At this point in my life, I've been reading comics for over two decades. Arguably, if not for comics - I might never have begun reading 'real' books whatsoever. At some point in the early '90s - lost in pre-adolescence I blundered into the Infinity Gauntlet like most did who had a pulse and read the funnies at that time. I can't explain it now anymore than I could then - it entranced me. All these heroes - all these galactic entities, surrounding this impossibly iconic character. Watching Iron Man, Cap, Wolverine and Cyc all take a dirt nap at 11 was unfathomable. To see god-like beings brought down by the same person ? Yeah, well - not much has changed.
Nowadays though, I have my wife to castigate me over my character fascinations. Some she tolerates - some not so much. Thanos is one of the latter. Look at the character though, for a moment. For most of you still reading this and not thinking 'TLDR' you are probably like me, late 20's to mid 30's and regard the Gauntlet as something of a watershed moment in your comic life. Feel free to disagree, after all its part of why I posted this. I have yet to get over my fascination with the whole event, the cosmic circumstances which enabled it or even the gems themselves. Mostly though - I can't get away from the man himself; Thanos.
My wife calls it my subconscious portraying Thanos as my Father. There's a ring of truth to that and in fact when she pointed it out to me, I began to see the psychological/emotional connection more clearly expressed. It's a bit like the Vader/Luke classic tragedian act whereupon the son redeems the father. I myself never emulated nor wanted to be like Thanos - yet I came to respect it in time, even if I disagreed. There's something to be said for a man whom does all he can for the woman he loves - only to fail and exile himself away from all else in the hope of redeeming it in some meager fashion. Maybe that's just American romanticism; eschewing the urban to return whence we came, back to the earth - back to the farm.
All I know is, to this day - I go back and read the Gauntlet....to my wife's eye rolling looks....at least once a year. Now, I have even begun going back and buying up all of the surrounding titles to try and read the story that led to his acquiring the gems. No matter where I go, shop, convention or dusty attic - I look for the issues that Thanos might rear his head. All these years - gosh, what a read.