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Old 07-01-15, 09:18 AM
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The First Monthly '25 Years Ago This Month' Thread - July 2015

The proposal thread for this last month seemed to generate some good discussion so I figured I'd try a monthly thread. Could do multiple, one for 15 years, one for 20, etc; but maybe just one is enough?

I'm hoping that 25 years is a good compromise and this will generate some monthly discussion. Feel free to change that search engine's settings to 30 or 20 or whatever years are more appropriate for your comic book history and join in.

So, what were you reading 25 years ago today?
http://www.dcindexes.com/features/ne...990&sort=alpha

Screenshots coming shortly.....

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Re: The First Monthly '25 Years Ago This Month' Thread - July 2015

That's not right. That's 35 years ago. Couldn't figure out why I wasn't reading anything and then I got to X-Men 138...
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Re: The First Monthly '25 Years Ago This Month' Thread - July 2015

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That's not right. That's 35 years ago. Couldn't figure out why I wasn't reading anything and then I got to X-Men 138...
Crap, I do that all the time, forgetting a decade crossing centuries there.

I'll edit the pics and links later.

And wow, I'm old because I remember so much of that list.

Edit to add: link fixed and pics removed.

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Re: The First Monthly '25 Years Ago This Month' Thread - July 2015

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And wow, I'm old because I remember so much of that list.
Me too. I think I'd like 35 years ago better than 25. I was thinking 1980 was just before I got back into comics, but I definitely bought DC Comics Presents #26 brand new.
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Re: The First Monthly '25 Years Ago This Month' Thread - July 2015

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Me too. I think I'd like 35 years ago better than 25. I was thinking 1980 was just before I got back into comics, but I definitely bought DC Comics Presents #26 brand new.
Yeah, I'm not sure what the year range preference is, but iirc there were several too young for 35 or maybe even 25.

I obviously don't mind multiple threads, but not sure what's best for this sort of topic. I guess a thread for 35 years would get at least a few of us reminiscing in it; then the same few plus others in a 25 year thread; then the same plus. Even more in a 15; but that might be overkill.
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Re: The First Monthly '25 Years Ago This Month' Thread - July 2015

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Yeah, I'm not sure what the year range preference is, but iirc there were several too young for 35 or maybe even 25.

I obviously don't mind multiple threads, but not sure what's best for this sort of topic. I guess a thread for 35 years would get at least a few of us reminiscing in it; then the same few plus others in a 25 year thread; then the same plus. Even more in a 15; but that might be overkill.
Well, don't do it for me. I don't click on Comic Book Talk that often.
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Re: The First Monthly '25 Years Ago This Month' Thread - July 2015

July 1990 I was still in full on X-Men mode and it was before speculation time. So for me it was only:

Uncanny X-Men 267
Uncanny X-Men 268
X-Factor 58
X-Factor: Prisoner of Love 1

But I think this is right around the time of my first job so I should start having some disposable income in a few months.
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Re: The First Monthly '25 Years Ago This Month' Thread - July 2015

I didn't start reading until fall of '91, so I guess I'll see you guys in September 2016.
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Nam #48
Akira 23
Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children 15
Cerebus 136 & Cerebus High Society 12 & 13
Night Breed 5
The Demon 3
Grimjack 76 I think this was around the period that I started this title and was picking up all of the back issues.
Hard Boiled 1
Hellblazer 33
Sable 9
Sandman 19
Groo 69
Swamp thing 99
Worlds Finest 2
Does this list have all of the publishers? I might be misrembering but I think I was into all of the Caliber titles at this time
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Re: The First Monthly '25 Years Ago This Month' Thread - July 2015

I was still buying a lot back in those days before kids so:

'Mazing Man Special #3
'Nam #48
Action Comics #656
Adventures of Superman #470
Adventures of Superman Annual #2
Akira #23
Aliens Vs. Predator #0
Alpha Flight #88
Amazing Spider-Man #338
Amazing Spider-Man #339
Animal Man #27
Batman #453
Batman #454
Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children #15
Breathtaker #1
Butcher #5
Captain America #376
Captain America #377
Captain America Annual #9
Captain Atom #44
Cat & Mouse #5
Cerebus #136
Cerebus High Society #12
Cerebus High Society #13
Clive Barker's Night Breed #5
Daredevil #284
Dark Horse Presents #43
Deathlok #3
El Diablo #13
Elsewhere Prince #5
Excalibur #27
Excalibur #28
Fantastic Four #344
Flash #42
Ghost Rider #5
Green Arrow #35
Green Arrow #36
Green Arrow #37
Green Lantern #4
Grimjack #76
Guardians of the Galaxy #4
Hard Boiled #1
Hawk and Dove #16
Hawkworld #4
Hellblazer #33
Incredible Hulk #373
Iron Man #260
Justice League America #42
Justice League Europe #17
Knights of Pendragon #2
L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 #19
L.E.G.I.O.N. '90 Annual #1
Legends of the Dark Knight #10
Legion of Super-Heroes #11
Legion of Super-Heroes Annual #1
Logan's Run #2
Marvel Graphic Novel:Spider-Man:Spirits of the Earth HC
Mighty Thor #422
Mighty Thor #423
Mighty Thor Annual #15
Mister Miracle #19
Namor, the Sub-Mariner #6
New Mutants #93
New Titans #69
New Titans Annual #6
New Warriors #3
Planet of the Apes #3
Punisher #38
Punisher #39
Punisher War Journal #22
Quasar #14
Sandman #19
Shade, the Changing Man #3
Shadow Strikes #11
Silver Surfer #41
Spectacular Spider-Man #168
Spider-Man #2
Starman #26
Starstruck #1
Suicide Squad #44
Superman #47
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #31
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1
Thanos Quest #1
Time Masters #8
Trouble with Girls #17
Uncanny X-Men #267
Uncanny X-Men #268
Web of Spider-Man #68
Who's Who in the DC Universe #2
Wildcards #1
Wolverine #30
Wolverine #31
Wonder Woman #46
World's Finest #2
X-Factor #58
X-Factor:Prisoner of Love #1
Zero Tolerance #2

