Silver Surfer Vol. 3 No. 6 is significant for me because it's the one that got me back into comics after a long absence. The story goes something like this.
I was a regular customer of my local science-fiction/fantasy bookstore and had a voracious reading appetite. I remember browsing through the paperbacks and, after finding nothing new of interest, was just sort of wandering aimlessly looking at product when I spotted the comics isle which I had always ignored previously without a second thought. I was happy to see the old classics were still around... titles like Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Batman, Superman, Aquaman... all the ones I remember so fondly from the 1960's Saturday morning cartoon shows. Then I spotted it. The Silver Surfer.
"Hey, I remember that."
I thought back fondly to my high school psychology class and the instructor showing off (and actually letting us pass around and read) a copy of Fantastic Four #50 with the Silver Surfer big as life there on the cover. Then, completly without warning, I remembered a time MUCH earlier of me as a little kid of 5 or 6 years old sitting in my Dad's lap looking through that very same issue.
Given that this new Silver Surfer book had already invoked two fond memories (and I hadn't even picked it up yet) I suppose that it's really no surprise that I bought it.
You know what they say about that first domino. Well now look at me... up until all hours of the night working on comic book related web pages that detail a collection that takes up a bookshelf, 14 short comic boxes (about half of what it used to be), most of my bedroom closet and more of my time and money than I probably would care to admit.
Oh well. Thanks to Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, John Buscema, John Byrne, Steve Engleheart, Marshall Rogers, Ron Lim, Jim Starlin, J.M. DeMatteis and Ron Garney for bringing my all-time favorite comic book character to life.
This is what it's all about. Peace. JC