There was one thing the family albums could not compete with, and that was comic books. It probably started with Carl Barks wonderful Uncle Scrooge adventure stories – and for a while I wanted to be a detective like Mickey Mouse. Tintin was good. Then I had a thing for Prince Valiant, but Aleta could not compete with Modesty Blaise. For a while I also dreamt of becoming some sort of spy. But mostly I just wanted to make comic books.
Later on I discovered Will Eisner‘s quirky stories which took an exaggerated, ironic look on urban realism and pulp fiction. Then there was Milo Manara and Hugo Pratt who both did what you might call romantic adventure novels, with a main character who was driven by some sort of restless longing.