I think I owe a minor debt of gratitude to the comic book medium. I have so much more background information because of reading them over the years. My first comic that I can recall owning and reading was a Superman vs. some pink guy who was hard to kill and could fly but was suceptible to freezing cold (it was a 2-parter, I think #331-332 or something), in the late 1970s ('78?). I did a lot of cross-country flying from Ohio to California, so the long trips required something to occupy my mind and time. Here's a sample of the lessons, themes, concepts, and terms I've gained:
* "With great power comes great responsibility"
* "[He's] the best at what [he] does, and what he does isn't very nice"
* Norse mythology
* You read cartoons and comics left to right, top to bottom
* They were always 22 pages (for a while, at least)
* Selling Grit got you cool, bizarre stuff (I never did )
* Be careful of cars backing out of driveways, UNLESS YOU HAVE A BICYCLE SIREN! And Charles Atlas was The Man!
* Terms- doppleganger, facade (spelled 'fasaud' ), simulacrum, pun, pariah, patriot, classified information, mephistopholes, suspended animation, geneticly enhanced, proportional strength, inter-dimensional, alternate realities, in-/vulnerablity, harbinger, impartial observer, omniscience/omnipotence, sidekick, etc.
* Comics are seldom comical
* Getting your letter printed in the readers' column was the ultimate achievement
* Winning a contest was the second-highest achievement
* Don't be too sad if your favorite character is killed; just wait a few issues
* Star Wars related: not everything has to match with accepted stories
What else, gentle readers?