Sept. 22, By Christian Murray
A well-known comic store called Comic Book Heaven closed last year after being in operation for about thirty years.
Joseph Liesner, 80, the owner of the comic store (which was located at 48-14 Skillman Avenue), said last year that he decided to shut down the business since there was little interest in comic books anymore. “The store’s not making any money and, besides, I’m as old as Methuselah,” Liesner said last year, with a wide grin.
Sunnyside resident E.J. McLeavey-Fisher released this video documentary on Liesner and his store.
Liesner claimed last June that the digital age is what has killed his business.
“The kids today play video games and spend all day texting their friends,” Liesner said. “Gone are the days when kids would collect things, like stamps and sports cards.”
Comic Book Heaven moved to Skillman Avenue three decades ago, after doing a brisk business at a flea market at the corner of Queens Blvd and Jackson Avenue.