bay someday (Yikes!). Supergirl has shown the same passion for reading, so when she’s older, we’ll see what she thinks. What hobby from your youth are you inflicting on your spouse/children?