Reliving My Childhood Through Comics

Reliving My Childhood Through Comics

Oak City Comics Show is a one-day comic book show in Raleigh, North Carolina. Or it can also be called the fastest way to blow your allowance. Set in the Raleigh Hilton, this fairly new show offers comic fans quite a variety: a huge vendor room, artist tables, cosplay, and expert panels. Tommy Lee Edwards, one of the creators of Oak City Comic Show and the cover artist for the new Mad Max: Fury Road – Furiosa1, was there so I got my issue 1 signed. <squee>

“Mad Max: Fury Road – Furiosa,” No. 1, Vertigo

 

For comic book vendors I am a dream customer because I’m so new to comics I don’t know what’s what. Everything is shiny to me. What captures my attention most often are the titles associated with TV shows from my childhood. It just goes to show, there’s nothing new—books, comics, TV shows, and films have been cross marketing for years.

"The Mighty Isis," DC Comics, November 1976
“The Mighty Isis,” DC Comics, November 1976

ISIS

In one of our podcasts, Regina and I shared our favorite classic female television characters. One of mine is Isis from the 1975 live-action series. I shouldn’t have been surprised to come across an Isis­2 title but I was. Although the artwork is not as good as in the bigger titles, it’s impressive how respectfully she’s drawn.

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“John Carter, Warlord of Mars,” No. 1

John Carter, Warlord of Mars

Created over 100 years ago by Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter is a mysterious immortal southerner transported to Mars. As soon as I saw issue 1 of Marvel’s John Carter, Warlord of Mars3, I knew I had to have it. Later I found an equally good copy of issues 2 and 3. <squee again>

The complexity and detail of the 38 year-old illustrations and stories is mesmerizing. And the scantily clad women who are constantly getting kidnapped are quaintly amusing.

Ms. Marvel

The biggest bonus of the day was getting issues 24, 75, 8, 106, and 19 of Ms. Marvel. Issue 1 will probably always elude me but I’m thrilled to have even part of the first series of one of my favorite comic heroes. This series is action packed with Ms. Marvel at the forefront of it all.

There’s a lot of study and commentary done on how females are treated in comics. It is thoroughly intriguing to me to read the actual publications and make these discoveries myself. For instance, somewhere between issue 7 and issue 10, they decided to color in Ms. Marvel’s midriff. Her breasts got

a little pointier but she still maintained that super stylish winged haircut we all wanted in the 70s.

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“Ms. Marvel,” No. 1
“Ms. Marvel,” No. 10

And don’t be mistaken—the guys have had plenty of their own well poised moments.

"Logan's Run," No. 2
“Logan’s Run,” No. 2
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“Kung-Fu Fighter,” No. 2

The Toxic Avenger9

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“The Toxic Avenger,” No. 11

This was purchased for purely sentimental reasons. The Toxic Avenger was one of my husband’s favorite movies. He rented it one evening back when we were dating. Being a lot more squeamish then, I mostly just listened to the movie from behind the couch while my then boyfriend and best friend laughed at me and the dreadful movie. The scene that got to me was when the Avenger lowers a milkshake churner into a guy’s mouth that he’s filled with ice cream, which you can see here in the trailer.

If the show hadn’t ended, I would still be there, flipping through long boxes filled with the long discarded pulps from someone else’s childhood. Discovering these stories through a new format lets me relive them in a new way. The story is what I’m collecting, not the book.


1Mad Max: Fury Road – Furiosa, Vol. 1, No. 1, August 2015, DC Comics, Vertigo, writer George Miller, artists Mark Sexton, Tristan Jones, Szymon Kudranski, colorist Michael Spicer, letterer Clem Robins, cover art Tommy Lee Edwards.

2ISIS, Vol. 1, No. 1, Oct. – Nov. 1976, “Scarab—The Man Who Would Destroy,” A DC TV Comic, National Periodical Publications, Inc., writer Denny O’Neil, artists Rick Estrada and Wally Wood.

3John Carter, Warlord of Mars, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 1977, “The Air-Pirates of Mars. Chapter 1,” Marvel Comics Group, writer Marv Wolfman, artists Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum, colorist Glynis Wein, letterer Joe Rosen.

4Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1, No. 2, “Enigma of Fear,” February 1977, Marvel Comics Group, writer Gerry Conway, artists John Buscema and Joe Sinnott, colorist Don Warfield, letterer Joe Rosen.

5Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1, No. 7, “Nightmare,” July 1977, Marvel Comics Group, writer Chris Claremont, artists Jim Mooney and Joe Sinnott, colorist Don Warfield, letterer Joe Rosen.

6Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1, No. 10, “Cry, Cry Murder—Modok!”, October 1977, Marvel Comics Group, writer Chris Claremont, artists Sal Buscema and Tom Palmer, colorist Phil Rachelson, letterer John Costanza.

7Logan’s Run, Vol. 1, No. 2, February 1977, “Part Two,” Marvel Comics Group, writer David Craft, artist George Perez, colorist Klaus Janson, letterer Joe Rosen.

8Kung-Fu Fighter, Vol. 1, No. 2, June-July 1975, “A Dragon Fights Alone!”, DC, National Periodical Publications, writer Denny O’Neil, artists Jim Starlin and Alan Weiss, inker Al Milgrom.

9The Toxic Avenger, Vol. 1, No. 11, February 1992, “Nukin’ Weasels,” Marvel Comics, writer Doug Moench, artists Rod Ramos and Ual Mayerik, colorist Bob Sharen, letterer Rick Parker.

Rhonda has a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science and is a self-taught graphic designer. She considers herself a geek*wildcard because she has a little bit of experience in everything.

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