Everyone is talking about the most recent “Avengers: Infinity War” movie and looking forward to the “Avengers: Endgame” with great anticipation. The Batman movies continue to be loved and enjoyed every time the trilogy starts anew. Spiderman is another beloved favorite that draws in moviegoers by the thousands. When we think of superheroes, Superman, Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, Thor, and Ironman flash before our eyes. When someone mentions a villain, we remember the Joker, Catwoman, the Riddler, the Penguin, Lex Luther, Green Goblin, and even poor, misunderstood Loki (yes, I’m a fan).
But how did all these heroes and villains first become such a commonly known placeholder in our culture today? Where did they originate from? Comic Books, of course! All of our superheroes of today first got their start in comic books many decades ago. Superman started in 1938 in DC’s Action Comics #1. Batman got his start in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, and Marvel’s Spiderman first appeared in 1962 in Amazing Fantasy #15. Many people that never read any of the comics remain die hard fans of the movies, but it is fascinating to read one of the original story-lines and discover what the true origin of each superhero really was.
If you would like to delve more into the history of your favorite superhero or villain, check out the great comic book stores in Knoxville, TN, and see how close the origins come to those of the newer movies. Whether you want to become a true collector and start from the beginning of the comic book age, or if you want to follow along with the newest series and check for a current issue, Knoxville’s comic book stores make for a great day of exploration and fun!
Located at 5410 N. Broadway Street is one of the largest comic book stores in the area—Sci-Fi City. This sci-fi-themed comic book store playfully boasts “the biggest and best selection in this galactic administrative zone,” and is filled to the brim with comics old and new, as well as collectibles, games of all types that include board games and card games, and miniatures for collecting and for games. You can even find hobby supplies and role-playing games here. Sci-Fi City offers in-store gaming for all gaming enthusiasts, and contains gaming tables of varying sizes and miniature terrains. If you are eager to play a round of Yu-Gi-Oh! or Dragon Ball, and would like to join a Warhammer group or learn one of the newest popular games, you can enjoy any of your favorite hobbies right in the store, then purchase some comic books on the way out to enjoy at home.
Nirvana Comics specializes in comic books and superheroes and villains galore, and is dubbed “Nerdvana.” Located at 6709-B Kingston Pike, Nirvana Comics offers several special subscription tiers for discounts on your favorite comic book subscriptions. You can even get free bags and boards for each of your comic books to keep them in mint condition. Old and new comics, graphic novels, action figures, and posters are all offered, and “Nerdvana” also buys your old comics.
Located at 6767 Jubilee Center Way, Suite 103, New Krypton Comics is another great choice for readers of the current comic series. This quaintly-decorated comic book store offers special discounts for setting up a folder of your favorite subscription. You can have the next issue of your superhero or villain already waiting in a shiny bag with a board when you have time to swing by and pick it up.
Snake Eyes Comics is located at 9317 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, specializes in comics and beloved comic book characters, and carries a lot of older comic books and hard-to-get collectibles, like the Kylo Ren Sideshow Exclusive. This comic book store is a must-stop for the dedicated and serious comic book fan.
Comics Exchange is yet another small but valuable comic book store in the Knoxville area. Located at 3711 Chapman Hwy, this comic book store offers both vintage and new comics, as well as collectibles, statues, and toys. It even has special guests and in-store signing events, so be sure to check out their Facebook page so that you don’t miss out on meeting a favorite artist!
No matter who your favorite superhero is, or even if you prefer a supervillain, you will find a world of intrigue and entertainment at any of these special comic book stores in Knoxville, so grab the entire family or your best friends and plan for an enjoyable day in the land of fantasy!
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