This week’s Ten Tweets Thursday features a man who I would consider a comics historian, a cryptkeeper for comics of a bygone era, if you will. This man is Paul O’Connor (@LBoxGraveyard), the man who runs LongboxGraveyard.com, a fantastic blog about comics in general, but with a strong focus on the bronze age of comics. Paul also podcasts for We Talk Comics and writes a monthly column for StashMyComics.com.
#1 What is the first comic you remember reading?
Captain America #177, summer of 1974. Englehart & Sal Buscema, a forgettable issue but even then I loved Captain America.
#2 You can only pick two: all time favorite comic book characters?
Captain America & Thor. I’d sub Conan for Thor but I don’t think of him as comics character since end of his Marvel series.
#3 What is your favorite limited or mini-series of all time?
Watchmen is the best of a bad lot. I can think of dozens of runs in continuing series that I better enjoyed.
#4 How do you read your comics? Print, digital, trades?
I live by my Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited sub, and fill in blanks with GN collections and old books from my collection.
#5 What do you consider to be the most “obscure” title you read?
I don’t read current books. Most obscure series I’ve reviewed recently was Killraven/War of the Worlds (Amazing Adventures)
#6 You get to pick three: Favorite writers (current or of all time)?
Alan Moore (brilliant Swamp Thing), Roy Thomas (Conan, & for taking Stan Lee books to greater heights), Jim Starlin (Thanos)
#7 What is your favorite comic collector’s item?
I love my Red Skull bobblehead. I shout, “Johann, are you Nazi scum?” and slap my hand down, then he nods, “Ya, I am scum.”
#8 As a reader do you tend to stick to a specific publisher, follow creative teams or follow characters?
I tend to stick with a few core Marvel characters, but I’ll go off the reservation for the right creative team.
#9 You get to pick three (again): Favorite artists?
Kirby (our field’s authentic genius), J. Buscema (for Conan, Avengers, and the Surfer), Starlin (for cosmic soap operas).
#10 What was the last comic you read before answering these questions?
Death of Captain America graphic novel. Ed Brubaker has authored the definitive run of my favorite character. Brilliant.