Things That Made Me a Comic Fan

A timeline detailing my comic fandom.

List items

  • My first EVER comic book movie. I look back on it with fond memories because as a kid I thought everything about it was so cool. While I now think that it's a pretty awful movie, it still holds a special place in my heart.

  • Specifically Batman: The Animated Series. It was on whenever I could watch it. It was my all-time favorite cartoon growing up. When I was 3 or 4, I went as Batman for Halloween while my little brother was Robin.

  • Specifically the Batman Beyond cartoon. I thought the whole future thing was really cool! The show still holds up today along with others on this list. Similarly to when I went as Batman for Halloween, the next year I went as Terry McGinnis Batman.

  • I really liked the Spider-Man animated series when it was on. I'd watch it in the morning before school started.

  • Specifically the animated X-Men series, I used to watch that all the time at my babysitter's house. And X-Men: Evolution was pretty cool when I was younger, too.

  • I remember begging my mom to buy this for me on VHS. I mean come on, it was Superman and Batman in the SAME movie!

  • Due to the cover, I begged my mom for this one too. It's still my favorite Batman: The Animated Series movie.

  • It was the first comic book movie I ever went to see in theaters. Green Goblin was pretty creepy, but Spider-Man saved the day and looked like a boss while doing so.

  • Static Shock was an excellent cartoon series that I also watched as a kid. I remember waking up early on Saturdays to watch it on The WB. Virgil is a great character.

  • When I was in elementary school, Sonic the Hedgehog was THE videogame series. In 3rd grade, my friend brought in an issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog Archie Comics series. That issue was the first comic I ever read, and I immediately went out to buy several more issues.

  • While I didn't know what was going on at the time, I still thought everything Batman had and was doing was badass.

  • I used to love watching the Krypto the Superdog cartoon as a kid, and it was great. I feel sort of bad for the kids that missed out on such a fun, cute show. :P

  • The Teen Titans cartoon was completely awesome, and it still is. I can watch this show whenever, and I never feel like I'm too old. The show also brought me to LOVE the Doom Patrol, I can't get enough of that team now.

  • Watching the broadcasts of this on G4 pushed me further into the comic realm.

  • My first graphic novel. Back when I was a youngster, I was really into My Chemical Romance, so when I learned that Gerard Way was making a comic book I just had to check it out. It's one of the most memorable and odd books I've ever read, and I really enjoy it.

  • I was searching for several different superheroes one day on the web around 2006 when I stumbled upon news for a Watchmen movie. As the years went on, my interest in them continued to rise. It wasn't until a few months before the release of the movie that I was given the graphic novel and read it.

  • One of my first graphic novels, the first classic that I read.

  • After following movie info on Watchmen, I further went to follow the Green Lantern movie. I thought that the concept for Green Lantern was awesome, and to tide me over until the release of the movie I took to reading Blackest Night.

    (And the movie turned out to be a colossal disappointment.)

  • This was the series that made me serious about collecting comics. I went out and picked up issues 1-8, and I've never looked back since.

  • The Doom Patrol is amazing. I grew to love them from the Teen Titans cartoon. After I purchased Blackest Night, the Giffen run on Doom Patrol was the first superhero and team ongoing series I ever picked up. The series is amazing, and I'm still upset about it getting cancelled because of Flashpoint. My first ever collectible comic is a Doom Patrol issue as well. It's their first appearance, My Greatest Adventure #80.

  • I read about Booster online, from lurking on many a forum. I later decided he was interesting, and then picked up the first 32 issues of his series. I later proceeded to read the entirety of those issues in one single day. It was just so damn interesting, and it still is. The series also helped me get to know the DCU. Booster is my favorite superhero of all time.