For visiting geeks, Midtown Comics is as iconic a destination as the Empire State Building. And for regular residents, it’s the only reason to come to Times Square on Wednesdays. With two locations (Midtown and Downtown), an undeniable bastion of back issues, a stacked website and an unbeatable discount on books for members, Midtown remains the biggest name in the game for a reason. When it comes to books in NYC, you go to Strand; when it comes to comics, you hit Midtown.
NYC may be known as the East Coast’s geek mecca because of New York Comic Con, but comic book store die-hards have been flocking to Gotham to find their favorite superhero and indie titles for years. So whether you’re looking for the works that inspired some of the best superhero movies or you’re trying to find burgeoning series that even the best bookstore in NYC doesn't carry, look no further: We’ve rounded up the best independent comic book stores in NYC for your browsing pleasure.
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