THE HALL OF WOW – Inductees, June 2022


Each month our team of writers each submits a classic or modern cover that they deem worthy of entering into the esteemed HALL OF WOW. At the end of each month, we ask our loyal followers over on our Wow Comix World Facebook page to vote on their favorite as part of our big giveaway!

This month sees us return from a little hiatus (due to all the chaos of moving into our new location!) But its good to be back! Lets just pretend the last couple of months are still stuck in the Phantom Zone eh…

See the inductees for June 2022 below!

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Blade Runner: Marvel Super Special, September 1982 by Jim Steranko.

This cover sits alongside the movie wonderfully, and while there are artistic choices and depictions which differ, so much of it conveys the aesthetic of my favourite film perfectly.
With a similar palette to that employed by Syd Mead in some of his concept paintings, Jim Steranko does a wonderful job of transporting us to a rain-slick, neon-washed future.

Chosen by Andy


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Daredevil #189 -December, 1982 – Cover by Frank Miller

Inspired by Shogun Assasin artist Goseki Kojima, this superb cover by Miller and Janson is super sharp!

Chosen by Taz


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Amazing Spider-Man #151 – September 1975 – Cover by John Romita

One of the greatest Spider-Man covers. Period! This cover depicts the most iconic iteration of Spider-man (by none other than John Romita SR.)  Combined with an incredibly detailed, awesome sewer scene with Spidey ready to do battle. No 70’s Spider-man cover compares in my opinion, Romita is at his best and it shows with one of the most eye-catching front covers to ever cross your eyes!

Chosen by Leo


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Action Comics #1 (New 52) – Nov 2011

Artists Rags Morales and Brad Anderson.

A new kind of Superman. Or an attempt to return Superman to something like the 30’s original. A running, jumping all-action street level Superman. (No flying here) A bold idea for the New 52 and perfectly captured in this kinetic cover as an outlaw Superman coolly outpaces the chasing police.  This Superman was fresh and young and filled with the rock and roll spirit. Unfortunately he didn’t last. He was never going to. But I enjoyed it while it did.

Chosen by Ross

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Batman #393 – December 1985 – Cover art by Paul Gulacy and Anthony Tollin

Batman 393 looks like a shot from a movie that might have been lit by cinematographer Roger Deakins. It’s beautifully inked, with the torchlight giving a warm glow to Batman, whilst casting shadows of darkness all around him. It looks gorgeous!

Chosen by Brian


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Conan #178 – January 1986 – Cover Art by John Buscema

A brightly (and somewhat strangely) coloured action shot that caught my attention because… he’s about to pounce on a defenseless, anonymous woman with 800lbs of cat. Why?

Eye-catching to say the least…

Chosen by Liam


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V For Vendetta #1 – September 1988 – Cover Art by Alan Moore & David Lloyd

A wonderfully apt cover kicks off Moore and Lloyd’s iconic V for Vendetta story. V himself is of course the ultimate man of mystery and here we can just about make him out in the mirror, walking into the shadows, away from his dressing table where the icon mask and wig sit, patiently awaiting their next outing. Love it.

Chosen by LJ


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Superman: Son of Kal-El #2, August 2021 – cover by John Timms

A stunning recent cover for one of DC’s most exciting new series. Much of the character
development of Jon Kent has been around his taking on the mantle of his father and the
responsibilities that come with that and here we see him alone, isolated and almost pushed off the
cover of his own comic by the immensity of the legacy the symbol on his chest represents.

Chosen by Nathan


That’s it for this week!

Have you got any of these classic covers? Which of this week’s selections would you vote for!? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget that you can see all of the HALL OF WOW featured covers by heading over there right now in the menu above!



Wow Comix Presents – Beano Fan Fest 2022! – Stockport Merseyway Shopping Centre – Saturday, August 20th

That’s right folk, if you didn’t know already, we here at Wow Comix LOVE the Beano! And we know we are far from alone, as so many of you have previously attended our Beano days at one of our stores before, it was always a no-brainer to go again! So here it is, Saturday, 20th of August! Mark it down!

