Post by Slam_Bradley on Sept 14, 2020 13:07:55 GMT -5
Ben is absolutely right about a lot of the art, particularly in the "Bronze Age" looking better in black & white. Colan, as Scott mentioned, but also Heath, Kurbert, most of the Filipino artists, etc.
While I didn't have a huge amount of access to the various Index's as they were sold only mail-order, I had a somewhat similar experience with the Overstreet Price Guide. They opened up a world of comics and creators that I could never have imagined otherwise. The first one I got was the 1980 edition with Cap, Sub-Mariner and the original Torch on the cover. The next was the real eye-opener dedicated to L.B. Cole and comics I'd never have otherwise seen or known of.
The return of Jean Grey didn't have quite the same effect on me as it did on RR. It did, however, lead me to not buy any Marvel comics for the better part of a decade. And while I'd stopped reading X-Men well before that time, I felt betrayed by the return of Jean Grey because the story of her death was so powerful. That was one of my steps in reading comics in very different way than I had before. I've still never read an issue of X-Factor and likely never will (since I'll almost certainly never make it that far in my MU reviews).
I bought Hellblazer #1 at the comic shop I frequented while an undergrad in Boise. While it wasn't completely a "turning point" comic it did lead to one in Gaiman's Sandman. Those books definitely changed how I read and bought comics.
To repeat some of what I said in the comments section of Crimebuster's channel...
Really enjoyed this. There's a lot of overlap in the Venn diagram of my comics and RR's. Tintin, check-first discovered it in a American kid's magazine in the 70s that had a Chris Reeve Superman cover (was it Children's Digest, I can't remember). Druillett. Love his stuff.Big fan of Lone Sloane, his Heavy Metal/Metal Hurlant stuff and yes Delirius (and I am an even bigger fan of Moebius). Conan-huge REH fan. And more from his list.. And as for Finder. Simply AMAZING book. There was still new Finder material coming out as of a couple years ago in the last incarnation of Dark Horse Presents, I am not sure if that stuff has been collected yet.
I have that Conan index now, but like CB, it was Who's Who that had that kind of effect on me, and the Official Index of the Justice League of America (which I bought the first issue of because it had a Perez cover) which lead me down a rabbit hole of SA DC which I had almost zero experience of at the time.
Watched it with dinner tonight--very enjoyable conversation.
A question for Roquefort Raider : How carefully were those Eclipso digests edited? Would you ever get the first part of a story and the rest was never printed?
No, Artima was pretty good at maintaining the integrity of stories (even the multi-parters). In fact, I found that some material found in the digests had been removed from Marvel's own reprints (in the case of the Warlock saga reprinted in the back pages of Fantasy Masterpieces).
The digests would sometimes skip things like recaps if they hurt the story's flow, but that didn't happen often.
Something that looked a little odd at times is that to accommodate the different formats, some additional art sometimes had to be added to fill out the borders of certain individual images. (Artima produced its own original material, too, and I assume their artists took care of such fine-tuning).
Watching this again, and I have to say I love Roquefort Raider's discussion of how Alix influenced the way he played as a child, and how that play influenced his imagination. I really haven't given enough thought to this in my own life. Very thought provoking!