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Friday, September 18, 2020 

New specialty store opens in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, run by a Spider-fan

Moose Jaw Today reported on the opening of a specialty store in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, by a veteran collector who once ran another store over a decade ago. And what impresses me about this article is that the manager's got a much better idea of which character to cite as his favorite superhero:
Rob Hoskins has been a comic book guy since he was a kid, but now he’s about to become The Comic Book Guy here in Moose Jaw once his new comics and pop culture store opens next month.

The Comic Book Guy Pop Culture Shop, opening on Oct.1 at 264 River St. West, is a new passion project for Hoskins who has been a fan of comics for years.

“I grew up with comics, Spider-Man was my favourite,” admitted Hoskins. “I’ve been collecting stuff since then, and I actually have comics that I have had when I was a kid, from the sixties.” [...]

And if after all that, there’s still room for a display shelf to show off his own personal collection of Spider-Man issues, then Hoskins will be even happier.
I am so glad to find somebody emphasizing a superhero other than Batman while talking to the press. Though Peter Parker's origin was built on the tragedy of losing his uncle Ben, the tone and direction of Spidey was far from emphasizing massive darkness like the Masked Manhunter's is, and Spidey's world going forward had more of a sense of humor to boot (certainly in better years pre-2000). After what seemed like only so many articles building up Batman all over the place, it's relieving to find somebody willing to talk about a superhero other than Batman, and whose world wasn't built on as much darkness as Bruce Wayne's is.

I'd still appreciate it if a store manager were to emphasize Superman just as much in discussion while running a business (and come to think of it, whatever's the best stories in independents today), but for now, this is definitely a step in a more inspiring direction for citing favorite superheroes. And I do wish the manager good luck with his current venture, in a time when specialty stores are, unfortunately, losing business because of the decline in story quality.

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