South Philly Comics: Closing Shop with a Bang Pow Boom

After 5 1/2 years, comic book enthusiasts will need to look elsewhere. A final sale and funeral have been planned.

South Philly Comics is Closing Shop with a Bang Pow Boom
We checked in with John Foster, co-owner of South Philly Comics (1840 E Passyunk Ave).

Are you looking for a new shop or just getting out of the business?
Just getting out of the business. Well Tony (Glassman, co-owner) is, Johnny still works over at Ontario Street Comics as a price guy and is an Advisor to the Overstreet Comic Price Guide but no plans for a new store.

What’s next for you?
Dramatically walking into the sun set.

What’s the coolest comic related item to come into your shop?
Hmmmmm that’s a rough one. Journey into Mystery #83 (1st Thor), Our Army at War #83 (1st Sgt. Rock), and Showcase #22 (1st appearance of Silver Age Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) probably. Those were some truly awesome books!

What comic series do you think should have been better received?
Tony – Any and all Alpha Flight and Freedom Fighters runs!
Johnny – Dark Horse Presents and Rumble. Rumble should of been Saga big.

Who shot first – Han or Greedo?
Captain Picard!

The final sale begins this Saturday, 8/12.

4 thoughts on “South Philly Comics: Closing Shop with a Bang Pow Boom

  • August 10, 2017 at 11:21 am

    So sorry to see these guys go. I loved stopping in to see what they had while out for a walk. They got me into a couple of book series. One of the things I appreciated is that they weren’t focused on the large Marvel/DC stuff and knew a lot of quality publications that are more interesting.

    I wish them the best!

  • August 10, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    This is sad news for the avenue. I am not a comic book person, but these well maintained, niche shops are great for the business district. They look nice, so the casual stroller will sometimes pop in, they serve a role for the comic book people in the neighborhood, and then they bring in people from outside the neighborhood, since comic book shops are hard to come by. Those people may pop in to stargazy, or Philly Flavors, or any other shop.

    These types of shops (comic book, record stores, tildie’s, jinxed, green aisle, etc) are the shops we need. Useful stores for the neighborhood, with an appeal to surrounding neighborhoods.

    • August 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Couldn’t agree more.

  • August 20, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I wish they weren’t closing. This shop actually have comic in stock that I want

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