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First Comic You Ever Read

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Most likely asked before but what the heck.

What is the first comic you ever read as a child (or adult if you started off late in life)?

Mine was Bobo Bunny but not sure for how long as I quickly went over to The Dandy and The Beano.
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Rainbow and Thomas the Tank Engine. Both were nursery titles with stories in the illustration with a caption underneath style, rather than using speech bubbles. My older brother was buying the Beano at one point, which is how I got into it. I've now been buying the Beano for 16 years.

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For me, I had been reading a lot of U.S. humour titles (Road Runner, Tweety and Sylvester, Casper and so on) since the late 1960's at age three from my brother's collection

Then in around 1972, I had read IPC's Disneyland magazine, and Donald and Mickey

The first U.K. comic title I read was in 1974 (which was Whoopee!)

I have a timeline of what I read on my comics archive page here
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Playhour.

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I really can't remember, but I suspect it was Harold Hare's Own Paper (i.e. I know I read HHOP, but I'm not sure whether it was my first comic). I doubt whether it was my choice, I suppose my mum chose it for me.

I believe that, like Cheeky in the 70s, Harold Hare graduated from being a strip in an earlier comic (Sun) into his own title (in 1954). I don't think Harold featured on as many pages per issue in his comic as Cheeky did in Cheeky Weekly, though.

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My cousin bought Warlord and Battle, and I would read those when I visited. But the first comic I ever bought myself and read every week was 2000ad. Then Starlord (if I had enough pocket money - it was expensive!) and Krazy comic.

I'd also buy Whizzer, Whoopee and Buster regularly, but I came to the Beano and Dandy fairly late via a collection of annuals I was given around 1980. One of which - The Beano Book 1962 - is easily the best and most read comic book I've ever owned, and it was published 10 years before I was born! It's a work of art...how we got from that level of genius to the current glossy, full colour but ultimately empty annuals is a mystery to me.....[/grumble]
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So long ago, I really can't remember and I've racked my brain, what's left of it. But the mention of Harold Hare rings a bell. Being nuts about comics from a very early age, I read lots and it occurs to me that when I say read, I don't mean bought and now I'm not sure if the ABC figures, which reflect sales aren't being confused with readership, because, as a rule of thumb with newspapers, readership is roughly 3.5 to 4 times sales and, although I can't back this up, is higher for comics. Sorry, a bit off topic.
However the most important comic in my early years was a Frew Phantom from a newsagent in Crail - it had a profound impact on me. One which has stayed to this day as I remain a firm Phan. I was very young and those old Frew covers were, to me at any rate, very dramatic.

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I still own the very first comic I ever had. I didn't particularly look after it back in those days, so the cover's a bit loose and torn, but it's all there. It's a copy of The Beano.

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I may have had some stray nursery comic handed to me in my infancy, but I don't remember.

As far as I'm concerned, where it all started was when i was in a second hand book shop with my dad (I don't remember which one or where, but probably in Shrewsbury), and encountering two 1970s annuals- a Dandy one and I think a Dan Dare one.
They fascinated me and I think I persuaded my dad to buy them. Though if so I've no idea what happened to them as I surely didn't have them very long. I expect I was so rough with them they had to be thrown out. This would have been 1985 or 1986 I suppose, and me seven-ish. All I remember about them is being quite disconcerted by the sight of Desperate Dan playing soccer (!) with loads of bandages on his head and feet. I now know this would have been the Dandy annual 1977, as I eventually bought it again.

When I spotted my best friend at school reading the weekly Dandy ("so it's still going? as a weekly comic?") some time afterwards, it didn't take long for me to get my parents to get me the Dandy every week too, starting late 1986.
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Being it was 1969, I don't remember much about Bobo Bunny except possibly the front cover. Which tells me that I wasn't keen on it. I may even had only a couple of issues before abandoning.

Now my second comic, The Dandy, was a different matter. The first story I remember from it was Black Bob. A story which I never re-read until I purchased some early Dandys recently. And you know what? The story is as good today as it was then. :D
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The first comic I have distinct memories of reading was 'Joe 90 Top Secret', especially for the 'Star Trek' strip. I even recall the adventure now (having been able to get the issues again) where wraith like aliens attack crew members doing repairs on the exterior of the Enterprise. I think my interest was due to the series first being shown on British television at the time (from the summer of 1969), and I would have been four, approaching five...

:oops:

From then on I must have migrated to the second series of TV21, as I got that weekly until the Anderson and SF content disappeared, and got 'Countdown' instead, with the occasion jump to 'Look-in' on and off throughout the 1970s.

I have an inkling I may have got 'Thunder' for a period as well but have no distinct recollections of any strips in it, except... was 'Black Max' in it? A World War One airplane adventure?

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I'm pretty sure it was the Beano. The family moved to England for a few years when I was five, and my granda back home in Belfast, who used to subscribe to the Sunday Post from Scotland for The Broons and Oor Wullie, posted a copy of the Beano for me every week, and then later added the Beezer for my younger brother. So it's his fault.

I devoured Tintin from the age of six when I discovered the books in my local library. I can also remember reading the odd superhero comic around then - some original American ones like the Invaders and Nova when I could get them, and British reprints as well - I have a very clear memory of Lockjaw from the Eternals in one of those landscape-format black-and-white reprints, and I also remember not really understanding it and finding it a bit scary. Then back to Belfast in time for 2000AD to get started. My brother preferred Warlord.
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Almost imposible to remember as at the time do many comics and cant recall many nursery titles which I assume would have been the first ones I read - I do remember reading Harold Hare, the Beano and buying Wham comic - so one of them (but probably in reality it was Playhour)

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Bimbo and/or Playhour

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I used to get Jack and Jill 'till about 1975. I broke my leg in '77 and whilst in the hospital waiting room, picked up a copy of Buster and Monster Fun. I read it and laughed, and my Mum said she could get it every week for me. The rest is history, I was 7 then, and Buster was delivered to our house every week until 1983. I often wondered if I would have got into comics so much if i hadn't broken my leg that day?
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