By Alex Ness
June 20, 2017
Spending the rewards for having a big newspaper route...
During 1976 I began my paper route. I was turning 13 and ready to make money. My often critical father said, before I became an adult that I was good at saving my money, and that was true. When I began working as paperboy my income skyrocketed from 50 cents a week, to considerably more. But, even though I had shitloads more money, I put it in bank, except for 2 or 3 dollars per week.
I lied to myself in thinking that I was buying Devil Dinosaur
and Machine Man because they were #1 issues. I still have my copies,
and I read the living hell out of them.
I always liked Captain America. Add Jack Kirby to that, and I am sold.
And I LOVED the X-Men. I didn't love the newstand at the time, since I missed key issues.
And you can perceive, perhaps, my Marvel Comics were done by the guy who created Kamandi and Omac, as they can be seen above. I was also a big fan of DC's Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes.
From November 1976 to May of 1978 I was loaded with money on a relative scale to what I had previously had for money. And, entering high school I placed all of my money in a bank. And by four years later, in May of 1982, I had 80% of the money stockpile still in my account.
And by the time I entered college, I had to pay it all for school and life. And by the end of first year in college I was ready to withdraw the last money from the account. And I haven't been good with money ever since.