In 1974 my dad bought me a copy of 'Magnus Robot Fighter' # 36 and started what would be a life long obsession and love of comic books and geek culture. And here we are almost 40 years later with comic number 30,000...
drum roll please... 'Archie' # 650!
I often wonder how much different my life would have been if I never discovered comic books, but there was no way I could have gotten away from it. My dad used 'Classics Illustrated' to not only help him read but get out of high school and my grandfather used to love 'Zane Grey's Westerns', so I was predisposed.
Comic books were and still are everything to me. It is what I do in my spare time and since doing a comic book podcast, it has opened up a whole new world for me; celebrating the hobby I love so much!
No matter where I was in my life, I never was too cool for comic books! In 5th Grade I had a comic book ('Sgt. Rock' #330) ripped up infront of my classmates because I had it behind a text book. I would bring comic books on sports trips to read never fearing persecution and even when I was drinking way too much, I wouldn't drink on Wednesdays (new comic book day). Pretty important to me.
With the help of my trusty calculator i have read about 960,000 pages and have read and collected over 2 comic books for every day I have been alive! That is so cool...
My relationships with Captain America, Jonah Hex, Batman and so many more have been the longest relationships in my life except for my family. I cried when the Flash died in 'Crisis' # 8, I was excited when we were drawn into 'Jonah Hex' # 34 and have shared some great moments with my dad and my daughters reading so many great comic books.
So thank you so much again comic books for making my life that much better. Thank you to all the creators who have given the pages life and those stores and people who have kept me going in the four color world.
Here's to another 30,000!