Also I basically only read Hulk and Batman. I’ve read a lot of Punisher, Some Spider-man, Old Man Logan and a little of everything else hear and there but not enough to be considered a reader of that comic.
I’ve read every Hulk comic since 1999 and have them in graphic novel collections. I have all the early stuff on my kindle and go back to that when it suits me. I don’t know how much I have read but it’s a ton. Use to read Hulk in the 70’s when I was a kid. That and Marvel Godzilla with the occasional Batman.
I have almost as many Batman graphic novels but only pic up story lines that interest me. I’m hot and cold on Punisher. Some of it is great but have not read any of the new stuff.
Wolverine is one of my all-time favorite comic book characters. I collected his solo series and read it religiously.
I wanted to read X-Men too, so I could get the bigger picture of his adventures, but X-Men had decades and decades of convoluted history and it was so daunting. Not to mention EXPENSIVE. When I was reading in the early 90s, those old X-Men books were hot back issues, and there were simply NO collections of reprints at the time.
I got into the books from the Jim Lee/Liefeld/Portacio days going forward, but all those classic Claremont/Byrne issues remained elusive to me. The one exception was "Dark Phoenix Saga" which was always in print as a paperback.
I distinctly remember reading it the night I got back from band camp my freshman year of high school. God, I'm a dork. It finally came in to the library and I was SOOO excited to see what the hype was all about. I remember enjoying it.
Well, that was the summer of 1992, almost exactly 30 years ago.
Now that every comic book known to man is pretty much free to read on the internet (if you have no scruples about such things, and I don't) I've decided to FINALLY read all those X-Men issues I never had a chance to, starting with Dark Phoenix Saga.
It's....not as good as I remembered. Man, Claremont is so verbose. He just blabs on and on, and repeats himself so much. I think this is one of those stories you had to be there for. It might have blown minds 40 years ago, but it's boring as hell nowadays.
Anyway, I'm gonna keep reading. Really looking forward to the John Romita Jr issues, and then the Outback era, and Marc Silvestri's run, and all the stuff in-between. I've always been aware of what happens in all these issues but it's gonna be cool to finally read them for myself. Hooray for free comic books! (Not like Disney needs any more money anyway....and I doubt they'd share any of it with the creators...)
Well I can't say that I am reading it (lol) unless I go on-line ... but I just dropped a large chunk of change on Spiderman Ultimate Fall - Out 4 in a very high grade (CGC slab) I have wanted this comic for several years...now I have it! I will display this with my HT Miles and Gwen figures.
I am currently reading The Batman Deluxes by Tom King. 67 issues in at the 85 issues long run.(6 volumes total of Deluxes. I am at vol. 5) the run started to get more sophisticated than Batman books usually were... That really surprised me and i started to really enjoy the run.
Whatever happened to the once-respectable profession of comic book artist?
All anyone wants to do these days is make stuff cartoonier than the last guy.
I like manga as much as the next nerd, but the increased "mangafication" of American super-hero art starting in the late 90s just go out of control. I look at stuff by guys like Humberto Ramos and Keron Grant and I just cringe. It's so off-putting and repellent.
Now I see people emulating "Calvin and Hobbes" and Skottie Young and trying to turn everything into cutesy kiddie cartoons. It's lazy and ugly. I hate it.
I just saw this drawing on instagram. They're not even trying anymore. It's devolved into random shapes, like Cubism. Anyone else think this is absolutely hideous or just me?
I miss the 80s....Art Adams, George Perez, Kevin Maguire....hell, I miss the Image guys of the 90s!
I'm so old and cranky. I miss the world I used to know. I miss being young.