Wow. That's crazy. My parents married young but didn't have a kid for 10 years (they didn't want any). My grandparents also had my dad first (of 8) and relatively young after the war but that would make my grandparents well into their fifties before I came along.
Yeah, I had to organize three months of new releases into that order and then I was like "phew! That's done!" Then Arthur was like "ok, now work on the back issues." Hahaha! I think I numbered only about a year and half at that point (as it was 1992) but man, it felt like a Herculean Labor.
This episode (which is great, but I'm not listening at work, I promise) has me thinking about early comic purchases and though I was well into comics by a few years at this point, this one stands out:
It clearly has shaped my tastes in many ways.
Regarding comic shops: after buying almost exclusively from grocery store spinner racks, a friend of mine who was also into comics mentioned a place called Chris' Collectibles. It was a couple towns away, but my dad was willing to drive us there (at 10 years old) every other Saturday or so. The place was fucking Mecca. I swear, it was a warehouse. I remember it being the size of a Wal-Mart, but I'm sure it was mostly the size of a regular, stand-alone retail store with the most epic back issue selection (which is mostly what I was buying at the time considering I still went to the grocery store week after week. Unfortunately, Chris' Collectibles moved. While it was closer to where I lived, it was smaller than my bedroom is right now. Too bad. I'm sure the lawn-mowing/babysitting cash I dropped at the old store kept them paying the rent for a month or two... Then, I went to Madhouse Comics, which was farther away. I ended up doing a work experience placement there right when I was 12 years old and it was awesome. Arthur was a cool guy and bought Little Caesars for lunch and basically had me put the Superman family comics in order of their continuity numbering (remember that?) as opposed to title and issue. I left that day with a belly full of pizza and an armful of comics as payment. Solid. After that, a placed called Foot's Hobbies opened near a doctor my mom went to, or took me to. I bought my first issue of Savage Dragon at Foot's from a guy named Adam. He ended up buying the store and moving it to White Rock which was minutes away from my house. I still go there when I visit home and Adam was a guest at my wedding. It's called Greyhaven Hobbies and it's amazing. Also, crazy religious neighbors, for my 12th birthday, saw that i liked comics and needed Jesus (apparently) so they bought me The Picture Bible. I came to know later that it was drawn by Andre Leblanc from Phantom and Flash Gordon. By that time, I'd already read the Bible (not the picture one) and been to church a couple times and decided it was all bunk, but there's some pretty epic shit in the Old Testament part. Also, I had a similar "stumble across" moment in an antique store in Sonoma County California on a trip with my aunt and uncle when I was about thirteen. EVERYTHING was overpriced in the comic book sitting on the floor. We're talking US 1 #1 (you know, Marvel's space trucker series. I'm sure you know it because it's so influential) for $10. But they also had a good copy of Batman #110 featuring an early appearance of the Joker from 1957 for $12. So, I bought that one instead of the space trucker comic.
Old Man Logan #17: ok, this was a little much. I'm done with issue-long fever dreams at this point. Planet of the Apes Green Lantern #1: this was slow to start but looks like it could be very cool. Will read another one or two. Reborn #4: this is moving faster than expected. I'm enjoying this. Red Sonja #1: holy fuck, even though this plot if lifted right out of a Conan What If? issue I'm loving it. Savage #3: took me three issues to realize I didn't like this. And I've already got the fourth and final issue. Ugh. Skybourne #3: dumb fun with gorgeous art. Spell on Wheels #4: still good. Star Trek/Green Lantern #1, 2: read these and was kind of confused with how familiar everyone was with each other. Turns out I missed a whole miniseries crossover. Will go back and read those before continuing on here. Thanks Mike. Suicide Squad #10: not the best tie-in/epilogue. Superman #16: ugh, is it over? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #66: feels like this is in flux. Nothing's really happening anymore after so much forward movement. They did so much and now I'm bored with it because crazy shit is not constantly happening. The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #2: not sure how I feel about this. The Flintstones #8: still one of the best comics being made. So weird. They cram so much satire of modern life here that it risks being too much, but they keep delivering. Solid. Green Hornet Reign of the Demon #1, 2: these are so fucking dense and take a long time to read but there is no more story than any other regular comics. They're clearly over-written. The Kamandi Challenge #1: fuck. off. Odyssey of the Amazons #1: ugh...garbage. The Unstoppable Wasp #2: this is really fun. The X-Files #10. Fucking great. One of the best openings of a comic I've ever read. Uber Invasion #2: fuck...most of this is an autopsy of Boston in the form of a newsreel after the Nazi superpowered invasion. It's fucking grim. Unholy #1: no thanks. Vampirella #0: one of the best single issue horror comics I've read in a long time. Comics: 422 Trades: 23 Graphic Novels: 9 Omnibuses: 7