What, no back issues?

I love visiting random comic book stores that I happen to find while traveling. The smell of the ink always hits you when you walk in. Sometimes fanboy funk hits you too, but for the most part it’s just ink. I’ve noticed over the past few years, that most comic book stores do not really carry older back issues, meaning books from the silver age and back. Lots of places carry mostly new comics and graphic novels. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. The graphic novel is really replacing back issues, and the need to buy single copies of comics all together.

However, I collect GA and some SA books.  I know I can just buy online from various places, and I can always look at various cons, but there’s nothing like finding a SA issue of The Sub-Mariner at a shop when you really weren’t looking for anything special. Comic shops themselves are a dying breed, but thats a topic for another day. I don’t really buy new comics, and the ones I do buy I get from the comic store I’ve gone too since I was 6. Action figures aren’t my thing either. So what’s a girl to do?

While I’m grateful for conventions and dealers such as Metropolis, I still enjoy the thrill of finding old comics at a store. I’ve been luckier at antique stores, which I think many comic fans may over look. Talking to some of my non comic collecting buddies, many of them would never even think to look for comics at an antique store. I’m not sure why, since some comics are antiques. Plus you never know what kind of awesome crap antique stores have. Yet I realize that older comics are harder to move in an average comic store, so I can’t be too bitter.

So, to all of you comic shop owners who still have older comics, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and wallet.

-Lauren

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