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I have been into comic books for nearly thirty years. It all started in 1983. In 1983, Star Wars was shown on HBO for the first time. Watching Star Wars on HBO was a big deal. It was the first time you could see Star Wars since it had been in the movie theaters years earlier. Remember this was before DVDs, and even before everything was released on VHS. Our family didn't have cable...cable wasn't even available in our neighborhood. But we were invited by some family acquaintances to come over and watch. After watching Star Wars, us kids were left to our own devices in the 'play room' while the adults enjoyed some alcoholic beverages.
There was a pool table and various stuffed animals, but after a few rounds of trying to smash each others fingers with pool balls I became bored. Looking around I found a shoe box. Inside was a pile of comic books...they looked ancient to my eyes (later I realized they were just a year or two old, but had been treated rough). They weren't the best comics - a mix of mostly crappy Marvel and DC: Red Sonya, Conan, Green Arrow, Silver Surfer, Aquaman, and Fantastic Four (some of these might have actually been decent but all were in the middle of a story line so it was hard to know what was going on).
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This began an obsession that lasted about 15 years (one dorky obsession of many). I was never a huge collector, but would gladly read whatever I could get my hands on (which wasn't much considering were we lived). It wasn't about the money for me, it was about the stories, characters, and art. It was a simple enough hobby, but one that helped me down the road to dorkdom and relating way too much to The Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons. It is a hobby that still calls to me although I feel much differently about it these days. It is a hobby that I probably spent way too much money on. It is a hobby that I still see the impacts upon my life so many years later...but more comic stories later, this was just about the very beginning and how Star Wars made me a dork in more ways than one.