September 10, 2013
Buddy, Judy Saunders Sell Iconic Lone Star Comics Stores
I had no word of this at all, so I'm glad that the hobby business news and analysis site ICv2.com picked up on
Buddy and Judy Saunders selling their five brick-and-mortar Lone Star Comics stores. Two of the iconic retailer's Dallas-region locations will be renamed by the long-time employee and her family that made that purchase. The Saunders will continue to operate their MyComicShop.com
site, which they call a still-growing business that will allow them to spend more time with family.
Lone Star opened its first store in 1977 -- not one of the absolute earliest comics shops, but close enough for its longevity and continuity to be a major deal. Texas was a massive home for comics reading and active fandom in those days in a way that I'm going to suggest hoping no one will take a swing at me that it isn't now; Lone Star has certainly served one of the great regional comics markets, right up there with Chicago and New York, the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Saunders' reputation for a time in comics was one of a conservative-leaning taste-maker, with potential influence on the comics market derived from the size of his retail chain. His open letter about the morality of events depicted in mainstream comics in the 1980s was part of the heady stew of debates, strident declarations and the staking out of positions that created the modern comics culture's attention to censorship issues.
MyComicShop.com was an early entry and remains a potent force in the mail-order purchase of older comics and comics-related items.
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