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Here’s the details on what we’ll be doing for Halloween this year at the comic shop!

While there is no official “Halloween ComicFest” this year, we have managed to put something together on our own with FREE Comics, FREE Candy and FREE Paper Masks!

From 10am to 5pm on Saturday October 31st we’ll be opening up the foyer next to the shop for trick or treating. We’ll be letting one family/trick ot treating group in at a time to walk past three tables, one with candy, one with comics and one with the paper masks. We’ll have a hand sanitizer station outside the foyer, masks are required, and please maintain your six foot social distance from everyone else while waiting. If you’re sick, stay home! All staff members will have their tempertarure checked in the morning, and will regularly sanitize the area (and themselves). After that if you want to enter the shop you can exit the foyer and go in the main doors of the shop, where we will keep the occupancy rating at the regular 15 plus staff. If the shop is busy and you don’t want to wait, don’t sweat it. Just try to come back some time in the future if possible. (Photographing your group and posting on social media with #cnjcomics is a great way to say thank you for your treats!)

So what do we have? Each person in costume will get ten different reprints of classic Marvel Comics that outline the history of the Black Widow! People not in costume can pick three. (If you have to ask if you’re wearing a costume then you’re not wearing a costume.)

These book include reprints of:

Tales of Suspense #52 (and #53): The first appearance of the Black Widow from 1964!

Avengers #42: The first appearance of Red Guardian from 1967!

Amazing Spider-Man #86: the first appearance of the Widow’s all black jumpsuit by John Romita Sr from 1970!

Amazing Adventures #1 (and #2): The Widow’s first solo stories with art by John Buscema, also from 1970!

Daredevil #81: The first meeting of Daredevil and Widow from 1971!

Avengers #111: DD and Widow guest star in the Avengers from 1973!

Marvel Two In One #10: I don’t know why this is one of the books but I love MTIO! From 1975!

Champions #7: First appearance of the Russian super heroine Darkstar from 1976!

Avengers #196: First appearance of Taskmaster from 1980!!! (!!!)

Marvel Knights Black Widow #1: first appearance of Yelena Belova from 1999! (parents, this is the only book that has a teen plus rating)

There’s nothing we like more than loading people up with classic Marvel Comics Books.

Other than candy, everyone in costume will be able to pick two paper masks from the eight featured below!

Catwoman’s feature the art styles of Bruce Timm, Jim Aparo, Darwyn Cooke and Joelle Jones.

Joker’s feature the art styles of Bruce Timm, Frank Miller, Neal Adams and Greg Capullo.

These masks are actually really well made considering, and are super fun in social media photos. #cnjcomics !

Finally, because again we love comic book history, we bought up hundreds of old EC reprints from the 1950’s and we’ll be selling them for only $1.00 each all day!

Fun stuff like Tales From the Crypt, Weird Science, Shock Suspense Stories and more! Not for kids……well, maybe for kids. (kids from the 1950’s that is.)

Here’s a little history on EC Comics!

Our primary goal is to create a safe environment for trick or treaters all day long, so bear with us as we try to make that happen. If there are any comics left over we’ll continue to hand them our after 5pm, and on Sunday, inside of the shop. As always, come early for the best selection. I have alot of books that I plan to have all day but it’s impossible to predict how many we’ll need.

Have a safe Halloween and again please share any photographs with us!

Hi everybody! The big news this week (well, not really big news) is that I finally decided to sell off my CD collection. I have a policy about not turning the shop into my own private garage sale but like Doc Brown says, “what the heck.” I put 1,800 CD’s in the shop at only $2.00 each, with a focus on Punk Rock, Alt bands, soundtracks, compilations, and some bootlegs and imports. Not your typical stuff! (My father in law went through them and said “I have no idea who these bands are.”)

Please dig through them and enjoy. The price will drop to $1.00 each on Saturday and Sunday then you’ll never see them again. I had alot of fun doing this with some of my vinyl a few years back and I’m just happy someone gets to enjoy the music.

(I may even use the money to by myself a comic book for our 30th Anniversary next week.)

Anyway, back to our regularly scheduled programing.

Here’s the featured new releases for Wednesday, October 21st, 2020.


Amazing Spider-Man Last Remains is such a big storyline it can’t be contained in the regular ASM issues. The six part storyline runs from issues #50-#55, but issues #50-#54 will also have .LR issues to expand on the story, like this week’s #50.LR .

Also in the Spider Family, Spider-Woman has her 100th issue, though it’s only number #5. (Whomp Whomp Marvel Math.) Lots of fun covers though, like this one by Skottie Young.

 We’ll also have three more Black Widow True Believer $1.00 reprints in, including Avengers #111, Champions #7 and the first appearance of Taskmaster in Avengers #196!

These are also books we’ll be giving away for free on Halloween. (see below)

DC Books

On the DC side, King Robin gets his own Dark Nights Death Metal one shot.

Batman White Night Presents Harley Quinn in a new six issue mini series.

