R.I.P. Gary Arlington, First Comic Book Store Owner in the U.S.

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Comic book legend Gary Edson Arlington, passed away at age 75 on the 17th January 2014. Gary Arlington started what might have been the world’s first comic book shop in San Francisco’s Mission District in 1968.

As a man not of this planet, Gary Arlington was a natural-born outsider and thus an ideal comic shop proprietor. In 1967, he founded the first comic book shop in the United States, the San Francisco Comic Book Company, on 23rd and Mission. His shop became a meeting ground for early underground cartoonists like Robert Crumb, Bill Griffith, and Spain Rodriguez. Ron Turner remembers buying his first comic there in 1968. – Last Gasp

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