Austin Books & Comics 40 Year Anniversary

2017 marks 40 years of your favorite local comic book store, Austin Books & Comics! In celebration of this, we’ll be having some new features over the next few weeks and months.

On our Facebook page, we asked fans and employees to share their first comic book.

Share your own stories in the comments section below!

Check back next week, where we’ll feature some of our fans’ all-time favorite comic stories (share yours here!), and be sure to Like Us On Facebook for more 40th anniversary festivities!

Venom: Lethal Protector #1
Venom: Lethal Protector #1 “Oh hi, we’re Venom” lol I will admit it was that shiny foil cover that got me. Well played Marvel.

-Manuel F.

Batman Adventures: Mad Love
My lovely husband Ryan got me Mad Love just 2 years ago! Now we come up there every Saturday! It’s our weekend ritual!

-Brittany B.

Doctor Mirage #1
While I always knew about comics and superheroes growing up, I didn’t get seriously into comics until 2005 with Bendis’ New Avengers, Brubaker’s Captain America, and Slott’s She-Hulk. However! Interestingly enough, as big of a Valiant fan as I am today, the earliest comic I remember having was a copy of the original Valiant Doctor Mirage I got at a kids fair giveaway when I was about 6 or 7.

-Patrick K.

Legion of Super Heroes #221
This is one of the first comics I can remember reading. I don’t know if I got it the month it came out (I would’ve been 5 tops) but I do know it ignited by passion for DC Comics in general and team comics specifically. The LSH is still my favorite super-team. I don’t imagine that will ever change.

-Hershal W.

Classic X-Men #13
Not the first I read, but the first I owned and bought with my own money. Classic X-Men #13, reprinting X-Men #105. I was instantly hooked by the amazing Art Adams cover and fell in love with the Claremont/Cockrum duo (a love that lasts to this day).

-Benjamin B.

Rom #1
If I recall correctly, my first ever comic (bought off of a Stop N Go spinner rack) was Rom The SpaceKnight #1.

In their infinite wisdom, my parents bought the Rom toy for me as a Christmas gift. The sounds! The LEDs! Oh, the mystery and grandeur of it all! When I saw the comic, I knew I had to have it.

Little did I know it would lead me into a lifetime of loving the medium. And guess what, I still have both the comic and the toy.

-Sean W.

Superman #687
I bought a pack of comics when I was in middle school with my first allowance I ever got! This was one I remember from that pack!

-Johnny G.

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Posted April 06, 2017