Chris Eckert is back with a new installment of his monthly 5-10-15-20 column for Funnybook Babylon. This is a real trip down memory lane for me. Some quick thoughts:
5 Years Ago: Terrible comics. JMS’ Thor, Meltzer’s JLA, Johns’ Action Comics, Loeb’s Wolverine. Sigh.
10 Years Ago: I wasn’t reading comics, but there were some gems of the Jemas/Quesada era - X-Statix, Captain America: Red, White & Blue. On the DC side, there was…. Automatic Kafka? Y: The Last Man? People like those.
15 Years Ago: Yeah, wasn’t reading then either. I have gone back to read Quantum & Woody and Transmetropolitan, both of which are classics in my personal comic book canon.
20 Years Ago: Unfortunately, I’ve purchased all of these comics, many of which are rotting in a long box at my mom’s house (still haven’t gotten around to tossing them).
25 Years Ago: Here’s the stuff. Kraven’s Last Hunt, Byrne’s increasingly weird run on DC’s Superman titles, the beginning of Marshal Law and the end of Watchmen.
30/40 Years Ago: Reprints of these books made me fall in love with comics. Kirby on Captain America. Claremont and MacLeod’s first New Mutants GN. Byrne’s Fantastic Four. And best of all, O’Neil/Adams’ Batman. I think this might be my favorite era of Batman.