Saturday, January 14, 2006

Early Comic Book Loves

A question on Yet Another Comics Blog re: what was the first comic you bought got me to remembering my early comics. I don't recall which one I bought first. It was more than 45 years ago and my memory isn't that good. Plus, I've had comics nearly as long as I can recall, including Archies and Classics Illustrated (I remember one with a gruesomely drawn version of Poe's "The Cask of Amantillado" that gave me chills and I was a big Poe fan), Katy Keene, and a variety of Batman and Superman titles. Lois Lane, too, though I don't recall when I started with that title. I even had one issue of a Fantastic Four from the '60s.

I got comics from my parents and the dentist let me take some of the older ones from his waiting room. I don't remember when I switched from having comics bought for me exclusively and when I started adding to my collection by using funds from my allowance. They were likely already 12 cents each, though I did and still do have some that were 10 cents.

But there was one comic that was nagging at me. I can still picture the art, but couldn't recall the title. And while writing my comment to that blog entry, I remembered it was a nursing comic. A quick Google search brought up this: Linda Carter, Student Nurse. Yes! I found the name of one of my early comics addictions. This is definitely one of my earlier comic book reads, since Marvel published it between 1961 and 1963.

And in doing the Google search and looking around, I'm also reminded that I had some Millie the Model comics, too. Most of this stuff looks so cheesy now, but when I was growing up, it didn't matter. Art plus words = enjoyment. Sure, I eventually dropped everything except superheroes and related titles, but these other books I read in the early to mid-'60s will always have a special place in my heart.


  1. Anonymous3:11 PM EST

    My first book that I ever got...

    Amazing Spiderman #6 the Lizard issue.

    My dad got it for me from a yardsale. Niether of us knew what it was, but damn it was a good story. It's gone now, destroyed by the ravages of time.

  2. Anonymous10:31 PM EST

    wow....I luv hearing these stories.....
    of course, I hav an origin story also.....

    While I don't know off the back which was the 1st comic I read, cause it was a long time ago....
    but I do have a comic that is very dear to my heart, and was what started it all for me, as far as seriously collecting and LOVING comics......

    It was Avengers West Coast #69 (

    It's the 1st comic I offcially bought, and I luv it 2 death.
    It's not the most important story in the world.....
    but to me, it was just great.
    The GREAT cover says it all.
    Inside, u have Hawkeye bravely(and foolishly) take on the super powered US Agent.
    GREAT story.

  3. Hi, H,

    Good to see a comment from you. I was wondering where you were. :)

    I couldn't get the link to work, so I'll Google for that cover.