This is the reason I got onto comic books. Mephisto vs. the Fantistic Four was the first comic book I ever saw up close and personal. I had a friend across the street and we used to play basketball all the time and we both collected baseball cards. One day, I was over his house and we are looking at cards when I notice that he has comic books. The first one I saw was this one. Right off the bat the art work caught my eye. A demon standing over these super heros. I wanted to know what happened, how could this have come to be. So that week, when I went to the local hobby shop with my dad, I found a copy of this book. I took it home and went straight to my room and read the whole thing. I don’t remember my first thoughts on the story or the art work or the layout. But I do remember that I wanted more. At that point on, my weekly trips to the hobby shop were no longer about finishing that season’s set of Topps cards. It was about finding more books with these amazing adventures in the them.
At some point a true comic book store opened up at the mall and they too would see me every weekend. DC was on one side of the store and Marvel was on the other. I was mainly a Marvel kid, with all the offerings of Spiderman, Wolverine, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk. I tired to get into Batman and Superman but they were a little too earnest for me at the time. One of my favorite things to do was to go to the local newspaper stand and get a grab bag. It was a bag with 5 or 6 comics in them at one time. You couldn’t tell what was in it but there were hopes of getting a vintage book. Often it would be G.I. Joe or Archie, but there was also Thor and Green Lantern and Captain America. A pack of books for a fraction of the cost. That was my game.
I just reread Mephisto vs. the Fantastic Four. I will do a full review later but I now know why I don’t remember much of my first reading. However, when I went online to do a little research of Mephisto and his background, my computer went crazy. It started to make a loud beeping noise and messages popped up saying that I had hundreds of viruses on my machine. Obviously I had clicked on the wrong link but this was the first time I had this happen on this laptop. I have this thing locked down pretty tight so luckily I have had no issues. But to have something that weird happen while researching something as odd as Mephisto was a little bit of a jolt. It was almost like when I go home to see old friends and they greet me with a punch in the arm. A sincere welcoming but one that also questions whether your friends would bury you alive for the right sum of money.
I looked through my collection and I noticed I had only Issue #1 and #3 of the four issue series. I am contemplating finding the missing books. However, I fear if I do this that it will start a dangerous trend as I look through more of my collection. This may be a point where I should leave good enough alone and not try to be perfect. Or, I just get the digital copies and be done with it.
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