I was getting $5 a week allowance back in those days, and the comics were $1.00 each (for regular issues). The price jumped to $1.25 before too long, and then $1.50 & $1.95, all within a few years. Yet, even as the price rose, I continued to find ways to purchase the titles, and saved up enough for subscriptions to several of the titles. I was able to supplement my income with various jobs during the summer, and that allowed me to keep up with the many miniseries and spin-off titles which came out.
|The Uncanny X-Men #266|
I can't say I read too many comics these days. A few years ago, I picked up a few recent issues of Uncanny X-Men (because I saw the great Chris Claremont was once again writing the title), and I saw they'd started to shift back toward the type of adventures I recall from my youth, though I couldn't get back into it. Perhaps I'd grown up too much.
I still have all of the old X-Men issues I bought during my youth. I have big stacks of Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, X-Factor, New Mutants/X-Force, Excalibur, Cable, Wolverine, X-Man, and various other titles sitting on different shelves, safely stored in polybags, many with backboards to boot. Maybe one of these days I'll feel like reading them again, and I'll most certainly share them with my kids when they're old enough to respect them.
What? That's it? But I didn't even get around to talking about the X-Men movies they made! Oh, well, I guess we'll get around to that with another blog post someday.