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My history with comics began when I could walk to the store by myself. There was a newsagents round the corner to our house. The newsagents sold cigarettes, sweets, newspapers and magazines. He had a freezer for Ice cream. That was it. a couple of doors down was the grocer. Back in them days there was a clear division about where things could be boug
ht. Neither sold alcohol.
The newsagent had a flat shelf, and every so often he’d fill it with a few piles of comics. A mixture of Marvel, DC and Harvey Comics.
There was nor order to the comics, each delivery would be a random bundle he’d just arrange in several equally random piles along the shelf. I tried them all and over time gravitated towards Marvel comics.
Given the unpredictability of the titles and what order they’d arrive in, following my favourite superheroes was a tough task.
Luckily there was another thread that kept my interest; the artists and writers. As long as these guys were doing the artwork and story, I didn’t mind switching comics. My favourites were, I guess like a lot of kids at the time, Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Gene Colan. Then, Barry Smith when he came along with Conan the Barbarian.
The special days were when these guys switched to illustrating another superhero. I remember starting to buy Batman comics when Neal Adams work started drawing them. Same with the Green Lantern & Green Arrow team up series.
Then the first Forbidden Planet opened up in London’s Denmark street in 1978 and everything changed.
Why Marvel? Lots of reasons. They seemed to have the better artists, their stories were based in real America and real cities, not fictional ones like Gotham and Metropolis. There was an element of realism to the personality and everyday experience of the characters.
Over the years I bought thousands of comics, which I regularly gave away to friends. If only I knew.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe was one of the best things that happened in my life. To finally see those superheros come to life on the big screen was totally awesome. And when Jim Starlin’s Thanos turned to face the camera it knocked the breath out of me and I knew one of my Favourite characters, Doctor Strange was going to arrive on the big screen.