30 Things I Like About Comics—#19 Comic Book Spinner

Keith Bowman's comic book spinner
Keith Bowman’s comic book spinner (image  courtesy http://www.flickr.com/photos/tdba/)

How awesome were the old-timey spinner racks? They used to be found everywhere–newsstands, grocery stores, pharmacies. I’m just old enough to remember these being in 7-11’s, when as a treat I could pick up a comic book when going for a walk around the neighborhood with my parents.

With the advent of comic book stores, the spinner rack has seemingly become extinct. Comic book stores feature the floppies on wall shelves. Bookstores that carry comics usually do the same, and some Borders had monster spinner racks, but they weren’t as much fun and lacked the character of the wire racks.

Today, you can see them at comic book shows, as some of the dealers who are lucky enough to have one like to use it to display there wears. Sometimes you can find one on eBay, but they tend to be expensive (even more so if you take into account the cost of packing and shipping).

If I had the money and the space, I certainly would have one of these proudly on display. If anyone in the New Jersey area has a rack they are looking to giveaway, I would love it.

I’d be your best friend forever :).

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