Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 4:29PM
There's something that's sort of quaint about a comic book store. Unlike toy stores, they're a place where both children and adults can go to stock up on comics, graphic novels, action figures, and fantasy- and superhero-related items without judgement, under the watchful eye of a knowledgeable salesman who if you're lucky looks to be right out of Central Casting. They never go out of fashion, and the merchandise is always reliably up-to-date.
All of the above is certainly true about Galaxy Comics. Opened in 1999 by four friends on Fifth Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets, they've since expanded to two other locations: one further down Fifth in Bay Ridge, as well as a two-year old outpost on the second floor of 123 Seventh Avenue, between President and Carroll.
The original Fifth Avenue location (above) gets the most foot traffic, and is stocked literally floor-to-ceiling. New releases are the focus here, although some indies are available and there are a few boxes of back issues to sift through. The staff is renowned for their friendliness, and don't have that air of condescension that you might find in some of the bigger stores.
Over on the other side of the neighborhood, Park Slope native Robin Buckwalter holds court in Galaxy II. Like his counterparts across town, he's super-friendly and has an encyclopedic knowledge of everything comic-related (that's probably the reason why he was chosen to come over from the other store to run this one). As this store is newer, it's a bit sleeker and very well laid-out (the graphic novels are sorted by author, for example).
In short, these stores have everything you'd want in a good old fashioned comic book shop. Next time you feel like picking up the latest edition of Spider Man, or maybe a Ninja Turtle lunch box or Flash statue, you'll know where to go.
Galaxy Comics and Collectibles, 429 5th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-499-3222; 123 7th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-623-1234.