- The first comic I can recall purchasing with my own money is Action Comics #495. The story is one that should've been written/published about ten years earlier because it was pretty silly compared to just about everything else DC, much less Marvel, was publishing at the time. Still, I wouldn't mind seeing a return appearance of Gnmod.
- For some reason, I have never been able to track down a copy of The New Warriors #61. I have an otherwise complete run of the series.
- The very first check I wrote was made out to Mile High Comics. I believe I bought several Marvel Two-in-Ones.
- The hallway leading to our bedroom has two commissioned pieces of original art, both cartoon-ized portraits of the S.O. and me. One is by Frank Page and the other is by Alex Heberling.
- I once wrote a letter to Marvel complaining about the artwork in Marvel Tales compared to Spectacular Spider-Man. I was too young to realize that Marvel Tales was just a reprint book. I was also too young to appreciate that I was comparing Ed Hannigan to Steve Ditko.
- I like Marvin and Wendy more than Zan and Jayna.
- My ex-wife made me get rid of Grendel: Devil Child. They creeped her out so much that she couldn't stand them even being in the house.
- Remember the After Dark screensavers from the 1980s? Flying Toasters and all that? They had a licensed Marvel version which I was quite fond of. My favorite of that collection was the Beast hopping around the Danger Room.
- Alphabetically, the very last comic in my collection is Zot! #36.
- I first read Watchmen as the individual pamphlet issues as they came out. At the time, I was still discovering all the different things that could be done with comics and comic storytelling so, while I realized that Watchmen was different, I didn't have good appreciation of how different it was from everything else. It was very new and fresh to me, but so was just about everything else I read at the time.
Ten Random Kleefeld Facts
in a while, so here are ten random facts about me related to comic books...