Today we start a new on-going series here on MBIP where I go to businesses and have the owner or someone who works there make a Top Five List of their favorite things in that business.
I thought I’d begin this new series at one of my favorite Peoria businesses, Acme Comics over on Glen Avenue.
So let the countdown begin…Five, four, three, two…
Here we are at Acme Comics, while the name Acme Comics suggests that this is a store that sells only comics, this sign and…
The one near the street shows there’s a lot more than comics for sale in here!
Before we go in, I have to take a shot of the sign that features a caricature of owner Bob Gordon that my brother Jim drew years ago.
Okay, we’re inside and owner Bob Gordon is busy with a customer, so we’ll wander around and take a few photos of the store and some of the merchandise for sale in here.
There’s so much to look at in here you could spend days browsing and looking at all the interesting and unique items in here. Acme is one of the rare retail stores that is somewhat safe from the internet, because a lot of these items can’t be found on Amazon, these are true collectible treasures in here.
I always find something I’ve never seen before when I come here and today it’s this import album of The Beatles first album, never seen this edition before!
There’s everything from vintage board games to books, DVD’s, toys, figurines, anime novels and comics, comics, comics!
And of course there’s a Tom Selleck calendar hanging behind the counter.
And as I move around to the front of the counter, I see that Bob is free and now he’s ready to reveal his list of his top five things in Acme Comics!
Take it away, Bob!
The wrestlers were made by LJN in the mid-80's when Hulkamania ruled the ring. Heavy duty rubber figures. Still popular with kids and adults. Andre the Giant and Hulk are the two generally most requested.
Evel Knievel vehicles from 1973. All time classic motorcycle daredevil. Hard to find in original boxes. Escape from Skull Canyon is my favorite with tiki ornaments, skulls and Big Foot
Oversized comics from mid-70's. Often called Treasury Comics, they are about the size of a Life magazine or Rolling Stone magazine. Over sized comic panels made the adventures more fun. Novelty item printed when comic sales were dropping.
Mad magazine was my favorite comic as a kid. Unfortunately, due to low reader demand and low level in young kids, the magazine only has a couple issues to go before ending publishing since 1952.
I recently purchased a huge collection, shown here, of nearly 400 issues with some duplicates from early 60's to early 90's.
From my own personal collection and the only item on this list which is not for sale is this vintage 1964 Beatles Flip Your Wig board game.
Not often found complete, this has all four Beatle head tokens and cards. I had one when I was a little kid and we played it to death! Yeah, yeah, yeah!
2218 W. Glen Avenue