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My grandmother died in July, and I suppose I'm only now starting to come out of the grief of it. Note: "starting to," meaning I'm still grieving- it hasn't stopped yet. That's probably partly due to the fact my mom, aunt and I (but mostly my mom and aunt, due to my work schedule) have been sorting through multiple storage units of my grandmother's stuff, ever since. In among all that stuff, I knew there were some comics I had given grandma. I had been waiting for them to turn up, and they finally did so today. My mom handed them to me just a couple of hours ago, not long after I got home from work (yes, I'm old enough that my mother lives with me). I almost choked up a little.

Grandma liked Mandrake the Magician as a child, and has always liked Superman, thus the selections you see above. She also liked Flash Gordon, and I had several collected volumes of that for her, but her eyesight had gotten too bad to read the small print of them, before I was able to move back to my home state to give them to her (I couldn't bring myself to trust them to shipping).

Honestly, I had forgotten that I had given her the first issue of the Superman & Batman: Generations mini-series. Upon seeing it again though, I remember explaining the premise of an Elseworlds to her, and telling her that if she liked it, I could get the other issues for her, or a collected edition. I know she read them all, because I had put them in mylar sleeves for her, and they were put back on backwards and/or upside down lol...

God, I miss her...

So...I'm crying quite unexpectedly now, and I've run out of things to say, though I thought I had more. I just wanted to get this out there, I suppose...

In the long pauses indicated by those elipses, I just came to a realization: grandma is the only person in the family that ever really showed any kind of interest in my interest in comics. The rest just tolerated it and shook their heads at my collector fervor. Grandma would actually read some of them, and tell me about the ones she liked as a kid. I think she also liked The Phantom (I know that I did).

I think that might be why I took to old movie serials like I did- watching them made me feel a little closer to her, because I imagined how she might have watched them, when she was younger. I don't know if she did or not, really, but it's a nice thought. I know she watched the black-and-white Superman TV show, with George Reeves.

Liking comics was something that surprised me about grandma, because she was so no-nonsense about everything else. I mean, she absolutely despised The Three Stooges! (It's okay though- my dad loves them, so I did too as a kid, although their charm has worn off a little for me now.)

So now I get to read these trades (and the single issue of Generations [although I have the TPB somewhere, myself]) and while reading, I'll wonder how grandma liked them, and wonder how she reacted to them, and how many times she read them, or if it was only once each.

And oh. my. God. I am going to miss her.

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#2 Posted by i_like_swords (22920 posts) - - Show Bio

The bond you shared with your Grandma sounds really strong. It's a really unique but lovely common interest you and her shared - liking comics. I come onto comic vine because nobody in the real world didn't really talk to me about comics. I really envy that you had someone as special as her to share that interest with. I don't have any advice to give, but I'm really sorry about your loss, and I'm happy that you have some great memories to look back on. There will come a day when you can look back and read those comics with a smile on your face instead of tears. Until then, stay strong for her. She'd want you to continue to live happily and keep on reading all of your favourite comics, which I know you'll do. Was pretty brave of you to share this online, so I commend you for that. I wish you luck for the future, man.

#3 Posted by cbishop (9987 posts) - - Show Bio

@i_like_swords: Thanks. Wasn't really looking for advice, just grieving out to speak. I appreciate the thought though- sincerely.

I read those comics with a smile on my face now. The tears came with the blog lol. ;)

I was just commenting on real world reactions to comics on this thread- you should stop by. :)

#4 Posted by Liberty (9577 posts) - - Show Bio

My grandfather died in 2010. It seems like yesterday. I miss him terribly. Write your memories of her when you can. Pass those memories down so a part of her stays alive.

#5 Posted by cbishop (9987 posts) - - Show Bio

@liberty: Thanks, Liberty, much appreciated. :)

#6 Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k (5458 posts) - - Show Bio

She had a good taste.

I wasn`t close with neither of grandmas. Liked the one who didn`t die before I got old enough to remmeber stuff, though.

#7 Posted by cbishop (9987 posts) - - Show Bio

@kfhrfdu_89_76k: Both of my grandfathers died before I hit double digits, so I remember them, but I didn't really know them. So my grandmothers were it, as far as grandparents. This one was my last living grandparent, so her passing was even a little more painful. And yeah, she had good taste- she was awesome. :)