Beano Fan Fest is a free-to-the-public Comic Convention presented by Wow Comix Event in association with the Merseyway Shopping Centre. There will be free activities, trader stalls, and a chance to meet artists and writers from the nation’s number one comic!

To keep up with the goings-on in the lead-up to the event, make sure you are following our socials! In particular, our events page for the Beano Fan Fest, Which you can find here!, or our Wow Comix Stockport Facebook page!

Let’s take a look at who we have announced so far!

Nigel Parkinson

Well we could not have a Beano Fan event without Nigel Parkinson.

Nigel is of course the very popular artist of Dennis The Menace and we are delighted to announce he will be attending Beano Fan Fest in August.

If you are looking for a unique gift how about some original artwork from a comic legend?


Lew Stringer

Come along and meet Lew Stringer. Lew is one of the legends of the British comic industry, having produced hundreds of fantastic cartoon strips in a career spanning four decades. His work has regularly appeared in Beano and Dandy. Lew is also the creator of such fondly remembered characters as Combat Colin (for Marvel UK) and Brickman.


Laura Howell


We are pleased to announce that appearing at Beano Fan Fest is Laura Howell.

In 2006 Laura became the first woman to draw for the Beano and is currently the artist in charge of everyone’s favorite pigtailed powerhouse, Minnie the Minx. She has also drawn and written for many publications including Viz, The Dandy and comic adaptations of Angry Birds.


Nika Nartova


We are very pleased to say that artist Nika Nartova will be joining Beano Fan Fest. Nika regularly works as the colourist on Dennis The Menace as well as Beano covers and various other strips in the comic.

Nika is based in Liverpool and has worked as colourist for Nigel Parkinson for over 15 years. Come along and see her super fast colouring style at work.


Marc Jackson

Joining Beano Fan Fest is the creator of Beano character Lenny The Lettuce, our good friend Mr Marc Jackson.

Marc is well known to many within the comic industry and fandom for his many quirky characters, his work on Beano, and as an undiscovered rap star!!

Marc is also the creative mind behind Macc-Pow comic arts festival which will be happening soon. Check the Macc-Pow pages for full details of guests and events and start times.

More to be announced soon!



Stockport Comic Con 2022! – Photo Gallery

Thousands headed into Stockport town center for a free Comic Con at the weekend. There were dancing Stormstroopers, cosplay champions, hundreds of Spider-Men, comics and costumes galore, and Batman got a Greggs..

We knew Stockport had its fair share of comic and movie fans but WOW (Cough)! What a day! We all want to say a massive thank you to all of you folk who turned out on Saturday. It’s safe to say that it was one of the most fun days to be around the town center in recent memory for us, and perhaps many other local comic and cosplay enthusiasts! We even heard on the grapevine that over 20,000 people had descended on the town over that day. If that’s true that’s bonkers, but it certainly would be no surprise judging by the size of the crowds.

Of course, a mega-thankyou goes out to Totally Stockport, The staff of the Merseyway, Paul Prescott (Funky Figures and North West Comic Conventions), and our own John Webster (Wow Comix and Wow Events) for the arrangements. But also a big thankyou also to Stockport as a whole! The shops around the town and their staff, the families, the wanderers, the cosplayers, and the vendors. There were cameras out and smiles everywhere. It was just so great to see Stockport town center so vibrant on a bright sunny day, especially after such a polarizing couple of years with Covid. Hey, nobody could complain about the lack of masks on Saturday!

Due to us at Wow Comix working for most of the event, we only got a few snaps overall. If you have any photos, we would love to see them and add them to our blog here if possible! Send them over to us at info@wowcomix.com or DM our socials!

