Guess it's cause I've been raised in Germany that my first contacts with comic books are completely different from these. Comic books are not even called or seen as books at all.
We've got to look back to early 80ies. Very first drawn stories I've seen are "Die Biene Maja" (Maya the Bee) and couple of other children addressed comics I can't recall entirely.
There's been early encounters with Lucky Luke then, followed by Asterix, which I preferred.
Almost the same time I've been becoming a "bigger boy" with my first introduction to the Masters of the Universe, first time it's been fights and swords etc. for me. Not only came a mini comic with every action figure, there's also been manifold series available at the newsstand.
I continued reading this kind of merchandise later with MASK.
Though it was preferred by my parents that I read the Micky Maus or Fix und Foxi magazines. You know, violence is quite a problem in Germany and we have a huge history of after WWII censorship because of that (whole websites only with that topic).
Must have been around that time I also got interested in Die Spinne (transl. The Spider), none other than german editions of Spider-Man. Still my fave hero next to Batman, who I got in touch first through the show featuring Adam West and the Burton movies until I got to read the books. Batman then never went well as far as I recall, and it's been mostly the Marvels been available. Although there's been Avengers, X-Men, Hulk, Daredevil, Thor etc. in print, back then I didn't have much contact with these. Don't ask me why. I had some old issues of The Phantom though, which I enjoyed.
I've been borrowing mostly Tim und Struppi (Tintin) from the local library but I never really got into it I must confess.
I had quite few western comics but seems I've sold em somewhen, because I've got no idea what it was and I couldn't find any issues in my old boxes. I had Bessy, which is a bit like a belgian Lassie. And I also had different stuff like "Classicomics" telling stories of Jules Verne, Robert Louis Stevenson etc..
Interested in horror themes pretty early next to pulp novels and audioplays we've been hungry for any kind of horror comic. Most famous back then was Gespenster Geschichten, which simply translates to Ghost Stories.
Think it's quite funny that in early 90ies there's been a mag called Limit, which has been presented by none other than Disney. Haven't I said there's been an agenda against violence? Well, what they did aiming at kids was take some comic content and mix it with news, stories and stickers, mostly about wrestling and action stars, most of their movies beeing approved over 16 or in many cases over 18 years of age.
Sometime in the early 90ies I discovered old comic magazines like Pilot on flea markets. I straightaway fell in love with that mixture of european comic stories, Erotica, Fantasy and Science Fiction - not much unlike Heavy Metal (counterpart in Germany was Schwermetall), matching my adolescent eclectic taste.
I really got into super heroes for the first time in the mid 90ies, when characters like Witchblade and Spawn flooded the german market for the first time.
And then, there's this one comic book my mother finally handed out to me. It's been a comic book my grandmother bought me in the mid 80ies, thinking it's a funny cat story like Tom and Jerry or Sylvester. One of my first comic books really was... wait for it... Fritz the cat, by Robert Crumb!