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Comics were a great escape. Marvel and DC Comics became my substitute family. And Spider-Man was my favorite character.

Comics were a great escape. Marvel and DC Comics became my substitute family. And Spider-Man was my favorite character.

The narrative was immaterial; what I was excited about was the big #0 on the cover and everything it stood for. 

The narrative was immaterial; what I was excited about was the big #0 on the cover and everything it stood for. 

This cover brought me back to my childhood tromping through the snow in North Dakota.

This cover brought me back to my childhood tromping through the snow in North Dakota.

I’ve had to regain my comic books many times, as I lost or sold everything I owned over the years to finance my addiction. 

I’ve had to regain my comic books many times, as I lost or sold everything I owned over the years to finance my addiction. 

Detective Comics 500 was another parallel world story. I tended to gravitate to these types of stories because of my conflicting feelings about my own   

Detective Comics 500 was another parallel world story. I tended to gravitate to these types of stories because of my conflicting feelings about my own

  

The pleasure I found in Batman From the 30s to the 70s was real, but so was the sadness.

The pleasure I found in Batman From the 30s to the 70s was real, but so was the sadness.

It was the first comic book story to hurt me, to make me sad, and to make me angry.

It was the first comic book story to hurt me, to make me sad, and to make me angry.

It was the summer of Star Wars and the release of Marvel's Star Wars #1 -- perhaps the most influential comic of its time.

It was the summer of Star Wars and the release of Marvel's Star Wars #1 -- perhaps the most influential comic of its time.

No, I don’t have a copy. But I have held one.

No, I don’t have a copy. But I have held one.

My teacher went into a tirade about how "all super hero cartoons and comics are pornography."

My teacher went into a tirade about how "all super hero cartoons and comics are pornography."

My wife she asked me about the one Spider-Man comic I wish I had more than any other. I was able to answer “Amazing Spider-Man #50” fairly quickly.

My wife she asked me about the one Spider-Man comic I wish I had more than any other. I was able to answer “Amazing Spider-Man #50” fairly quickly.

INTERVIEW: Dan Jurgens, writer and illustrator of Superman, Aquaman, Booster Gold and Thor.  

INTERVIEW: Dan Jurgens, writer and illustrator of Superman, Aquaman, Booster Gold and Thor.

 

I learned something the day my uncle gave me his copy of Avengers #88. There were two kinds of people who bought comic books. Readers and fans. 

I learned something the day my uncle gave me his copy of Avengers #88. There were two kinds of people who bought comic books. Readers and fans. 

My mom grew up poor.  If I wanted something, and it could be found for cheap, I could have it.  If MAD would keep me reading, then MAD I would have.

My mom grew up poor.  If I wanted something, and it could be found for cheap, I could have it.  If MAD would keep me reading, then MAD I would have.

I bought my copy of Hulk #181 off the rack. There was just one problem. I’d cut up the book to get at its Marvel Value Stamp. 

I bought my copy of Hulk #181 off the rack. There was just one problem. I’d cut up the book to get at its Marvel Value Stamp. 

The Dark Knight Returns  marked the end of my days as a serious collector of comics. I couldn't afford to collect like I used to. I had responsibilities and things   
The Dark Knight Returns 

marked the end of my days as a serious collector of comics. I couldn't afford to collect like I used to. I had responsibilities and things 

 

It was the summer I turned 18. It was the summer before I went to university. It was the summer in which I discovered my love for comic books. 

It was the summer I turned 18. It was the summer before I went to university. It was the summer in which I discovered my love for comic books. 

Ultimately, Lone Wolf and Cub was my Ellis Island, welcoming me slowly, warmly into the English language.

Ultimately, Lone Wolf and Cub was my Ellis Island, welcoming me slowly, warmly into the English language.

What got me to Texas was love, which is really what Preacher is also about, once you get past all the violence, the vampires and weird sex stuff.

What got me to Texas was love, which is really what Preacher is also about, once you get past all the violence, the vampires and weird sex stuff.

I like to think that the many creators, writers and artists of Harvey comics would be pleased to see their work being enjoyed by a 40 something many years after the company went under.

I like to think that the many creators, writers and artists of Harvey comics would be pleased to see their work being enjoyed by a 40 something many years after the company went under.

A lot of people have come and gone in my life, but comics have remained the one constant throughout.

A lot of people have come and gone in my life, but comics have remained the one constant throughout.

Everyone told me life was right ahead of me, usually in a tone of reassurance, but this prospect just scared the shit out of me.

Everyone told me life was right ahead of me, usually in a tone of reassurance, but this prospect just scared the shit out of me.

He may look like an animal but Cerebus is probably much closer to being you or me than we would care to admit.  

He may look like an animal but Cerebus is probably much closer to being you or me than we would care to admit.  

They say that every comic should act like it’s somebody’s first ... but sometimes it’s fun to leap feet first into a convoluted continuity, and try to figure out how things work for yourself.  

They say that every comic should act like it’s somebody’s first ... but sometimes it’s fun to leap feet first into a convoluted continuity, and try to figure out how things work for yourself.

 

Kitty Pryde helped me find comfort and closure after losing a friend unexpectedly...

Kitty Pryde helped me find comfort and closure after losing a friend unexpectedly...

I knew I was deaf, but I have no recollection of being diagnosed...I’d hoped for some kind of super power like Daredevil or Echo, but all I got was spotty memory and less fine motor control.  

I knew I was deaf, but I have no recollection of being diagnosed...I’d hoped for some kind of super power like Daredevil or Echo, but all I got was spotty memory and less fine motor control.  

