I was raised in the era when everyone stood outside the store and watched TV. Television didn't arrive in Australia until the late 1950's and we didn't get a set until well into the 1960's.
I remember all the neighbours being invited to the Mumford home to watch, and you had to bring your own chair and something for the table. (Uncle Ray Mumford had been a Rat of Tobruk so he was looked on with awe by us kids. Yet, his home was a haven for my sister and I when our father was drinking, trying to defeat those devils who still chased him from his time in WW11. )
We had books to read. Not a lot, you got a new book for your birthday and at Christmas. You could only get a book from the council library if your parent got it out for you, and besides, that was miles away. But there were comics. You could get those from the newsagent and buy them or borrow them from other kids.
Being a rather weird kid 'Tin Tin' was my first love.
The 1960's was the time of the great influx of migrants to Australia and they brought all kinds of wonderful things with them we had never seen before, including Tin Tin. It was all in French, which I couldn't read, but you could work the story out from the illustrations.
Then there were the Disney comics. We all learnt to draw Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. (You didn't really draw it if it was traced.) At the Royal Easter Agricultural show you got Phantom, Dick Tracey and Superman comics. I remember getting into terrible trouble because I had drawn Dick Tracey's watch on my arm with biro and it wouldn't come off.
Now I have my own watch from Apple and the inventor was inspired by this very cartoon character.
This was all when I was a little kid. When I got into my early teens it wasn't so cool to read comics, but I still read them in secret and by this time the Marvel comics were starting to appear.
These appeared at about the same time I started reading Si Fi books and the two seemed to be related in my mind together with grafetti art. (I have a weird mind still!) I have since discovered that my daughter has a huge collection of comics. I don't remember talking to her about them, so it must be in the genes.
Now of course, all the Marvel characters are on the movie screens and designers are making all those illustrations into 3 dimensional creations. Watching these movies takes me right back to this time.