Comic Book Memories
You see, once upon a time there were neighborhood stores, be they "variety" stores or pharmacies, that used to have big, wooden racks that held comic books. Some of the stingier stores had a simple rotating wire rack, but the serious comic-shopper knew that a plywood display rack was the best.
In Kenmore, NY, the place with the biggest comic book selection was Keiner's. It was run by two 100-year-old sisters that wore aprons, looked like they were sucking lemons and stood around with their arms in a permanent "kangaroo droop" when they weren't ringing the cash resister.
Now why two spinsters that hated children would paradoxically also have the biggest variety of funny books is beyond me, but they did.
Their racks were similar to the one shown here, with one very important difference! There was a solid front to each slot that would cover up all but the top 1/4" of the books' covers. This meant if you wanted to actually see which book was in any given rack space you had to pick up the book and lift it far enough past the divider to see the title!
Is that a Popeye or is it a Porky Pig? Uhhh, I can only see the top-most part of the letter P. I'll just lift it up a bit...
"DON'T TOUCH THAT COMIC BOOK UNLESS YOU'RE GOING TO BUY IT!!!" one of the Miss Grundy sisters would shriek.
"B-but, I-I can't see the title," little Craig would stammer.
"DON'T TOUCH THOSE COMICS UNLESS YOU'RE GOING TO BUY THEM!!!" the other Grundy would bellow.
"NO 'BUTS!' EITHER BUY SOMETHING OR GET OUT!"
That was Keiner's. Don't get me started on Romance's or Joe's...
Ah, those golden memories!