Bedrock City Comics
Multiple locations, check their website for details
Bedrock City Comics is commonly considered one of the best comic book shops in Houston, with four locations around the city. The first store was opened by owner/operator Richard Evans in 1990, and its success quickly spurred three more locations. The Houston Press has named this comic book shop the best in the city for a decade, and it is nationally recognized among collectors and other comic book aficionados. Evans has had his hands on some of the most coveted comics of the Golden, Silver and Bronze Age and works as an advisor for the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. Besides wall-to-wall comic books, Bedrock City also sells graphic novels, figurines, apparel, posters, trading cards and much more. You can also find much of their inventory online, via their comic book-themed Web site and eBay auctions. Store hours are the same across all four locations: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Third Planet Sci-Fi Superstore
2718 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77098
Voted the best comic book store in 2009 by the Houston Press, Third Planet Sci-Fi Superstore (commonly referred to as just Third Planet) has been delighting H-Town comic book fans for years. What makes this comic book shop so impressive isn’t underground comics or superb organization (you won’t find much of either here), but if you want a vast selection and sheer volume, this is the place to go in Houston. Third Planet spans 8,000 square feet, which is pretty impressive for a comic book store. Despite the store’s slightly cluttered feel, the comics here are all well cared for and in excellent condition; with so much to choose from, you are sure to find something to add to your collection. In addition to comics, you’ll also find games, action figures, manga and anime, and a good deal more. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Nan’s Games & Comics Too
2011 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77098
Nan’s Games & Comics Too might not have the large selection that our other picks boast, but they stand out for having a helpful staff and extended evening hours. If you like games as much as you like comic books, you’ll love Nan’s; board games and other games take up nearly half of the store, with the rest devoted to comics. They also specialize in action figures, anime, toys and other products. Despite a somewhat smaller selection of comics, the folks at Nan’s make an effort to carry a large range of genres, artists and time periods, with something for every collector. Some products may be slightly overpriced, but if you’re willing to pay more for good service and an atmosphere where your inner comic book geek will feel right at home, you’ll want to stop in at Nan’s. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.