I assume nobody minds if I take the lead here, yes?
So what were you buying and/or reading 30 Years Ago This Month? You can scope out Mike's Newsstand, to see an array of comics that were on sale in May 1984.
As mentioned in this treads earlier incarnation, I was doing my best to drink and drug myself to death during this phase of my life. Comics were the only healthy source of pleasure I had. And what a great time to be a comics fan! I was weaning myself away from buying titles I no longer enjoyed while reveling in the new lines coming from First, Eclipse, Pacific and others.
Comics I Bought Off The Stand But No Longer Own: Alpha Flight #10, Amazing Spider-Man #252, American Flagg! #8, Avengers #243, Blackhawk #270, Crossfire #1, Fantastic Four #266, Hercules #3, Iron Man #182, Jon Sable #12, Mars #5, Marvel Fanfare #14, Moon Knight #37, New Mutants #15, Ronin #5, Aga of Swamp Thing #24, Secret Wars #1, Starslayer #16, Star Trek #4, Thor #343, Thriller #6, Uncanny X-Men #181, Zot #2
Comics I Acquired Later But No Longer Own: Atari Force #5
Comics Currently in My Collection: All-Star Squadron #33, Batman #371, Batman and the Outsiders #10, DC Comics Presents #69, Detective #538, Infinity Inc #2, Micronauts #58, Nathaniel Dusk #4, Official Handbook #15, Tales of the Teen Titans #42, Wonder Woman #315, World's Finest #303
I was thinking that I wasn't reading that many comics by 1984 but I looked through the list and found about 20 comics that I bought that month!
All-Star Squadron #33 (I missed a few issues towards the end but this was one of my favorites of the late Bronze Age.) Alpha Flight #10 (I didn't buy it much longer after this issue.) Amazing Spider-Man #252 (This was my 100th consecutive issue!) Avengers #243 Batman #371 Batman and the Outsiders #10 (I didn't buy this very long. But, oh, that Aparo art was sweet!) Captain America #293 Daredevil #206 Detective Comics #538 Fantastic Four #266 Fantastic Four Special Edition #1 Green Lantern #176 (David Gibbons art!) Hercules #3 (I hadn't thought about this series in a long time. It was hysterical!) Incredible Hulk #295 Iron Man #182 Legion of Super-Heroes #311 Secret Wars #1 (Would you believe I bought the first 11 issues ... then didn't buy #12 until years later when I saw it in a bargain bin?) Moon Knight #37 Thor #343 X-Men #181 (I wouldn't be buying X-men much longer.)
Last Edit: May 3, 2014 0:04:30 GMT -5 by Hoosier X
With this flying dreadnaught under me, I can wipe out all mankind! Now the Hulk will be the HUNTER instead of the HUNTED!
We're just a few months away now from the beginning of my comic buying life. Technically, we already passed it, as I bought Blackhawk #269 and 270. But those were a one-off until the fall of 1984 when I was able to really start buying comics.
I'm excited to get to that point so I can relive my first comic buying days.
Post by Ish Kabbible on May 3, 2014 0:14:56 GMT -5
I'll try to simplify this.I was making good money and I bought everything except Archie,Gold Key and Charlton The majority of it I never got the chance to read.What a waste.Its all sold What I did read was All Star Squadron Alpha Flight American Flag Avengers Blue Devil Crossfire Daredevil Destroyer Duck DNAgents Dr Strange Dreadstar Fantastic Four Infinity Inc Legion Secret Wars Ms Tree Swamp Thing Thriller Xmen West Coast Avengers What If Zot
Good grief-I actually bought Questprobe,US 1,Archie Adventure Series and waiting patiently for Ms Mystic #2
40 Years Ago was the dawn, 30 Years Ago was the dusk. My last comics purchases as a kid were in December 1983 (GI Joe #21 and All-Star Squadron #31) I still read the G.I. Joe issues my younger brother bought, but I didn't buy another comic book until 1990.
The ones I currently own are...
Action Comics #558 All-Star Squadron #36 Amazing Spidey #255 & 256 Atari Force #8 Avengers #246 Batman #374 Batman and the Outsiders #13 Captain America #296 & 297 DC Comics Presents #72 Detective #541 Fantastic Four #269 Flash #336 G.I. Joe #26 Infinity Inc. #5 JLA #229 Legion of Super-Heroes #1 New Teen Titans #1 Power Pack #1 & 2 Star Wars #86 Super Powers #2 Supergirl #22 Superman #398 Tales of The Legion #314 Tales of the Teen Titans #45 What If? 346 World's Finest #306
To aid in the clarification of the clarification, try this link for comical books on sale in the Merry Merry Month of May, 1984. And yeppers Action Ace, you are in the correct universe. Or at least the same one I am in, and that is all that matters.
-jb the ever helpful ib -
Last Edit: May 3, 2014 20:37:16 GMT -5 by infobroker
I didn't start buying Zot! until issue #10. Even I am amazed at that. But I instantly fell in love with it and went crazy buying all the back issues that Westfield Comic could find in the back issue stacks.
