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NEWS | A message from John Stangeland of Atlas Comics
Published on Friday, June 21, 2013 by
Illinois-based retailer to close physical shop after 25 years on June 29, 2013 with liquidation sale and going-away party, will continue to sell comics online via eBay.

John Stangeland, the proprietor of Norrington, IL comic book shop Atlas Comics has decided to close its doors due to “demanding conditions in a new lease that make it difficult to continue.” Stangeland’s involvement in comics stretches beyond the retail side—he freelanced as a comics artist from the late 1980s through to the early aughts, with his more notable credits including multi-issue stints as an inker on Marvel’s Venom: The Hunted, Marvel/Epic’s Lawdog, and Now Comics’ Tales of the Green Hornet. Below is the full text of Stangelove’s message to the comics community:


Atlaspic1c-250x300After 30 years in the comic book business – the last 25 of those at Atlas Comics in Norridge, Illinois, I’m calling it quits. I have no regrets, recriminations or disappointments. On the contrary, comic books have been amazingly good to me. They have afforded me an opportunity to work with what I love, and without a boss sitting over my head. They purchased my home, and allowed me the freedom to travel around the world. Those travels proved to me the incredible power of comic books. I’ve seen massive pop culture stores in Barcelona, Spain; small children wearing Spider-Man T-shirts in the remote villages of Thailand; an Iron Man cap on the head of a middle aged farmer in rural Peru, and action figures at a tiny roadside stand in central Turkey. In the main shopping district of Shanghai, China, there is a store devoted solely to knock-off Superman memorabilia. In all these places and many others I met people who loved comics and envied my opportunity to enjoy so much fun and freedom in my job. For their envy, I thank you – the great customers and friends who made Atlas Comics such a long lasting success.

Saturday, June 29th, 2013 will be our last day in business. It will be the final blow-out of our current liquidation sale, and a going away celebration for the sheer fun of 25 years of comics. I’d like to invite everyone, old and new, to come out and have some food, conversation and laughs from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm, at the venerable old institution at 4735 N. Cumberland Street in Norridge. Let’s try for the unalloyed enjoyment of those riotous, primary colored Captain America adventures of the Golden Age. Or the static electricity of Kirby Krackle hanging in the air. And maybe at the end of the night we’ll raise a toast to the people who actually made it all possible: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Jerry Seigel, Joe Shuster, Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, Joe Simon, Max and Bill Gaines, Wally Wood, Steve Ditko, and all the others who created the joy we’ve immersed ourselves in lo, these many years.

Atlas Comics will continue to sell vintage comics online, well into the future. You can reach us at the same phone number (708) 453-2110 and email address (, and you’ll find Atlas on Ebay under the name “atlascomics”.

Despair not. You don’t have to stop buying comics – you just can’t do it at 4735 N. Cumberland anymore. Thanks for the ride. See you on the 29th.

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