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Of Comic Books and Family Vacations: Who is Goldenrulecomics?

Updated on November 24, 2014

A Love of Comics Plus Family Trips Provides Plenty to Write About!

Who is Goldenrulecomics? Actually, the better question is who ARE Goldenrulecomics!

I am the father of a teenager, and we live in New Jersey. I handle the writing of our articles, while the teenager does the technical side of the things we do online.

My teenager is fascinated with computer programming, design, etc., something that I really don't have much interest in. But I thought it would be good to find some way to participate in my teenager's online adventures (if only to keep an eye on my child!), so I looked into the two of us cooperating on a blog.

Since I work full time, a blog didn't seem to make much sense: My teen wasn't interested in writing anything regularly and I tend not to have much free time. So when we found Squidoo I thought it would be a good compromise. Squidoo has been taken over by Hubpages, so we are continuing our work here.

I pick the topics and do the writing, and my teen helps with links, uploading videos, and any problems that pop up. The topics have been left to my discretion, with one restriction -- my employer says I can't write anything about the company or my area of work.

So we have focused on two main themes: comic books and tourist attractions.

This is a photo of us in Ocean City, New Jersey.

GoldenRuleComics Bodiam Castle
GoldenRuleComics Bodiam Castle

Nova Scotia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Much More!

We Love Traveling and Do It Whenever We Can!

My wife was a U.S. State Department brat, so she grew up in more than a dozen countries. While my childhood was spent on the same street until I went to college, my grandmother believed strongly in traveling as much as possible. We did a cross-country road trip from New Jersey to California in the early 1970s, for instance, then followed that the next year with a drive down the new Walt Disney World in Florida. And we went many other places besides, but nothing more exotic than Canada.

So after my wife and I married, we ran off to Chile in South America! We spent four years exploring the country, then came back to the United States to have children. Even when our first-born was in diapers we were traveling around the United States and Canada, and even went to to Oaxaca, Mexico, on one trip.

After our second was born I got a transfer to London, and for five years we explored England and France. We did take one longer trip to Germany, but my wife was so in love with France that we kept going back there whenever we had a chance. I wish we had known about Squidoo at the time because I certainly would have been doing many reviews of the places we saw there.

We returned to the New York area in 2009, and since we've been back we've taken up our old habit of traveling within the U.S. and Canada.

(In this photo our children are battling in front of Bodiam Castle in rural England.)

Nova Scotia and Our Attempt to See the Whales!

Here is the article we wrote about our trip to Nova Scotia, where we were bedeviled by poor weather but had a good time anyway. We wrote a companion piece on tips for traveling to Nova Scotia, and we hope to expand on some of the places we visited in separate pieces as well.

Things to Do in Nova Scotia: Highlights of Our Family Vacation
Nova Scotia offered our family a good mix of what we look for on when we go away on vacation. There's beautiful scenery to hike through, historical and cultu...

Top Five Travel Tips For Tourists Going to Nova Scotia
Our family recently visited Nova Scotia, which a wonderful place that has a wide variety of things to do for everyone. We wrote an online diary of the trip, ...

Discover Nova Scotia Lighthouses
Discover Nova Scotia Lighthouses
Lighthouses are one of the great attractions in Nova Scotia, and this book will help you find them!
Goldenrulecomics Comics
Goldenrulecomics Comics

Comics in the Attic: My Not-So-Secret Stash

The Product of 15 Years of Collecting Comic Books!

I began reading comic books sometime in the early 1970s, taking after my older brother. One of the first comic books I can remember reading was Avengers No. 80, which appeared in September 1970.

My brother, who is four years older, and I really didn't have much in common except for comic books. We'd buy them every week at whatever convenience store we could beg our mother to stop at (this was before comics were distributed just in comic book stores). At least once a year we would go to a huge flea market in Englishtown, New Jersey, where there were several dealers selling back issues.

And we even got our mother to take us on the bus to New York City, where we went to some of the mid-1970s conventions!

My brother stopped buying comics after he got out of high school, and I gave him money for his half of the collection. I also began to wean myself off the comics after high school. Once I went away to college I found I just didn't have the money to afford the habit. But over the approximately 15 years I collected comics I probably bought most of the Marvel Comics published from 1965 to 1982 or so, and many DC comics besides. The photo here shows my collection, neatly boxed in the attic.

Today, comics can cost $3.99 or more each, which is quite the sticker shock for me! I can remember when we would get every new comic on the spinning rack, some sodas and candy for less than $5. And because it was such cheap entertainment, we even bought comics that we weren't necessarily interested in, so we were exposed to many different types of stories. I think you'd have to have a lot of money to be willing to experiment with different comics the way we did back wheh the cost of each issue was only 15 cents or 20 cents.

The Avengers and Daredevil -- My Favorites as a Child!