So, here is a small selection of what we imagine will have been thousands of overall photos taken on the day! Let us know if you spot yourself! (Wait, isn’t that the last thing a crowd of masked Superheroes would ever… Oh, never mind!)



Due to us working for most of the event, we only got a few snaps overall. If you have any photos, we would love to see them and add them to our blog here if possible! Send them over to us at info@wowcomix.com or DM our socials!


MAY MADNESS! Don’t miss the HUGE SALE at Wow Comix stores right now!

Make sure you head on over to a Wow Comix store over the coming weeks and take advantage of some ridiculous offers before we come to our senses and change our mind!

Thats right folks, we need to make space for some juicy new stock and so what better way to get a move than having a GIANT in-store sale! Over the next couple of weeks in Bury and Stockport you will find loads of marked down items, including rare and vintage comics, books, graphic novels and much more! Don’t underestimate this one, its a BIGGY, and its happening NOW!

Its not worth missing, so make sure you head on over to a Wow Comix store over the coming weeks and take advantage of some ridiculous offers before we come to our senses and change our mind! We have full comic sets knocked down to half price, heavy savings on hardback graphic novels and reductions across all of the back issue comic boxes!

Whats more, anybody making an in-store purchase over £10 will be handed a (super secret) code which will allow them 20% off the website for a limited time! HUZAR!

Get a taste for just a fraction of the items that are on sale below! (These items do not have the sale price in the photos, but fear not they do now!)



Looking for something particular? Let us know!


As one door closes another one opens!

We have some important news to share regarding our Stretford branch and Wowcomix.com!




We have two pieces of news, one positive, the other less so. Let’s start with the positive news…


As long-term followers of Wow Comix will know, we have an online business called Wow Comix World which sells our wares via the internet. We also use the website to pass on news about Wow Comix and its activities. It has been very successful over the last year or so and we are very pleased to say it continues to grow.
Due to the increase in traffic on our site (at http://www.wowcomix.com) and given our future plans for the company as a whole, we have now signed on the dotted line for a new set of offices and storage space in Denton, where we will be running all of our online operations from in the future. It will also become our headquarters for the whole Wow Comix group of companies and partnerships.

With this restructure it will allow us to spend much more time overseeing and improving the website operations and will give us time to pursue the growth of other aspects of our business, such as our Wow Events company (look for some exciting announcements in respect of upcoming events soon).
We will be moving into these premises in the coming weeks, and the website will be operational throughout this period.
Now on to the less positive news. Sadly, we are announcing that Wow Comix Stretford is closing on Saturday 16th April

It does not seem that long ago we moved into Stretford Mall but there is no escaping the fact that our time there has not gone according to plan. We should have known from the start that it was doomed given that we had literally just moved in when the covid pandemic struck and we were forced to shut for months. Since then, we have had several further enforced closures due to the covid lockdowns. Unfortunately, it has never really picked up from there.
Despite our fondness for the shop and of course our customers, since we reopened out of the lockdown last year, we have seen a sharp decline in general footfall within the mall itself, particularly through the weekdays and this has, of course, had an impact on the viability of operating there. With recent big increases in utilities charges, business rates, staff costs and other operating expenses it is no longer economic for us to continue in Stretford Mall.


On top of that, what we were not informed about before we moved in, is that there is a planned redevelopment of the mall and surrounding area which will cause significant disruption and would clearly impact our business. In the circumstances, taking all this into consideration, we have come to the conclusion that it is simply not worth staying in Stretford.


There is a break clause in our lease which we have now activated and that will allow us to leave at the end of April. The shutters will therefore come down for the last time on Saturday 16 April.

Wow Comix Stretford set to close 16/4/22

We would like to thank all of our customers for being such loyal supporters since we moved into Stretford. We are disappointed about the store closure but we do not see this as the end for our business in the area and we do intend to re-open in another location as and when we find a suitable opportunity to do so. In the meantime, do remember that our Bury and Stockport stores are alive and well, with Stockport of course being the closest, just a couple of junctions down from Stretford. You can also shop online with us online.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at info@wowcomix.com or via the contact form on the website.






