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BEST COMIC BOOK STORE Phoenix 2007 - Samurai Comics - CLOSED

Samurai Comics

5024 N. Seventh St.

Phoenix, AZ 85014


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Being a dork isn't easy. The looks of pity while standing in line for nine hours to see Star Wars: Episode III. The snickers and snide comments just for dressing up as hunky Final Fantasy hero Cloud. So what if it wasn't Halloween? At Samurai Comics in Phoenix, you're not alone. Magic: the Gathering is a lifestyle, not just a card game, and movie-accurate stormtrooper costumes are chic. It's a geek's wet dream, especially considering the buxom babes populating the covers of Lady Death, Kabuki and teenybopper rags like Bomb Queen III that line the walls. But parents needn't be concerned. Owners Moryha and Mike Banks also stock tons of classic Superman, Spidey and X-Men back issues from the time before Rogue's double D's and Storm's cleavage-bearing wetsuit.
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Thanks, New Times. Thanks to each and every person that's ever set foot in our store and cared to return. Thanks to our wonderful staff and our loyal customer base. Thanks to all the other comic book retailers out there, trying to get by just like us.

For every person that ever assumes that all one does at a comic store is read books and surf, this recognition helps prove that, like any other family-owned small business, we work very hard, striving to do the best job we can, both for ourselves, our customers, and our community.


Brandon HuigensSamurai Comics

Mike Banks
Mike Banks

Sweet! This is an awesome honor. Metropolitan Phoenix has a bunch of great comic book stores (way more than most major cities) so to be picked as the best is pretty damn cool.

I'm also happy that so many shops that are a part of Local First Arizona won Best of Awards. There are so many great independently owned and operated businesses here in the valley. Check them out through the New Times Best of Phoenix issue, and also at

Mike BanksSamurai Comics