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Best of Long Island Comics and Gaming

(This Stripped column originally appeared in the April 16-22, 1998, Long Island Voice. Click on the artwork for a larger image.)

PURE COMIC BOOK STORE

LONG ISLAND COMICS
1675 Sunrise Hwy, Bay Shore, 631-665-4342.

As trends go, back issues are out and tchotchkes are in, which is fine until you realize you forgot to buy the issues of Power of Shazam that crossed over into Starman. Go here for near-complete runs of Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, Valiant, Gold Key and more, plus a free search service that can locate most back issues in 24 hours.

— Beth Hannan Rimmels

FULL-SERVICE COMIC BOOK STORE

GRASSHOPPER COMICS
76 Hillside Ave, Williston Park, 516-741-5724.

Friendly help, a clean, organized store, wide selection and good recommendations will always make a difference. Funky decorations from the giant Alien overlooking the gaming section to cut-outs from Batman: The Animated Series give the shop character. Think of it as the little shop that does.               — BHR

FOURTH WORLD COMICS
33 Route 111, Smithtown, 631-366-4440.

Nipping at Grasshopper's tarsus.                                                                                             — BHR

SUPER HERO COMICS
320 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, 516-328-9290.

Great Service and you can find gems in the back-issue bins.                                                    — BHR

COSMIC COMICS
246 Merrick Rd, Oceanside, 516-763-1133; 1965 Turnpike, East Northport, 631-499-5138.

Large selection, good prices.                                                                                                  — BHR

GAMING STORE

FOURTH WORLD COMICS
33 Route 111, Smithtown, 631-366-4440.

Sure, gamers can buy the latest modules and books by mail order, but nothing's quite the same as being able to scour the shelves and flip through the books yourself, and Fourth World gives you a lot of choices.      — BHR

MEN AT ARMS
134 Middle Country Rd, Middle Island, 631-924-0583.

The place for strategy games, miniatures and models.                                                              — BHR

 

Column 1998 Long Island Voice.