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Paperback Heroes

  • Darren Taylor
A shop wedged between a bakery and a tire fitment store sells South Africans the latest - and some of the oldest in comic books.
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Comic book expert Scot Brimson holds a rare edition of a Spider Man comic from the early 1960s, priced under $600. Brimson also sells the latest in comics at Cosmic Comics, a Johannesburg store sandwiched between a bakery and a tire fitment center. Photo by Darren Taylor.
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Comic book expert Scot Brimson holds a rare edition of a Spider Man comic from the early 1960s, priced under $600. Brimson also sells the latest in comics at Cosmic Comics, a Johannesburg store sandwiched between a bakery and a tire fitment center. Photo by Darren Taylor.

Hellboy comics are among Brimson’s top-selling titles. Photo by Darren Taylor.
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Hellboy comics are among Brimson’s top-selling titles. Photo by Darren Taylor.

Boxes of comics are delivered to Brimson’s store from the United States. Photo by Darren Taylor.
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Boxes of comics are delivered to Brimson’s store from the United States. Photo by Darren Taylor.

An image from one of the latest Batman series of comics, called Court of Owls. Photo by Darren Taylor.
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An image from one of the latest Batman series of comics, called Court of Owls. Photo by Darren Taylor.

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