Updated: Jul 25, 2022
Comics were a major early influence and inspiration for me. Spiderman was my favorite with Batman a close second, but I consumed it all: The Fantastic Four, The Avengers, Blade, Luke Cage, all of these folks. And of course the great villains tore it up too, devious schemers like The Joker, Electro, The Scorpion, The Lizard, Catwoman, and on and on. These colorful characters imbued with catchy dialogue and great artwork captured the imagination like no other form, especially when we were younger. We learned fancy vocabulary words like "foe," "nemesis," "archenemy," and much more. As Peter Parker (for instance) went through the normal everyday struggles of life, we were right there with him trying to navigate puberty, high school, and the general challenges of "growing up."
The creativity involved with this form was off the charts. It definitely set the stage for the "graphic novel" form instituted in the 90s. That, in and of itself, is yet another post for another day.
Bonus: Another comics related post below. From 1976-1984 or so comics were a very important part of my life. Just this year, I finally paid them their well-earned due and decided to take better care of them.