Today, I read Rawhide Kid #17 from August 1960

Today on my journey through comic book history, I read Rawhide Kid #17 from August 1960. I know, I know, it was actually published before the last issue I read, but I figured if I was going to read about the western heroes (which I decided to do based on the fact that I know that later on, they appear in the Marvel U; particularly The Two Gun Kid, who actually briefly joined The Avengers after a time-travel adventure), this would be a better jumping-on point.

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The Fantastic Four #1

Starting today, I thought I'd start linking to the articles I put up in my blog. I wanted to be sure that before I did this, I had made enough of a contribution to this site's community that I couldn't be accused of only joining to promote my own project. Now that I'm closing in on 1,500 Wiki points, having composed story overviews and created entries for characters and volumes that had been missed, I feel confident enough to begin.

So today, I present my first entry, relating to the comic book I started my journey with - Fantastic Four #1 - The Fantastic Four! from November, 1961.

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Wraith's Comic Book Journey

Greetings! My name is Matthew Young; but people call me Wraith.

About a year ago, I rekindled my love for comics, and I decided to start reading them -whether through original books, scans, digital copies, reprints or trade paperbacks- starting from early points and moving forward. This way I’m not blowing absurd amounts of money trying to “keep up” with modern comics. I can just progress at my own, comfortable pace.

For Marvel, I’m starting with Fantastic Four #1 - The Fantastic Four!. It was the start of the silver age for Marvel, and the re-birth of the Super-Hero comics. Heck, it was the year Marvel BECAME Marvel. It was previously Timely, then Atlas. While certain events (mainly WWII super-hero stuff like Captain America) were recognized as cannon, nothing in particular is seriously referenced or at all important before FF1 (by which I mean no specific story line or issue, the core concepts, like Cap’s origin, were important, but they’re recapped easily enough). I start there, and chances are anything anyone talks about in relation to Marvel Comics will be covered between then and now.

With DC Comics, it’s Crisis on Infinite Earths . Simply put, after Crisis, nothing else pre-crisis really even happened. That was the whole point. It rebooted everything. I’ve cherry-picked a few pre-crisis events that lead up to the crisis, such as pre-crisis appearances of The Monitor and any story having to do with alternate earths (The Flash #123 - Flash of Two Worlds!, JLA/JSA crossovers, etc., I own all of the “Crisis On Multiple Earths” trade paperbacks, which collect early cross-universe events such as the JLA/JSA team-ups).

The other companies I’ll be including (Image, Dark Horse Comics, Malibu/Ultraverse, Milestone/Dakotaverse Valiant/Acclaim) came about in the 80’s and 90’s, so I’ll just start with their creation.

As I read, I'll be chronicling my journey here, writing about important events and milestones in comic book history as I read them. In addition to this, I'll be updating my Comic Vine blog with links to new entries as I put them up, as well as going over Comic Vine's wiki pages to ensure accuracy.

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