Banking on comic relief

Steve Moore hangs comic book posters as he decorates the walls of Top 5 Comics, a new comic book store at 1938 N. First St., #7, in Hillcrest Plaza. The store is set to open for business on Mar. 2.

CBS is hoping to improve entertainment in the Grand Valley.

That’s not CBS the television network. It’s Steve Moore, aka Comic Book Steve, longtime Grand Junction resident. Moore is opening Top 5 Comics, 1938 N. First St., Suite 7, in Hillcrest Plaza, to fill a need he sees in the Grand Valley.

The last comic book store in the Grand Valley closed around five years ago, Moore said.

“I think the Grand Valley needs one. When I was growing up I think it helped me stay out of trouble,” Moore said. “There is a whole group of kids that are artistic, and they can get an outlet with a comic book store.”

Top 5 Comics will open Monday. Moore is hosting a grand opening celebration March 6.

Deejay Funk 10 is scheduled to spin music at the shop, and Moore will appear as movie director Kevin Smith’s Silent Bob character.

Moore said he became interested in comics on a family road trip to Oklahoma. He is not sure how old he was, but remembers his first purchase was “Batman: Year Three,” issue two.

“After I got that one, I looked for new books whenever we stopped at gas stations,” Moore said.

Moore’s shop has more than 12,000 back-issued comics collected at comic book conventions and bought from friends who wanted to get rid of collections.

Top 5 Comics will offer popular DC and Marvel comics, and lesser-known lines such as Image Comics, Marvel MAX, Top Cow, WildStorm, Radical Comics, Red Hot Comics, Dynamite Comics and Boom! Studios. The shop can special-order comics from the mainstream lines and independent companies for customers searching for something special.

He believes his store will succeed, even with the poor economy, because people need outlets. Comic books can provide entertainment for a $3 or $4 investment, he said.

Moore’s younger brother, Rob, and friends Phil Ferguson and Josh Roberts are helping him with the shop. The store will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It has been a lifelong dream of Moore’s to open a comic book store.

“I love comic books, I really do. I think they are a great medium. I think this town needs it,” he said.


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