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January 29, 2017


FFF Results Post #469 -- Warming Up

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Four Comics Characters You Initially Disliked -- Even If It Was Just As A Little Kid -- That You Like Just Fine Now. Describe For Choice #4 What Happened To Change Your Mind." This is how they responded.

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Oliver Ristau

1. J. Jonah Jameson
2. Carnage
3. Turok
4. Namor
5. I learned about Namor when his series ran as a back-up feature in the German edition of The Fantastic Four. He appeared to me as the most arrogant person ever. Years later Jae Lee added a note to that character that got me a bit more interested in him, but discovering Bill Everett's early Namor stuff really did it for me.

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Buzz Dixon

1. Ambush Bug
2. Iron Man
3. Krazy Kat
4. Dynamo
5. When I started reading THUNDER Agents, I thought Dynamo was a jerk even though his stories were entertaining. Gradually it sank in on me that he was supposed to be a jerk, and that Wally Wood was using him for straight faced satire. My appreciation grew in leaps and bounds.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Johnny Storm
2. Leonard Brown
3. Elongated Man
4. Lucy Van Pelt
5. My initial reaction to Lucy was solely based on thinking she was a mean big sister to Linus, whom I adored. As I get older, I learned to appreciate her role in the strip, and as a teen and then as an adult I've come around to thinking she's a top 100 character of all time. So it really just took time and a broader perspective. Long live fussbudgets.

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Michael Dooley

1. Maggie
2. Huey
3. Iron Jaw von Schmidt
4. Deacon Mushrat
5. Heightened appreciation of speech balloon lettering.

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Sean Kleefeld

1. The Thing
2. Judge Hershey
3. B.D.
4. Joyce Brown
5. Joyce's incessant and obnoxiously overt religiosity was grating at every level. She judged everyone against her standards of Biblical "truth" despite hypocritical claims of accepting them for who they were. I can't stand people like that. I was gleefully looking forward to seeing her brain melt when she discovered her long-time friend, Becky, was gay. (I was not disappointed. That easily remains my favorite sequence of the series.) But I later learned of David Willis' own personal history and his intentions towards evolving Joyce's character. As I began to see some of that character development... well, I certainly don't like her, but she's not horrible any longer.

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Steve Harrick

1. Ganthet
2. Starfox
3. Veronica Lodge
4. Joe Matt
5. I used to find Joe Matt's selfishness exhausting. Over time and multiple readings, his narcissism became amusing, even endearing. Though he remains a petty and miserable character in many of his comics, there is something oddly comforting about that consistency. It is also satisfying to see him regularly dejected.

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Thanks to all that participated.

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