My first post will be about what started this lifelong love. What was my first comic book? The image of Colossus burning on the cover of Uncanny X-Men 116 jumps to the top of my mind. This is the issue that started it all for me. I was a little kid combing through the magazines in front of the soda fountain at my hometown drug store when I saw the issue – only 35 cents! While my mom was picking up prescriptions I was mesmerized by the X-Men’s adventure in the Savage Land!
The images of Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Zabu braving the icy winds, dinosaurs and army of cult followers to rescue Colossus, Cyclops, Banshee and Ka-Zar from Garokk took hold of young imagination and wouldn’t let go.
I love everything about this issue but the most memorable thing is Storm. Ororo was the most beautiful image I’d ever seen. So what if she was wearing a bathing suit in the Antarctic? Chris Claremont and John Byrne demonstrated the tremendous power and childlike vulnerability. Ororo has grown one into the most formidable characters in the Marvel Universe but I will never forget her eyes after what happened* in the pit under Garrok’s temple.
Thanks to Marvel, Chris Claremont, John Byrne and Terry Austin for my first comic, igniting a little kid’s imagination and lifelong love of comics.
(*I’m still new to blogging but I know this but I do know better than to give away a key story development to potential new readers!) By Editor