I've been reading comics for most of my 45 years, and I've taken a lot of crap for reading them. I've also gone out of my way to defend them as literature and as a valid art form. Reading ALPHA FLIGHT BY GREG PAK AND FRED VAN LENTE, VOL. 1 was enough to make me think "Why did I bother....?"
I grew up hearing endless stories from my grandfather about his childhood idol, Lon Chaney, or "The Man of 1,000 Faces" as gramps referred to him. It wasn't easy to find silent movies on broadcast TV in The Bronx back in the '70's, so I never had the pleasure of actually watching a Chaney film with my grandfather, but as I've grown older, mostly thanks to TCM, I've become quite a fan of the man and his films, especially THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
As a longtime wrestling fan, I have fond memories of Bob "Hardcore" Holly, from making fun of him when he first debuted in The WWF as "Thurman "Sparky" Plugg", to marking out for him when he transformed into the badass "Hardcore" Holly. He was never a top guy in the promotion, but he often ended up delivering one of the best matches on cards that featured him. You could tell he was a legit tough-guy, and that he always gave 110% in his matches.
If you're my age (45), or close to it, and male, chances are you were crazy about monsters when you were a kid. You may or may not have gotten over that as you grew older......I didn't. Nothing stops my channel-surfing faster than stumbling across a monster movie. Good or bad, if it's got a monster in it, I'm there. Stop-motion, man-in-a-suit, CGI....whatever. Monsters = fun.