You can trace comic books all the way back to the Golden (1940s) and Silver (1950s) Ages, but there's no better time to jump in than now. Superhero movies and TV shows dominate the big and small screens alike, and even non-superhero comics have been adapted into mega-successful properties beyond the page (like The Walking Dead).
And with Free Comic Book Day just around the corner, you have the perfect excuse to head out to your local shop this weekend! If you're not sure where to start, worry not. We've got the best comic book shops in Jacksonville, FL right here.
Whether you're looking to fill some holes in your collection or you're starting from scratch, Cosmic Comics is a great shop to visit. In addition to their long boxes full of back-issues, you'll find tons of great action figures, statues, and other collectibles.
Mythical Mountain has quite the reputation around town. It was voted Jacksonville's 2nd Best Toy Store and Best Local Comic Book Store in 2018 in Folio Weekly's Best of Jax contest! That's thanks to its huge inventory of classic comics, new books, action figures, vintage collectibles, and the ever-present Funko® Pops.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="900"] Photo: Coliseum of Comics, Riverside[/caption]
Coliseum of Comics is the go-to for all things comics in both the Riverside and Beaches areas of Jacksonville. Comics new and old line the walls of this trendy shop alongside incredible statues and dozens of tabletop classics. You can even buy miniatures and other supplies for games like Warhammer 40,000.
From Marvel and DC to Star Wars and Doctor Who, Gotham City Limit has something to appeal to nerds of all stripes. Check out the Star Wars pinball machine and classic Pac-Man cabinet when you first enter, or the shelves full of memorabilia from just about any popular franchise you can imagine. And if you can't find a specific comic or item on your list, let them know and they'll order it for you!
The folks at Altered Egos don't try to hide their passion for comic books and the community that surrounds it. They'll gladly welcome you in whether you've been reading since the Golden Age or you're fresh out the movie theater and ready to learn more about the character you just watched on the big screen. You can even hang out with like-minded fans at one of the shop's weekly game meetups!
Unlike the other shops on this list, Action Toys & Collectibles isn't a destination for new comics. However, if you're a nostalgia hunter in the market for back-issues or throwback action figures, make a stop at Action Toys & Collectibles. And if you have old collectibles that need a new home, Action Toys is often in the market for new merch!