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neelie-hm said: Hi I wanted to start collecting and reading comics but i have no idea where to start. i go into comic book stores and just completely lost with all the different versions.
I know what you mean. Even with so much new technology and ways to explore it all, its really not as easy as it used to be. Various universes, realities, and just different takes on iconic characters can be overwhelming. Of course, it makes it more confusing when shows like Arrow and films like Avengers showcase characters that aren’t exactly reflective of their original source material, i.e., they’re different :p
I remember the first time I sought out a particular comic book on my own, an X-Men comic, since the The Animated Series was huge in the early 90’s. There was a Thrifty’s in walking distance from my school, and they had a rack of Marvel, DC, and Disney comic books. I found X-Men #15. By that time I had been collecting Superman, Batman and Donald Duck comics with my brother, but these heroes seemed so different from the lot, and had a bigger cast than those of the cartoon show.I couldn’t wait for the following issue.
Head to your local comics shop and look around. There is something for everybody out there, past and present. Good luck!
Anonymous said: Hi! I was wondering of you could help me out. If I wanted to read some Spider-Man comics, where should I start? With all the different versions and series I'm not sure where to begin, can you help?
Not long ago I stopped cold turkey my Spider-Man collecting with the recent years-long Superior Spider-Man storyarc (in which Doc Ock takes over Peter Parker’s body). That series just wrapped up and in its place began a new Amazing Spider-Man series by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos which had a brand-spankin’ new #1 issue drop last week. Again I didn’t bother with the Superior story, but with this new direction I felt the time was right to see how mah boi Parker was going about his business, considering he has no memory from his time “dead” and what Octavius had done with his persona.
For new Spidey tales, the monthly Amazing Spider -Man (vol.3) #1 is a good start.
Now, for past classics, here is a list which I hope helps. These are SOME my picks, so if you check ‘em out and end up loathing what you read, please blame me! These stories are from the “regular” continuity and are collected in trade paperback:
Spider-Man: Blue by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
Peter Parker: Spider-Man by Paul Jenkins and Mark Buckingham
Spectacular Spider-Man by Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos
Amazing Spider-Man by J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita Jr.
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man by Peter David and Mike Weiringo
The Death of Gwen Stacy by Gerry Conway and John Romita Sr.
Kraven’s Last Hunt by J. M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck
The Death of Jean DeWolff by Peter David and Rich Buckler
Maximum Carnage by various creators
Marvel Team-Up by Chris Claremont and John Byrne
Spider-Man/Human Torch by Dan Slott and Ty Templeton
Untold Tales of Spider-Man by Kurt Busiek and Pat Olliffe
—Ask for these tales at your local comics shop!