Comic Reader Résumé

Comic Reader Résumé #4

Orientation (Fall/Winter 1982)

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ré·su·mé [rez-oo-mey, rez-oo-mey]
1. a summing up; summary.
2. a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.

In Comic Reader Résumé, I use Mike’s Amazing World of Comics to travel back through time via his virtual newsstand to the genesis point of my lifelong collecting of comics. From there, I can offer a “work history” of my fandom through my active purchasing of (relatively) new comic books beginning in January of 1982, when my interest in the medium went from sporadic and unformed to routine on through compulsive accumulation. To streamline the narrative and keep the subjects at least remotely contemporaneous, I will not generally be discussing what we call back issues: books bought long after their publication date. Sometimes, I will cover a book published on a given month that I picked up within a year or so that date, and I give myself an especially wide berth on this aspect in the first couple of “origins” episodes. We’ll get more rigidly on point as my memories crystallize and my “hobby” spirals out of control into the defining characteristic of my life (eventually outpacing squalor and competing neuroses.) It’s part personal biography, part industry history, and admittedly totally self-indulgent on my part.

This episode offers a look at my choice and dicey cuts from late ’82, including Masters of the Universe #1-2, Blackhawk #252, Blade Runner #1-2, Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #76, DC Comics Presents #55 and The Brave and the Bold #196.


1 thought on “Comic Reader Résumé #4”

  1. I’m one of those huge fans of Blade Runner, dissecting all the film versions and loving the comic for its muddy art, a perfect reflection of the story.

    Funny you mention that B&B, my first Ragman story. B&B and DCCP were my gateway to the extended DCU. What struck me in that story, a line I still remember 35 years later! Batman tells Ragman ‘Like fe is a grim joke. You either laugh at it, or cry unheard.’ Man, for a glum Gus like Batman to tell someone to lighten up, you know Ragman is dour! I use that one at work now and then.

    Always good to hear these flashbacks!


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