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Forbidden Planet

Shopping, Bookstores East Village
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Forbidden Planet
Photograph: Roxanna Marroquin

If you're looking for a shop with an alternative feel that still delivers a vast selection, than the NY-branch of this UK cult megastore is sure to make you happy. While you browse new comics, ranging from big-ticket publishers like Marvel and D.C. you may find yourself picking up manga DVDs and books, anime and sci-fi toys and action figures, offbeat horror and imported magazines like Gothic Beauty, role-playing games and quirky character T-shirts. And there’s no need to feel intimidated. If you’ve never heard of Neil Gaiman, the helpful staff is more than happy to give you a crash course. Be sure to check the store’s Twitter feed (@fpnyc) for updates on when artists and writers will be stopping by.



Venue name: Forbidden Planet
Address: 832 Broadway
New York
Cross street: between 12th and 13th Sts
Opening hours: Mon, Tue, Sun 10am-10pm; Wed 9am–midnight; Thu–Sat 10am–midnight
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St-Union Sq
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If you're a fan of anything related to comic books or animated movies, TV shows or characters, Forbidden Planet is for you. Located south of Union Square next door to The Strand, you can find any comic book at this place. You can even find apparel, figurines, costumes, and nic-nacs here. Definitely an interesting time anytime you come to this store!


Fun comic book store with statues on display, and a cool, curated selection of what's popular now in the world of action figures, comics, and assorted trinkets. Smaller space is a bit cramped and unruly, but a fun browse - no one will bother you if you want to flip through an art book (which is a must have in my opinion for a good comic book store). Finding someone to help may be a bit difficult (tend to stay behind the register, and/or stocking) - but when you do - service staff is friendly, and knowledgeable.

I'm not usually in New York City on Wednesdays (better known as new comic book day), but when I am, I try to get my books at Forbidden Planet. Of course, there's plenty of other eye candy to take in while I'm perusing the neatly arranged wall racks for me weekly fix of serialized storytelling. I generally end up with an action figure, model or superhero tchotchke in my bag. The downtown placement means that there's always a gaggle of tourists gumming up the aisles, but rightfully so—there's really no other comic book store quite like this one