My goodness there's a lot of dreck in there. And all still in long boxes in my basement. There were probably several underground comics I bought that month too that don't make that site.

edit: didn't realize the list was that long when pasting into the little reply box! I think about how much money I could have saved!!!
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Re: The First Monthly '25 Years Ago This Month' Thread - July 2015

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I didn't start reading until fall of '91, so I guess I'll see you guys in September 2016.
Ever buy anything older than fall of 91?
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So Spider-man #2 by Todd McFarlane came out this month. Am I wrong in thinking he only did the first arc "Torment"....never mind just looked myself and he was there up until #16. I knew Image was 2 years away so I couldn't figure out the timing.
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Fall of 91 for me too actually.

This was the first book I ever bought....


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I have probably 15 of that issue. Sad considering the gatefold is the only one you really need.
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Ever buy anything older than fall of 91?
Sure, but the only things on that list that I have read (as far as I can recall) are Uncanny X-Men #267-268 and New Warriors #3.

Uncanny #267 is a blur to me other than being the second part of the Gambit introduction. All I really remember about it is the story of how Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio and Scott Williams produced the entire issue in about a week after the originally scheduled creative couldn't do the issue. Issue #268 is a classic and still highly regarded as maybe the best issue of the Claremont/Lee run.

It took New Warriors about a year to really find it's groove, but the early issues, #3 included, are still fun.

Oh, and somehow I got a hold of that issue of Nightbreed as well. I don't remember where I got it, but it wasn't anything I was remotely interested in outside of the nudity. I don't think I ever even read it.
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I think the only two books from that month that I've actually reread are Hate #2 and Thanos Quest.
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Fall of 91 for me too actually.

This was the first book I ever bought....

I've always hated that cover layout. It doesn't make sense with Magneto not facing the X-Men. The original version from Vol.1 No.1 is so much better.
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Re: The First Monthly '25 Years Ago This Month' Thread - July 2015

My period of peak buying was about 32-34 years ago. I did get back into the hobby a few years ago, but have only picked up a few floppies here and there, concentrating on trades.
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I think the only two books from that month that I've actually reread are Hate #2 and Thanos Quest.
I wish that I'd have maintained a database of everything I've read over the years. Although I'd probably get depressed over the amount of stuff I've loved but never got around to re-reading; and mountains of stuff I haven't even read once.
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My goodness there's a lot of dreck in there. And all still in long boxes in my basement. There were probably several underground comics I bought that month too that don't make that site.

edit: didn't realize the list was that long when pasting into the little reply box! I think about how much money I could have saved!!!

I'm right there with you. My list looks almost exactly the same as yours. (I was buying nearly all Marvel and DC super-hero titles during that time.)

And most are still in longboxes, not having been touched since around that time (if I even got to reading them in the first place; I'd say about a quarter are still unread).

This thread is a good reminder to go through my boxes and reread what I've got-- and then get rid of what I don't feel I'll ever look at again.
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This thread is a good reminder to go through my boxes and reread what I've got-- and then get rid of what I don't feel I'll ever look at again.
My brother is finally starting to do this with his collection. He's got upwards of 300 long boxes in his attic.
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My brother is finally starting to do this with his collection. He's got upwards of 300 long boxes in his attic.
Wow! Good luck to him. I have about 40 boxes, and it's been a challenge (hopefully one I can tackle when I finally trim my DVD and books).

At least everything I've amassed over the years is worth pretty much nothing, dollar-wise, so it should be easier to cull the herd without worrying about getting top dollar.
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Re: The First Monthly '25 Years Ago This Month' Thread - July 2015

25 years ago? Oh boy, I was buying pretty much every mainstream superhero book that Marvel and DC were putting out each month. Practically everything listed at the link and some you wouldn't expect, like Alf. I had discovered my local comic book shop but was still splitting my purchases with a newsstand, which would soon end.

Some issues stick out more than others. I remember liking the art in that Doctor Strange issue and that is one of the more striking Batman covers on Detective from the period. Looking back, I don't think this was one of the better periods in Marvel's and DC's history. Things seemed to change for the better over the course of the next year.
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I'm right there with you. My list looks almost exactly the same as yours. (I was buying nearly all Marvel and DC super-hero titles during that time.)

And most are still in longboxes, not having been touched since around that time (if I even got to reading them in the first place; I'd say about a quarter are still unread).

This thread is a good reminder to go through my boxes and reread what I've got-- and then get rid of what I don't feel I'll ever look at again.
I'm pretty sure I read everything on my list. I didn't fall into the trap of buying comics and not reading them until Image came around. I've got tons of Image crap laying around. Never even read Spawn, WildC.A.T.S., & Youngblood, let alone all of the dreck that followed. I did read some Savage Dragon when Larson released those TPB obmnibus volumes though.
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I wish that I'd have maintained a database of everything I've read over the years. Although I'd probably get depressed over the amount of stuff I've loved but never got around to re-reading; and mountains of stuff I haven't even read once.
I literally just accepted the fact I'm not going to re-read even 1 percent of all the stuff I own. It's just too much stuff.
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