In 1983, I came across the U.S. 1 comic book at a local Fast Fare gas and grocery store. For the next several months, I went back and picked up the next issues until I could not get them any more. Maybe I missed them, maybe they were delayed, or maybe I just could get back to that store on the corner.
The comic book featured a truck driver, who had a CB radio in his head and his truck was computerized much like the Knight Rider 2000. The driver was being pursued by the Highwayman. The story captured my attention and I was pulled in to this fascinating story.
I held on to these comic books for twenty years thinking that one day I would finished buying the rest of the series. One summer, however, I was cleaning out the storage in my house, and the comic books went with the storage out to the dump. It was time to let them go, I thought. (Incidentally, I also through away all of my Army uniforms–because I never thought I would use the again either–it was a sad time.)
Two years later, I began to read comic books as a way to keep myself busy. When my collection began to grow and I realized that I was collecting, my heart sank as I remembered my original collection of 8 comic books (the 7 from U.S. 1 comic book and 1 Spider-man comic book).
Recently, through the wonders of the Internet, I was able to buy the entire collection from Mile High Comics.
I wasn’t disappointed when I actually found time to read this comic book after all these years. The story captured my attention as it did before. I feel, even without the nostalgia, that this first issue was a well written introduction to this high speed 18-wheeler and the guy with the metal head. Would it work today? Probably not, but it is a fun story just for the fun. It is trully “High Adventure Trucking Down the Highway.”