If you’re a comic book fan – or want to be – you probably already know where to get your fix: your friendly neighborhood comic book store.
There you will find rows and rows of new and old numbers, graphic novels, manga, and possibly even toys and collectibles. For decades when it came to helping comic book fans with their pop culture obsessions, local comic book stores have been our heroes.
But like just about everything, 2020 has been a tough year for the comic book industry. Comic book stores have seen widespread distribution problems, massive event cancellations and lockdowns that have forced them and other non-essential businesses to shut down or dramatically scale back their operations.
“We want everyone to survive,” Steve Geppi, founder of one of the industry’s largest distributors, Diamond Comic Distributors, told Fortune last year. “The consumer is going to be the one who decides the fate of the industry.”
So basically it’s comic book fans’ turn to be the heroes of their favorite stores. And luckily, in the Philadelphia area, there is no shortage of local comic book stores.
Here are some of the best comic book stores in Philly, Suburbs and South Jersey to check out when looking for your next issue. Check out the list below:
Five years old now, Amalgam is a destination for comic book lovers and the first black female-owned comic book store on the East Coast. They’re open for curbside pickup (and shipping), so place your orders in advance – whether it’s a copy of Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer or the latest version of DC’s Future State series (or you can buy a bunch of comics for $ 1).
📍 2578 Frankford Ave., 215-427-3300, ✉️ [email protected], 🌐 amalgamphilly.com, 📷 @amalgamphilly, 🕑 Tue-Sat. 8 am-4pm
Open since 2001, Atomic City Comics, owned by Black, is a South Street staple. Today, the store is known for its wide selection of comics and collectibles, including new and old issues, manga, and graphic novels. And don’t forget to check out the dollar comics.
📍 638 South St., 215-625-9613, ️ [email protected], 🌐 facebook.com/atomiccitycomics, 📷 @atomiccitycomics, 🕑 Sun-Tue, Thu 12 pm-6pm, Wed, Fri-Sat . noon-9 p.m.
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Head to South Philly, and right next to 17th and Ritner, you’ll find one of the best-kept secrets in all of Philadelphia comics. While it may seem modest on the outside, the interior of the store is extremely well organized and has just about everything you might be looking for. New comics, graphic novels, rarities, cool collectibles – you name it, they have it, or probably can get it.
📍 1728 W. Ritner St., 215-467-2583, ️ [email protected], 🌐 facebook.com/BlueLineComics, 📷 @bluelinecollectibles, 🕑 Wed-Sat. 11 am-7pm, Sun 11 am-5pm
With stores in Old City and Willow Grove, these folks have been launching comics in the Philly area for over three decades – and they have the products to prove it. The Old Town Shop is packed with everything a geek’s heart could want, including souvenirs, action figures, card and board games, and tons (and tons) of comics. Check them in store or order ahead for pickup (and shipping).
📍 55 N. Second St., 215-925-6525, ✉️ [email protected], 🌐 bravenewworldscomics.com, 📷 @bnwcomicsoc, 🕑 Mon-Sat. 11 am-8pm, Sun 11 am-6pm
If you’re looking for an experienced comic book store, you’ll be hard pressed to beat Fat Jack’s. This downtown store has been around since 1976, making it the oldest comic book store in town – and one of the oldest in the country (there is also a store in Oaklyn, NJ). Despite some glitches in 2019, this piece of local history is still one to browse today (and, as an added bonus, there are store cats).
📍 2006 Sansom St., 215-963-0788, ️ [email protected], comicrypt.com, 📷 Fat Jack’s Comicrypt on Facebook, 🕑 Mon-Tue, Thu, Sat 10 am-6pm, Wed, Fri 10 am-7.30pm, Sun 1 pm-6pm
Open since 2016, Johnny Destructo’s quickly became a favorite haunt for comic book lovers in Manayunk. This boutique-style store offers all kinds of comics, graphic novels and manga, and offers a subscription service for new releases. Property of artist JD Korejko, the store also focuses on original art and t-shirts, and Korejko even takes orders. Discover them in store or online.
📍 4327 Main St., 215-482-7700, ✉️ [email protected], 🌐 jdsherocomplex.com, 📷 @jdsherocomplex, 🕑 Mon.-Sat. 11 am-8pm, Sun 11 am-6pm
If you’ve seen M. Night Shyamalan Unbreakable Where Glass, you know what Ontario Street Comics looks like. The store was used as a backdrop for the scenes for both films. But aside from being famous and low-key, this is also a great old-fashioned comic book shop in Port Richmond with a huge selection of back issues and new comics, collectible action figures, and plenty of it. collectible cards.
Walk down MacDade Boulevard in the Folsom neighborhood of Delco and you’ll find a comic book store that has been selling ink since 1979, making it one of the oldest comic book stores in the area. While it’s smaller, it’s (literally) packed with all kinds of comics and collectibles, and there’s even a subscription that can save you 10-15% on your purchases.
