Sometimes I wonder what's going on in my head. Here I am, well over a year into inflicting this blog on the world, and I've never got round to asking you the most obvious of questions. What was the first super-hero comic you ever read?
If you're like me - and I sincerely hope you're not - your first experience of printed super-herodom may well have been a life-changing experience akin to taking LSD for the first time.
After nearly forty years, I still recall the mind-expanding thrill I got from seeing Captain America's costume for the first time and of experiencing the ulra-hip world of the Teen Titans.
Then again, there was the Angel's tussle with Red Raven in The X-Men #44, and Superman being tied to a stake by an angry group of American Indians. All these were amongst my very earliest experiences of the art form.
But I'm pretty sure the first one I ever read was Amazing Spider-Man Annual #6 which, like the only Dr Who jigsaw I ever owned, I got from the old open air market in Sheffield before it was replaced by the fancy new indoor Sheaf Market. Well, time marches relentless and both those markets are now gone with a newer fancy new market in the pipeline for the city.
That Dr Who jigsaw had a piece missing.
The comic didn't.
It featured more pieces than you could shake a stick at. It featured Spider-Man. It featured the Sinister Six. It featured Iron Man, Dr Strange, the Fantastic Four, Giant Man, Thor, the X-Men and no doubt a whole bunch more. If the fact that the first super-hero comic I ever had was so perfect an introduction to the breadth of the Marvel Universe didn't prove a powerful and knowing Fate was at work, I don't know what would. So, what was the first super-hero comic you can ever remember reading, how did you come by it and what impact did it make on you?
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