Back in 1973, i was fortunate enough, at the very young age of 4, to have parents who bought me comics, which eventually accumulated into a "boatload" of comics that i had during my childhood. The first comics i remember having, were Amazing Adventures #21, Monsters on The Prowl #27, and Defenders #10 featuring Hulk vs. Thor...i was hooked!!
1974 was the year i got a lot of new comics...had 'em in my closet during my childhood. Lots of great reading! Those were the days! I had the Marvel horror and Monster reprints...comics like Vault of Evil #11 and 12 with those great looking horror covers...Monsters on the Prowl #29 was also a very memorable cover (my favorite monster cover and story). Loved the stories..."A Monster At My Window"...and "A Monster Among Us"...classics!! And how about Man-Thing #6 with that great Ploog cover! (I also had the Book and Record Set that reprinted that story, as well as the Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Monster of Frankenstein Book & Record Sets). And how about Tomb of Dracula #23 with Dracula hovering over the mansion...Amazing Adventures #26 and #27...Creatures on the Loose #29...Unknown Worlds #8 (Sinbad).
And all the Marvel superhero comics...i remember i had like 4 or 5 stacks about 1-2 feet high in my closet, by the late 70's. Favorites included Amazing Spider-Man #134...Avengers #129 and #130...Captain Marvel #35...Daredevil #112...Defenders #14 and #16...Giant-Size Fantastic Four #3...Marvel Team-Up #26 and #27...Thor #227. And the Marvel reprints...Marvel Spectacular #8 and #9...Marvel Tales #52 (classic Kingin cover reprint...with a word balloon added. I have a cover proof of that issue hanging on my wall)...Marvel Triple-Action #21...Marvel Super-Heroes #47 (classic Starlin cover)...such great covers!
And who can forget the Marvel Treasury Editions?! I had some of those too...Spectacular Spider-Man (#1), Fabulous Fantasic Four (#2)...Rampaging Hulk (#5 1975)...Superman vs. Spider-Man (1976)...
Had a few obscure comics, too...Twilight Zone #60 with a UFO cover (Whitman version).
And DC horror! Unexpected #158...100 Page Giant...with the hand coming out of the attic! Ghosts #32...Witching Hour #46 and #52...Swamp Thing #10...and #11 with the classic Luis Dominguez cover!
I didn't have much on the DC side...my parents bought me mostly Marvel superhero comics, but i did have a few DC superhero comics...and those 1974 covers were great too...Superman #280! and Action Comics #435! Ironically, those were the only two Superman comics i had during the mid 1970's, and both have Superman acting less than super on the covers. LOL
What a great time to be kid! I suppose some of you are envying me now. Is it any surprise, that i'm still visiting a local comic shop today? I haven't really collected since 1987 and don't buy many comics today, but i'm still checking out the new comics. Who can forget the squeaky sound of the spinner rack at 7-Eleven? Back when comics were sold at convenience stores, drug stores and supermarkets, along with Mad, Cracked and Crazy magazines. The 70's was the best time to be a kid, i think. There was the best variety of comics...superhero...reprints...horror...monsters. ..sci-fi...it was all there in 1974. And the covers were awesome...i mean groovy! Please excuse me, i had another nostalgia fest...still having them at age 43. Post your favorite covers from the year 1974, here! (or whatever year is your favorite).