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Inside Forbidden Planet’s Less Forbidding New Location

Photos: Sarah Darville.

At Forbidden Planet’s new location, which opened last Tuesday, the shelves still overflow with comic books, graphic novels, and action figures  – but according to manager Jeff Ayers, there’s one big difference from the old store at the corner of Broadway and 12th Street. “It’s not a cave,” he said, pointing at windows in the front and a skylight in the back. “There’s a sense of actually being able to breathe.”

The new location at 832 Broadway is the store’s third on the block south of Union Square where it first opened in 1981. For those who remember sky-high shelves and bumping into other customers in the aisles, the 40 percent increase in space will likely be a shock to the system.

“F.P. has always had that cool, grimy — not dirty… but that reputation of being jam-packed,” Mr. Ayers said. “We want it to be the same, and a little classier.” The store’s most recent Yelp reviewer appreciated the upgrades, writing, “So much more room and THE A/C WORKS!!!” Read more…

Up, Up and Around the Corner

Forbidden Planet, one of the city’s more popular comic book shops, is moving to a larger store nearby at 840 Broadway near Union Square, DNAInfo reports. The new location will have 1,200 additional square feet of space — a sign that this particular shop is faring well in spite of larger concerns in the industry regarding how to attract new fans to old-fashioned superhero stories told on old-fashioned paper. (Just today The Times detailed one rebooted comic company’s plan to make money: Movies.) The new Forbidden Planet will open on July 24. Maybe they should get the Incredible Hulk to help with the move?