It’s December! Like we did a year ago, we’re featuring a series of holiday remembrances by some of the best in the biz. Indie fave Michel Fiffe of COPRA stops by with a long-distance vignette.
Just joining us? Check out Ann Nocenti‘s A Daredevil Christmas.
By MICHEL FIFFE
I was given a huge stack of ’70s comic books by a distant cousin back in the early 90s. I was a little Floridian kid and he lived in the distant faraway land of Queens, NY. That collection of stank newsprint was a high point in my early comics history education: DC 100-page Super Spectaculars, Golden/Silver Age reprints, lots of random Daredevils, some Ditko, tons of Kirby.
It was super spotty, the kind of stuff you would cull from your collection when you’re in a streamlining mood. But it was a treasure to me, a gift that went beyond keeping me entertained throughout subsequent holidays. I still have many of them.
I drew a “thank you” pin-up for my cousin, the first of several times I would mail artwork to New York with Marvel characters on it. He probably liked the pin-up as much as one likes little-kid art — I definitely got the better end of the bargain.
And here’s the cover of the most recent COPRA!