Nick Setchfield and I were talking about this a couple of years back. Nick’s from SFX magazine, of course, and thus a guru on all things both nostalgic and geek and we were talking about the year that most defined us as adults. The pivotal year in our childhood we feel all misty-eyed about.
He picked 1979 as he said it felt very much like the end of his childhood and the beginning of seeing all these comic, TV and movie franchises he loved as a kid in a slightly different, more grown-up way. This was interesting as he’s a couple of years older than me, but my choice was 1976 as I was six and only learning to properly read, becoming a voracious comic-book and cartoon fan and discovering everything from DC imports to Marvel weeklies to Superman and Batman Filmation cartoons on Mondays and Wednesdays when I got in from school. It was the BEGINNING of my geek journey, the 1976 Star Trek annual for Christmas kicking that whole year off (annuals in the UK always being named for the year ahead).
So what’s your magical year? What single year comes before all others? I know 2012 for example was a very good comic fan year with Batman and The Avengers movies out, but there’s a power to formative stuff and that’s why 1976 trumps all others for me.