Action Comics 337 E 81st St., New York, NY 10028 (212) 639-1976
Located in a moldy basement, they have a fairly small collection of comics. The one person behind the counter was not amicable.
Alex's MVP Cards 256 East 89th Street, New York, NY 10128 (212) 831-2273
A small place with a modest collection of comics and cards.
Chameleon Comics 3 Maiden Lane FL 1, New York, NY 10038 (212) 587-3411
Small, new stuff mostly. Virtually no back issues, some trades. They do have a helpful staff.
Collector's Kingdom 170 Rivington Street, New York, NY 10002 (212) 677-6431
A very small collection. Located right around the block from the Williamsburg bridge.
Cosmic Comics 36 East 23rd Street FL 2, New York, NY 10010 (212) 460-5322
A pretty good store, with lots of manga titles and lots of "mature" stuff. A decent collection all around, but the place was disorganized and the manager not welcoming.
Forbidden Planet 840 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 (212) 473-1576
They have all the new stuff, a decent amount of trade paperbacks, but absolutely no back issues. They also have some cool figurines and other collectibles. However, there is no reason to go here (unless you want one of those finely detailed figures) when you could go to St. Mark's just a few blocks away.
Four Color Comics 115 West 27th Street FL 8, New York, NY 10001 (212) 675-6990
They sell only Silver and Golden age comics but do not have a walk-in store. By appointment only.
Midtown Comics 200 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018 (212) 302-8192
Spacious and new-looking, it occupies the second and third floors of the building. They have a super collection of current titles and easy-to-access, well-organized back issues. The selection of back issues and trade paperbacks is decent but not spectacular. Also there is a nice gathering of collectibles, t-shirts, and cassettes containing old genre favorites. Some of these TV shows may be hard to obtain elsewhere. The top floor is devoted entirely to toys, collectibles, and magazines, but the best thing about Midtown is that you can easily become a member (your birthday is your membership number) and for every one hundred dollars you spend, you get your next twenty dollars worth of comics free. Perfect for the fanboy who spends a ton on comics.
New City Comics 836 West 181st Street, New York, NY 10033 (212) 928-3186
They have few comics, but a lot of baseball cards.
Roger's Time Machine 207 West 14th Street FL 2, New York, NY 10011 (212) 691-0380
A lot of obscure back issues, but not strong on much else. The place is also a little messy. On the upside they have plenty of old sci-fi periodicals. They also have old adult magazines.
Sleep of Reason Comics 47 West 8th Street FL 2, New York, NY 10011 (212) 982-7901
A good all around store, they have new titles, back issues, action figures and some cool trade paperbacks. Considering the small size of the place, they are fairly well-stocked. They also have some old sci-fi periodicals. The staff was friendly.
St Marks Comics 11 Saint Marks Place, New York, NY 10003 (212) 598-9439
They have an excellent selection of both back issues and trade paperbacks, but their back issues are difficult to access due to cramped space. They also possess the whole spectrum of current titles and the staff is very helpful. It is not a particularly large or new-looking store, though this should not deter you from considering the first-rate selection. They also have lots of cool collectibles. There is a smaller, less impressive location at 150 Chambers St.
Village Comics 214 Sullivan Street 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012 (212) 473-3010
A great deal of cool statuettes, models, and other collectibles. But the comic selection is not very impressive and the back issues are a mess. Also, they have a pretty sizable "adults only" section and some cool old horror books.