I am very happy to be presenting this each Friday. I would also suggest that you relax and wear a Hawaiian shirt or something else suitable when reading this and sending me a comment. My involvement in comics goes back to about 1969 when I really got the bug as a youth and started to build my collection based on my allowance and working around the neighborhood doing odd jobs. Comics at that time were twenty cents and special additions were around thirty five. The cost grew as did my collection. Before I stopped collecting, I had 32 character titles. All were Marvel, as DC didn’t hold my interest. Not that I am a hater, I just didn’t get a groove on the art and the story lines. I know, how can a little kid discuss story lines?
I wound up slowing down on the collection as the prices for the comics rose and my income did not, so I just concentrated on the titles I felt were part of my core collection.
I wound up selling the collection in college to help fund my studies but my passion for comics never waned. As we all do, I regret parting with it. I had many number ones, but hey, coulda, woulda, shoulda. I have enjoyed seeing the evolution of comics, not just with the Graphic Novel but also movies.
Don’t worry; I won’t go into my thoughts on the movies. They are too radical and I am much too much a traditionalist with the story lines.
I got my hands on CLAWS, a Wolverine & Black Cat vehicle. Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray are the writers. I enjoyed the repartee between the characters. It was constant throughout; no letup at all. They kept me engaged till the last balloon .Pencil & Inks was Joe Linsner. Great job! His artwork is clean, crisp and isn’t dark. My feelings are that comics are to be fun and an enjoyable respite from the everyday reality. I like learning things just like anyone else, but this is a comic book after all. It’s supposed to be fun. I am glad to be able to start a new collection beginning with CLAWS. I am happy to be back in the game. See you next Friday!
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