Warhammer Clearance Sale!

Thats right folks, we are having a big Warhammer clear-out on http://www.wowcomix.com!


Thats right folks, we are having a big Warhammer clear-out on http://www.wowcomix.com! Please bare in mind these offers are exclusively available on our website, not in-store. You can check out some of what’s available in the sale below, but remember… once it’s gone at this price, it’s GONE! VAMOOSE!


Space Marines Devastator Squad – Warhammer 40,000


  • Space Marine Devastator Squad
  • Plastic models require assemble and painting.
  • 5 Space Marine Devastator models
  • 1 can be built as a SM Devastator Sgt (choose from 1 of 3 heads)

    Was £32.50 – NOW ONLY £24.50!!!

Tau Empire Commander – Warhammer 40,000

  • Tau Empire Commander
  • This multi-part plastic kit gives you everything you need in order to build one T ‘au Commander
  • Seventy-seven components are included, and one Citadel 60mm Round base.
  • This kit comes unpainted and requires assembly

    Was £32.50 – NOW ONLY £24.50!

Necrons: Warriors + Paints Set – Warhammer 40,000

Contains 3 plastic push-fit Necron Warriors, exclusive to this set 6 essential colours for painting Necron Warriors and a Citadel Starter Brush

Was £21.50 – NOW ONLY £17.50!


Space Marines Scouts with Sniper Rifles – Warhammer 40,000

Operating deep within hostile territory, Scout Squads reconnoitre the enemy’s movements, set ambushes, sabotage supply lines and destroy communications centres in daring commando raids. The task of the Scouts is to strike hard and vanish before the enemy has the chance to retaliate.

This kit comes with a variety of weapons, heads and optional accessories that allow you to personalise the models. One set of legs is also in a kneeling pose so that you can depict a scout ready to take a kill shot.

This 46-piece plastic kit makes 5 Space Marines Scouts each armed with a sniper rifle. There is also an option to arm one with a missile launcher instead. It comes supplied with five 25mm round bases and an Ultramarines transfer sheet.

Was £20 – NOW ONLY £16.50!


Adeptus Astartes Space Marine Tactical Squad – Warhammer 40,000


Offering a good balance of melee and ranged fighting along with some impressive resilience, there is a reason that Space Marines are a popular choice for a hobbyists first models. This Tactical Squad is a great starting point and a key components in any Adeptus Astartes army. This 179 piece multi-part plastic kit allows your to build your own 10 man Space Marines Tactical Squad, including options for a Sergeant and Special Weapons marines too.

When it comes to marines in your Tactical Squad you get 11 torso fronts, 10 different leg poses, 16 different heads; 22 shoulder pads; 10 backpacks and 10 sets of left and right arms, making unique poses very achievable. You can add personality to each Space Marine thanks to an impressive amount of optional equipment and heraldry, like combat knives, grenades, back banner, holstered bolt pistol, targeting scopes, parchments and purity seals, ammo pouches, auspex, 3 spare hands and 2 Space Marine transfer sheets.

Was £24 – NOW ONLY £20!


Age of Sigmar: Nighthaunt + Paint Set

Age of Sigmar: Nighthaunt + Paint Set

The Glaivewraith Stalkers are a set of 4 sinister, drifting gheists, each little more than a tattered shroud, a pair of arms and a leering animal skull. The vertebrae of their undead spines poke through their cowls, giving them at least some corporeal shape – however, from the correct angles you can see into the shroud, and clearly observe the negative space where the rest of their bodies should be. Each carries a 2-handed hunter’s glaive, the haft and blade worn through countless years of use, and 1 Glaivewraith can be assembled as a deathbeat drummer holding a drum under his left arm, beating it with the mallet held in his right. They come as 17 components, and are supplied with 4 32mm sculpted round bases – these depict a graveyard scene, with the Glaivewraiths attached via a mist of ethereal vapour.

You’ll also receive a starter brush, perfect for painting the Glaivewraiths, and 6 12ml pots of Citadel paint. This set is now OOP, so grab one while you can!

Was £28.50 – NOW ONLY £25!



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Age of Sigmar: Storm Strike Starter Set

  • Ideal for those new to Warhammer Age of Sigmar
  • 15 push-fit miniatures
  • 16-page set booklet of core rules
  • 4 Warscroll cards and double-sided playmat
  • 80-page softback book

    Was £25 – NOW ONLY £19.99!

Warhammer Underworlds: Two-Player Starter Set

This set contains:
– A 36-page Learn to Play Rulebook
– The complete Storm of Celestus warband – a company of Stormcast Eternals. Build your warband with four push-fit, plastic models, cast in coloured plastic to ensure they stand out even when unpainted, plus fighter cards and a number of warband-specific cards that let you unleash their noble strategies in battle.
– The complete Drepur’s Wraithcreepers warband – a group of Nighthaunt tormenting Shadespire. Build your warband with four push-fit, plastic models, cast in coloured plastic, and create your decks with fighter cards and a number of warband-specific cards that let you harness their power in battle.
– 2 double-sided, fold-out game boards that can be used to assemble your battlefields
– Warhammer Underworlds tokens, including objectives, wound markers, glory points, and many more
– 8 Dice – 5 Attack dice and 3 Defence dice, enough for the most devastating blows and desperate defences!

Was £39.99 – NOW ONLY £32.99!



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Wraithbone & Chaos Black Spray Paints

  • Can be used as basecoat or undercoat
  • 400ml spray can
  • Comes with instruction for safe use

    Was £12.50 – NOW ONLY £9.99!


Watch out! A NEW Wow Comix store opens in Bury this week! Here is all you need to know…

After a few weeks of moving we have finally left our shop at number 3, The Rock! The doors of our brand new shop on Bury Market are finally opening on Monday morning (7/2/22)

After a few weeks of dismantling, painting, and long box hauling we have finally left our shop at number 3, The Rock! The doors of our brand new shop on Bury Market are finally opening on Monday morning (7/2/22), and the people of Bury shall finally be saved from the tyranny of a local comic book shop-less existence once again!

You will now find us on the corner of Bury Indoor Market (Unit 21) and we will be open for business 9am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday! You can access it by either approaching from the indoor market area entrance within the Millgate, or via our main entrance outside the market hall which faces out across Angouleme Way should you be approaching out of the Millgate Shopping Center via Market Parade (The b&m side..), or from walking around the outdoor section of the market itself. It is also conveniently situated opposite one of the main pedestrian subways that lead into the town center. See the map below for a closer look!


Inside the new store, you will find all of the usual wonders that you might expect from us. So of course that means it’s rammed full of great vintage British and US comics, magazines, annuals, mugs, posters, toys, cards, models, and of course many other collectibles and critical reading material!

If you want to keep up with all the going’s on at Wow Comix Bury, make sure you are following us on its own Facebook page and our Twitter! You can also subscribe to us here on Wow Comix World of course where, alongside our customer-led news and reviews articles, we share all the events, photos, products, and other news and updates from all of our shops!


To our online customers, please be aware that we are not re-instigating the in-store pickup option at this moment in any of the stores. If you have any questions on the matter or anything regarding the new store do feel free to contact us via the contact form on www.wowcomix.com.

The process of leaving 3, The Rock brought back a lot of great memories for us as it’s been such an important part of our company as a whole since we moved there, having held our main office and online department in behind the shop front. Over the last few months, these parts of the business have now been relocated to other premises.

Goodbye 3, The Rock!


