alright, here's something i searched for, but couldn't find a thread: how long have we been reading comics? what was your first purchased comic, and how old were you? and how many back issues did you need to buy to understand that ONE comic? my first comic was x-men 37 (part 4 of the phalanx covenant) and i was able to understand a good deal of it, actually. but then i went back and got all the back issues. i guess that's about 13 years now for me.