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    June 1, 2019 12:06 pm I'm turning 55 this month. I started reading comics around 1973, I've quit & come back a few times since then. The first time I stopped reading was around 1978; then in 1986, I was in a 7-Eleven after work with nothing to do that night, the spinner rack caught my eye and I thought, "I haven't read a comic in years, wonder what my old favorite characters are up to?" My favorite comics were always Captain America, Avengers and Daredevil, so I grabbed the latest issue of each. Lucky for me, the issue of Daredevil happened to be the first issue of the "Born Again" storyline and after reading that, I was blown away-- I had never read anything like that. I was hooked all over again and dove head-first back into comics big-time. I even ran my own comic store for a few years. Captain America has always been my favorite character-- still is. There's so many great Cap issues & stories by Stan & Jack, Steve Englehart, Steranko, Brubaker, etc. But my all-time #1 favorite Cap moment isn't even in a Cap comic-- it's the scene in "Born Again" where Cap says "I'm loyal to nothing except the dream". That is Captain America in a nutshell. Brilliant. I've read a lot of comics since 1973, and "Born Again" is one of the all-time greatest moments.
    July 29, 2013 5:15 pm Gene Colan was one of the bests, man. His runs on Daredevil and Captain America were some of the best stuff on either title. Back in the day, when I was a kid in the '70's we didn't really pay attention to who the artist or writer was, you just read the book. Wasn't until much later that I started paying attention to the names in the credits. BUT I did know Gene's name, because it was THAT good, even a kid who didn't follow artists & writers was captured enough to say "this guy is really great!" He did so much great stuff over the years, in my book he's up there with Kirby, Steranko and a small handful of Greats.
    July 23, 2013 10:26 am Bill Finger got the sort end of the stick, he was essential to the creation of Batman, but Bob Kane got all the glory. I seem to remember Jerry Robinson saying that Bill had more to do with creating Batman than Bob. This is an example of how crucial his stories were to the Batman mythology.
    July 15, 2013 2:03 pm I may be in the minority, but I really do NOT like this kind of computer animation. So stiff & unrealistic, it somehow makes the Bruce Timm animation look way more realistic. The story was OK, Alfred was certainly different but kinda interesting, I'll have to see how (if) it grows on me. But I don't know if I can make it past the animation. I'd rather watch the '60's Marvel cartoons (which sucked, but at least used classic Kirby art - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnTP8NX_DQo)
    March 22, 2013 3:46 pm I remember picking the first issue of Omega up off the ol' wire rack back in '76. I was 12 at the time. Those were great years to be a kid buying comics. For starters, they were $.20 to $.35 cents in those years, even as a kid you could afford to take a chance on any new book that came along. Of course not every book was a "classic" but when you could by 3 or 4 books for a buck, they didn't all have to be a masterpiece. Kirby, Neal Adams, Jim Starlin were still producing new work every month, among other greats. I remember this series because, unlike today, new #1 issues didn't crop up every week from DC or Marvel, it was somewhat of a novelty when a new series was launched. Gabe is right, when you saw a new #1, you were sure it was going to be worth $100,000 in ten years.
    January 10, 2013 7:30 pm My context: grew up reading comics as a kind in the '70's. That said: 1.) Neal Adams 2.) Norm Breyfogle 3.) Jim Aparo
    December 6, 2012 11:56 am The Teen Titans story "A Swingin' Christmas Carol" is my favorite Xmas-themed comics story of all time. It's been reprinted a bunch of times. I believe the cover art on this particular collection was by the great John Byrne. Even if he left off Robin's shoe. (More likely a coloring error.)
    November 30, 2012 4:46 pm I don't know what the average age of iFanboy fans is, but I assume that at 48, I'm a (grey) hair older than many here. The overwhelming number of superhero related products never ceases to amaze me, because I still remember growing up in the '70's, it was nigh impossible to find any superhero toys or products, licensed or otherwise. Sure, there were some Superman & Batman toys to be found (the '60's Batman TV show was a merchandising machine of its own), but you NEVER saw any Marvel character stuff, nor any DC characters other than the Big 2. I remember in the mid-70's Marvel did a promotion with Seven-Eleven where they sold plastic Slurpee cups with a ton of different Marvel characters on them, and I searched far-and-wide to get each one, because it was just so rare to find anything like this. (They even had Slurpee cups with Black Bolt and Doc Savage on them-- couldn't get much more obscure than that back then. Couldn't believe 7-11 ever went with this promotion.) Now you can't take a step without tripping over something with a Marvel or DC character on it. Feast or Famine, I guess. But it makes the stuff so less... special when it's everywhere like this.