I have driven by this place countless times. Ultimate Comics sits right near I40 on 54. Yet heading into comic book shops is not something I normally think to do. Then on a whim, and because I am generally a curious person, I swung in one morning to see what it was all about.
And what a shop! Ultimate Comics has a location on Ninth Street in Durham (which also has an entire area devoted to children's comics, as well as a large Silver Surfer) but the Farrington Road spot is their "largest and best location ever." Browsing the shop will fascinate even the most ignorant of comic book gazers (like me).
In display cases and in the back room are very expensive collectibles, as in some old DC Comics of superheros you grew up with and Hollywood keeps making into blockbusters. Then there are racks and racks (and racks) of new comic books and releases. Parents: note that comic books now generally come with ratings, to help you determine appropriateness. Helpful since you can not look at the inside of comic books before purchasing. They are all wrapped for protection should you decide to keep to collect.
Ultimate Comics has something for every age, too, surprisingly! Near the front of the store is an entire section devoted entirely to kids. In fact, they even had a Yo Gabba Gabba comic book (who knew?) and Disney makes a slew of comic books. It's not all testosterone driven in here either with some fairy and Jane Austen comic books around.
There are action figures and other collectibles for sale throughout the store.
Ultimate Comics hosts special events, such as Free Comic Book Day, so it is worth checking in to their website occasionally for a look.
This is definitely a unique contribution to the Triangle, and a place to go for a unique gift.
756 Ninth Street
6120-A Farrington Road