Comics DNA

Twitter was bombarded in mid-February by #comicsDNA, and it was all Alex Segura’s fault when he tweeted:

I was alerted to the hashtag when I received a Jake Parker tweet notification:

So I couldn’t sit this one out and added my own contribution for all to see:

What I really enjoyed about this hashtag was the communities participation in sharing all of these amazing stories that have helped shape their viewpoint of the comics medium. And as I mentioned in my tweet, it was neat to see folks with similar titles displaying different covers or stories from a that title which stuck out to them.

So now a brief dip into each of the titles in my Comics DNA:

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero!

G.I. Joe #46

G.I. Joe has always existed to me. It’s the first comic I ever read, and hooked me into a larger world of heroes and villains. The Saturday morning cartoon didn’t hurt either. Or the toys. But the comics were the foundation. It made me love ninjas, clans, blood brothers, silent masters, men in helmets or masks, and badass ladies who kicked butt. It also illustrated the ability to have interesting characters no matter the amount of page/panel time.

The Untold Legend of the Batman

I’m not sure where or when I received this story but it was a paperback sized book, and my first exposure to The Batman. Then Batman ’66 reruns on The Family Channel, and then Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989.

The Uncanny X-Men

Uncanny X-Men #280

This is one of the first issues of X-Men that I possess. Look at that price…$1.00. It was a captivating cover, and mine is holding on for dear life.

This is a Shadow King story, written by Fabian Nicieza, set on Muir Island while Cyclops is part of X-Factor? What was I thinking when I first read this story? I don’t know. but this is a Jim Lee cover and interiors were drawn by Steven Butler and Andy Kubert. Kubert and Lee were very influential in my early art years.

Calvin and Hobbes

There’s not much that I can add that hasn’t already been said about Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes strip. I was crushed when I heard it was ending. Calvin, Hobbes and I had daily meetings in the newspaper cartoon section. The Sunday strips were a special time because we could go on an adventure in color!

My brother and I started buying the collections. The Revenge of the Baby-Sat was the first of those. The next one, Something Under the Bed is Drooling, traveled with me to school many times during the eighth grade. I accidentally left it on the windowsill in the boys bathroom one time, and much to my dismay it had been either placed in the sink with water run over it. That made me pretty sad, but I salvaged that book and still have it in my collection, warped pages and all.

So what is in your comics DNA? What sparked your creative passion?