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What Do Comic Books Say About Popular Culture?


So much has changed. 

In the 1960s, you bought your comic books at a drug store. The guy at the counter had a sharp eye for the kids who were just there to speed read a few comics and the actual buyer. 
I was the actual buyer at the Rexall drug store. I think it's hard for the modern comic book reader to understand the very finite and hopeless feeling that could overtake someone, back then, who had finished every comic book he could get his hands on and who knew when the next shipments would be delivered. There weren't a lot of superhero movies you could watch. There were no website and chat boards. And the comic book universe itself was smaller. You finished this month's X-Men, and that was kind of it. You just had to wait until next month. And in the meanwhile, there was a lot of less on TV to fill your time with.
You might have to go outside and climb a tree or something. 
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Colin McEnroe is a radio host, newspaper columnist, magazine writer, author, playwright, lecturer, moderator, college instructor and occasional singer. Colin can be reached at colin@ctpublic.org.

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