Name of Business: Sky High Comics & Collectibles
Location: 120 W. Main Street
Contact: (209) 250-2116
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; Closed Sunday.
History of Business: Following his lifelong passion for comic books and superheroes, Modesto resident Raymond Hannagan recently opened his first comic book store in Downtown Turlock, one of the first stores of its kind in town.
Being an avid comic book collector for over 40 years, Hannagan says that it has always been his dream to open his own comic book store, and after seeing a need for one in Turlock, finally followed that dream to open Sky High Comics & Collectibles.
“I’ve been a collector for over 40 years, so I have a lot of old and new comics available for sale,” said Hannagan. “It’s always been my dream to have my own comic book store, and I’ve extensively read most of the books I have here.”
With hundreds of comic books featuring DC and Marvel heroes like Batman, Superman, The Avengers, X-Men, and more, Sky High Comics & Collectibles also offers action figures and statues for sale. But not everything is for sale, as Hannagan has many of his most-prized collectibles on display such as the first Daredevil comic book ever.
“Daredevil has always been my personal favorite,” said Hannagan. “The first one is on display for people to see, as I encourage people to come in and just enjoy the comics as well, even if they don’t necessarily plan to buy one. I want everyone to feel welcomed to come and enjoy my collection.”
On May 3, the store will participate in the national “Free Comic Book Day” where certain comic books, whether for young children or adults, will be offered for free by Hannagan’s distributor, featuring the “Free Comic Book Day” logo on each book. Additionally, Hannagan says that he hopes to have a few different comic book characters in the store during the event alongside an artist to provide sketches.
Besides popular main titles, Hannagan says that his store also features many odd titles that are not so easily found at other comic book stores.
“I opened in Turlock because Modesto already has established comic book stores, and so does Fresno, so I kept hearing from other collectors and people that there was a need for one here in Turlock,” said Hannagan. “Being a collector, it can be different, but very profitable in the long run. But I really love talking with people about all the different comics and characters, the art work, and so I wanted to be able to provide this service here that was needed and wanted.”
Opening last Saturday, Hannagan says he has already had many customers come in to his new comic book store, and hopes to see continued success in Downtown Turlock.
“This is my fun job,” said Hannagan. “I’m really happy to finally be doing something that I love, and share that with others.”