Comic Reader Résumé #6: Probation (Spring 1983)
ré·su·mé [rez-oo-mey, rez-oo-mey]
1. a summing up; summary.
2. a brief written account of personal, educational, and
professional qualifications and experience, as that prepared by an
applicant for a job.
In Comic Reader Résumé, I use Mike’s Amazing World of Comics
to travel back through time via his virtual newsstand to the genesis
point of my lifelong collecting of comics. From there, I can offer a
“work history” of my fandom through my active purchasing of (relatively)
new comic books beginning in January of 1982, when my interest in the
medium went from sporadic and unformed to routine on through compulsive
accumulation. To streamline the narrative and keep the subjects at least
remotely contemporaneous, I will not generally be discussing what we
call back issues: books bought long after their publication date.
Sometimes, I will cover a book published on a given month that I picked
up within a year or so that date, and I give myself an especially wide
berth on this aspect in the first couple of “origins” episodes. We’ll
get more rigidly on point as my memories crystallize and my “hobby”
spirals out of control into the defining characteristic of my life
(eventually outpacing squalor and competing neuroses.) It’s part
personal biography, part industry history, and admittedly totally
self-indulgent on my part.
This episode includes Captain America #281 & 283, Avengers #231, U.S. 1 #1, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #11, Batman #359, Spider-Woman #50, DC Comics’ The New Teen Titans in cooperation with The President’s Drug Awareness Campaign #2, Power Man and Iron Fist #193, Alpha Flight #1, All-Star Squadron #24, and The Saga of Crystar, Crystal Warrior #3.