Saturday, February 13, 2016
Treated Self to Comic Store
I treated myself to the comic book store today. It's called the Comic Cave, and it really was a cave. It was not a big place and every bit of wall space was covered with statues of one type or another... comic characters, movie characters, TV characters, etc. There were 6 or 7 spinning racks with trade paperbacks and one spinning rack with new comics. All US comics. The store mark-up was $1= €1.20... not cheap, but I don't begrudge the store wanting to make a bit of money off of the book (1 Euro and 1 Dollar are almost at the same value right now). It was pretty clear that the guy's main business are the statues. The owner is probably a bit younger than me, but still knowledgable about US comics and comic creators. I'll probalby go back some day soon.
When I was a kid the "weird adventure" (horror) comics were all the rage. I collected House of Secrets, Ghosts, Plop!, The Witching Hour and Werewolf by Night. I was aware of Tomb of Dracula, but Colan's art didn't appeal to me at that age. Now I find it pretty wonderful, and I think Tom Palmer is Colan's best inker. I've always liked Marv Wolfman's story telling, so this should be a fun read.