I’ve read my older brother’s comics for a while before I started to pick them up, but my first comic that I owned and paid for myself was Amazing Spider-Man #267, I was about 10 years old. A kid brought the issue into school and there were women wearing bikinis sun bathing on a roof. Raging hormones!
It was written by Peter David and I didn’t realize this for years even after he became my favorite writer. PAD started it all.
After that I stayed with Amazing Spider-Man but went for more light hearted stuff that was right / more appropriate for my age. Spider-Ham #2 was my second issue. Since I read a lot of my older brother’s comics I was able to follow most of the jokes! Then Muppet Babies and Droids off of Marvel’s S.T.A.R. line. Donald Duck was my favorite cartoon character so I picked up his comic and discovered Carl Barks, Al Taliaferro and a little later, Don Rosa.
When I got into Robotech I picked up the comic based on my favorite part, New Generation.
Now if I go into the stuff I read from my brother’s comics, before and after actually buying one I wouldn’t know where to begin. Secret Wars, Secret Wars 2, Uncanny X-Men, the Dark Knight Returns, Marvel’s Star Wars comic, etc., etc., etc. He even collected the old Marvel Universe books which probably kicked off my passion for continuity! I read every issue cover to cover. :china:
It’s funny that my brother started me out on the hobby (well, that and raging hormones lol) and he doesn’t buy comics anymore. He moved on to collecting records since he’s a deejay now. I do own most of his old comics now in 4 large white boxes. My own collection far eclipses that. I have like 20 + white boxes now and still growing.