Ipswich turns new page with readers flocking to Daily Planet
HOLY gee willikers Batman! A new comic book store - Daily Planet Comics - has opened in the Top of Town in Ipswich.
Terry Clayton, manager of the Brisbane St store, said it had been welcomed with open arms in its first week of trading.
"It's been really positive. It's surprising actually just how positive it's been," Mr Clayton said.
"There's been a lot of people who have come in and been really grateful there's somewhere convenient they can get their stuff.
"There's always been a comic store in Ipswich off and on for the past 20 years. It's been, I think, three years since there's been one here so we figured it was time to bring one here."
As well as comics, the store has merchandise, posters, action figures, shirts and statues.
Mr Clayton acknowledges the impact of online on comic book sales but says there are still plenty of people who want the real deal.
"There's a lot more titles coming out every week now," he said.
"The sales aren't like the boom of the 90s but it's still right up there. It's not in any danger of going away.
"People will always want the product as it's meant to be seen."
Despite the stereotype of the comic book store guy in The Simpsons, Mr Clayton said there was no such thing as a typical comic book fan.
"Those people exist but, yeah, there are other people too," he said.
"Both genders, there's no age bracket and there's comics to cater for every different interest and reading level, different genres. It's really hard to stereotype."
The comics in the store are new so none of them are rare but Mr Clayton says that will change.
"Daily Planet in the city has the best set of rare comics so there will definitely be stuff coming out. We'll be rotating stuff between the three shops," he said.
His favourite comic is Hellraiser although he admits it's not as big as Batman.