Joker is dead, Bruce Wayne is in jail and the city is Harley’s responsibility now.

The Joker War is over but Batman #101 contains a confrontation between Batman and Wildstorm’s Grifter!

Better pick up a copy of Image and Rick Remender’s new Scumbag #1, Ben read a preview and is fully endorcing it. (He also made me order up so he could get the 1:50 variant.)

“NEW ONGOING SERIES from the writer of DEADLY CLASS! RICK REMENDER launches an all-new comedy espionage series, THE SCUMBAG-the story of Ernie Ray Clementine, a profane, illiterate, drug-addicted biker with a fifth-grade education. He’s the only thing standing between us and total Armageddon because this dummy accidentally received a power-imbuing serum, making him the world’s most powerful super spy. This new ongoing series will feature a murderers’ row of all-star artistic talent rotating each issue. The first issue showcases the stunning work of LEWIS LaROSA, with subsequent chapters and covers by brilliant talents such as ANDREW ROBINSON, ERIC POWELL, TULA LOTAY, WES CRAIG, ROLAND BOSCHI, SIMONE DI MEO, MARGUERITE SAUVAGE, DUNCAN FEGREDO, YANICK PAQUETTE, MIKE McKONE, DAVE JOHNSON, MORENO DINISIO, and many more!”

Sounds fun.


We already had an email this week about our trick or treating event on Saturday October 31st. In case you missed it here’s a link to all that info.

We will keep it safe as we have been and will continue to do.

We’ll also have a few cool things going on for our anniversary next Wednesday on the 28th, so think about stopping by to say hello. 30 years. Jeez. My first memory is that Super Friends water ski show at Sea World when I was four in 1976, so I always say that all I’ve ever know was comic books and super heroes. I’d never want to imagine a world without either. Thanks so much for helping make this dream a reality. Always grateful.

Now come on in this week and buy some CD’s!!!

Let’s start off with the big announcement, from Wednesday October 14th to Sunday October 18th we’ll be offering  50% off all back issues.

This will be the last time for 50% off back issues until Black Friday, which we’ll drag out through the whole week to lesson the traffic. So think November 23rd to the 29th.

But why wait for then when you can just come in now! (Yes we just put some books up on the wall, and they will be 50% off too.)

Back to our regularly scheduled programing!

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, October 14th, 2020!

After the return of the Green Goblin last week in ASM #49, “Last Remains” begins in issue #50 as Kindred’s Identity is revealed!

Expect the whole Spider Family to be involved in this one as Nick Spencer’s plot threads all start to weave together!

This week is also the conclusion of the Moon Knight story in Avengers #37. What a great run!

Wait till you see who is (temporarily) the new Sorcerer Supreme and Iron Fist to bring it all home.

It’s like a dream come true (unless you’re Alan Moore). Rorschach gets his own 12 issues series written by Tom King this week.

Set 35 years after the events of the original Watchman series. We’ll be giving the first issue to everyone who got Doomsday Clock, but you’ll have to let us know if you want to continue the run.

Speaking of Doomsday Clock, you can get the complete graphic novel this week too.

With some very high highs and some meh and some plot threads that didn’t play out and an ending that made sense but wasn’t entirely what everyone was looking for. Doomsday Clock! All in all though I’m calling it a success.

You get another issue of Dark Nights Death Metal this week too.

You know, I don’t always know what’s going on here but at least I feel like I’m in on the joke this time. It’s just entertaining on many different levels with the most important one being visceral. Ambush Bug carrying zombie Sergeant Rock around is just plain funny.

We mentioned our lead story in Cleveland Magazine’s ‘Best of” issue last week, but now we’ve actually got a link to the story.

We also got to watch the mini documentary Facebook’s official Business page made last July.

We’re really happy with how it turned out, and you can view it here!

Fascinatingly it was all filmed remotely on iPhone eleven pro’s. They had a full crew in California that communicated with us to set up the lighting and shots.

Our 30th Anniversary is on October 28th, and it’s fair to say my heart is pretty full right now. Thanks everyone.

We will be having a Halloween Event from 10am to 5pm Saturday October 31st. Everyone in costume will get to pick from some classic Black Widow reprint comic books, pick out a couple Joker or Catwoman Paper Masks, and get some free candy as well! Trick or treating will be in the foyer next to the shop, and will be separate from the shop itself. You can grab your offering and run, or you can enter through the main door after grabbing your stuff to do some shopping. (People not in costume can grab some stuff too, though we’ll limited you to three free comics, a mask and some candy. (So dress up! It’s actually on Halloween this year.) There is no official Halloween ComicFest event this year so we’ve had to build one from scratch. Wish us luck and stay safe! If you’re sick stay home. Wear a mask under your mask! Sanitize those hands! We’ll let one trick or treating group/family in the foyer at a time to allow for social distancing. Inside the shop we’ve got some classic 1950’s EC reprints we’ll be selling at $1.00 each! (Nothing says Halloween like Tales from the Crypt.)

We’ll have a full email to come this week so keep an eye out for it.

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