My two favorite series when I was a young reader was the Avengers and Daredevil. I mentioned above that the first comic book I remember reading was Avengers No. 80. The first Daredevil comic I can remember reading was Daredevil No. 81, which appeared in 1971. Here are some reviews I have written about the two series:

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller A Marvel Comic Book Review of The Complete Elektra Saga!
Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 2 collects issues 168-182 of the original Daredevil series. Issue 168 was the first comic of the series that Miller ...

The Avengers in the Late 1960s: A Marvel Comics Review!
Marvel Essential: Avengers Vol. 3 contains issues 47 to 68 of the comic's original series, as well as Avengers Annual No. 2. For the most part this collectio...

The Avengers Debut! A Comic Book Review of the Marvel Masterworks Collection!
The Avengers Volume 1 was one of the first four collections when Marvel Comics began publishing its Marvel Masterworks series in 1987. Since then the company...

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Brings Greatness to the Marvel Comics' Superhero!
Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Volume 1 contains the first nine stories that Miller drew of Daredevil in the late 1970s (issues 158-161, 163-167). Bring...

Family Vacation Spots or Comic Book Reviews? - What Should We Focus On?

I basically write whatever topic I feel like writing, otherwise it would be too much like a job! Then I have the younger half do whatever technical things that need to be done to get the article ready for publication.

We have read much advice online about focusing on one niche and building out that topic in many different ways, but that hasn't really been my interest.

But I do wonder if the people who have been kind enough to read our entries have a preference.

Please let us know if there's a particular area that you prefer. Thanks!

What Topic Should We Focus on When Doing Articles?

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Our Travel Reviews

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We recently spent a seven- day vacation in Chicago, the third- most populous city in the United States. Chicago had plenty to see and do for our entire four- person family, with each of us getting to choose some attraction. There was great art and architec...

Highlights of Chicago's Art Institute: A Family Day Trip
The Art Institute is one of the truly must- see attractions for any visitor to Chicago. World- renowned for its Impressionist, Post- Impressionist, and American paintings, the institute says it contains about 300,000 artifacts and pieces of art spanning mo...

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The Museum of Science & Industry on the south side of Chicago is a wonderful place to spend a day for the entire family. The largest science museum in the western hemisphere, it has more than 2,000 things to see or do spread out over 75 halls. Original...

Visiting Montreal - Our Latest Family Vacation!

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Montreal, the largest French-speaking city in the Canadian province of Quebec, was chosen as the site of our Spring Break family vacation this year. My daugh...

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The biosphere is a museum dedicated to increasing public awareness of the environmental issues facing the world today. It does this by mixing a lot of inform...

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The Notre-Dame Basilica in the Vieux-Montreal section of the city is well worth a visit, as it is considered one of the grandest churches in North America. C...

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Highlights of Montreal's History Museum, the Musee du Chateau Ramezay
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Montreal's Museum Of the First Canadian Female Saint: Marguerite Bourgeoys and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel
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Fort McHenry and Geppi's Entertainment Museum! - Reviews from Our Trip to Baltimore!

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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is a great place to visit, full of inspiring history, lovely grounds and cool views. It's also a place to ...

Geppi's Entertainment Museum in Baltimore: A Tourist's Guide to Comic Book Heaven!
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Moon Baltimore Book Review: A Great Little Tourist Guide!
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Thomas Edison House Glenmont: A New Jersey Family Day Trip!
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The National Zoo, Library of Congress and Ford's Theatre! - Reviews from Our Washington D.C. Trip!

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Highlights of the National Gallery of Art: A Washington Family Day Trip
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Renoir and Highlights of the Phillips Collection: A Washington D.C. Family Day Trip
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Highlights of The National Zoo: A Washington D.C. Family Day Trip
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Highlights of the National Museum of American History: A Washington D.C. Family Day Trip
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Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum
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X-Men Reborn in the 1970s: Storm and Nightcrawler Debut, plus Wolverine!
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Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man: A Review of the 1970s Marvel Comics Series!
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The X-Men in the Early 1970s: Neal Adams' Dynamic Art
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Marvel Essential X-Men Comic Book Review: Wolverine, Storm and a Return to Greatness!
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Essential Iron Fist: A Marvel Comic Book Review!
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Our Reviews of Comic Books from the 1960s

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Captain America in the 1960s: A Marvel Comic Book Review
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Marvel Essential Fantastic Four Comic Book Review: Dr. Doom and Daredevil Guest Star as the Legend Grows!
The Fantastic Four rocked the comic-book world when it debuted in 1961, with writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby introducing more characterization and real...

The Amazing Spider-Man Debuts! A Marvel Masterworks Comic Book Review
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The Fantastic Four Debuts! A Marvel Essentials Comic Book Review
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Captain America's 1960s Adventures in Color: A Marvel Comics Review
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Marvel Essential Fantastic Four: Galactus, Silver Surfer and the Black Panther Debut!
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