However, with closing the doors on the old shop we don’t find ourselves feeling overly sad to leave, simply because we are super excited to be opening some new doors (literally, it has two entrances!) just a stone’s throw away, and we can’t wait to see what you think of it! It opens at 9am tomorrow and we hope to see many of you there over the days and weeks ahead!

3, The Rock Is Dead! Long Live 21, Bury Indoor Market!


We Are Moving……. But Not Very Far!

We have made the decision to move the Bury store into new premises. Our new shop will be open on February the 1st!



It looks like 2022 is starting with a bang for us here at Wow Comix, as we have some news to share that affects those customers who visit our Bury store. 

We are moving! 
That’s right folks, the lease on our existing shop expires at the end of January and we have made the decision to move the Bury store into new premises. By the start of February you will find our brand new shop open within the indoor section of Bury Market (More details very soon).  

We’ve been lucky enough to find a shop space which suits us nicely, its a good size in a very busy market area and are we currently hard at work getting the place set up (More long box hauling!). Our current shop will close its doors this coming Saturday (8th January) and we hope to reopen on the 1st February in the new store. It sounds like short notice but negotiations have been going on for several months in the background and we need time to make the physical move. We have enjoyed our three and a half years up on the Rock but there is no time to get nostalgic as we will only be gone for three weeks before we open in our new shop! 

Say goodbye to our old store for one last time this week! Thanks for the memories 3, The Rock!

So…
Our store at 3, The Rock, Bury will be closing at 5pm on Saturday the 8th of January. 
– The new store down in Bury Market will be open on February the 1st.
– Existing orders for pickup off the website will be posted out instead over the three week period where we will not have a store open. We are offering this FREE of charge and you will be notified about it via email in the coming days.

– Any questions or enquires about the move and the new store please email to bury@wowcomix.com.
– Any concerns or issues in respect of pre orders and store pick ups please forward to info@wowcomix.com.


We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by all this as we know how much some of you enjoy coming in to browse on a regular basis, but rest assured that you will find all of the same comic goodness down at our new shop, and plenty of new stock to boot! 


NEW YEARS SALE ON WOWCOMIX.COM!

Graphic novels with up to 70% off and up to 40% off Comics!

To help ease the pressures of it being 2022 (already, blimey!), this January we are offering up a bumper sale on Wowcomix.com!

You will find graphic novels with up to 70% off and up to 40% off comics, alongside discounts on vintage card sets, books and classic British annuals!

Whats more, throughout January, any purchase made over £5 in value will be eligible to be accompanied by a free Marvel comic or poster! All you have to do is make sure that you state which one you would like in the additional comments section of the checkout. If you don’t state, we will send you one anyway, and if you don’t want one then you just have to say. But are you gonna turn down a free comic!? Really?

MAKE ANY PURCHASE ON WOWCOMIX.COM AND YOU COULD WIN A YEARS FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN COMIC!

Make ANY purchase between now and new years eve on http://www.wowcomix.com and YOU could WIN a whole years supply of The Amazing Spider-Man comic delivered out to your door each month!


We don’t know if you have heard, but this Spider-man chap is making some waves again this winter with the release of Spiderman: No Way Home, and upon hearing that initial reviews were more than kind (phew) we thought that of all the things we could offer perhaps there might be one or two folk keen on taking the plunge into AMS comics in 2022!

Here is your chance! Make ANY purchase between now and new years eve on www.wowcomix.com and YOU could WIN a whole years subscription of The Amazing Spider-Man comic, with every issue delivered out to your door each month!

We mean, there are worse things you could win, right? And whats more, each copy comes freshly bagged and boarded so that you can keep your copies in nice mint condition for future reading!

We will announce the winner on New Years Day 2022, so that means you have two weeks to get an order in and be in with a chance of being a winner!

So once again, entry is automatic upon purchase of any item and the winner will be chosen at random. Please bare in mind that this competition is only open to those residing in the UK.

See below for a little taster of whats coming in through January/Febuary alone!

Good Luck!