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Comics 411: Comic Books We’re Thankful For

November 21, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Mister Miracle

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Last week we said Farewell to Stan Lee!. Here’s what some of you had to say:

David Wilkinson: “I didn’t cry when me own father was hung for stealing a pig, but I’ll cry now.

Groundskeeper Willie”

rf: “I met Stan Lee at a comic show in the 90’s. I was last in line so I didnt think i’d get my books signed. As his handler was asking us to stop I quietly slid my books past him across the table. Stan giggled at my sneakiness and signed them. I thanked him and he said “No, thank you.” A legend and my hero. Godspeed.”

ThatsWhatSheSaid: “Thank you Stan Lee!”

KipSmithers: “*holds up fist in tribute*”

To read all the comments or to read last week’s column, CLICK HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we discuss…

Comic Books We’re Thankful For

Yes, it’s another cliche Thanksgiving themed, stuff I’m thankful for column. As I should, I’ll start off thanking you all. I’ve been around for almost 11 years. I’ve seen a lot of people come and go, including readers. When I started doing the Comics 411, the first thing I saw was how many passionate comic book fans we had. I do my best to crank out something to create debate weekly and I admit that sometimes, when I’m in a time crunch, I produce something that’s barely legible. I admit to writing at bars, friends houses, and even outside in the cold so I could use my neighbors WiFi because mine was wonky. I’ve never minded comments or emails attacking me. It’s the nature of the beast. But I appreciate the comments that have some thought put into them. Especially when it comes to comics. If you’ve ever read or commented before, thank you.

I frequent 2 comic book stores. Comics & Gaming Fairfax ( is simply awesome! Some of the best customer service I’ve ever received and they go above and beyond to make you feel welcome. Not too far from them is The Amazing Comic Book Shop (, which has an awesome selection and some cool people working the register.

Sadly, I had to say good bye to one of the most unique stores out there, Exotic Planterium and Card & Comic Collectorama. Yes, they sell exotic plants and…comic books. Their last comic book order was from the mid-90s but they have some gems inside! Dennis passed away this last year from poor health but he was a good guy to talk to.

I started this piece with the intention of listing off a bunch of comics that I’m thankful for but I’d rather just do a general overview. I’m thankful for comics. As I’ve grown with the industry, I admit that I mostly purchase graphic novels and collected storylines. I still pick up single issues every week, to get a taste of what’s coming out. Once I’m done, I usually hand it off to a friend’s kid, as long as it’s appropriate. I still find myself getting older stuff a lot. That’s what I like so much about comic books. You can always enjoy great artwork and writing. Not only that, you can enjoy a crappy book that you once thought was awesome because of the memories and feelings it stirs up. I’m thankful for all those independent guys, pursuing their dreams. I’m thankful for the web comics that provide laughs and inspire thoughts.

If I had to name a few books that I’ve enjoyed in 2018, I’d list Mister Miracle, Skyward, Green Lantern, Minky Woodcock:The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini, Headlocked, Rise of the Black Panther, Saga, Dark Knights Metal,…and now I know I’m missing a couple of gems.

It’s a great time to be a comic book fan. Even with all the turmoil and problems we hear about the industry, I can’t think of any other form of entertainment that provides such lasting fun.

What about you? What comics are you thankful for?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!