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Five For Friday #77—Didn’t Finish What I Started
posted May 26, 2006

Five For Friday #77 -- Name Four Comics You Stopped Reading At Some Time Or Another And One Period of Time In Terms Of Your Age When You Stopped Reading Comics Altogether (Or Basically Intended To)

1. Tumbleweeds
2. Naughty Bits
3. Comics Revue
4. Uncanny X-Men
5. Ages 11-12, between X-Men #103 and X-Men #125

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Johnny Bacardi

1. Uncanny X-Men, in 1985
2. Shade, the Changing Man (in 1994)
3. Legion of Super-Heroes, at least three times since 1975
4. Loveless (most recently)
5. Actually, there hasn't been a point in my life in which I stopped, or even intended to stop, reading comics. There was a time back in 2000 when I lost my job that I cut back my holds list to 10 titles, but fortunately I got another job the next month so I didn't miss too many.


Dave Knott

1. Legion of Superheroes - actually, make that all DC superhero comics not related to cartoons
2. Any and all X-Men comics
3. Various spin-off series from Sandman
4. Usagi Yojimbo - although I fully intend to start reading it again
5. Approximately ages 13-18 - I read some comics (mostly Tintin and Asterix) as a kid, but didn't get back into it until meeting one of my best friends in second year university.


Matthew Craig

1. Spider-Man (~18 months ago: it became intolerably bad, even compared to the end of Howard Mackie's tenure, or the depths of the Clone Saga...although I should have dropped it then, as well)
2. 2000AD (~15 years ago: I read it for about five years straight, but drifted away after Zenith finished and Judge Dredd returned from his Long Walk. I guess it wasn't quite Thrilling me as much as it used to)
3. The Losers (after #7: I loved the series, but a cashflow crisis forced me to switch to the paperback collections)
4. Local (after #2: again, I liked the series, and I'm sure I asked for it to be placed on my standing order, but my shop has a mild blind spot where certain indy titles are concerned. I intend to either pick up the back issues as and when I can get to a bigger shop, or (more probably) snap up any future collection)
5. I've never really any time away from comics. The closest I came to such a thing was in the early nineties, just before Marvel UK started reprinting the McFarlane-era Spider-Man comics. I think I was down to the occasional mature-readers magazine (Deadline, Strip) and sundry newsagent-sourced US comics. Blimey!


Elijah Brubaker

this was tough, most of the comics I've stopped reading are comics I don't ever want to remember.

1- Uncle Scrooge... I read them when I was very young but haven't picked 'em up since... I know I should, I just haven't
2- Akira... I bought the issues Epic was putting out a while back. The format was too slim, it seemed like nothing was ever going to happen.
3- X-men... several times. Chris Claremonts a genius for being able to make a living from the same four storylines over and over again.
4- Kramer's ergot... number four was filled with blank pages and notebook doodles that I didn't dig. There was a lot of good stuff too but I passed on the next issue.
5- from around age 15-19 I became far more interested in other forms of literature and entertainment as well as partying and girls


Peter MacDonald

X-Men (twice)
Fantastic Four
Richie Rich
ages 23-30 (between Cerebus 163 and X-Men 375)


Christopher Duffy

1. The Amazing Spider-Man--somewhere after issue 200. Had been pretty faithful up till then.
2. Uncanny X-Men--I cancelled my subscription somewhere in the Romita Jr. run and switched it to Dr. Strange.
3. Duplex Planet
4. Steve Roper and Mike Nomad
5. About a month in my freshman year of college. I was in college--no time for childish hobbies. Then I discovered Love and Rockets...curse you Hernandez Bros.!


Marc Sobel

1) Cages
2) Strangers in Paradise
3) Cerebus
4) Reinventing Comics
5) Age 30 - I went through a sort of mini personal crisis and convinced myself that I was too old for comics. That only lasted about 3 months.


Sean T. Collins

1. The Savage Dragon (around the time he started running for President)
2. Achewood (about two years ago, for no reason other than I guess I have a hard time following daily strips)
3. Spawn (when it went bi-weekly and he started fighting a cybernetically enhanced gorilla, and I realized McFarlane was doing everything he complained about Marvel doing)
4. New X-Men (after Morrison left)
5. College, approx. 1996-1999 (I'd still read the occasional book--Watchmen, whatever Frank Miller was up to--but I didn't start reading comics with anything resembling regularity until the second semester of my senior year (spring 2000), when a roommate introduced me to Acme Novelty Library and The Savage Dragon)


Charles Hatfield

1. Post-Crisis DCs: (pick any) Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman
2. Swamp Thing, post-Veitch
3. The Badger
4. Grimjack
5. Age 12 (late 1977, Kamandi #55) to age 19 (late mid-1984, TMNT #1 of all things): With the exception of another issue of Kamandi (#59), I don't think I bought any new comic books for more than seven years, and I only bought the TMNT as a gag gift for my brother. I resumed "regular" comic-buying in the summer of 1985.