A First Time For Everything

A First Time For Everything: Animal Man

The very first time I heard of Animal Man was in Crisis of Infinite Earths. He was in something on the order of 4 pages, crammed into panels and just being this dude named Animal Man. That was it. Oddly it was enough. The name! The name did it for me. Animal Man. He had animal powers, that much was clear. Spider-Man had the powers of a spider, but Batman wasn’t at all bat powered. So either Animal Man had the powers of all animals or he dressed up like different animals to scare people. Now, based on his costume I leaned toward the whole powers thing, but had to admit that orange was kinda scary. Just not in a “cowardly and superstitious lot” sort of way. More in a “also he directs traffic” way. But like I said it…

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A First Time For Everything: Dick Grayson

The first time I really met Dick Grayson? Well that wasn’t a Batman comic. Look, I had read Batman comics. And there was Robin, and I guess he was Dick Grayson but it didn’t really stick. It was Batman, it was Robin, and that was that. But then I caught, in the back of another book – I think it was DC Comics Presents – around 1980 (I read it a bit later), a preview for another book. The New Teen Titans. There was Robin, but without Batman. Suddenly he became his own character to me. This was a guy who was supposed to be awesome and in charge and wearing those booties. Well, all right. This was Dick Grayson. And it was that preview that introduced me to Dick Grayson. He was commanding, undaunted and yet all too human….

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A First Time For Everything: Cannonball

Marvel Graphic Novel #4. 1982. New Mutants. It was the first time any of us saw Cannonball, and I was included in that group. Man, I remember reading that book when it came out and being so amazed. See I grew up reading Lee/Kirby X-Men and then suddenly shifted, thanks to time and my father, to Claremont X-Men. I was upset at characters like Storm and Wolverine because they weren’t “The X-Men” they were these upstart figures in costumes that didn’t even match! It took a while to get over it. But just as I was, the New Mutants came along. It changed everything, mutant-wise, for me. Suddenly these were the characters for me. They were young, like the X-Men I loved most, and awkward and learning and wore team uniforms. They were, more than Banshee, Wolverine and so on,…

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A First Time For Everything

So here’s the thing. I’ve been reading comics my entire life. In an odd order too. MY dad had me reading his old Lee/Kirby Marvel stuff and random Dc things for years before I got to the current-for-my-age comics. And I have memories of them all. Sometimes dim, sometimes really crystal and occasionally totally wrong in detail – I remember the first time I noticed a character. And I wanna talk about them. So here’s the deal: Leave a comics char in comments. Leave several. Whatever. And I will start posting my memories of when I found them, how I felt and what drove me to them or pushed me away from them. It’ll be fun! Or scary. Or… something else and we’ll find out together. SUGGESTED SO FAR (a link means I have done that character and you can…

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