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Johnny Bacardi tagged me with a comics meme, which I've found challenging to answer--but that's made it fun, too.

Post the questions below and three covers that answer to these questions; no need to comment unless you want to:

What was the first comic you remember reading?
I'm not sure I can remember that far back! I started reading comics pretty young, starting with Harvey, Archie and Disney comics. My best guess is that I started out with a Casper comic. With some online research, I was able to find out during which years Casper comics were being printed. I visually scanned the lines from the early 70s to see if there were any covers I remembered. I came up with Casper and Wendy #2, from November 1972 as the best candidate for my first comic.

Cover of Casper and Wendy comicI think it may have been the image of a female character on the cover--the girl witch, Wendy--that attracted my attention. But Casper was also a very relatable character. One of Casper's chief story problems is figuring out how to deal with his frustrating and scary relatives, a dilemma that is nearly universal and well understood by children.

Dark Horse has published a collection of Casper comics from the 50s and 60s, and I've read in The Comics Journal and elsewhere that the volume is quite good. I look forward seeing to the next collected Casper volume, which should cover the years of my childhood.

What was the first comic that made you realize that you might be in this for the long haul?
Cover of Uncle Scrooge comicI think it was an Uncle Scrooge comic book. The first time that I can remember dwelling over the language in a comic was in the Uncle Scrooge books. Everything about them was so clever and carefully constructed. For example, I loved it that Scrooge's enemies, the Beagle Boys, called each other by their former prison numbers, rather than by name.

At the age when I would have been reading Uncle Scrooge, I didn't yet know anything about comics collecting as a hobby. But, perhaps inspired by Scrooge McDuck's own avarice, I discovered within me the desire to own every Uncle Scrooge comic in existence. And so it began...

If you had to make a snap decision to take one comic or one comic run to a desert island, what would it be? Don't think too hard!
Cover of Marvel Conan comicMarvel's Conan the Barbarian run. It's long. And I didn't think too hard. I figure if I chose wrong, I can use the rest of my time on the island to beat myself up over my decision.

Link to at least five other people to continue the meme--and they need to link back to your post when doing it.

Five is a lot, but okay. I choose: Joe, Rose, Sleestak, GayProf and kalinara.

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Cool- thanks for doing it!

Harvey books were a big part of my growing-up years, but I don't know if I could remember my first one. I remember reading a lot of Hot Stuff, Richie Rick and Casper, for sure.

I might do this as a podcast so I can talk about my old comic book habit. Let me think about it.

Have you been keeping up with the Savage Sword of Conan collections? They're killer!

Steven,

You're talking about the Dark Horse reprint, right? I've heard they're good. Now that you've prompted me I'm going to have to check into them.

Yep, I'm talking about the Dark Horse reprints. I think the third volume is coming out this week, unless they delayed it again.

I just flipped through the second volume and it has over 400 pages of Buscema art for around $20. You can tell he put a lot of love in those pages.

Cool. I'm going through a dry spell with floppies--I'm only following four or five titles--so I need something to bulk up my comics reading list.

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