JHU Comic Books
Comic books and graphic novels have stepped up their game over the decades and are certainly recognized as a legitimate art form in the publishing world and by many who collect them. We have been to a number of great comic book shops while walking the side streets, but there has not been anything to compare with the vast and well organized selection that JHU carries. From Aqua Man to Zombie, the shop is set up in alphabetical order, in an effort to help all enthusiasts and new comers, alike, to navigate the collection. And if there are questions to be asked, the knowledgeable and incredibly friendly staff is always there to guide. “Golden Age Larry,” as his people affectionately refer to him, is an icon in the world of comics and a real delight. His passion becomes apparent as soon as you begin a conversation.
I spent a pleasant time with Larry learning the history of this business and how he became involved. What started as a small interest dating back thirty or so years ago became the bane of his existence once he discovered JHU on Chamber Street in the 1990s. While working on Wall Street, Larry would hang out here during his lunch hours chatting with the owners and customers. He was what people referred to as the “fountain of knowledge,” a real walking encyclopedia of the history of this art form. Within a few years Larry made the decision to leave his job downtown and began a new career in the world of comics uptown. Now, happily situated between Park and Madison, JHU enjoys a steady stream of collectors and first timers who browse the well-organized shelves where the golden oldies sit alongside the most up-to-date material, soaking in the nostalgia that it brings back for all of us.