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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 25

Austin Books & Comics 40 Year Anniversary
2017 marks 40 years of your favorite local comic book store, Austin Books & Comics! In celebration of this, we’re having special weekly features including fan questions, videos, and more!

We have lots of fun stuff planned throughout the year, so check back weekly for more fun!

We recently asked, What is your favorite superhero origin?

Share your favorite couple in the comments section below!



Spider-Man, normal high school kid bitten by a radioactive spider and having superpowers really resonated with me.

-Jason F.

Green Lantern

Green Lantern (click for full size)

Geoff Johns’ retcon of Hal Jordan’s origin really snapped things into place for the character, and for me.

-Efrain R.



Hellboy! Demon summoned from Hell by Nazis you say?! Any normal person would’ve brought an end to that demon’s life pronto, but only Professor Bruttenholm was compassionate enough spare him, and raise the little devil as his own. Professor gave hope to the hopeless.

-Russel M.



I really love Storm’s origin story. She started off as a thief, become goddess, X-Man, queen, then a leader of mutants. Her story always inspires me to use what makes you different to prosper and be free. Love yourself and believe in yourself. Started from the bottom, now we’re here!

-Rodney D.

The Flaming Carrot

The Flaming Carrot

“…having read 5,000 comics in a single sitting to win a bet, this poor man suffered brain damage and appeared directly thereafter as—the Flaming Carrot!”

-Matt A.



Always a fan of a baby in a rocket shot into space, just beating the punch of the destruction of his homeworld, and under a yellow sun finds himself with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.

-Ryan S.



I love Batwoman’s origin story. It gives me chills when I read it. I think it’s awesome that she was inspired by Batman, but became the Batwoman independently and never became one of his groupies.

-Ashley Marie F.



Cable, infected, sent to the future, raised by his parents (non-clone version of mother lol) after they get sent to the future, and then returns to the present older than they are. Can’t wait to see him in Deadpool 2.

-Sandals N.



Madder Red from Nick Spencer’s “Bedlam” may not have been a superhero but his transformation from a pure evil villain to a functioning member of society was something I’d never seen before in comics.

-Aaron A.


She-Hulk (click for full size)

I love She-Hulk. When she gets powers from a cousin-ly blood transfusion she can now turn into a giant green lady which she totally owns. Jennifer Walters just keeps on being a top-notch lawyer, awesome friend, and successful super hero, all while choosing to stay a green giant all of the time. What a positive and kind super hero!

-Nora GB.

Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer (click for full size)

Silver Surfer. So many marvel characters have quintessential selfless sacrificial origins, but this fool saved an entire planet AS A SET-UP FOR HIS ORIGIN. That’s awesome.

-Kris G.

Agent Venom

Agent Venom

Flash Thompson story arc is amazing and to go from bully to agent venom would make for not only a great movie, but inspiring to those who want to join the military

-Anthony T.

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