just noticed this thread. must pwn up.
this was my first issue:
grandfather bought it for me at an nyc subway newstand - cant remember exactly where.
believe i have issues #200-300 strait - with random older back issues - #52 i think is my oldest. Also have the earliest issues of X-Factor and New Mutants. got over it when:
- prices for single issues filled with more ads than art went up to $2+
- they turned it into 10 different series
- mark silvestri and jim lee left marvel
- family left nyc and i had less access to shops anyway so i guess it all worked out.
didnt get back into comics again until i was an adult - went through a brief period of ordering books through mail and discovered some cool stuff - Saga of the Metabarons, Empty Zone, E.V.E Protomecha - when i moved myself back to nyc i was able to hit shops all the time and get random stuff - discovered NYC Mech, DMZ, and then the Tron books hit