One of the great things about WonderCon is that creators, fans, and vendors can spend quality time geeking out about the comics that are important to us.
So I thought it might be fun to see what these working comic peeps could tell me about the first comic they ever loved.
Let us know in the comments about your first transcendent comic book experience!
What is the first comic you remember reading that had a strong effect or influence on you?
Artist (The Mighty Thor)
I was a huge fan of X-Men: The Animated Series. I also remember riding on the bus when I was a kid, and my friend had this comic. It was Uncanny X-Men, with Colossus on the cover, being restrained on one side, very dynamic, and that image has always stayed with me. I also remember Storm with her hair and her cape.
Creator/Artists (Cyanide & Happiness)
[DenBelyker:] Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, and just about everything in the newspaper every morning. I used to just dive into that.
[Coss:] Calvin and Hobbes gave me my sense of humor. Very sarcastic, ADD humor. It had a big impact on me. There’s also a lot of real life in those comics, but I didn’t realize that until later.
Cartoonist/Writer (Dead Last, Sexiled, Assholes)
The short answer is X-Men #298. I believe it was 1992 or 1993, and I was at Greg Shuster’s birthday party, and we got ‘em all as party favors. I was eleven years old, the TV show was on the air, and I was hooked. I mean, before that, I read Archie and Ghostbusters comics at camp, but it never occurred to me that when it said “To Be Continued,” you could actually go out and buy the next issue. Well, after The X-Men? Forget it. I’ve been spending all my money on comics ever since.
Artist (Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems)
It’s gotta be Sailor Moon. 100%! I know that’s such a typical answer, but it was the first series that really stuck with me, and it got me into comic shops. This was back in the day when they didn’t even have the manga-style print, so I’d save up my allowance every month to purchase it. I loved the stories and there was such beautiful art. I’d never seen such a female-centric plot before. That’s what really drew me to the series.
Writer (Black Jack Ketchum)
I remember being about eight or nine years old and reading The Micronauts by Michael Golden… and I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if not for that!
Writer (Daredevil, She-Hulk)
I was on a drive with my dad, my brother, and my sister. It was a long family drive, and my dad was sick of putting up with us. So he went into this drug store and bought us some comics. It was Fantastic Four. I remember the cover, the whole experience. And it had a cliffhanger at the end! I’d never read a book with a cliffhanger before, and I understood for the first time what comics were and what they could be.
Writer (Oh, Hell)
There were so many. Comics weren’t allowed in my home. I’m a little bit older than everybody here. It was during the early fifties when comics produced juvenile delinquency. Luckily, I lived in a neighborhood with a lot of juvenile delinquents! So, I went to their house and read Superman, True Detective, and just everything.
Writer (Artifice, Young Protectors)
The first comic that had a big impact on me was actually the inspiration for Young Protectors. It was “The Judas Contract” plot of the New Teen Titans. It had this really interesting interaction. Deathstroke the Terminator takes out ever Teen Titan except for Nightwing. He realizes that, of course, all these people have powers, but it’s actually the one who doesn’t have powers who is the most powerful. Also, another important comic for me was X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills. It’s such a clear analogue for being gay. There are these fundamentalists going after the mutants, trying to kill them all, but a lot of the fundamentalists are actually mutants themselves. And that was the first time that I realized that comics could have a real social impact, and really mean something.