-jb the (the Westfield Staff spoiled my sons (and myself too) on a visit there in the late 1980s) ib -
Starting in 1983, I began a nice relationship with Westfield Comics out of Madison Wisconsin, buying my comics in a mail order fashion using their catalog and various promotion material they would send every month. In those years they would try to second guess order quantities, and guarantee all orders sent it before a certain day of the on sale month (usually the 10th). But that didn't mean they themselves did not have to pre-order (and anticipate demand) three months earlier, and place their order with Capital Distributors (also operating out of Madison).
Order would be mailed in, a couple of weeks later a nice box of comics from UPS would be waiting at the door. This became know as Comic Book Day and my wife made sure that the box was opened by sons until I got home to share it with them. So yea, by May of 1984, we had a nice routine in play.
Looking over this months covers at Mike's Amazing World was an eye-opener. I had become very selective in this timeframe about what I was buying, and in retrospect I am wishing I hadn't. I think I had a budget set up of $50 dollars (not counting shipping charges), which I know I went over many times, but not this month. So timing of when I received the comics would be much different from these on sale dates. Still I will calibrate to them for discussions here.
I will note that I must have also been buying special reprint books or something offered by Westfield and not showing here. Because the list seems much trimmer than I remember.
Alpha Flight 13 - This was a "hot" comic for me at the time. But interestingly enough, I don't remember much about it now, and when I have comical book read time, I don't think this title even made onto the re-read stack.
Amazing Spider-man 255 and 256. The Tom Defalco period. No where's near as interesting as the Roger Stern years that pre-date this.
American Flagg 12 Arion 22 Atari Force 8 Doctor Strange 66 Roger Stern and Paul Smith. Great period for Doctor Strange. Dreadstar 11 Fantastic Four 269 Infinity Inc. 5 Legion of Super-Heroes 1 Marvel Age 17 (this came free as part of the promotion pack from Westfield) Secret Wars 5 Marvel Tales 166 (2 copies for sons) Micronauts 59 - this use to be a must read comic book for me, but it was wearing thin a bit when this issue came out. New Gods 3 - reprints of the Glory Boat and Spawn on high quality paper! New Mutants 19 - super cool Bill Sienkiewicz artwork. New Talent Showcase - this title would run hot and cold. But I like seeing new blood in the field. New Teen Titans 1 - high quality paper. Omega Men 17 - I remember the first few issues really well and I definitely remember this cover. But I have no recollection of what happens with the story. I have a slight urge to go pull these, from my messy comic room. If I can find them that is. Power Pack 1 and 2 - This was such a refreshing comic to read. Louise Simonson writing and wow I loved the clean art style of June Brigman. Nice to have them as Facebook friends today. Questprobe - this tie into an Atari game cartridge I think. Bought for the novelty. It was disappointing. ROM 57 RONIN 6 - yea, I should go back and read these. This is comic offer that lured Frank Miller off of Daredevil. Sun Devils 2 - something attracked me to this title. The marketing material in the Westfield catalog perhaps. Not sure. I did eventually stop buying it, but not sure when. Super Powers 2 Tales of the Legion 314 Tales of the Teen Titans 45 Thing 15 - these were a fun read. Ben is a great character. Uncanny X-men 184. Chris Claremount told great stories in this timeframe. The X-men were a top selling title and they deserved it. Lot of people came down on John Romita Jr.'s artwork, but I loved it. He was just starting to loosen up his style and have a command of layout. Vigilante 9 - maybe I bought this, maybe I didn't. I wasn't too keen on the character's morality. Warp 15 - yea I did read these when they came out. 30 years later, I have no memory of what they were about.
-jb the (we are well out of the silver age now) ib -
Last Edit: May 3, 2014 21:44:04 GMT -5 by infobroker
I was just getting into the boyfriend/girlfriend thing with the future Wife, so my comic buying sagged a little at this point, but...
All-Star Squadron 36 (the two parter Richard Howell was born to draw!) Alpha Flight 13 American Flagg 12 Avengers 246 FF 269 (tail end of the Byrne era) Infinity Inc 5 (YIZZZZZZ!!!) LSH and NTT 1 (the Baxter Era begins! I didn't keep up/w Titans, but loved the Legion!!) X-Men 184 (about a year away from dropping this title, and most of Marvel) West Coast Avengers 1 (a mini, but still loved this story!)
May's nearly done but I never posted my list, so here goes...
books on sale in May '84 I have...
as individual issues
All Star Squadron #36 Alpha Flight #13 Amazing High Adventure #1 Arak, Son of Thunder #36 Arion, Lord of Atlantis #32 Conan the Barbarian #161 DC Comics Presents #72 Doctor Strange #66 Dreadstar #11 The Flash #336 Further Adventures of Indianan Jones #20 & 21 Green Lantern #179 Kull the Conqueror #5 Micronauts #59 New Gods #3 New Mutants #19 Power Man and Iron Fist #108 Savage Sword of Conan #103 Starslayer #20 Super Powers #2 Superman #398 Tales of the Teen Titans #45 Tarzan, of the Apes #2 Uncanny X-Men #184 Warlord #84 Warp #16
In collected form Batman and the Outsiders #13 Saga of the Swamp Thing #27 Thor #346 & 347
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