I did too. Our family had the all in one stereo wood cabinet, pretty much everything sounded mediocre (even had 8 Track). Once I got my car and put in an expensive Alpine CD system I thought I'd never looked back.Are you kidding? When I first heard a CD I clicked my heels, threw the window open, and shouted to the world that we were saved at last!
I grew up with vinyl (and 78s, for that matter), and I never felt so liberated in my life as the day I heard my first CD.
From my experience there are excellent LPs and also CDs. It first depends on your gear, then the mastering of either one. I've heard excellent LPs where the CD version was not that good. And excellent CDs where the LP version wasn't.
Like the comic book example, it helps to know people that know the good stuff. I had a new friend drop off some first vinyl pressings. Wow, these vinyl LPs sound amazing. I have a new release copy of one of them, I thought it sounded good, until I heard these ones. But he knows the ins and outs of pressings, where they were done, when, etc.