Watching the crossover event last night on TV and the recent discussions I read on the First Reactions post has inspired me to describe my earliest urge to look into the DC lineup.
I was a reader of the competitors with an emphasis on a certain friendly neighborhood arachnid. Had been for years. I didn’t stray to DC. Every time I tried, I was disappointed. They were too juvenile.
Then came Crisis on Infinite Earths. I was real tempted but I was a loyal reader and I skipped it. Plus, I had limited cash, being a kid. I had to make tough choices. I grew ever more disappointed in my decision as the months passed and you saw how big the event was becoming. There had never been anything like this in the comic book industry that I remembered. There was a huge campaign of posters, pamphlets, cards, etc. that were all over the comic book stores. And comic book stores were a new thing. At this time, my comic book store had just graduated from a kiosk in the center of the mall to an actual small store. Crisis on Infinite Earth stuff was everywhere. I watched longingly as each issue passed knowing it would be way too expensive to go back and try to get in on it.
Of course, the most important thing that made COIE a great success was what came after. The new comics started to appear. The writing revolution had begun. You start seeing within a year, maybe a year and a half, titles like Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, Batman Year One. Booster Gold was created. Deadman was created. Suicide Squad was created along with Amanda Waller. TV Anchor and general super hero hater, G Gordon Godfrey was created. John Byrnes’ The Man of Steel. George Perez’s Wonder Woman. Alan Moore is already deep in his run of Swamp Thing and Spawn’s, Todd McFarlane is doing the art for Infinity, Inc.
This was a great time for DC. If you really want to know a good place to start reading DC’s past, it is here. To me, Crisis on Infinite Earths was The Big Bang that gave us the Modern Age of Comics.
Do you folks have any memories of COIE you would like to share?