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
49 W. 45th Street, New York, N.Y. 10036
Buzz: great deals, rare titles in Japanese and English
10 E. 23rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10010
Buzz: decent selection of back issues, staff either stand-offish or friendly depending on who you ask.
840 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10003
Buzz: convenient, friendly staff, overcrowded at times.
Jim Hanley’s Universe
4 W. 33rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10001
299 New Drop Lane, Staten Island, N.Y.
Buzz: not as crowded as some other stores, large selection, a bit disorganized.
873 Broadway, Suite 201, New York, N.Y. 10003
Buzz: great for hard-to-find titles.
200 W. 40th Street, New York, N.Y. 10018
459 Lexington Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017
Buzz: great selection of used and new titles, spacious.
Roger’s Time Machine
207 W. 14th Street, Suite 2, New York, N.Y. 10011
Buzz: Truly old school, disorganized, sweet deals.
St. Mark’s Comics
11 St. Mark’s Place, New York, N.Y. 10003
148 Montague Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201
Buzz: great hours for Manhattan location
Bergen Street Comics
470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11217
Buzz: great atmosphere and friendly staff, good selection.
Bulletproof Comics & Games
2178 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11210
4507 Ft. Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11219
(718) 854) 3367
8109 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11236
Buzz: good selection, a little pricey.
429 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11215
Buzz: selection more geared toward superhero titles.
540 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11211
Buzz: staff is friendly and knowledgeable, handpicked selection.
Rocketship Graphic Novels And Comics
208 Smith Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201
Buzz: eclectic selection, friendly owners.
Cosmo’s Cards & Collectibles
1422 Williamsbridge Road, Bronx, N.Y. 10461
Games & Comic Station
5547 Broadway, Bronx, N.Y. 10463
Buzz: more geared toward gamers.
Magnum Comics & Cards
3723 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, N.Y. 10463
Buzz: fans call this a “classic” comic book shop.
35-52 Union Street, Flushing, N.Y. 11354
Buzz: great for manga and anime.
Comic Book Heaven
48-15 Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside, N.Y.
Buzz: good selection and pricing.
80-62 Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens, N.Y.
Buzz: small space, but good selection.
70-17C Austin Street, 2nd Floor, Forest Hills, N.Y. 11375
Buzz: nice staff, store could be more accessible.
96-01 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, N.Y. 11375
Buzz: super friendly staff.
Silver Age Comics
22-55 31st Street, Astoria, N.Y. 11105
Buzz: convenient (located right near the subway), good prices.
Comic Book Jones
2220 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y. 10303
Buzz: friendly staff, good selection.
Krypton Comics Of Staten Island
611 Midland Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y. 10306