This is the
200th blog post
I've done for the
Great Comic Book Heroes.
Working on this blog has been an amazing ride.
|Scott McCloud speaks about the vast world of comics in his classic Understanding Comics.|
I have been reading Comics for most of my life and have been touched greatly by certain Comics so I thought it would be cool to write about those Comics that have touched me the most. It's a daunting task to say the least. In the last 200 posts I feel like I've just scratched the surface of those Comics and creators that I wanted to write about.
|Comic Collector Heaven!|
|X-Men #183, July 1984, by Chris Claremont and John Romita jr. has Colossus and Juggernaut clobber each other in a bar.|
|Here are some of the Comics I bought to feed my new addiction (and I did buy all of these). From a Marvel house ad in September of 1984.|
|This caption from Crumb's tribute to Kurtzman has been altered slightly to fit the blog post.|
|Certain art like William Blake's illustration from his Book of Urizen perfectly captured the feeling of terror, making it palpable and real for me.|
I also became enamored with Comics and their heroes. They were like modern day mythology. The Greeks had their Odysseus and we had our Spider-Man. I would see these strange new characters in their compelling costumes and I had to know more about them. Who were these heroes that I was reading about. What were their powers? How did they get them? There were all these fascinating characters with vast histories that I knew nothing about, creating in me an urge to discover their origins and fascinating back stories.
|Here we get a hint of Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow's back story in Amazing Spider-Man #86, (July 10th, 1970) teasing us about what incredible epics we may have missed out on.|
Afterward I got everything I could get my hands on that was written by Moore and 9 times out of 10 I was not disappointed. I picked up the rest of the Swamp Thing issues, any back up stories that occasionally appeared in various DC titles as well as a new series that Eclipse was coming out with, Miracleman. Anything Moore got his hands on was golden!
The thing that I really loved about Alan Moore's work was the way he mixed concepts or jumped scale that never occurred to you and blew your mind.
|The Comics Journal was so passionate about comics that it opened my eyes to a lot of new things and broadened my horizons quite a bit. If I hadn't read Comics Journal 113, Dec 1986, I probably wouldn't know who R. Crumb or Gil Kane were .|
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