When I was a kid, growing up in the 80s, I always knew what comic books were, but I never really read or collected them. I was more into baseball and hockey as a kid than comics, but that all changed one faithful day in 1990 when I was in grade four at Oliver Road Elementary School. That was the day that every single kid in the school got a copy of The Amazing Spiderman: Hit and Run #3.
The Amazing Spiderman: Hit and Run #3 was a special comic where Spiderman and Ghost Rider team up to help a young Toronto Blue Jays fan who was hit by a car while on his bicycle, and was meant to promote bicycle safety. The comic was part of an original Canadian 5 issue series produced by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police with the cooperation of the Alliance for a Drug Free Canada, and other organizations.
This comic that was given to me in the library of my elementary school, is what began my superhero obsession, and anyone who knows me will tell you that even 6 years later that obsession is still strong.
This Saturday, May 6th, is Free Comic Book Day, meaning that you can make your way to a comic book store in your city and partake in festivities while getting a free comic book or two. For a breakdown of events and comics that are being given away check out www.freecomicbookday.com.
Perhaps one of the free comics this year will lead to a new obsession for someone.