Prior to comics, my biggest influence was books.
I started out on my fathers huge collection of Fairy tales (original and unedited). About the fourth grade I was reading the entire OZ series (L Frank Baum). When I had exhausted those, I discovered the Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The covers by Frank Frazetta blew me away and led me to Robert E Howard’s Conan the barbarian series. As mentioned in the previous post, I was elated to discover that Frank had teamed up with young English phenom Barry Smith in adapting these wonderful sagas into comics format. I was hooked, I knew what I wanted to do in life from that moment on.