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Best Comic Book Store St. Louis 2009 - Star Clipper

Star Clipper

Star Clipper

6392 Delmar Blvd.

University City, MO 63130

314-725-9110

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Even if you haven't stepped inside a comic book store since Rob Liefeld was the primary artist behind X-Force, a ragtag group of Marvel mutants led by a then still-mortal and atrophy-ankled antihero named Cable, a quick visit to Star Clipper on Delmar should set you straight. The staff is among the most knowledgeable, helpful and enthusiastic bunch of employees anywhere in the city, always ready with a recommendation if you're willing to reveal a little of your tastes. Say you're a fan of Daniel Clowes. They might point you toward Peter Bagge's iconic Hate stories, or if you're feeling more adventurous, they might tip you off to Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim before it inevitably explodes in popularity. If North American indie ain't your flavor, the well-stocked and modernly organized store is filled with current manga, superhero titles, art design books, and even plush displays of Uglydolls, Tim Burton paraphernalia and vinyl Japanese collectibles. Comics are becoming cool again, and with Star Clipper's renowned art gallery showings and DJ performances on the Loop, this is ground zero for reacquainting yourself with the culture.

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david
david

HI, DO YOU HAVE SOME ORIGINAL 1938 COMIC BOOKSE-MAIL ME BACK WITH A LIST OF THEM WITH PRICES.BATMAN, SUPERMAN, AND SPIDERMAN AND OTHERS. THANKS, DAVID

Mike
Mike

Jake:

I've never been a big fan of hunting for back issues, but sometimes I miss something new and have to find that piece of the story. Usually Star Clipper has the newer issues behind the current issue on their racks so I never have a problem. If they've sold out they can almost always get it for me. But I'm usually only looking for stuff that's maybe a couple of months old at the oldest.

I know two of the guys who work at Star Clipper pretty well and asked them what they do with the issues they don't sell and I found out that they almost always sell out of what they order. I was told they try to sell out of current issues in about 5 weeks (longer for more popular or important stuff). If they don't sell out of something they put them into grab bags where you can get 4 comics for 3 bucks or 50 for 20! Pretty cool! They said they don't have any long boxes except the new ones they sell to customers.

Jason:

I'm super surprised they didn't have Watchmen when you were looking for it! It was one of the first graphic novels I ever read and I got it from them back when they were at their old location. I asked a manager about if they keep that in stock and he said that before the movie, they always tried to keep 3 or 4 copies on the shelf at any given time, and now they try and keep 7! I guess maybe you were unlucky and came in on a day when they were sold out. The manager told me they ordered so many for the movie and no other stores in St. Louis did so DC asked them to share some with other stores in St. Louis!

Mike

Brian
Brian

Star Clipper is an excellent store--the best in St. Louis. True they do not have back issues lining the store like other stores, but they do have recent issues behind the most current issue on the rack and the staff will assist you with ordering back issues. The store seems to focus on active comic readers/collectors--those that will come in to the store to maintain their collection instead of focusing on Comic Book Guy collectors that are searching for mint condition first appearances.

Jason
Jason

I love StarClipper...BUT...a few months before WATCHMEN-mania hit, I decided to try and pick up a copy. I'd never read it before, but had heard that it was like THE greatest graphic novel of all time.

So I went to StarClipper, and wouldn't you know it? They didn't have A SINGLE copy.

Of course, once the trailer hit (and it became trendy) they had a whole giant display. But by that point I'd purchased the book at Borders and had read the thing.

Jake
Jake

Not for collecting? Do you throw them out when you are finished with them? Comic readers need not forget that your trade paperbacks are made up of single issues. I'm confused how you can enjoy reading graphic literature, going to shops, having a big selection, and yet you don't enjoy the hunt that back issues provide.

What exactly does Star Clipper do with all the issues they do not sell?

Sonny
Sonny

Comics are not for collecting. They are for READING. I'm thrilled Star Clipper does not waste floor space on back issues. If you want back issues, buy them on eBay. If you want a professionally run comic store with the best selection of graphic novels in the region, go to Star Clipper.

Brian
Brian

Star Clipper is cute and useful, but a comic book store it is not. Not only do they not feature one single back issue in the entire store (comics are for collecting, I can find trade paperbacks on the internet) but when I walk into Star Clipper I don't get that immediate rush of self-esteem boost that I get when I walk into a real comic book store. Star Clipper makes me feel old and fat; comic books stores make me feel like an Adonis and a renaissance man.

Cliff
Cliff

Can't say that I agree with the previous poster...if you want hardcore reading, there isn't a shop within 500 miles (or maybe anywhere) that provides a better selection. Star Clipper's collection of trade paperbacks and graphic novels is unparalleled in St. Louis. When I'm looking for something to read and want to have a great time finding it, I go to Star Clipper.

-Cliff

Jake
Jake

Too often is Star Clipper considered the quintessential comic store in STL. Take the journey to Ballwin and visit Comic Book Relief Again. What they lack in menga, they make up with in toys and back issues. If you are looking to do some actual, hardcore reading, and not just find whatever is trendy that month, Comic Book Relief Again is what you need.

http://www.comicbookrelief.com

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