Recently I passed by my old neighborhood. I used to go to the comic book store near where I lived every other weekend when I was growing up. I went looking for it only to find it was gone. With a quick google search I found they moved a few blocks away…to a much smaller location. The rent had tripled in price and they were forced to move. While it was nice seeing they were still in business; they’re also doing curbside service during the pandemic. But i have to admit, I was a little bummed to see them move to a cramped, smaller location.
It got me thinking to those early days when my dad told me there was a comic shop in our neighborhood. Whenever I had allowance or extra money, he’d take me there (usually on Sunday afternoons) and I’d go through the long boxes looking for older issues of Superboy (I still have a couple of those issues, by the way) I remember first learning about The Death of Superman by a poster on their door. I first learned what a fifty cent bin was and got a near-complete run of Justice League Quarterly thanks to them. I still went to them even though I discovered Forbidden Planet and Jim Hanley’s Universe downtown. This was my first regular comic shop. I have a lot of fond memories of my parents taking me, of showing my friends a store that sold comics and of the cool and random things I’d find there.
Do any of you have a favorite LCS? Do you have any specific memories tied to it? Are they still in business? I’d love to hear your stories.