Comic Books have been a part of the American Pop Scene for over 100 years.  Their popularity started growing during the World War II years, and really hit their stride during the Baby Boom era of the 1950s and 1960s.

Every kid had their own collection, usually stored in a "private place" in their bedroom.  And everybody had a favorite genre.  For some it was the craziness of Archie and Jughead.  And how about G.I. Joe, or Combat for those interested in history?  For others it was the "early" superheroes like Superman, Batman, or the Green Lantern.

There were hundreds to choose from, and once the Saturday morning TV shows started accompanying their programs with matching comic books, a kid's fate was sealed.  I can't tell you how many Western-themed comic books I owned as a kid, thanks to watching the Cisco Kid, Zorro, Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy, Sky King, and all of the other shows of my youth.

For many young people back in the day, reading a comic book, in the privacy of your own "space" was really the first experiment in the joy of reading we had.

Here are 11 great comic book stores spread out over Upstate New York.  Of course there are many others too.  So if your favorite comic book haunt didn't make the list, please go to our Facebook page and give it a shout out!  We really do want to hear from you!

Take a Look At 11 of the Best Comic Book Stores in Upstate New York!

This is a gallery of 11 great comic book stores spread out all over the Upstate New York region. Comic books are a hot commodity right now. Comic books go back a long way in American history, with the collection of them reaching a peak in the Baby Boomer years of the 1950s and 1960s. Back when they were a nickel or a dime, comic books were a fun, easy, and cheap way to entertain oneself when you were a kid. These 11 comic book stores in the greater Upstate New York region are ready for you to stop in and take a look around. Either collecting old, classic vintage ones, or getting on the "buy list" for the many new releases that come firing out all the time, you will certainly find some gems at these stores. Take a look at these pictures, but remember....these are not your father's comic books!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

11 Old Upstate Train Stations and Firehouses That Are Now Restaurants

The time comes in every small town in Upstate New York when they must look to giving up the ghost with their old train stations and firehouses. Time has passed these important places for the most part, and (in the case of the old firehouses), new, more modern ones must be built.

So, what to do with the old buildings?

Well, many communities have sold off their "old stock" of train depots and fire stations to private citizens who have breathed new life into the structures as modern, delicious, and very popular restaurants.

Here are some very old train depots and fire stations (some more than 150 years old), that
are now vital places in their communities, serving up delicious meals, a place for high-end cocktails, a venue for live entertainment, and more. And to the credit of almost each of these listed in this gallery, they have all managed to modernize these old buildings while leaving important nuances reflecting back on the DNA of their past, back to when the conductor used to holler "All Aboard" and to when the fire trucks barreled out the huge front doors answering the call in the neighborhood.

I think you will enjoy this list!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio