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Best comic book shops for NYC kids

Check out these funny-book shops with your superfans.

Reading at Midtown Comics

Reading at Midtown Comics Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castell

BLAM! POW! Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival is coming to town (Apr 9 and 10 at the 69th Regiment Armory), with signings, panels, and miles and miles of comic books. If you've got a fledgling devotee—or are a full-blown comics nerd yourself—a trip to the city's coolest comic book stores will stoke the fire as you count down to the big day.

Bulletproof Comics and Games
Fans will find everything from the kid-friendly Tiny Titans series to the latest issue of the mutant-lit title X-Men. On weekends, families can even join a video game tournament (all ages welcome). 2178 Nostrand Ave between Flatbush Ave and Hillel Pl, Flatbush, Brooklyn (718-434-1800, bulletproofcomix.com)

Forbidden Planet
This store packs plenty of interstellar action: Star Wars and Star Trek action figures, vehicles and various other collectibles vie for shelf space with comic books and insidery trade paperbacks. Upstairs, young readers can browse through the store's extensive manga and anime selection. 840 Broadway at 13th St (212-473-1576, fpnyc.com)

Jim Hanley's Universe
Besides the galactic array of comic books, such collectibles as Captain America's shield and Iron Man's helmet entice budding superheroes (and their parents, too). *4 W 33rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-268-7088, jhuniverse.blogspot.com). *299B New Dorp Ln between Clawson and 10th Sts, Staten Island (718-351-6299)

Silver Age Comics
Nestled in a corner of the elevated Ditmars Boulevard subway station, this store's cool location is extra-convenient for families on the move. Plus, its entire collection is catalogued online, so you'll know if that rare issue of Doom Patrol is in stock before you head out. 22-55 31st St between Ditmars Blvd and 23rd Ave, Astoria, Queens (718-721-9691, silveragecomics.com).

Midtown Comics
Want to find the best Spider-Man book to get your child up to speed? Just ask one of the knowledgeable, blue T-shirt--clad staffers. Limited-time discounts abound, among them an Easter Sunday special: 20 percent off everything. 200 W 40th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-302-8192, midtowncomics.com). See website for other locations.

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