Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's James
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
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
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.