Collecting Comics with the kids

Beautiful wrote about our boys new-found obsession with superheros and that passion was rewarded this Christmas with all manner of swag. The boys got action figures, legos, jammies, and socks with different superheros on them and from all different sources. Even the wrapping paper from Grammie and Tom Tom had Green Lantern on it, making them highly valued. Beautiful made them capes and masks in different colors so the boys could dress up to their heart’s content.

Not being a superhero fan growing up this world is all new to me so when I saw that DC Comics was rebooting 52 of their story lines I thought it was a good time to get in on the ground floor  and share something with my boys. So together the boys and I made our first trip to the comic store September and picked out two comics to start with. This was early on in the superhero craze for the boys so they were a bit overwhelmed, as was I, with all the colors and books. Over the next couple of months our knowledge of the DC universe has increased and the boys are picking out comics that they know and are written for them, or for young kids that are already reading. Our first two comics have now turned into four comics that we are collecting and while these stories are not age appropriate for the boys I’m looking forward to sharing with them when they are. In the mean time I am loving these iconic characters with accessible entry points for me to get into and the monthly trip to the comic store is eagerly anticipated by all three of us. So far Beautiful hasn’t caught the bug, but we’re working on her.


  12 comments for “Collecting Comics with the kids

  1. 01/05/2012 at 6:19 pm

    Kudos for such a commendable attitude! You surely have the makings of a great father!
    And I also want to commend you on making sure you pick AGE-APPROPRIATE materials for your young ones.
    I tip my hat to you sir!
    ComicWatcher´s last blog post ..Comic Review (Floppy): Batman The Brave and the Bold #10

  2. 01/05/2012 at 9:33 pm

    I used to be such a huge comics nut, but for a time just couldn’t afford the hobby. The New DC 52 launch was my big jump back in. So far I am really loving almost everything, although I am a little dismayed at how little there is that is appropriate for kids younger than teens. Even then, some of the sex/violence seems way beyond what I remember in mainstream superhero titles. DC does have a kids line, but it’s mostly based on the cartoony TV shows rather than being simply more kid-friendly titles taking place in the same shared New DC Universe. Ah well.

    Very much looking forward to sharing my love of comics with my boys though.
    Chris Routly (Daddy Doctrines)´s last blog post ..Wordless Wednesday: Merry

    Portlanddad Reply:

    We have picked up a couple of DCKids titles and the boys are digging the artwork

  3. 01/05/2012 at 9:56 pm

    A HUGE thumbs-up from me. I fully endorse spreading the comic book culture. I too recently blogged about sharing The New 52 with my kids (I echo the age appropriate concerns) but also posted this: ( about the love of sharing the comic book culture with my kids.

    -Dork Dad

    Portlanddad Reply:

    A great read thanks for sharing

  4. 01/06/2012 at 11:51 am

    I collected comic books as a kid, young adult, old adult, and with my boys. I worked with Marvel and consider Stan Lee a friend. Still love the world…but hate the bagging with boards of the comics. I need to re-bag mine…but several thousand is too big a job for me!
    Bruce Sallan´s last blog post ..NEWS OF THE MOMENT

    Portlanddad Reply:

    the bags and boards are a new phenomenon for me

  5. 01/06/2012 at 6:02 pm

    Completely and utterly supported. My little guy is also into it already — he’s 3 — mostly because he’s gotten hold of the shelves of graphic novels I have in my office.

    If you want some reccos for books that are good AND age appropriate (for you or the kids), shoot me an email.
    Alan´s last blog post ..Want to Change in 2012? Watch a Kid.

    Portlanddad Reply:

    I will hit you up for suggestions

  6. 01/07/2012 at 1:18 pm

    We got a handful of the new DC titles too. We’re still reading Detective Comics and JLA, but dropped a couple others. If you’re looking for a title that’s good for you, but not the kids so much, look at The Hulk. The artwork is really sharp and the stories are other worldly, but still filled with Hulk like rage.
    Trey Burley´s last blog post ..The Life and Times of a 12-week old

    Portlanddad Reply:

    Thanks for the tip, I will check out the Hulk

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: