Last month I visited a store in my hometown that specializes in magazines and newspapers, selling lottery tickets, candy and gum and beverages alcoholic and not. When I was a kid, it had two spinner racks full of comics.
I was surprised to see that it still carried comic books, which now took up a few shelves close to the floor, at kids' eye level, among the magazines. I took a picture of their comics selection: I noticed a few books that were still quite new—the Scooby-Doo book and the Shadowland issue, for example—but I was struck by how old and out of date most of the books seemed. After a half hour or so searching around comics.org, I put together a partial list of what they carried. I've noted the cover date where possible—and cover dates are usually a month or three ahead of the month when the books actually get released into direct market shops—and, where I couldn't find a cover date, I looked up on-sale dates.
Either way, not only were there some really old comics, but there was a really rather random assortment:
—Action Comics #884 (Feb. 2010)
—Adventure Comics #10 (June 2010)
—Cars #1 (on sale date Jan. 2010)
—Cartoon Network Action Pack #41 (Nov. 2009)
—Detective Comics Annual #11 (Dec. 2009)
—Dr. Horrible #1 (on-sale date Nov. 2009)
—Franken-Castle #18 (Sept. 2010)
—Franken-Castle #20 (on-sale date Sept. 2010)
—Sabrina, The Teenage Witch #109 (Aug. 2009)
—Scooby-Doo, Where are You? #1 (on-sale date Sept. 2010)
—Secret Warriors #8 (Nov. 2009)
—Shadowland #3 (Nov. 2010)
—Supergirl #56 (Nov. 2010)
—Superman/Batman #74 (Sept. 2010)
A lot of Boom Kids books, a lot of DC (and Johnny DC), a good amount of Marvel and two Dark Horse books but, man, could you imagine trying to follow comics only by buying them off a rack like this?
This store, incidentally, is the only one in town that I know of that sells any comic books, although I imagine a few of the big box-type stores like Super K-Mart and Wal-Mart likely have similar selections somewhere in their magazine racks.