If you were ever planning on opening up a comic book shop at anytime take trip down to Sci-Fi city to see how to do it right.
Loaded with reasonable priced back issues from as far back as the Silver Age. Loaded with not only current issues but also the hard to find variant covers, which most comic shops do,not carry. And added with a good mix of old and new toys.
We spent about an hour and a half looking through the back issues, which were arranged in alphabetical order down an entire huge aisle. The cost per issue was, wait for it....... original cover price. We bought about 30 issues of mostly 1980's comics for $1 or $1.25. We did have a hidden gem find, Jack Kirby's New Gods issue #7 and #8 for $1 each. Original cover price was .25 but they round any cover price less then $1 up, I will still very happy with the deal. Yet another treasure we dug to find, you have to love the spoils of hunting. A future post will detail all issues we picked up.
We were shocked to see not just the regular new releases but also the variant covers of many titles. We picked up the two of the DC comics bombshells covers, Earth 2 and Batman/Superman. We like these covers because of the strong role models they present to young female fans, I have two hunters in training who need to see more these.
We also found a hard to find Justice League of America Flash paper weight. I have been looking for this item for sometime now, to get it for $12 was awesome. I also think I might start collecting the new DC Comics movie line of figures. The Zod looks great.
Things gathered on this hunt = 33
Comic Shop Grade = A
This is worth some travel time if you are ever near Orlando Florida. All the pieces you want from a good comic shop. Friendly staff, large selection of items and lots of space. The shop has 10,000 square feet of space.
Brief history of Sci-Fi City
Originally open in 1978 as Enterprise 1701, Sci-Fi City changed its name in 1998 and moved to its current larger location. They have hosted events including guest appearances with many industry big shots.
When a store has the longevity like Sci-Fi it just proves they are doing something right and have been for four decades.
The simplest way to say it is, GO TO SCI-FI CITY as soon as you can, it is a true comic hunters paradise.
Good luck on your hunt!