It doesn’t take Superman’s vision to see that 901 Comics is going to be an exciting addition to the Cooper Young community.
Inside the store, famous comic book covers line the cash register to form a comforting wallpaper of beloved classic heroes. Customers weave between aisles, scanning everything from high-end collectibles to used graphic novels. Behind the counter, co-owner Shannon Merritt pecks away at a computer keyboard as he orders more comics for the grand opening this Saturday, June 11.
“We’re trying to cultivate your friendly neighborhood comic book store. We want people to come here and feel comfortable,” said co-owner Shannon Merritt.
Shannon Merritt and Jaime Wright banded together to create Midtown’s only comic book store, situated between Goner Records and Java Cabana at 2162 Young. 901 Comics offers a wide variety of comics and services for the comic reader, collector, and seller. The store features new and old comics as well as high-end key collectibles, used and new graphic novels, toys, statues, and work by local comic book artists.
Saturday’s grand opening will feature free signings by renowned comic book artist Allan Bellman. The 92-year old legend worked on the backgrounds for the original Captain America series in the Golden Age of comics during the 1940s. Anyone who gets a signed copy can purchase a certificate of authenticity for only $10.
With each purchase from 901 Comics this Saturday, customers automatically receive raffle tickets for the grand prizes of signed comics by Stan Lee, former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.
Opening a comic book store has been a long-time dream of Merritt and Wright. The two met at the P&H Cafe, where Wright worked for seven years. Wright also worked with Stan Lee collectibles as a booth manager, helping with autograph signings. Merritt is an officer with the Memphis Police Department, but has been collecting comics since he was six years old.
Merritt says the comic book fan base in Memphis is “growing and growing.” Whether it’s the annual Comic Con at the Cook Convention Center, the Comic Book Expo, the rise of Cosplay, or even the sheer popularity of comic books shows and movies, comic culture is alive and well.
“Comics are the new mythology. They are the gods,” said Merritt.
Whether you’re looking to buy your first comic or your 100th, 901 Comics is sure to save the day.