I started reading comic books casually in 1981/1981 - mostly Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica tie ins. Then in 1983 I started picking up Star Wars on a regular basis, followed by Transformers and GI Joe. My friend, who was into superhero comics thanks to his Dad, got me interested in expanding my reach beyond toy lines. One day I had an extra $.60 on my trip to the 7-11, and picked up my first issue of Uncanny X-Men. Shortly after I found my first true comic book store, and I was in!
I stopped reading around 1994 - first real job, girls, you know how it is, then picked up again for a short period between 1999 and early 2001, when I dropped out again.
In 2010, encouraged by some co-workers, I dug back in hard core.