I've become quite interested in the X-Men universe, and was wondering what's the best way to get involved in the comics scene.
I was asking Orpheo in IRC, and now can't remember the book he suggested from Amazon.
I searched Amazon, and half.com for x-men stuff, and found an "Ultimate X-Men" as well as some "essential x-men" that seem to get good reviews.
Are these a collection of the actual comics from 1963 (#1 onward)? I'd really like to start from the very beginning. I see that those essential series are in black & white too. Is it hopeless to try and get the original series without taking out a huge bank loan?
I'm also interested in Spiderman, Fantastic Four, (I think I lean towards Marvel characters, over DC).
Also, I'm open to suggestions of other series, but I'm not into anime or any of that japanese stuff.
I'd give anything if I still had my collection from childhood. I'd inherited comics that actually 12cent prices on the covers.... Sgt Rock, Tales of the Weird, etc. *sigh*
Help me get back to my childhood