Guest Post: Where You Started…

Here’s a guest post from Scoopriches! So happy that he’s taken the time to be a part of Superhero Week 🙂

Hello all, this is Scoopriches contributing a guest post for A. A. Omer’s Superhero Week, and it is an honour to be a part of her major Geekfest event here. Many thanks to A. A. Omer for this opportunity. Now onwards and upwards to my topic today!

Every Geek has an entry point into the wonderful world of comics. Mine, because I am older than the universe, goes way back. Some comics dribbled into the house as a wee little lad, but nothing major. One fateful day, I was nine years old and bored at a convenience store. My wandering eyes led me to the comics rack and one immediately caught my attention.

It was Justice League of America, issue #185, cover dated December 1980, and I was entranced by it. Darkseid, as a giant, is laughing maniacally as the heroes look on. The cover is largely symbolic and the issue itself is the final part of the annual JLA/JSA crossover. And I still have and cherish this comic.

My young mind recognized only a handful of the heroes involved, namely the big guns like Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Green Lantern, but none of the tons of other characters featured. And remember this was a long time ago in a geek universe far far away, no google or Wikipedia existed for research of any kind, so it took literally years of reading other DC books in order to fathom who in the shadow of Mordor these people were.

And you know what? That didn’t matter a whit to me! The love of the hunt of piecing together all the nuances of JLA #185 became a fun hobby to occupy my mind. That stories wonders have only grown over the years, even long after its secrets were laid bare.

Regular JLA readership started with JLA #192, cover dated July 1981, since the damned convenience store finally started carrying it regularly. Happy Geekiness Ensued! In between these points, I somehow managed to score a copy of Avengers issue #200, cover dated October 1980, again with fleeting knowledge of only a few heroes, mainly Captain America, Iron Man and Thor. A year later, another convenience store in the area started sporting another comic I had never seen. The New Teen Titans, issue #24, cover dated October 1982, entered my life. Yet again, in a repeat of the JLA tale, I knew maybe three characters in the book, namely Robin, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash.

One of the main themes here is that the mystery of who these people were greatly spurred my decisions to buy, follow and fall in love with these comics at this time. Learning who they all are, their personalities, histories, relationships and powers was my Geek fuel.

And I fully believe this is true for most of us Geeks. Our first comic could be a spectacular of imagination and tribute like All Star Superman #1, or it might be a trashy awful media tie-in like NFL SuperPro. One could have been lovingly picked out by a caring relative, or handed to you with your happy meal. The point is something in those four coloured pages entranced you, swept you up and cradled your thoughts and feelings. You came to love a character, group, creator, or concept and wanted more and more and more.

I have met Geeks who started their love with DC Comics Zero Hour mini series in the 1990’s, or with the Batman or Justice League cartoons, or the manga inspired Teen Titans Go toon, or some with the recent The New 52 relaunch. Very few seemed to jump on after the Hulk or Green Lantern movies, but quite a lot stated the Captain America film as their gateway.

Everyone has their odd comic of good and bad quality which is a prized possession because it granted them entry to the world of Geekery. As Dan DiDio, head honcho of DC once said, “you can always tell when someone started comics by which Green Lantern is their favourite”. Mine, by the way, is Hal Jordan.

My entry point is millions of years ago, as you can see, when the JLA hung out in a round satellite and the Teen Titans had a green Changeling. From those humble beginnings sprung a collection of nineteen boxes. And growing.

What is your entry point? Was it with characters you already knew, or with shiny sparkly unknowns? The Geek world wants to know so comment away and ask A. A. Omer what her entry point was. I’m betting it was NFL SuperPro, published way before she was born. 😉

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