I remember more about my life by reading old comics than I do by looking at photo albums.

I remember more about my life by reading old comics than I do by looking at photo albums.

In the fall of 1988, I paid fifty cents to murder the Boy Wonder...If I had known the guilt I would experience I would have cast my ballot differently.

In the fall of 1988, I paid fifty cents to murder the Boy Wonder...If I had known the guilt I would experience I would have cast my ballot differently.

X-Men #1 began a painful process of collecting for me -- painful because I was a kid with no money; and comic book collecting was an expensive habit. 

X-Men #1 began a painful process of collecting for me -- painful because I was a kid with no money; and comic book collecting was an expensive habit. 

It’s hard to say exactly when I first came in contact with super heroes. Like all good myths, they seem to have always been present in my mind.

It’s hard to say exactly when I first came in contact with super heroes. Like all good myths, they seem to have always been present in my mind.

I didn't know about  "bagging and boarding." I simply loved it and read it to pieces.

I didn't know about  "bagging and boarding." I simply loved it and read it to pieces.

Comic books provided me the solace I so desperately needed.

Comic books provided me the solace I so desperately needed.

I had lived in L.A. with my girlfriend for about six months. We had it...We were both American Elf fans, and we thought, why not Vermont?

I had lived in L.A. with my girlfriend for about six months. We had it...We were both American Elf fans, and we thought, why not Vermont?


My first job...washing dishes for $2.85…the first of many sweaty and menial adolescent gigs, this one carried a sacred purpose: it paid for a subscription of The Vigilante.

My first job...washing dishes for $2.85…the first of many sweaty and menial adolescent gigs, this one carried a sacred purpose: it paid for a subscription of The Vigilante.

I'm not sure why I found this to be so compelling. It wasn't an analogy for me in any way.

I'm not sure why I found this to be so compelling. It wasn't an analogy for me in any way.

Just weeks after the end of my freshman year, I caught a bus to Toys “R” Us and bought a $50 comic with the change at the bottom of my backpack.  

Just weeks after the end of my freshman year, I caught a bus to Toys “R” Us and bought a $50 comic with the change at the bottom of my backpack.  

The story didn’t exactly match my life, but there were echoes of what I felt.  And of what I wanted. 

The story didn’t exactly match my life, but there were echoes of what I felt.  And of what I wanted. 

Whenever we drove from Ohio to Arkansas to visit, my grandmother always had "funny books" there for me to read.  Her gifts started a small collection that I increased by one or two each trip.

Whenever we drove from Ohio to Arkansas to visit, my grandmother always had "funny books" there for me to read.  Her gifts started a small collection that I increased by one or two each trip.

I don’t remember having fun playing with Barbie Dolls.  Instead, I read comics and collected trading cards.

I don’t remember having fun playing with Barbie Dolls.  Instead, I read comics and collected trading cards.

We needed to go to a comic book store.  The least fucked up of us was enlisted to drive.  I’m glad it wasn’t me behind the wheel.

We needed to go to a comic book store.  The least fucked up of us was enlisted to drive.  I’m glad it wasn’t me behind the wheel.

As a kid attracted to heavy metal band posters more than heavy metal music, the Punisher was a character I immediately invested in.  

As a kid attracted to heavy metal band posters more than heavy metal music, the Punisher was a character I immediately invested in.

 

I spent my days hanging out with Jake and my nights with my nose pressed against a dorm window, watching kids lurch home drunk.

I spent my days hanging out with Jake and my nights with my nose pressed against a dorm window, watching kids lurch home drunk.

I would ride my bike around the neighborhood and comb the streets for fallen change...I’d ride down to the mini mart and purchased comics with the money I had found.

I would ride my bike around the neighborhood and comb the streets for fallen change...I’d ride down to the mini mart and purchased comics with the money I had found.

I was a fat ten-year-old kid whose parents were divorcing, and I had very few friends. Daredevil’s comic looked about as lonely me.

I was a fat ten-year-old kid whose parents were divorcing, and I had very few friends. Daredevil’s comic looked about as lonely me.


Years later, I wonder…was my dad waiting nearby with a baseball bat just in case things got bad?

Years later, I wonder…was my dad waiting nearby with a baseball bat just in case things got bad?

I do remember a comic that made me cry. It was Power Pack #19.

I do remember a comic that made me cry. It was Power Pack #19.

V for Vendetta is about anarchy. Even as a high school kid, I was a rule follower, but Moore's arguments against rules made sense to me. 

V for Vendetta is about anarchy. Even as a high school kid, I was a rule follower, but Moore's arguments against rules made sense to me. 

The names were silly ... but the comics were downright dangerous compared to anything I was being exposed to in high school.

The names were silly ... but the comics were downright dangerous compared to anything I was being exposed to in high school.

Discovering I was a cartoonist, Drew brought in Madballs #7, and dropped it on my desk.  He wanted me to draw the characters for him.

Discovering I was a cartoonist, Drew brought in Madballs #7, and dropped it on my desk.  He wanted me to draw the characters for him.

 I would like to say that it was the amazing artwork that spoke to me, but it was really the amazing violence.

 I would like to say that it was the amazing artwork that spoke to me, but it was really the amazing violence.

One morning, near the coat rack, Dennis passed out fifty dollar bills like playing cards.  “Here, here,” he said, as the hands of our classmates rushed him.

One morning, near the coat rack, Dennis passed out fifty dollar bills like playing cards.  “Here, here,” he said, as the hands of our classmates rushed him.

During the spring of my 8th grade year finding crack was easier than finding comic books.

During the spring of my 8th grade year finding crack was easier than finding comic books.