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San Francisco’s 5 Best Comic Book Stores

July 7, 2011 8:24 AM

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With over 50 spots in the city to get your comic fix, we’ve narrowed down the list and revealed the secret identity of a heroic five comic book caves. Suit up and rescue your favorite issues from the racks of these graphic San Francisco spots.

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Isotope Comics

326 Fell Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 621-6543
Isotope Comics

Hands down, the favorite of San Francisco’s comic connoisseurs, this sleek Hayes Valley lair is home to the hippest comic book store you’ll ever see. Described as a “comic book lounge” Isotope is staffed by a friendly crew who possess a superhuman knowledge and love of their inventory. At Isotope, comics are cool. And as a result, so are you.


Comic Outpost

2381 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA
(415) 239-2669
Comic Outpost

Folks actually line up on Wednesdays to be the first to take a stab at any new arrivals at this literal outpost on the other side of town. Comic Outpost takes comic books pretty seriously, but for the serious collector, Comic Outpost will feel like your own private fortress of solitude.

Comix Experience

305 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 863-9258
Comix Experience

This well-stocked comic emporium won’t waste your time with trinkets and toys. Nope, it’s all business at Comix Experience where you can find everything from entire walls of Batman and Superman to independent comics from around the world. There’s even a section of “erotic comics” for the more adult comic consumer. Comix Experience delivers the graphic goods without any fanfare, but just might save the day when it comes to that hard-to-find issue of The Flash.

Al’s Comics

1803 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 861-1220
Al’s Comics

The real draw at Al’s Comics is Al himself. If you were to call Central Casting and ask for a curmudgeonly comic book store guy, you’d get owner Al Kizziah. No drinks! No food! No touching! No kidding! But it all adds to the nostalgic experience of the comic shop. Al has been at the helm of his beloved store, knowing more about comics than you (and saying so) for over twenty years.

Neon Monster

901 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA
(415) 206-9644
Neon Monster

Noe Valley is home to this bright and sunny comic spot where you’ll find not just comics and graphic novels, but games, toys, apparel and pretty plush playthings. Neon Monster is the place for grown up geeks. Don’t miss the website for online shopping and a fun blog covering everything from controversial toys to Comic Converse.

-Beth Spotswood, CBS San Francisco

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