I’m so glad to get this question. I’m more than ready to back up my claim of loving “DC Comics so goddamn much.” I guess it must have started with the DCAU. I of course watched the Batman ones but I mainly loved Superman TAS. Bizarro is still my favorite villain. Justice League was the first series I actually followed week to week. My favorite was Wally West.
The first two comic issues that I bought were The Flash The Fastest Man Alive (the one where Bart dies) and New X-Men (the one where M-Day happens). I tried to collect a few comics here and there but I didn’t manage to get many collected stories.
Then I was sent to Juvie. I was a very angry middle schooler and hit my dad and he pressed charges. The facility happened to have some comics in it’s library. Within a month I read all of them. There were mostly Hulk and X-Men comics. Later I was placed in a Shelter where I continued reading at the local library. There I got through Marvel’s Civil War and Winter Soldier. Then I was sent to a group home where I read a bunch of JLA and that is where everything clicked. I already knew the characters from the cartoons but then I see Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, and Bryan Hitch do these mind-bending stories with them.
That’s kind of the thing with DC; They’re these iconic characters that each writer just gets to interpret. And each writer on some level just knows that each character can be reduced to this elemental force of extreme power. Most DC characters just carry so much ancient weight because well they are probably 75 years old.
Marvel’s main roster came about in the 60s. DC did the same in the 40s. There is an IRL history to back up the fictional history of the DCU. It makes reading back issues so much more interesting. Canon history is confusing but with a large catalogue of back issues make it so much rewarding to piece it together. Which makes characters that rely on retcons just work better. Which is why Starman (Jack Knight) and Shade work better than Marvel’s Dominic Fortune.