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Comic book store sells history, nostalgia

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Ann Hart, owner of the Silver City comic book store in Cayce, with an original "Amazing Spider-Man" No. 2, on sale for $2,000. Hart said if the book were in premium condition, it could fetch as much as $9,000. Ann Hart, owner of the Silver City comic book store in Cayce, with an original "Amazing Spider-Man" No. 2, on sale for $2,000. Hart said if the book were in premium condition, it could fetch as much as $9,000.

Comic book store sells history, nostalgia

By Justin Fenner
Edited by Lindsay Wolfe

Posted Feb. 24, 2010

Comic books, action figures, posters, props and all sorts of superhero memorabilia fill Cayce's Silver City to the brim.

But the store, which boasts a $2,000 copy of "Amazing Spider-Man" No. 2, hasn't always been home to Wolverine and Superman, says Ann Hart, owner for the past 15 years.

The hexagonal structure built in the late 1950s housed South Carolina's very first Hardee's. Hart, who went to what was then Olympia High School, said she remembers going there for hamburgers.

The store has since been a video parlor, a flower shop, a car lot, an insurance company and a campaign headquarters.

Today, it's home to Silver City's comics and figurines. The 30-year-old business, which was owned by two others before Hart and once dealt in used books, moved in in 2000 after an electrical fire forced Hart out of her location at 905 Knox Abbott Drive, just a few blocks away.  

Hart, who asked that her age not be published, says she's been in love with comic books for most of her life.

"I taught myself to read with comic books," Hart said. "I was always a big Superman fan. But I also like Wolverine," the character from the "X-Men" comic book series. Hart's grandson shares Wolverine's civilian name, Logan.

It was especially exciting to her when actor James Marsden, who plays Cyclops in the "X-Men" movie series, came to town to film "Nailed" last year. "He was our hero," Hart says.

For the movie, the store was returned to its roots as a 1950s eatery.

It's this combination of unique history, rare offerings and a faithful customer base that's kept Hart's store afloat.

"The customers that come in would absolutely die if they missed a book from their lifelong collection," Hart said.

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