📍 446 MacDade Blvd., Folsom, 610-461-7960, ️ [email protected], 🌐 comicuniversellc.com, 📷 @comicuniversellc, 🕑 Mon.-Tue. 11 am-6pm, Wed, Fri 10 am-7pm, Thu 11 am-7pm, Sat 10 am-6pm
Located in sleepy Doylestown, Cyborg One opened in 1992 and has long been a destination for Bucks County comic book lovers and table game fanatics. There’s no shortage of comics (including vintage numbers), toys and collectibles, or card and board games, so you’re bound to find what you needed (or didn’t even know you wanted). Buy in store or online.
📍 44 E. State St., Doylestown, 215-348-1451, ️ [email protected], cyborgone.com, 📷 @cyborgoneinc, 🕑 Sun.-Mar. 11 am-6pm, Wed-Sat 11 am-8pm
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Few of the other stores on this list have a name worthy of a true superhero, but the title of this Chester County store was inspired by the local high school Oxford Hornets and their brown and white colors. The idea, the online store says, is to bring kids back to the comics and keep them away from their phones. So with a family feel and plenty of comics and collectibles, this one is suitable for all ages.
📍 19 S. Third St., Oxford, 610-745-7640, ️ [email protected], 🌐 themaroonhornetcomics.com, 📷 @maroonhornet, 🕑 Tue-Fri. 11 am-7pm, Sat 11 am-5pm
This New Hope store opened in 2016, and since then it has grown into one of Bucks County’s must-see comic book stores. This is thanks to a wide selection of comics, vintage trading cards (for real, who even knew Dinosaurs had cards?), figurines and collectibles. The emphasis is also on horror merchandise, clothing, and DVDs, so check it out if you’re a real hunting dog.
📍 26 N. Main St., New Hope, 📞 215-693-1822, ✉️ [email protected], 🌐 phantasmcomics.com, 📷 @phantasmcomics, 🕑 Sun-Mon, Wed-Thu. 11 am-5pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-6pm
Showcase Comics has been working there since 1988 and has locations in Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore. The latter location has a specialty in tabletop games like Warhammer 40,000, but Bryn Mawr’s biggest spot is the place to go for all things comics. There you’ll find a huge selection of back issues, huge bins of all kinds of comics, and plenty of manga – but don’t worry, there’s a huge selection of board games too.
📍 1015 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, 610-527-6236, ✉️ [email protected], 🌐 showcasecomicsandgames.net, 📷 @showcasebrynmawr, 🕑 Mon-Tue, Thu 10 am-7pm, Wed, Fri .-sat. 10 am-9pm, Sun 11.30am-6pm
Across the Delaware River in Glassboro, The Comic Book Store has a huge selection of new and old comics that run the gamut from single $ 2 copies to near-complete sets of rare titles. Plus, if you’re looking to unload, they buy 1970s comics and offer free reviews. Or stop by for all your tabletop gaming needs, from Magic: The Gathering to Warhammer 40,000.
📍 30 N. Main St., Glassboro, 📞 856-442-0402, ✉️ [email protected], 🌐 thecomicbookstore.website, 📷 The Comic Book Store on Facebook, 🕑 Mon.-Sat. noon-8 p.m.
The folks at Crossroads specialize in new, old, and old comics, and even have a wide selection for bargain hunters with the massive $ 1 comic collection. Plus, if you’re into 1950s pop culture toys and collectibles – or have some retro toys to sell or trade for yourself – this is definitely the place to check out.
📍 23 S. Broadway, Pitman, 856-582-0396, ️ [email protected], 🌐 facebook.com/crossroadcomics, 📷 @crossroadcomics, 🕑 Wed-Sat. 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Sun noon-4 p.m.
If you’re looking for new comics, head to Cherry Hill’s Plunder Palace on Wednesdays. But if it’s something a little older, like an old issue or a vintage comic, any day will do, since that’s their specialty – and they have shelves. and shelves of problems to prove it. And you can also visit them in person for all your retro video game, toy, movie, and other pop culture needs.
📍 914 Township Lane, Cherry Hill, 📞 856-528-2646, ️ [email protected], 🌐 plunderpalace.com, @plunderpalace, 🕑 Wed-Fri. 12 pm-7pm, Sat noon-5pm
When Secret Origins moved to Collingswood from nearby Barrington in 2019, they would have become the town’s premier comic book store in decades – and the wait was worth it. But, yeah, while they have pretty much everything you could possibly need when it comes to comics and pop culture, there’s another big draw: the pet chihuahuas of the owners who actually run the store.
📍 554 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, 856-448-5496, ️ [email protected], 🌐 secretoriginscomics.com, @secretoriginscomics, 🕑 Wed-Fri. 12 pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 11 am-6pm
For nearly three decades now, Stormwatch Comics has been a South Jersey staple among comic book fans in the region, and given their selection, it’s pretty easy to see why. Here you’ll find thousands of available comics, from new versions to back issues and ranked rarities, as well as a huge selection of collectibles and figurines. Discover them in store.
📍 449 NJ-73, West Berlin, 856-768-8186, facebook.com/Stormwatch-Comics, 🕑 Sun.-Mon. 12 pm-4pm, Tue 12 pm-5pm, Wed noon-7pm, Thu-Sat noon-6 p.m.
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