I realise that my occasional posts on this blog are becoming more infrequent as time goes by…I’m now averaging one per month I think, not exactly breaking any records am I? The thing is, I generally like to post when I have some new art to show off and, well, to be honest I haven’t got anything. Not that I haven’t got a ton of work done…I just haven’t got around to scanning it on. Apologies due.
So in the meantime, and while I feel like typing, I might fill in some time with a bit of randomness. So here goes a bit of my comic reading biog!
My earliest memory of looking at comics comes from when I was around six years old or so. Every Sunday down in my grandparents house all the cousins would meet up for general mayhem. After a few hours of messing around my uncle, who still lived there would appear with handfuls of old Marvels and DC’s and drop them on the floor for us to scrap over. My uncle was an avid collector, lucky for him my dad was a docker and collected handfuls of comics as they arrived from the states every month. These eventually ended up in my grubby hands and the seed was sown.
From then on I was hooked, mainly on the Marvel titles, DC didn’t seem as rich to me at the time. The Hulk title sticks out as my favourite, but I also remember having copies of the Miller run on Daredevil, Byrnes Fantastic Four and X-men, even Buscema’s Conan. These guys were my original hero artists, the writer didn’t matter to me. As time went by I began to collect my own. Strangely enough I jumped from American Monthly titles to the British weeklies, most likely because of the cost factor, and that the local newsagent didn’t stock ‘proper’ comics. 2000ad, Battle, Scream…and occasional Beano’s or Whizzer and Chips, became my new fad. While it took me a long time to really appreciate the style of Mick McMahon, he is the hero of this era. His ability to make it look so simple but to rachet up the drama is unbelievable, even to this day I read his stuff with great admiration.
So as time went by I lost track of the comic industry, teenage rebellion and all that. But the love of the medium never left, and the age of the graphic novel took hold. Immediately I began to collect again, Moore, Ellis, Ennis, the list goes on….and I built up my old favourites again, Nemesis the Warlock, Slaine, ABC warriors. So now as I look at the groaning shelves of books as I type this, I have to wonder….how much did all that stuff cost!
Damn you Amazon!