Favorite childhood characters
These are some of the characters I remember the most.
These are some of the characters I remember the most.
My favorite hero growing up, and still my favorite today. I always wanted to be Batman. My parents let me watch reruns of the old Adam West and Burt Ward show. I even had these black batman shoes with many little bat logos all over them. I remember I kept the shoe box to store all my Batman stuff. I didn't have a lot, but what I did have, I treasured.
I remember when the '89 film came out, my parents didn't let me go see it. I was still probably too small for it, but I was mad because one of my buddies got to see it.
Still following Batman today.
If Batman was my favorite, He-Man was a close second. I always enjoyed sword and sorcery type stories.
Looking back on the popular TV show, it seems pretty tame by today's standards. But the show was actually pretty groundbreaking for how much violence it actually showed. Even still, He-Man rarely used his power sword for combat - often choosing to settle conflict with his fists or by throwing someone. I remember how at the end of each episode there would be a moral of some type that would be shared. It'd be cool if modern shows would do something similar.
Not really following He-Man anymore. I've heard the comics have been hit and miss. If a movie ever happens though, I'm there.
Calvin, from the popular "Calvin & Hobbes" comic strip, is the little 6-year-old boy we all wanted to be. This strip actually did a lot to get me interested in other comic books that weren't in the papers. It really demonstrated the kind of big-picture stuff that could be utilized within this medium. In my mind, it's still the undisputed king of newspaper strips and will probably remain that way (since newspapers are going the way of the dinosaurs).
I still own some of my original Calvin & Hobbes collections. It remains as relevant today as ever. Gorgeous art and laugh-out-loud storytelling at its finest.
What's this? A historical figure? Yes indeed! Beginning with an old DOS computer game based on Joan of Arc, my interest in this individual has remained strong over the years. Though there's some dispute over whether she was an inspired leader or a delusional zealot, there's no doubt as to her impact on world history. Like Mark Twain and many others since, I've always been a fan of the more romanticized versions of her story.
Jim Raynor, the Terran hero of the Starcraft franchise. He's a no-nonsense kind of space cowboy, cut from a similar mold as Han Solo.
The original Starcraft on PC basically consumed my high school years. Played through the single-player mode several times, and enjoyed trolling the multiplayer landscape with my friends.
I've since picked up the sequels and play the game casually. Though I don't have the time I used to.
I did like Superman growing up, but I was more interested in tales of his younger self. I remember picking up some old-school comic reprints of his adventures in Smallville, along with his dog Krypto. There was a cartoon video of this Superboy which I rented from a local video store multiple times too.
In the mid 90's, I also followed Karl Kesel's "cool dude" Superboy in the comics, and really enjoyed it. I think it was issue #8 that caught my eye because it showed the new Superboy battling the older version that I recalled from when I was younger. I wanted to get an earring like him too. My dad said I could as long as I let him drill the hole. I didn't get one.
Haven't followed Superboy a whole lot since. I've picked up some Young Justice stuff, and I've been meaning to watch the TV series of the same name, but we'll see what happens.
Read pretty much most of the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko run from the Masterwork collections and it left a strong impression on me. These comics were just awesome. Spidey was very relatable and I remember feeling bad for a lot of the crap that seemed to always swing his way.
I would probably still be a major Spider-Man fan today, but I just couldn't get into his comics in the 90's - which is when I really got into comics. The clone saga confused me, so I spent most of my time with DC's offerings.
Tom. He and Jerry never said much of anything, but he was one of my favorite cartoon characters. I rooted for him every episode. He never succeeded in eating that mouse of course, but boy, he sure made it entertaining in trying.
The newer iterations of Tom and Jerry don't seem that good. For one, I've noticed that they often talk now. Which I see as the ultimate sacrilege.
Forget Bugs Bunny. I was a much bigger fan of this smartass duck and his somewhat incomprehensible speech that would spray all over characters who got too near.
Like Batman, the Joker has many different versions which have manifested over the years. I've enjoyed them all - from the light-hearted clown to the deeply dark and psychotic killer. At the end of the day, this character entertains. His stories remain some of the most rich in Batman's storybook. And he's the perfect yin to Batman's yang.
The original American hero. Faced overwhelming odds and internal backstabbing to rally the our rebel forces to victory. As is the trend with much of the history revisited today, many scholars have made their careers discounting and diminishing what our heroes accomplished. Fact is Washington was a badass. He was far from perfect, but he is remembered as an exceptional personality in a time that boasted some of the world's most brilliant minds. He outlasted the largest deployment of ground troops issued by British up til that point. He is one of the few people to ever turn down power when he already had it.
When I started liking Batman, it wasn't just Batman. It was "Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder!" That boy wonder was Dick in most cases. A lot of people forget how old and storied Dick Grayson's past is. This dude was introduced before Wonder Woman. I truly believe he's underused in today's comics, but I still hold out hope that a creative will come along and realize the untapped potential that's available here.
For some reason, my parents were adamantly against me watching the original TMNT show - so I didn't watch as many episodes as a lot of kids growing up. That being said, I watched whatever I could at my friend's house whenever the opportunity presented itself. I also had a few action figures. "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze" still has a soft place in my heart.
Leo was always my favorite for two simple reasons: 1) He was the leader, and I like leaders, and 2) he had swords, and I like swords. The new TV show is awesome, and I'm buying them on Amazon for when my 3-year-old get a little older.
"The Hobbit" was probably one of the first chapter books I was reading as a child. It probably went over my head the first couple times I read it, but it remains one of my favorite books to this day.
Bilbo Baggins isn't your typical "tough guy" hero obviously, but he's always been a great example of an ordinary fellow who does extraordinary things.
Ah, the tragic story of Sarah Kerrigan. Another Starcraft character who's closely tied to Jim Raynor, Kerrigan is a classic example of a good character who turns evil, and then appears to have remnants of good show every now and again. Her story is at the heart of Starcraft mythology.
Duke Nukem, badass personality of PC gaming's glorious past. I spent many a hour playing the original DOS version of Duke Nukem 1. The subsequent and more mature Duke Nukem 3D remains a classic of the FPS genre.
Both of these games can be picked up for cheap on GOG.com. I have them on my laptop and they take up like zero room.
Fantastic Four remain one of my favorite teams in comics today. For me, Ben Grimm lies at the heart of the team. As one of the original "tough guys" of the Marvel universe, Thing's strength is only exceeded by his big heart.
George Jetson. What do I say about this goofy guy?
I watched The Jetsons a lot growing up. Thinking back on it, I'm disappointed we haven't reached the age of floating cars yet. Though I guess we do have video conferencing now which seemed like a very big deal at the time this show was happening.
Haven't seen this show in forever, but it left an impression.
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