Where did your journey start with a given series or two or several? Actual first issue(s) that you acquired back in the day.
Does seeing those covers of your personal "firsts" still evoke that strong nostalgia? Post covers of where you started!!
I'll share a few of mine:
Amazing Spider-Man #188. At this point I may have already had a Pocket Books collection, or something Spidey Super Stories related, but this was my first "real" ASM off the rack as a kid. Of course now I can see the nod to ASM #28, but back then, there was something so haunting about the red webbing contrasting with the black, it really made an impression on me. In retrospect, a throwdown with Jigsaw might not make for that important an issue, but again the nostalgia is strong with this one.
Superboy and the Legion #245, right at the end of the Earthwar. I had no idea what was going on, but thus began my lifelong infatuation with the Legion. It was unlike anything I had seen before...so many heroes, I wanted to learn who all of them were. Superboy had all these amazing friends, I had no idea!
This one is a little different...it did not lead to collecting the series (I guess the story inside didn't particularly hook me). But the cover was SO striking (I did not realize GL had been sharing the title with GA prior to this very issue), and I knew and liked Green Lantern from the Super Friends series already. It will always be the iconic shot of Hal in my mind.
This was my first issue of ASM, and I think one of my first few comics at all. Everyone makes fun of Rocket Racer and the Big Wheel, but at age 8 I thought they were great, and reacquiring this issue after not seeing it for many years was very nostalgic.
Also Ross Andru is the best regular Spidey artist.
I didn't really "collect" this title until the Hobgoblin saga, but I did have numerous "random" issues I picked up while exploring the world of comics at a young age.
Though my introduction to the world of the X-Men was Hulk Annual #7, this was my first actual X-book. I wouldn't be able to really follow the book at the time as I was 9 and dependent on being taken to the convenience store at the right time and probably having it purchased for me, so #135 was my next issue, but from that point on I had a pretty complete run for years after. I think even at that age I could tell there was something different about this series--it was more complex and mature than other Marvel comics of the time (though I still read 'em all).
I am not sure if that Marvel Super-Heroes was my first Sub-Mariner comic or not, as I also had this, my first Invaders comic which is cover dated the same month and I I don't remember which I got first...
First issue of Captain America solo series I got was this...
but I got this about the same time too
which slightly beats this out as my first Iron Man comic, though this was my first issue of Iron Man...
which was also about the same time as my first FF...
though I suspect I picked this one as much for the hockey theme as for the FF.
But as you can tell, I got just about as many reprint mags as I did original stuff as they were all new stories to me so it didn't matter.
I had some other random Marvels, but these were the key first issues for me.
These are the first two comics I remember choosing for myself off the racks:
X-Men I went on to collect religiously up until Age of Apocalypse. Spider-Man, I actually didn't begin collecting regularly until Erik Larsen took over the book. I continued with the Bagley run but stopped before the Clone Saga.
Since my original collection is long (long) gone, it's hard for me to determine precisely which issue was the first of a given series I had (using the newsstand at Mike's Amazing World or the cover galleries at Lone Star has only been partially useful). However, there's a few that I know for sure, like my first issue of Marvel Team-up (#38)...
...and my very first issue of X-men (#120), which sparked a love-affair of many years...
And, of course, the first comic book I ever recall having, the one that started it all, Marvel Tales #59:
The first literal 1st issue I bought of any comic was:
I liked THE DEMON a lot, but not enough to commit to every issue. My dimes were judiciously allocated as a kid, and this title often had to be cut from the budget.
The first issue 1st issue I bought and then bought the entire run of off the stands was:
SWAMP THING was simply a must-buy for me. The final days were a sad disappointment, but I had to stick with it.
The first issue of a comic that drew me in for the long haul, resulting in my buying every following issue (including the Giant-Size run, Annual, and related issues) for over a decade was:
Somehow, this became my first long-term committed relationship with the comics racks. I wasn't a particularly big fan of any of the leads, but I was fascinated by the dynamics of this "non-team". This one was, obviously, not the literal first issue, but my first. You can of course be sure that I eventually picked up the first three issues and MARVEL FEATURE 1-3!
(This cover, by the way, was one of my proudest accomplishments in our weekly Classic Cover Contest. For a while, I gave myself the challenge of entering covers that satisfied both the current week's contest and the prior week's contest. I thought I would have to give it up when Favorite John Buscema Cover and Favorite Jim Starlin Cover were back-to-back topics--in some order, I can't recall which came first. But I managed to find this one, which is John Buscema finishes over a Jim Starlin layout. It's not only the sole instance I could find of a Buscema/Starlin cover collaboration, but was literally a true favorite of mine: a great cover with personal significance to my comic book collecting hobby!)
Last Edit: Mar 13, 2023 8:38:01 GMT -5 by MWGallaher
While I was thinking more the "first issue for you personally" versus the number on the cover, I agree first literal firsts are interesting as well!
I'll just say this...when I started reading comics, for years I never remember picking up an actual number one. When Marvel's New Universe started, I had this feeling like I was FINALLY at the start of something and picked up every #1 from the line. I then sat down and read them all and almost cried when I realized how I had just spent my money.