The comic books of 1991: A look back begins
This month, I’m kicking off what will be a multi-part weekly series, taking a look back at one of comics’ greatest sales years, 1991, through the eyes of a then-teenager obsessed with comics, a little more than 2 decades later.
About a year and a half ago, I did an extensive post on the comics of 1990 through the lens of what I was buying at the time. I was able to do this via the “Time Machine” and “Time Platform” at Mike’s Amazing World of DC Comics, which take you to indexes of comic-book releases, sorted by month, with cover scans. I really recommend checking out Mike’s site.
Though I wasn’t sure if this might entirely too nerdy for anyone to read, it was actually a popular post. I meant to follow up with later years, but my “2,011 in 2011″ comic-book reading project kind of kept me from it last year.
So now I’m going to go through 1991, looking at what I bought, and why if I remember, as I analyze my comic-book tastes, and how they’ve changed, or not changed, over the years. As before, if this sounds a little tedious for you, just take a look at the covers! Given that 1991 was the year of the “X-Force” and “X-Men” launches, this list is going to have a lot of “X” on it.
Over the course of 1991, I shifted from making most of my purchases at grocery stores to making most of my purchases at a comic shop. The main one I was able to visit at that time was the New World Comics that was then in Norman, Oklahoma, since it was near a parental shopping location. (A little more than a year later, I’d be more independently able to travel, and buying comics at the comic store where I started work. That means the 1992 list of new comics, if I ever get to it, will be extensive.)
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