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August 16, 2010 2:01 PM

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Employee Ryan Mundaca holds vintage Spider Man and X-Men Marvel comic books at St. Mark's Comics Aug. 31, 2009, in New York City.

Employee Ryan Mundaca holds vintage Spider Man and X-Men Marvel comic books at St. Mark’s Comics Aug. 31, 2009, in New York City. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Samuel L. Jackson, as Elijah Price, in Touchstone Pictures' "Unbreakable." (credit: Getty Images)

Comic books, graphic novels, mangas – they are everywhere. Once ascribed as just kids stuff, illustrated titles have been popping up more and more in mainstream book stores as well as on the big screen (“Iron Man”). Whether it’s to stay abreast of the next comic tale headed to theaters or to just stay current with what’s happening in Metropolis and Gotham City, there are dozens of shops in New York City catering to your needs (and addiction). Here is a list of some locations by borough where hardcore fans and the recently-converted can get their fix.
- By Nicola A. Menzie

Book-Off

49 W. 45th Street, New York, N.Y. 10036
(212) 685-1410
http://www.bookoffusa.com

Buzz: great deals, rare titles in Japanese and English

Cosmic Comics

10 E. 23rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10010
(212) 460-5322
http://www.cosmiccomics.com/v2/

Buzz: decent selection of back issues, staff either stand-offish or friendly depending on who you ask.

The Forbidden Planet  comic book store in Manhattan, on the corner of Broadway and East 13th Street.

The Forbidden Planet comic book store in Manhattan, on the corner of Broadway and East 13th Street. (credit: Luigi Novi)

Forbidden Planet

840 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10003
(212) 420-8579
http://www.fpnyc.com

Buzz: convenient, friendly staff, overcrowded at times.

Jim Hanley’s Universe

4 W. 33rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10001
(212) 268-7088

299 New Drop Lane, Staten Island, N.Y.
(718) 352-6299
http://jhuniverse.blogspot.com

Buzz: not as crowded as some other stores, large selection, a bit disorganized.

Vincent Zurzolo, COO of Metropolis Collectibles holds Action Comics #1, the 1938 comic book on Feb. 23, 2010, in New York.

Vincent Zurzolo, COO of Metropolis Collectibles holds Action Comics #1, the 1938 comic book he sold for $1 million. (credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Metropolis Collectibles

873 Broadway, Suite 201, New York, N.Y. 10003
(800) 229-6387
http://www.metropoliscomics.com

Buzz: great for hard-to-find titles.

Midtown Comics in Times Square, New York

Midtown Comics in Times Square. (credit: midtowncomics.com)

Midtown Comics

200 W. 40th Street, New York, N.Y. 10018
459 Lexington Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017
(800) 411-3341
http://www.midtowncomics.com

Buzz: great selection of used and new titles, spacious.

Roger’s Time Machine

207 W. 14th Street, Suite 2, New York, N.Y. 10011
(212) 691-0380
http://timemachinenyc.com

Buzz: Truly old school, disorganized, sweet deals.

Employee Ryan Mundaca holds vintage Spider Man and X-Men Marvel comic books at St. Mark's Comics Aug. 31, 2009, in New York City.

Ryan Mundaca holds vintage Spider Man and X-Men Marvel comic books at St. Mark's Comics in New York City. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

St. Mark’s Comics

11 St. Mark’s Place, New York, N.Y. 10003
(212) 598-9439

148 Montague Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201
(718) 935-0911
http://www.stmarkscomics.com

Buzz: great hours for Manhattan location

Tom and Amy Adams, owners of Bergen Street Comics.

Tom and Amy Adams, owners of Bergen Street Comics. (credit: bergenstreetcomics.com)

Bergen Street Comics

470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11217
(718) 230-5600
http://bergenstreetcomics.com

Buzz: great atmosphere and friendly staff, good selection.

Bulletproof Comics And Games has three Brooklyn locations

Bulletproof Comics And Games has three Brooklyn locations. (credit: Bulletproof Comics & Games)

Bulletproof Comics & Games

2178 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11210
(718) 434-1800

4507 Ft. Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11219
(718) 854) 3367

8109 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11236
(718) 531-6415
http://bulletproofcomics.marvelretailers.com

Buzz: good selection, a little pricey.

Galaxy Collectibles

429 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215
(718) 499-3222

Buzz: selection more geared toward superhero titles.

Desert Comics in Brooklyn, New York.

Desert Comics in Brooklyn. (credit: Desert Comics)

Desert Island

540 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211
(718) 388-5087
http://www.desertislandbrooklyn.com

Buzz: staff is friendly and knowledgeable, handpicked selection.

Rocketship Graphic Novels And Comics

208 Smith Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201
(718) 797-1348
http://www.rocketshipstore.blogspot.com

Buzz: eclectic selection, friendly owners.

Cosmo’s Cards & Collectibles

1422 Williamsbridge Road, Bronx, N.Y. 10461
(718) 597-0668

The Game And Comic Station in Bronx, New York

The Game And Comic Station in Bronx, New York. (credit: kingsbridgebid.org)

Games & Comic Station

5547 Broadway, Bronx, N.Y. 10463
(718) 884-0714

Buzz: more geared toward gamers.

Magnum Comics in Bronx, New York

Magnum Comics in Bronx, New York. (credit: Riverdale Businesses/Facebook)

Magnum Comics & Cards

3723 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, N.Y. 10463
(718) 884-0714

Buzz: fans call this a “classic” comic book shop.

Anime Castle

35-52 Union Street, Flushing, N.Y. 11354
(347) 438-1296
http://www.animecastle.com

Buzz: great for manga and anime.

Comic Book Heaven

48-15 Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, N.Y.
(718) 899-4175

Buzz: good selection and pricing.

Comic Den

80-62 Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, N.Y.
(718) 805-3789
http://www.comicden.com

Buzz: small space, but good selection.

Montasy Comics in Queens, New York

Montasy Comics in Queens, N.Y. (credit: Montasy Comics)

Montasy Comics

70-17C Austin Street, 2nd Floor, Forest Hills, N.Y. 11375
(718) 575-8815
http://www.facebook.com/montasy

Buzz: nice staff, store could be more accessible.

Royal Collectibles

96-01 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, N.Y. 11375
(718) 793-0542
http://www.royalcollectiblesonline.com

Buzz: super friendly staff.

Silver Age Comics in Astoria, New York

Silver Age Comics in Astoria, New York. (credit: silveragecomics.com)

Silver Age Comics

22-55 31st Street, Astoria, N.Y. 11105
(718)728-9691
http://www.silveragecomics.com

Buzz: convenient (located right near the subway), good prices.

Comic Book Jones

2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y. 10303
(718) 448-1234
http://www.comicbookjones.com

Buzz: friendly staff, good selection.

Krypton Comics Of Staten Island

Krypton Comics Of Staten Island. (credit: kryptonsiny.com)

Krypton Comics Of Staten Island

611 Midland Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y. 10306
(718) 667-7695
http://www.kryptonsiny.com

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