Maybe not that suddenly, but over the last six months or so, I've found my opinion of pre-Crisis DC changing quite a bit. It used to be that I couldn't read anything prior to mid to late 80s without being put off by the slang, or purple prose, or simple logic in plotting or the art. But in the last few months, that's changed. And I'm not entirely sure why, though I have some ideas.
A number of years ago, probably late 90s, I was unhappy about the fate of Hal Jordan so I started buying back issues of his series. Never read them at the time, just bought them and put them away "to read later". A few months ago, I got the notion in my head to read them in order despite the gaps. And all of the criticisms I'd previously had of Bronze and Silver age comics still applied, but oddly enough I didn't really care. The goofy stuff amused me, while the comic nerd part of my brain enjoyed filling in Hal Jordan's history with the actual issues. (I'm still amused by the Crumbler as name for a Green Lantern villain).
Those must have been the gateway drug, because not too long ago I ran across the Golden Age Flash archives in the half price section of my local comic shop and bought it. And I saw that the entire run of Golden Age All-Star exists in Archive format, so I have my eye on those in future. What did I pick up today? The Flash Chronicles, vol. 4, because I wanted to finally read "The Flash of Two Worlds".
Now it doesn't all work for me. My local library has the Batman and Superman chronicles, and while I like Superman's early character as this socially conscious thug (seriously, what else can you classify him as?), the art is off-putting to some extent. And Batman doesn't take all that many issues to go from dark and creepy to wearing bright blue and wisecracking at the thugs. "Quiet, or poppa spank!"
But it's interesting to me how comics I couldn't really stand before have become so enjoyable to me, and in such a short time. Part of it may be a reaction against the bleakness and changes I've found in the New 52. I'm only buying Green Lantern now, I've dropped everything else. So that's one factor. Another is certainly filling in the gaps in a character's history, even if it no longer "counts" for the New 52 versions. And part of it is no doubt that these old comics are often fun, something I'm not getting much of in modern DC. This isn't meant to be a New 52 complain thread by the way, but the contrast is worth noting. How many of DC's current books are simply fun to read? Batman 66 hit the spot, and I wouldn't have given it a second look six months ago.
I'm 42 by the way, so I'm just about in the age range DC is apparently aiming for these days. And yet the older, simpler comics have become more appealing. Anyone else have this experience? Anyone else have a poor opinion of old books, and then change over time?