An interesting video from the CBC archives about Memory Lane Books, opened May 1967 in Toronto by George Henderson.
This predates Harry Kremer’s Now & Then Books by four years.
A really great interview. Henderson felt comfortable opening a comic shop now that people weren’t embarrassed to be buying them. He sold a Batman #1 for $250 and was seeing Superman #1 going for up to $300. Yikes!
The shop is packed full of golden age material, just sitting on racks. No comic bags or boards, everything out in the open ready to be handled.
Take a look at that giant shelf of fanzines. It’s hard to remember in this age of the internet how plentiful and diverse the fanzine era was.
Check out that new comic shelf, loaded down with issues of X-Men. Crazy. Take notice that the walls are covered in original artwork.
Back issue bins crowded with silver age material. Condition doesn’t seem to be a concern for any of the books in the shop.
Unfortunately comic shops the world over seem to suffer the same clutter issues today as Henderson did fourty years ago: books piled everywhere, walls covered in merchandise.
As an aside, was television still black and white in 1970? Can you believe how Canadian everyone sounds?