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40 Years of Austin Books & Comics! – Week 3

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’ll be having some new features over the next few weeks and months.

On our Facebook page, we asked fans and employees to share their all-time favorite comic storylines.

Share your own stories in the comments section below!

Check back next week, where we’ll feature more of our fans’ favorite comic stories (share yours here!), and be sure to Like Us On Facebook for more 40th anniversary festivities!

Amazing Spider-Man #31
“If This Be My Destiny!” from Amazing Spider-Man #31-33 has everything! It introduces a couple very important characters, it features a classic villain trying something new, and the most heroic scene in any superhero comic ever. This story is Lee & Ditko at their best.

And “Kraven’s Last Hunt” is the story arc that made me a hardcore comic book fan for life.

-Brandon Z.

Wolverine and the Punisher
For my 11th birthday, my good friend Roland got me the 3 issue miniseries Wolverine and the Punisher: Damaging Evidence. This is when I really got into comics and decided to start collecting issues and trades.

-Philip A.

New Mutants Special #1
The Asgardian Wars (New Mutants Special #1 & Uncanny X-Men Annual #9). This is where I fell in love with the work of Art Adams, whose level of detail is still unbeatable; fell even harder for Illyana Rasputin, my first great comic book crush (and the one that persists to this day, if we’re being honest); and began to really embrace the interconnectedness of the Marvel Universe, as the mutants and Asgardian gods — two factions that seemed entirely dissimilar — melded perfectly to tell an epic story. I’ve read this story three times over the years, and it still holds up remarkably well.

-Dave J.

Micronauts #2
Marvel’s MICRONAUTS #2 – #3, with art by Michael Golden. Sheer brilliant marketing. The Micronauts flee Baron Karza from the microverse and wind up in our own universe, conveniently (and magically for 10-year-olds everywhere) at the exact same size as the then-current toy line. And of course they are befriended by a teenager, who eventually gets caught in the crossfire of micro-battles resulting in the utter destruction of … his swingset? It was just phenomenal synergy for the time, and made “reliving the adventures” with one’s micro toys pretty meta.

-Lee S.

Legion of Super-Heroes #290
Legion of Super-Heroes #290-294 “The Great Darkness Saga”

Featuring every living former & current member of the LSH, all of their 30th Century allies, and the best villain reveal ever.

-Hershal W.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Allan Moore – because it is beautiful, crazy, violent and fun. I never know what kind of insane rabbit hole Allan will lead me down next, but when I get there, I feel like I belong.

-Hilee H.

X-Men: Days of Future Past
Claremont & Byrne’s Days of Future Past, Uncanny X-men 141-142! Seeing the FOX cartoon for the first time got me wanting to read the actual comic and was my gateway into collecting long box after long box.

-Phil B.

Batman: No Man's Land
Batman No Man’s Land is amazing. I love the different districts and people finding ways to survive. You see different sides of characters you think you know well. It all melts into one epic story. I love it!

-Laura C.

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Posted April 13, 2017 by Patrick

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  • Erwin McGee says:

    To Dave J, Phillip A.,

    I couldn’t agree more. My dad took me to ABC for the first time. I have no doubt he regretted the suggestion to go there 2 minutes after I was unleashed in the old school AB&C. Back then it was all spinners, long boxes and sci fi npvels( when I was 9 or 10 and let me get whatever I wanted, I picked up the first issue of the Wolverine vs. Punisher mini (“Damaging Evidence”). I had seen Wolverine during the Xmen cartoon series which I had set to record on my fancy VHS record setting (haha). That series began my OBSESSION with comics…before that day there was no “marvel universe”, just a cool TV show (whats up with Morph btw. “The only guy who ever made me laugh” Wolverine on ABC.lol).
    I fell in love with comics, so much more real on the page, real drama, character development, even death (hence my love of the Punisher).
    New Mutants is my baby, quite simply the OG New mutants run is still my fav hero run. So exciting and fresh. Laid the groundwork for so many stories and characters that remain immensely popular to this day!!

    thanks for letting my geek out.

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    New Release Pick of the Week


    (W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) Stephen Segovia
    When Krakoa opened their doors to all mutants and forgave all past crimes, they might have known they’d have to accept some of their worst foes into the fold… but they didn’t plan for what to do with them. Not to worry-Mister Sinister knows what to do with the troublemakers. Meet his new Hellions: Scalphunter, Wild Child, Empath, Nanny, Orphanmaker, Psylocke…and Havok?! Under Sinister’s direction, they are sure to become productive members of mutant society. Writer Zeb Wells (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, NEW MUTANTS) and artist Stephen Segovia (WOLVERINE: MANIFEST DESTINY, SUPERIOR CARNAGE) bring you the team you’re going to hate to love!
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    Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 at 1:11am
    A huge and hearty thank you for all the support today! It was a rough one, but we made it. We will still be able to ship anything in our store (except Ty) to you. Just send us an email, tell us what you want, your name, address, and phone number. We’ll keep you from getting bored
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    -your friends and family at the Center of Austin Fandom
    Monday, March 23rd, 2020 at 6:36pm
    Anything from back issues, pull lists, games, toys, statues, or anything else within the walls of our shops or warehouse.

    These are trying times. Everyone of you is near and dear to our hearts. We wouldn’t even be here without you.
    Monday, March 23rd, 2020 at 6:35pm
    The bad news is that it is looking like the city of Austin will be enacting a shelter in place order.
    Here is what that will mean: we won’t be able to have customers in our shops or do curbside delivery.
    We will be able to send you orders through the USPS.
    Monday, March 23rd, 2020 at 6:34pm
    Hey everyone
    It’s time for some good news and some bad news.
    The good news is we will be getting this week’s books up and ready for sale tomorrow, Tuesday the 24th. We will be extending our hours at Austin Books until 10pm tomorrow so everyone will be able to grab what they need.
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