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Mostly Comics

Left: Greeting every visitor at the store entrance is one of the five hulk statues in Canada. Top right: Mostly Comics also features comics-themed games alongside their comics and figurines. Bottom right: Top shelf features figurines, while the four shelves underneath features comics. More merchandise awaits browsing in boxes on the floor. Photos: Ambika Sangaran

 

GENERAL INFORMATION


Mostly Comics sells comics of all genres and descriptions. The store also sells comic-related products and apparel, graphic novels, and Anime products. Comics enthusiasts can find movie, tv and music action figurines and apparel, as well as board games. 

 

As you enter Mostly Comics, you will be welcomed by a 8 1/2 feet tall statue of the DC Comics hero The Hulk. It is one of only five statues of The Hulk in Canada. The Hulk that welcomes you at the store front is the only one that was signed by Lou Ferrigno, the actor who played The Hulk in the 1980's television series.

 

The store website also feature a forum, a discussion platform for comic enthusiasts and friends of Mostly Comics at http://www.mostlycomics.com/forums/index.php

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mostlycomicsniagara

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MostlyComics

 


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Hours of Operation

Monday        :      11:00am - 5:30pm

Tuesday       :      11:00am - 5:30pm

Wednesday  :      12:00pm - 7:30pm

Thursday      :      11:00am - 5:30pm

Friday          :      11:00am - 7:30pm

Saturday      :      11:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday        :      Closed

 


DIRECTIONS

From Toronto:
1. Travel on Queen Elizabeth Way following signs for Niagara/East Hamilton/Fort Erie.

2. Take the exit toward Lake Street/Regional Road 44. 

3. Turn left (east) on Dunlop Drive. 

4. Turn right (south) onto Geneva Street/Regional Road 46. 

5. Slight right (south) onto St. Paul Street.

6. Destination will be on your right.

From Niagara:

1. Travel on Queen Elizabeth Way to Toronto.

2. Take the exit toward Niagara Street/Regional Road 48/Welland Avenue/Regional Road 77.

3. Merge onto Dieppe Road.

4. Slight left (west) onto Welland Avenue/Regional Road 77. 

5. Turn left (south) onto Geneva Street/Regional Road 46.

6. Slight right (south) onto St. Paul Street. 

7. The destination will be on your right.

 


Historical

 

Mostly Comics, originally known as Len's Odds and Ends, has been in operation since March 1981, when Len Booth decided to open a Science Fiction themed bookstore. Len Booth's store initially featured a rack of used comic books, and he started selling new comics in 1982. In July 2000,  Booth sold his Science Fiction bookstore to Kim and Cheryl Stevens. Kim Steven, a longtime resident of St. Catharines, was not new to the store;  he was in fact one of Len Booth's first and most loyal customers.

 

The store still remains at 413 St. Paul Street, the exact location at which the very first Len's Odds and Ends began operation more than three decades ago - but the theme of the bookstore has changed. Kim and Cheryl Stevens renamed the store as Mostly Comics and made tremendous changes to the store's inventory. From the original meagre single rack of comics, the store is now almost entirely devoted to comics, as reflected in the store's re-branding to Mostly Comics. In addition to comic books of all genres and descriptions, the store also sells comic-related products and apparel, graphic novels, and Anime products. Comics enthusiasts can find movie, tv and music action figurines and apparel as well as board games.

 

In June 2011, Mostly Comics flooded when an old water main in St. Paul Street burst open. Thousands and thousands of comics and other inventory in the basement were destroyed by the water. The store at 413 St. Paul St. was in dire straits.

 

After losing much inventory and having to make substantial structural repairs to the store due to the water damage, Kim and Cheryl Stevens made some major renovations in October 2013. Now, the store has a new look, sporting theme colours from Kim's very own favourite comic character, 'The Incredible Hulk'. 

 


Further Information

 

Fraser, D. (2013, October 28). Bizzline: Mostly Comics gets post-flood makeover. Retrieved from http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2013/10/28/bizzline-mostly-comics-gets-post-flood-makeover

 

Marshall, A. & Anderson, C. (2013, July 3). Hot Spots: Mostly Comics. [Video File]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL0RtES9cZ

 

 

Address

413 St. Paul Street
L2R 3N1 Municipality St. Catharines

Telephone

(905) 682-6147

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.160987
Longitude -79.240988
UTM easting 643000.77
UTM northing 4780194.19

Administration

Mr. Kim Stevens
Tel (905) 682-6147
Website http://www.mostlycomics.com/

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'beside Niagara Central Hobbies'

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