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R.I.P., Lone Star Comics

When I was a kid growing up in Lakewood, the closest comic book store to my house was Lone Star Comics in Mesquite. I would beg my mom to drive me there every Saturday, and she would more often than not, God bless her. When I got my license, the first place I drove without an adult in the car was that store. Perhaps because I was so excited about driving — or more likely because I was simply excited about going to Lone Star Comics — I got confused as I pulled my Volkswagen Beetle into a parking space and pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal. A brick pillar was all that stopped me from plowing through the front window of a pet store. As I sat on the curb, wondering what I was going to tell my mom, an officer from a nearby Navy recruiting station put his hand on my shoulder and said, “You know, we can sign you up and get you out of here right now.”

These memories are on my mind because the Lone Star Comics brand is going away. Owners Buddy and Judy Saunders are selling their brick-and-mortar locations to longtime employees so they can focus on their website, which has not used the Lone Star name in a long time, if ever. Although Lone Star has never gotten as much press as the pristine Zeus Comics or the purist Titan Comics, the chain was ubiquitous in North Texas for years. Here’s hoping the new owners will inject a little more personality into the rebranded stores.

9 comments on “R.I.P., Lone Star Comics

  1. I love the Navy recruiter. Did your 16-year-old Dan brain consider his offer — just for a second?

  2. I grew up in Harlingen, and rode my bike to “Suburban.” I always buy my rental car gas at the exact same little building when I fly into Harlingen — it is now a Stripes Convenience Store. c early 1960s, I would sit on the floor by the magazine rack, read the comics, and then pay for them, take them home, and read them again and again. I bought every DC and Marvel comic each month. (No, I have none of them now… – would be worth a small fortune. I don’t even know which move they disappeared in. It was long before any of us know they would be valuable some day).

    Anyway, the transition at Lone Star Comics, and your remembrances, takes all of us comic book lovers of yesteryear back to fond memories. Thanks.

  3. Anybody else remember the great Lone Star Comics dinosaur animation they used to show during the trailers at the Arlington Cinema 4 Theater? Back in the late 1970s?

  4. This is definitely the end of an era. I started shopping there when I was a child, when I first moved to the area in 1990. I ended up working for one of the stores for about five years and continued shopping there even after I moved on. Buddy and Judy are amazing people, and I wish them the best on focusing on the website and spending time with family.