Super businessman James Cobley has brought American comic books back to the streets of Dartford.
It’s been nearly seven years since Forbidden Planet comic and sci-fi store closed in the town, denying superhero fans the opportunity to pick up the latest adventures of Spiderman, The Avengers, The Hulk, Wolverine, Superman and Batman.
But now James, of Phoenix Place, has received the backing of Dartford council through its Portas Pilot scheme to run a market stall, beating off competition from other traders in the Market Apprentice competition.
James, 26, who’s favourite adventures can be found within the pages of Marvel comics, said: “I used to work in the Forbidden Planet in the Priory Centre which closed down in 2006.
"I’ve always been into comics and started thinking that it was time to start my own business and get back to what I know.
“Running my own business is always something I’ve wanted to do and to work for myself.”
James has received equipment to help him set up the stall, based in the Sainsbury’s car park on a Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as getting help with insurance and pitch fees.
The former Wilmington Hall School pupil added: “I think the nearest competition is in Bromley and I know a new comic shop just opened there, so if Bromley can support two, I think Dartford can support one, and people will travel for comics.”
The stall is open Thursday, 8am-3.30pm; Saturday, 8am-5pm and Sunday, 10am-2pm.
Don't miss out, subscribe today. Keep up to date with our newsletters.
A guide for your future. For year 11 students in Kent and Medway. Click here for the e-edition.
Education, Training & Childcare is a special supplement published by KM Media Group four times a year. Click here for latest e-edition.
Get the latest food and drink news, recipes from some of the nation's top chefs plus updates from Kent's vineyards and breweries.
Search in your local area to find your perfect partner in Kent, with FreshStart Dating! PLUS, register for free!.
Find out what's going on in the garden, with Kent expert Lucy Hewett's weekly update.
Buy pictures that you've seen in a KM newspaper, or send in a picture and we will place it on our photo sales website so that you can purchase a super, unique gift.