Danbury Fair Mall marks Newbury’s last comic book store
It happens comic book lovers! Get ready for “a wicked and fun pop culture emporium” when Connecticut’s new Newbury Comics store opens in the Danbury Fair Mall.
Personally, comics aren’t my thing, but Newbury Comics isn’t all comics. They also sell vinyl records, Pokémon cards, and superhero gear. Pop culture gear is what Newbury Comics is all about.
By 1978, MIT students John Brusger and Mike Deese had built up a phenomenal collection of comics, which became their motivation to start a new business called Newbury Comics.
As the 70s turned into the early 80s, the duo decided to expand their inventory. Plus, they added music, collectibles, clothing, toys, and other items that would be considered pop culture.
Additionally, in the early 1980s, Dreese decided to add a box of vinyl records to his comic book collection on an experimental basis. The response from their clientele was so successful that they ended up in the music business.
The early 1980s brought the era of post-punk and new wave music, including bands like The Clash, U2, and The Pretenders. Because Newbury Comics was based in Boston and the city has always had a thriving music scene, customers flocked to their store at 268 Newbury Street.
When I spoke with Danbury Fair’s Senior Property Manager Maura Ruby, she told me that Newbury Comics would be moving to the old storefront once occupied by Build-A-Bear and that they were aiming for an opening in the mid- August.