I was exactly the same, in spite of being a voracious reader outside the classroom - I even managed to wangle stays in the school infirmary so that I could access more of its collection of Georgette Heyers!I hated every book we were made to read in secondary school:
Doesn't say much for the way we were taught! But I somehow got quite a good mark for O level English Lit., in spite of never actually reading more than the odd snippet of Jane Eyre and Macbeth, which were the set books!
As far as comics are concerned, nobody else seems to have mentioned the female version of 'Eagle', which was called 'Girl'. It was the highlight of my week for a couple of years and I kept all the copies to read and read again!