I'm choog-a-loogin' along right now in the fall of '65.
Yes, some of these issues are a chore, but it was a childhood dream of mine to read ALL the old issues. I would stare longingly at the old valuable issues the "Comic book guys" would post on the wall behind the counter, wishing I could read all of them.
I actually had been away from comics for at least 20 years, giving up on them when the price passed the adolescent budget-busting $1 thresh hold. Beginning the late 90s, I would however rush to the theater to see the latest "comic book movie." (Except Ghost Rider. I can't stand Nicholas Cage. But that's a topic for another day...)
Ironically enough, to echo Starnes and the site's "origin," it was The Walking Dead that has brought me back into the fold. After viewing the TV show's short run last fall, I wanted more and sought out the comic. That's when I discovered my local store was selling a large run of the Marvel Masterworks (At which I also stared longingly, back in the 80s) TPBs for a mere $5!
And thus a sick, neurotic compulsion was born...
I was trying to read in strict cover date chronological order until I stumbled upon the CMRO. I'm enjoying "The Order, " but I'll have to admit I'm surprised where it takes me at times. (Maybe that's the point!)
I thought I would never get to the end of the ridiculous Giant-Man run in Tales to Astonish, and I'm not convinced that Sub-Mariner is any better. I've never understood the appeal of this character...
Most of these early issues of The Avengers are indeed unbearable. What was Stan thinking with "The Teen Brigade?" And if I never have to read another thought bubble about "what a natural leader Captain America is," it will be fine with me.
enjoying the FF, ASM, XM, and hit or miss with JiM. Doctor Strange has been good, but it's been pretty "one-note" so far...
"Mordo, Mordo, Mordo!" (said like Jan Brady, natch)
I'm also thinking about dropping "Sah-rent Fury." It was good for about a dozen issues, but it's really wearing thin.
I can't express enough how cool I think this project and site is. I'm a "teacher" at high-school and I have info about the site posted on my door.