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Bulger's Beat: Comic book stores making valiant comeback

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Times are good these days for the likes of Batman, Iron Man and Superman. Comic books and comic book stores largely left for dead in the 1990s are back with an Avenger-like vengeance.

Hollywood has helped spur a resurgence, with many blockbusters based on the tales of heroes who are just as hot at one comic book shop in Donelson.

New comic books arrive on Tuesdays at Rick's Comic City on Old Lebanon Road, where 50,000 titles fill the shelves and back room.

Fans of the genre aren't browsers, they're buyers.

"They love the hobby, and they're die-hard," said owner Rick Parman.

The Batman-loving McGavock High School graduate has always had super-power dreams.

"Well, actually I started out wanting to draw comics, and when I wasn't good enough, this is what was the next best way to do it," Parman said.

Now, his shop is the conduit to outer space, the graveyard and all stops in between.

Twenty years ago, comic books were dying - had lost their edge - and book stores across the country began closing down.

But now there is a big comeback story taking place.

"A lot of them moved on to different hobbies, and a lot are coming back now," Parman said.

The appeal touches all ages - old and young. Parman's daughter caught the comic book craze and now can't stop.

That makes her his Wonder Woman.

"Whenever they want to read anything, I'm excited. And I'm buying it for them as much as the want, because they're reading and participating," Parman said.

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