When I was young, I couldn’t get enough of comic strips like Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes. On top of that, The Far Side, Peanuts, and Family Circle were also favourites of mine.
As for comic books, I was aware of the Big Two, but my first comic purchase was an Archie comic book. I lived for those Archie comics digests you could purchase in the grocery or convenience store.
As I got older and into my teens, I still read Archie. Sure, my buddies were reading stuff like Batman and Spider-Man but for some reason I stuck with Archie.
It was until I was in my 30’s that I bought my first Detective Comic. Now, having said that, that wasn’t the first time I read a Big Two title. My folks had given me different titles over the years like Fantastic Four, Superman, and Spider-Man. I also have 7 of 8 of the “Funeral for a Friend” series, although I don’t remember how I came to acquire them.
I really didn’t start collecting comics until i was in my mid 30’s and even then it was mostly Big Two because that’s what I knew. And then I picked up my first Image Comic and my fantasy universe expanded exponentially.
Wait a Second – Aren’t you 39, Aren’t you Too Old for Comics?
Honestly, this is not a question I get a lot; most of the people I chill with love comics too. But a number of people I do chat with have been ostracized for being comic-lovers before it was cool.
As an aside, that bothers me, I know people who were bullied for enjoying comics and now that it’s cool many bullies have jumped onto the nerd bandwagon; not cool, not cool at all.
As for the question, aren’t you too old for comics? The answer is no, you’re never too old for comics.
I love comic books because they have the ability to bridge the gap between generations. In addition to me. my wife and kids all read comics. And even if we enjoy different titles, we all love them for the same reasons.
There’s the artwork that inspires us to emulate our favourite artists. The writing encourages us to write stories on our own. But most of all, we love talking about our books and why we love the stories so much.
I love how much comics bring our family together, all eight of us.
Not that I feel like I owe people an explanation, but there it is. Take it for what’s worth.
Stressed? Bored? Grab a Comic and Have a Seat
Reading comic books is a wonderful way to escape, even if it’s just for 15 minutes. Most people who watch TV, go to the theatre, or a sporting event all go for the same reason: It’s an escape from every day stresses.
Comics aren’t any different. As for me, I love nothing more than sitting and just relaxing with a comic. I don’t have to leave the house; I don’t have to worry about waking people up.
Comics are Still Evolving
Comic creators are no different than any other artist when it comes to taking on sensitive topics within society.
Since the beginning, comics have been used as a way to bring awareness to people. To be sure, comics have also been used to spread propaganda but more often than not, they are tools of satire and reflect our society, even if we don’t like what we see.
One thing that comics have struggled with, and continue to struggle with, is diversity. That is to say, the comic industry is still very much a white man’s domain but things are changing.
People write what they know—what they think they know anyway—and we end up with a cadre of white male superheroes. Even today, comics still struggle with this but there thankfully a few trailblazers have inspired others.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not hating on the creators of old. The truth is comics are not nearly as diverse as they could be, but it is changing, slowly, but it is changing. And we’ll all be better for it.
Back to the Original Question – Too Old For Comics?
No, I don’t believe you can be too old for comics.
Comics aren’t just superheroes in spandex. They are a fantastic way to bond with your family and friends; they’re inspirational; and they will always have a place in the pantheon of art and entertainment.
Why do you love comics? What was your first comic? Tell us!