Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Comic Reader Résumé Podcast #18

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(January 1986)

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ré·su·mé [rez-oo-mey, rez-oo-mey] noun 1. a summing up; summary. 2. a brief written account of personal, educational, and professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an applicant for a job.
In Comic Reader Résumé, I use Mike’s Amazing World of Comics to travel back through time via his virtual newsstand to the genesis point of my lifelong collecting of comics. From there, I can offer a “work history” of my fandom through my active purchasing of (relatively) new comic books beginning in January of 1982, when my interest in the medium went from sporadic and unformed to routine on through compulsive accumulation. To streamline the narrative and keep the subjects at least remotely contemporaneous, I will not generally be discussing what we call back issues: books bought long after their publication date. Sometimes, I will cover a book published on a given month that I picked up within a year or so that date, and I give myself an especially wide berth on this aspect in the first couple of “origins” episodes. We’ll get more rigidly on point as my memories crystallize and my “hobby” spirals out of control into the defining characteristic of my life (eventually outpacing squalor and competing neuroses.) It’s part personal biography, part industry history, and admittedly totally self-indulgent on my part.

This episode includes Batman and the Outsiders #32, Blue Devil #23, Elfquest #9, Elvira's House of Mystery #2, Fury of Firestorm #46, G.I. Joe a Real American Hero #46, Incredible Hulk #318, Marvel Saga: the Official History of the Marvel Universe #5, The All New, All Daring Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #113, The Punisher #4, Secret Origins #1, Star Wars Droids #1, Uncanny X-Men #204, X-Factor #3, and more!

“Transcripts” Batman, Blue Devil, DC Comics, Elvira, Firestorm, G.I. Joe, He-Man, House of Mystery, Hulk, Marvel Comics, Masters of the Universe, The Outsiders, Punisher, Secret Origins, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Superman, X-Factor, X-Men, Comic Reader Résumé

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