If you’ve been a regular comic book reader since you were, like, five, go 'way, shoo, scat.
I want to hear from people who, like myself, didn’t start reading comic books until they were well past the age when people should stop reading comic books.
OK, yeah, I did read an issue of The Amazing Spider-man when I was a kid, an issue of a Batman comic back when I was about six or seven, and had gotten my image of the Batman from the campy TV series.(Oh, and if anyone has a copy of "The Slaughter in Silver’, please, please, please sell it to me. Please?) I also read an issue of Wonder Woman, and an issue of the extremely short-lived Isis. Yes, children, there was an Isis comic book. Well, actually, eight of them, but I digress.
Before I was about twenty or so, my entire comic book reading careerk consisted of those four. Then this guy named Chas came to work at my place of employment. Chas was a few years older than me, and an avid RPG player as well as being a total comic book freak. Chas, who always referred to Alan Moore as “Alan Moore, may he live and write forever, author of The Watchmen, may it always be in print.”
Chas loaned me The Watchmen, “The Killing Joke”, a Daredevil trade paperback that really didnt impress me, and The Dark Knight Returns. I was so impressed with TDKR that I actually went out and bought a copy. For years, it was the only comic-booky thing I owned.
Fast forward about fifteen or seventeen years. The two coolest shows on television are Buffy: the Vampire Slayer and Angel. I get hooked, and both shows are cancelled in short order. Since I don’t have cable, there’s basically nothing on for me to watch. There is a void that needs to be filled. I find TDKR on my bookshelf and reread it. Like, five times. “Aha,” thinks me, “Batman must be the thing to fill the empty place that was left by the end of the Whedonverse”.
So, now, I’m hooked. In addition to the four main Batman titles (well, for the next three months at least, I’m reading eight Batman titles, because of the War Games storyline), I’m reading Green Arrow- I think DC brought him back from the dead just for me- following the Identity Crisis story, and Beckett’s The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty. When I get a job as a massage therapist (which finally seems to be in reach, I take the national certification exam next Friday, yay) and have more disposable income, I’ll probably be adding some more independent titles to my pull list.
I’m probably a statistical anomaly, first off because I’m female and the vast majority of comic book readers, at least in America, are male, but also because most people my age who read comic books started when they were kids and just never gave them up. But I’m surely not the only person who discovered what is normally thought of as a kid’s genre.
So, if you started reading comic books when you were an adult, fess up!