Continuing a look back at my first exposure to a number of rock 'n' roll acts and superheroes (or other denizens of print or periodical publication), some of which were passing fancies, and some of which I went on to kinda like. They say you never forget your first time; that may be true, but it's the subsequent visits--the second time, the fourth time, the twentieth time, the hundredth time--that define our relationships with the things we cherish. Ultimately, the first meeting is less important than what comes after that. But every love story still needs to begin with that first kiss.
Hmmm. Marvel's jungle-hero Tarzan knock-off first appeared in Marvel Comics # 1 in 1939, but dates back even farther to pre-comics pulp magazines. I probably saw Ka-Zar in an issue of X-Men some time in the '60s...I guess? I definitely remember seeing ol' Ka-Zar's first Silver Age solo appearance in Marvel Super-Heroes # 19 in 1969. I had a coverless copy of that--which is a damned shame, because Jack Kirby's stunning cover would turn out to be my favorite part!
KID COLT, OUTLAW
No idea, I'm afraid. I went through a period where I was soakin' up reprints of Marvel's cowboy gunfighter heroes--The Rawhide Kid, The Two-Gun Kid, and Kid Colt, Outlaw--with a ferocious appreciation nearly the equal of my rabid devotion to superheroes. But I have no recollection of where I started.
My first exposure to George Herriman's classic characters Krazy Kat, Ignatz Mouse, and Offisa Pupp came not via comic strips, but in TV reruns of the Krazy Kat cartoons. The cartoons were included in The Little Rascals TV package, which mixed Our Gang shorts with cartoons starring Krazy Kat, Snuffy Smith, and a host of other once-popular characters slipping out of the pop public consciousness in the late '60s and very early '70s.
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