Sunday, March 28, 2021

Superman, how I loved you.

     


A question was asked about Comic Books recently: Which is/was your favorite comic series?  With all the Marvel Comic movies capturing audiences and making big bucks, that is a good question.

Peter Pan was my hero until I hit age ten.  “Superman” had been a favored television show, which I watched unfailingly.  He almost threw Peter Pan off the throne, until George Reeve’s sudden and questioned death.


Peter Pan was back in my imagination, until something happened to me at age ten.  I did not know why the change happened (hormones), but Superman was in my head and kicked Peter Pan out.

That might also have something to do with the availability of Comic Books in the Benjamin Franklin 5-and-dime.  Superman was about hand level for me and cost about five cents.  Every first comic in the row had been thumbed to a fare-thee-well, with kid-sized finger prints covering in page.

Although I did not technically get an allowance (on a farm, kids were free labor), my mother did give me a quarter for my own shopping pleasure once a week at the big town fifteen miles from the farm.

At first five cents bought an un-thumbed copy (from the back) of comic book, Superman!!, then it moved up to 10 cents. That left me enough to buy fifteen cents worth of chocolate at the candy counter, which I finished on the way home.
I successfully hid my stash of Superman comics from my brothers, since they were disrespectful swine who had already destroyed my first five comics.  I had quite a collection hidden away, until I returned from an hour long visit with a neighbor, and found my collection torn and shredded all over the yard.

My brothers waited for sister-explosion, but none came.  What was, was.

This was posted back in 2015, 2019, and 2020.

1958  My siblings: Robert, Don, and me; Mary 2 yr. old, and Bill 4 yrs. old. The boys grew up to be decent adults. My sister was always a marvelous person. 

33 comments:

  1. We devoured comic books. Whatever we could get our hands on. Superman was a definite favorite. Little Lulu was a good one too.

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    1. My husband was a collector. Loved Dr. Strange and Thor.

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  2. I read any and all comics, used and new and anyone i could get my hands on. I read Superman, but Tarzan was my favorite, in books, comics, any thing. I loved all the cartoon type with Bugs Bunny and all those types and Archie and Veronca and all the Love Comics.. we had a 12 hour drive to go from Ky to GA twice a year which i hated and mother would buy 10 for a dollar and they were read and re read over and over. my brother cared nothing for comic books.

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  3. I'm old enough to remember when comic books cost 12 cents. (I think the 2 cents difference in Canada was due to our lower value currency). In terms of superhero comics, I read a ton of Superman and Batman comics as a kid. For some reason, DC comics seemed to be more prevalent in Canadian stores than Marvel comics in those days. Must have been a distribution rights thing. However, now I am a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The DC movies are okay but nowhere near as good. They take themselves too seriously, I think.

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  4. My first comic- it might have been a Superman, though I had been gifted a few Avengers- was bought the last week before it went from 12 to 15 cents.

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  5. Some of those comics might have been worth something today. You should seek repayment for the destruction of property in today's dollars. Revenge is a dish best served cold ;)

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  6. Those nasty boys! I read any and all I could ! Batman was. My fav though,,

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  7. I loved comics like Beano and Whizzer & Chips growing up. Very British comics!

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    1. I loved those English comics. We always bought weekly Judy and Mandy comics when we lived in Ireland.

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  8. We never had comic books, just books. Brothers are pests.

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  9. Growing up with 4 brothers I feel your pain! Mine also grew up to be wonderful adults. I actually had more problems with my sister who is also a fabulous person and my best friend now! Comics weren't something I was ever into but my hubby loved them and all the movies today are his favorites too. I wonder if any of those destroyed comics would be worth money today?

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    1. I don't think so. My husband had some early editions of Thor he bought on his way to visit me (on the farm). My brother used it as a flyswatter.

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  10. Loved comic books, especially Superman. I cannot imagine seeing my 'funny' books torn up. I don't remember when they started calling them by their name 'comic books' they were always funny books in my youth.
    I was in heaven when we moved to Albemarle NC and the news stand had used comics on sale 2 for a nickel.
    I also traded funny books.
    Sending good thoughts your way for the hand!
    Sherry & jack

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  11. They shredded your comic collection?? That is a horrible, horrible, mean thing to do. Why on earth would anyone do such a thing? just because they could? Just to upset you? I don't understand such an action at all.
    I used to read Archie and Jughead comics, also Richie Rich, Little Lotta and Casper, The Friendly Ghost. Superman too, but not so much.

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    1. I was pretty much a superhero person. Maybe it was a flying thing.

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  12. P.S. Did your parents do nothing?

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    1. Nad, as long as I wasn't hurt or hurt them.

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  13. Growing up, all of us kids liked comic books. My favorite was Archie, Veronica and Betty. I saved up my pennies (I got a dime a week and sometimes an extra two cents from an uncle that visited). Young entrepreneurs on the block where I lived would buy and sell comics on the corner. These ten year olds would set up a card table and lay the comics out and business was brisk. I am sure they later became Wall Street tycoons. Today, kids on corners are selling different items. I am so glad that I was born back then.

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  14. These comics were translated and available in Sweden, at least some of them. But I can't remember ever reading them. I remember books, the library, but not comic books. Superman, may be the only comic book hero I was aware of. He was one of them, right?

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  15. My favourite hero was Ketchup Man. He would appear at a posh restaurant from nowhere and put tomato ketchup on peoples' food; like lobster thermidor, duck confit, beef tartare and other amuse-bouche.

    God bless.

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    1. My husband auditioned for that, but he didn't consume enough ketchup to qualify.

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  16. I remember watching Superman all those years ago. It came back in the 70s on cable tv. Comic books weren't something I was into.

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    1. We lived in a farm community, away from towns. Comics were essential for mental health.

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